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Course Number:
DH 240
Course Title:
Intro to Dh Restorative Dentistry
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Course Description

Introduces four-handed dentistry with an emphasis on rubber dam placement, instrument identification, instrument transfer and preparation for assisting a dental restorative operator. Prerequisites: DH 110 and DH 230. Prerequisites/concurrent: DH 241 and DH 242. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is part of the restorative curriculum approved by the Oregon Board of Dentistry. Completion of the full restorative certificate allows students to sit for the Western Regional Examining Board Restorative Exam and apply for license endorsement with the State Board of Dentistry.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Prepare patients for restorative procedures by placing a rubber dam prior to restorative placement.
  2. Identify correct instruments and properly prepare restorative procedure tray set-ups for amalgam and esthetic restoration placement and finishing.
  3. Assist the restorative operator during placement and finishing of amalgam and esthetic restorations.

Course Activities and Design

This course will be offered in lecture/lab format. Demonstrations, audio-visual aids, handout materials and lab practice on manikins and student partners will occur.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Lecture; Weekly quizzes and final exam.
Laboratory: A series of skill assessments in the clinic setting.
Students will demonstrate competencies in rubber dam placement and removal, high speed evacuation, bur and instrument identification and transfer, placement of a matrix and wedging, placement of a dental sealant using acid etch techniques.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Concepts, Themes and Skills:
Management of four-handed dentistry
Patient Care
Critical Thinking
Team Building
Competencies and Skills:
Demonstrate rubber dam placement and removal, including rubber dam punching and clamp placement, on a dental manikin and student partner.
Demonstrate high speed evacuation on a maniking and fellow student.
Name and identify burs and instruments used in restorative dentistry and demonstrate transfer at chairside.
Place matrix and wedging after placement of a rubber dam on a manikin and fellow student.
Understand the properties and manipulation of dental sealants and apply sealants in the preclinical and clinical setting.
Demonstrate competence in assisting during restorative procedures.