Dental Materials

Course Details

Course Number: DNHY3013  Fall 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 112

Days & Times:

Thursday 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Course Attachments


Dental Materials:Clinical Applications for Dental
REQUIRED TEXT: Dental Materials:Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental ; 2nd Edition by Hatrick, Eakle &Bird
MSU Faculty Member
Dr Ray Hyde DDS   
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Course Objectives


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.

Course Expectations





Grading Standards


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%


100-92       A
91-83       B
82-75       C
74 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.

Final Exam12/6/2011  1-4:00 pm

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


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.

Other Policies


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.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.