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Effective: Summer 2015

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The student will evaluate a patient's dental and restorative conditions and chart significant findings with an accuracy of 75% or better on the final evaluation.
  • The student will assess and identify a patient's caries risk and propose a plan for to either arrest the patient's caries process or reduce further risk of decay.
Description -
Properties of dental materials, characteristics and manipulation of dental materials and the equipment used in the manipulation of these materials with an emphasis on dental hygiene care. Course also covers caries risk assessment, hazardous waste management and MSDS. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
Dental Hygiene Process of Care
  1. detect and perform restorative charting.
  2. remove soft/hard deposits and polish removable prosthetic appliances.
  3. apply fluoride varnish on typodont.
  4. verbally communicate pre-operative and post-operative instructions to the patient.
  5. effectively polish a amalgam restoration

Health Education Strategies
  1. explain common restorative materials and procedures in response to patient inquiries.
  2. perform saliva flow and caries risk assessment.

Preventive, Therapeutic & Supportive DH Procedures
  1. describe agencies that monitor dental material usage and regulations.
  2. explain physical and mechanical properties of dental materials.
  3. fabricate, pour and trim patient study models.
  4. fabricate and deliver bleaching splints.
  5. place and evaluate pit and fissure sealants.
  6. test for tooth vitality.
  7. cement temporary crown and remove excess cement.

Infection & Hazard Control Procedures
  1. describe OSHA guidelines concerning hazardous waste management.
  2. explain appropriate disposal of mercury and mercury containing products.
  3. perform appropriate infection control procedures for laboratory procedures.
Ethical & Legal Principles
  1. appropriately document procedures performed on patient/partners.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Typodont.
  2. Laboratory with individual work areas.
  3. Dental lab equipment to allow for study model fabrication, cast trimming, polishing of removable prosthetic appliances and other basic laboratory procedures.
  4. Availability of dental units for simple and limited chairside procedure practice.
  5. Dental supplies and equipment items to allow for practice by students and demonstration by the instructor.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Dental Hygiene Process of Care
  1. Restorative charting
    1. Assessment procedures
    2. Existing restorations
    3. Caries detection and other dental findings
  2. Removable prosthetic appliances.
    1. Components
    2. Care and patient instructions
    3. Removal of deposits
    4. Polishing agents and professional polishing
  3. Fluoride varnish
    1. Theory and practice of fluoride varnish
    2. Contrast and compare effectiveness of other preventive measures.
  4. Pre-operative and post-operative instructions
    1. Dental Sealants
    2. Bleaching
  5. Amalgam polishing
    1. Purpose of amalgam polishing
    2. Amalgam polishing armamentarium and procedure

Health Education Strategies
  1. Restorative materials and procedures
    1. Types of restorations
      1. Advantages and disadvantages
      2. Limitations
      3. Cost and life expectancies
  2. Fabrication of restorations
    1. Procedure for appointment
  3. Saliva flow and caries risk assessment
    1. Theory of caries risk and saliva testing
    2. Caries risk assessment methods and documentation
    3. Saliva testing method and bacterial testing
    4. Recommendations for prevention of caries based on caries risk assessment and saliva

Preventive, Therapeutic & Supportive DH Procedures
  1. Regulatory agencies
    1. ADA and FDA
    2. Historical background
    3. Need for regulatory agencies
  2. Properties of dental materials
    1. Physical properties
    2. Mechanical properties
  3. Study models
    1. Alginate impressions
    2. Bite registration
    3. Pouring study models
    4. Trimming study models
  4. Bleaching splints
    1. Bleaching methods
    2. Bleaching splint fabrication
    3. Vacuformer
    4. Pre- and post-op instructions
  5. Pit and fissure sealants
    1. Purpose
    2. Armamentarium and set-up
    3. Placement of sealants
    4. Pre- and post-op instructions
  6. Tooth vitality
    1. Methods of tooth vitality testing
    2. Interpretation of tooth vitality testing results testing.
  7. Re-cementation of temporary crowns
    1. Methods of mixing temporary cements.
    2. Method of re-cementing temporary crowns.
    3. Removing excess subgingival and supragingival temporary cement.

Infection & Hazard Control Procedures
  1. OSHA
    1. Hazardous waste management regulations
    2. MSDS forms
    3. Documentation of hazardous waste in dental office
    4. Documentation of hazardous waste disposal
  2. Mercury safety
    1. Harmful effects of mercury
    2. Appropriate disposal of mercury and mercury containing items
    3. Mercury spill kit
  3. Infection control
    1. Laboratory infection control procedures and PPE
    2. Clinical infection control procedures
Ethical & Legal Principles
  1. Documentation
    1. Chart write-up for clinical procedures
    2. Inventory controls
    3. Defective products
  2. Ethical principles related to dental materials
    1. Basic principles
  3. Legal issues related to dental materials
    1. Dental practice act
      1. Allowable duties
    2. Informed consent
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Lectures exams and laboratory quizzes
  2. Performance evaluations in manipulating dental materials.
  3. OSCE exam
  4. Group presentation
Representative Text(s) -
Gladwin, MA, Bagby, MD, Clinical Aspects of Dental Materials, 3rd Edition, Philadelphia, PA.: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2009.
Miyasaki-Ching, C., Dental Materials Lecture Syllabus, Foothill College Bookstore, Los Altos Hills, CA, 2009.
Miyasaki-Ching, C., Dental Materials Lab Syllabus, Foothill College Bookstore, Los Altos Hills, CA, 2009.

Disciplines -
Dental Hygiene
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Demonstration.
Lab Content -
  1. Clinical detection and management of dental restorative
  2. Mounting extracted teeth
  3. Fit impression trays
  4. Alginate impressions
  5. Pouring study models typodonts
  6. Alginate impressions
  7. Pouring study models patient
  8. Restorative charting on partner #1
  9. Caries risk assessment and detection
  10. Restorative & caries charting on partner #2
  11. Bleaching splints
  12. Pit and fissure sealants on extracted teeth
  13. Practice isolation techniques
  14. Pit and fissure sealants on partners
  15. Restorative charting and caries risk assessment on partner #3
  16. Amalgam polishing (on extracted tooth)
  17. Applying fluoride varnish (on typodont)
  18. Polishing partials and dentures
  19. Cementation of temp crown (on typodont)
  20. Deliver bleaching splint
  21. Tooth vitality testing
  22. Occlusal and sports mouthguards
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Student Presentations
Groups of students will be randomly chosen by the instructor for student presentations at the end of the quarter.
  1. Create a brief presentation and project (if applicable) to be given to a small group of your peers in either the DH clinic or in the classroom (45 minutes maximum from start to finish). A poster board with pictures and instructions is helpful.
  2. Create a concise 1-2 page but descriptive handout with images/pictures which includes (if applicable):
    1. Purpose
    2. Composition and/or types
    3. Alternatives
    4. Advantages
    5. Disadvantages
    6. Instructions
    7. Dental hygiene implications/responsibilities
    8. Research
Reading Assignments
  1. Chapter 20, 21 & 22 from textbook
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 4
  4. Chapter 5
  5. Chapter 6
  6. Chapter 8
  7. Chapter 9
  8. Chapter 10
  9. Chapter 11
  10. Chapter 7