Course Content and Outcome Guide for DA 130
- Posted by:
- Josette Beach
- Course Number:
- DA 130
- Course Title:
- Dental Materials I
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Course DescriptionBasic physical and chemical properties of dental materials including resins, gypsum products, impression materials, waxes, cements and bases.
Addendum to Course Description
Students must be formally admitted to the Dental Assisting program or have department permission to attend.
Intended Outcomes for the course
- Recognize the proper uses, limitations, and characteristics of the dental materials used in the practice of general dentistry.
- Apply knowledge of dental materials and safety principles in the laboratory setting.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Complete any given reading assignments
Recognize and describe the uses of dental materials through a series of weekly quizzes
Complete a comprehensive final exam
- Demonstrate understanding of the techniques of handling dental materials through completion of lab projects
- Demonstrate adherence to all lab safety procedures in the laboratory
- Complete a comprehensive final exam
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Concepts, Themes and Issues
- Safety in the laboratory
- History of materials used in dentistry
- Characteristics of the oral environment
- Relationship of restorative materials to the oral environment
- Classification and identification of dental restorative materials
- Terminology of materials science
- General concepts of dental material science
- Properties, characteristics, and application of dental amalgam, alginate impression materials, gypsum products, high performance elastomeric impression materials, composite resins and polymers
- Manipulation of dental amalgam, alginate impression material, gypsum products, high performance elastomeric impression materials, composite resins and polymers
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
- Recognize a variety of dental materials used past and present.
- Explain the relationship between the oral environment and the types of materials used.
- Discuss the classifications of dental materials.
- Describe the composition, physical properties and manufacturing process of dental amalgam and alloy.
- Describe the manipulation and use of dental amalgam.
- Describe the characteristics, handling and storage of alginate impression materials.
- Describe the characteristics, handling and manipulation of reversible hydrocolloid.
- Recognize a variety of gypsum products used in dentistry and describe the use and manipulation of each.
- Describe the characteristics, use and handling of elastomeric impression materials and apply procedures to assist in their use.
- Explain the process of electrochemical corrosion of metals and its significance to dentistry.
- Describe the various dental materials used in preventive dentistry.
- Locate, identify and operate safely all laboratory equipment.
- Locate and identify all emergency and safety equipment in the lab.
- Demonstrate work habits designed to promote a safe environment and prevent disease transmission in the laboratory.