Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
DA 135
Course Title:
Dental Materials III (Lab)
Credit Hours:
2
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
60
Special Fee:
$24.00

Course Description

Covers advanced laboratory skills development in dental assisting materials and laboratory equipment. Includes applying knowledge, technology, and skills from dental office externships. Prerequisites/concurrent: DA 114, DA 115, DA 119, DA 125, and DA 152.

Addendum to Course Description

Includes vital tooth bleaching and uses of acrylics in prosthodontics dentistry.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Perform, at an advanced level (entry-level employment), dental material lab duties while utilizing safe methods and demonstrating professionalism.

  2. Recognize the materials and procedural steps for various dental procedures and Expanded Function Dental Assisting (EFDA) duties.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Attend all laboratory sessions

  • Complete laboratory worksheets and laboratory projects

  • Demonstrate compliance with safety policies at all times

  • Complete competencies and a clinic final

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes:

  • Dental Materials

  • Professionalism

  • Communication

  • Teamwork

Concepts:

  • Transfer of skills to the workplace

  • Use of acrylics in prosthetic dentistry

  • Use of vital tooth bleaching

  • Vital tooth bleaching

  • Current technology and procedures used in community dental offices.

Issues:

  • Time management

  • Organization

  • Laboratory Safety

Skills:

  • Demonstrate laboratory skills as needed in the workplace setting during the off-campus practicum.
  • Demonstrate procedures involving the preparation and manipulation of materials used as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant in Oregon
  • Explain the properties and characteristics of acrylics as used in dentures
  • Transfer dental materials knowledge and skills to DA 119 Expanded Functions II.
  • Fabricate a custom tray used in bleaching vital teeth.
  • Adhere to all laboratory policies and safety protocols.

 
   
 

Related Instruction

Communication
Hours: 2

  • Perform, at an advanced level (entry level employment), dental material lab duties while utilizing safe methods and demonstrating professionalism.
  • Recognize the materials and procedural steps for various dental procedures and Expanded Function Dental Assisting (EFDA) duties.

  • Dialogue with Industry Professionals during workshop presentations and practice sessions of bleach tray fabrication. 
  • Roundtable discussion of student experiences in the office practicum setting,utilizing inquiry and listening skills.