Thursday 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
This course consists of both a lecture and laboratory component. It is designed to help the student develop an understanding of the composition, properties and manipulative variables of dental materials, and their relation to the clinical setting. In addition, knowledge of basic chairside dental assisting principles will be taught. Also, a working knowledge of making impressions and pouring study models will be attained.
It is the intent of this course to provide the student with the educational background needed for the student to develop into a professional who can provide well informed professional service and advice to the patient. It is not the intent of this course to provide the comprehensive study necessary to achieve clinical competence in expanded dental procedures.
This course is designed to:
1. Present theoretical and practical knowledge of the composition, properties, manipulative variables and uses of restorative and preventive dental materials.
2. Familiarized the student with materials and instruments used in dentistry so that he/she will understand specific indications, characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of materials as they relate to patient treatment and education.
3. Provide experience in manipulation of materials through laboratory and clinical experiences, enabling the student to perform selected patients treatment procedures to clinical competency.
4. Prepare the student to function as a reliable member of the de
On completion of the course the student should be able to identify, describe and evaluate materials routinely used in dentistry according to their physical, mechanical, and biological characteristics. In addition, the student should be able to competently perform selected clinical procedures using some of these dental materials.
One grade will be given for this course. It will be based on three examinations, satisfactory completion of all laboratory exercises, and weekly quizzes. Requirements will be weighted as follows: Labs 20%Weekly Quizzes 20%Exam #1 20% Exam #2 20% Exam #3 20%
COURSE GRADING SCALE:
100-92 A91-83 B82-75 C74 and below D
Student must achieve a minimum of a “C” grade to successfully complete the course in accordance with program policies. A course grade will not be released until all checked out items are returned in good condition.
At the beginning of each lecture session there will be a short quiz pertaining to the reading assignment. The quizzes will be multiple choice and fill in the blank questions. The quiz should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. Please make every effort to arrive on time, you will not be allowed extra time to complete the quiz if you are late for class. Weekly quizzes are worth 20% of your final grade.
Your attendance at all scheduled lecture and laboratory times is required. Students are expected to be prompt. If you are ill or if an emergency arises, please notify the dental hygiene office. You are responsible for course content missed when absent. Audiovisual materials that are shown in class will be available when requested.
During all laboratory procedures, buttoned lab coat with name tag, safety glasses and closed toe shoes are to be worn. Hair will be secured away from the face.
The goal of this course is to prepare the student to become a valuable member of the dental team. Therefore, the final grade in this course will be lowered one letter grade for lack of professionalism. The standard for professional conduct is in accordance with the “Dental Hygiene Program Guide for Professional Conduct” found in the Clinic Handbook. Examples of professional conduct include, but are not limited to: • Exhibit concern primarily for the patient’s welfare rather than for a grade.• Maintain physical, mental, and emotional composure at all times.• Refuse to participate in or conceal any unlawful, unethical or incompetent practice.• Exhibit an attitude of respect, concern and cooperation towards peers, staff and faculty.