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Effective: Summer 2015
D H 66SOFT TISSUE CURETTAGE1 Unit(s)

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: D H 65.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The student will perform soft tissue curettage on a dental typodont following procedural guidelines.
  • The student will identify the objectives, rationale, indications and contraindications for soft tissue curettage.
Description -
Training for the dental hygiene student or dental hygienist in performing soft tissue curettage.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
Process of Care
  1. define soft tissue curettage, nondefinitive curettage, scaling and root planing.
  2. discuss the relationship between soft tissue curettage and scaling and root planing.
  3. state the objectives and rationale for soft tissue curettage.
  4. identify the indications and contraindications for soft tissue curettage.
  5. discuss how evidence based practice influences dental hygiene treatment modalities in relationship to soft tissue curettage.
  6. cite current evidence in favor of soft tissue curettage for or against soft tissue curettage.
  7. identify the types, functions and indications for periodontal dressings.
  8. identify the procedures for performing soft tissue curettage including the armamentarium needed for these procedures.
  9. describe the procedures for mixing, placing and removing a periodontal dressing.
  10. identify the types, functions and indications for sutures
  11. describe the methods for placing and removing sutures
Health Education Strategies
  1. discuss post-operative instructions given to the patient for soft tissue curettage, periodontal dressings and sutures.
Infection & Hazard Control Procedures
  1. determine appropriate infection and hazard control protocol for procedures.
Ethical & Legal Principles
  1. list legal duties and level of supervision for California dental hygienists for performing soft tissue curettage.
  2. list legal duties and level of supervision for California dental hygienists for placement and removal of periodontal dressing and for suture removal
  3. list legal duties and level of supervision for California dental hygienists for placement and removal of sutures.
  4. record and maintain dental record data in the patient's chart.
  5. maintain a patient's right to privacy when documenting findings in the patient's chart.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Multi-media classroom, instrument kit.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Process of Care
  1. Definitions
    1. soft tissue curettage
    2. nondefinitive curettage
    3. scaling
    4. root planing
  2. Relationship between
    1. soft tissue curettage
    2. scaling
    3. root planing
  3. Soft tissue curettage
    1. objectives
    2. rationale
  4. Soft tissue curettage
    1. indications
    2. contraindications
  5. Evidence based practice
    1. treatment modalities
    2. relationship to soft tissue curettage
  6. Evidence based practice
    1. evidence in favor of soft tissue curettage
    2. evidence against soft tissue curettage
  7. Soft tissue curettage procedure
    1. armamentarium
    2. procedure
  8. Periodontal dressings
    1. types
    2. functions
    3. indications
  9. Periodontal dressings
    1. armamentatarium
    2. mixing
    3. placing
    4. removing
  10. Sutures
    1. types
    2. functions
    3. indications
  11. Sutures
    1. armamentarium
    2. placement procedure
    3. removal procedures
Health Education Strategies
  1. Post ľoperative instructions
    1. soft tissue curettage
    2. periodontal dressing
    3. sutures
Infection & Hazard Control Procedures
  1. Infection control protocol procedures
    1. soft tissue curettage
    2. periodontal dressings
    3. sutures
Ethical and legal principles (Lec)
  1. Soft Tissue Curettage
    1. Legal duties for California dental hygienists
    2. Supervision level for California dental hygienists
  2. Periodontal Dressing Placement and Removal
    1. Legal duties for California dental hygienists
    2. Supervision level for California dental hygienists
  3. Suture Placement and Removal
    1. Legal duties for California dental hygienists
    2. Supervision level for California dental hygienists
  4. Patient Dental Records
    1. Record patient information in dental records
    2. Maintain patient data in dental records
  5. Patient right to privacy
    1. HIPAA compliance
    2. Patient chart documentation privacy
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Performance evaluations: soft tissue curettage, suture removal, periodontal dressing placement
  2. Quizzes
  3. Final Written Examination
Representative Text(s) -
Nield-Gehrig, Jill S., Willmann, Donald E., Foundations of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist, 3rd ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011.
Kornegay, C. Soft Tissue Curettage Course Manual, Foothill College, Fall 2013.
American Academy of Periodontology, www.perio.org 05/12/2012

Disciplines -
Dental Technology
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture.
 
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Complete weekly readings as specified in course outline.Read section on STC in Foundations of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist. Read course manual on legal responsibilities for procedures, STC, periodontal dressings, and sutures.
  2. Review handouts and relevant reading materials.
  3. Weekly lecture covering subject matter from text assignment with extended topic information. Class discussion and practice of principles is encouraged.
  4. Complete assigned projects demonstrating competence in areas of STC, periodontal dressings and sutures.