SRJC Course Outlines

7/19/2024 5:37:50 PMDH 76 Course Outline as of Fall 2017

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  DH 76Title:  DENT MATRLS FOR DENT HYG  
Full Title:  Dental Materials for the Dental Hygienist
Last Reviewed:11/28/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled1.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled17.50
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total70.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  35.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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The study of the science and use of dental materials, where students will gain knowledge of the basic science, behavior, and manipulation of dental materials in a framework that enables adaptation to the rapidly evolving array of new dental materials and techniques in the professional arena.

Course Completion of DH 70 and DH 71A

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:
Acceptance to Allied Dental Program

Schedule of Classes Information
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The study of the science and use of dental materials, where students will gain knowledge of the basic science, behavior, and manipulation of dental materials in a framework that enables adaptation to the rapidly evolving array of new dental materials and techniques in the professional arena.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of DH 70 and DH 71A
Limits on Enrollment:Acceptance to Allied Dental Program
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1999Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Describe the principles of dental materials and the rationale for their use.
2.  Apply the knowledge of these principles through clinical and laboratory procedures.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe the characteristics of dental materials related to: classes of dental materials,
    structure, physical characteristics, mechanical characteristics, and biologic characteristics.
2. Identify the characteristics of dental materials and their biocompatibility with the oral tissues.
3. Describe and recognize dental stains and the rationale for selective coronal polish.
4. Identify the components of abrasive agents for removal of dental stains including the
    indications and contraindications for their use.
5. Perform selective coronal polishing procedures for the removal of stains and soft deposits.
6. Identify components and materials used for fixed and removable restorations and orthodontic
    appliances and the indications for their use.
7. Describe the rationale for sealant placement and the indications for its use.
8. Perform the steps necessary to place a light-curing or self-curing sealant when presented with
    a patient who has explorer-detectable deep pits and fissures.
9. Identify the properties and components of metal and esthetic restorative materials and the
    indications for their use.
10. Identify the technique steps and assciated rationales for amalgam and esthetic restorative
    finishing and polishing.
11. Identify and describe the properties of alginate impression and gypsum materials including
    the physical, chemical characteristics and manipulation.
12. Demonstrate the clinical technique for the appropriate handling and manipulation of an
    alginate impression; material proportioning, mixing, placement, and removal of tray from
    mouth, pouring and separation of the cast with gypsum.
13. Describe the materials contained within dental whitening systems as well as their indications
    and contraindications.
14. Demonstrate the correct method for the fabrication of a whitening tray including patient
15. Identify the composition and properties of dental cements and indications for their use.
16. Discuss the science behind partial caries removal and minimally invasive dentistry.
17. Demonstrate effective placement of interim therapeutic restorations on typodont teeth.

Topics and Scope
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I. Characteristics and Classification of Dental Materials
    A. Structure of materials
    B. Physical characteristics
    C. Mechanical characteristics
    D. Biologic characteristics
II. Characteristics for the Ideal Dental Material
    A. Biocompability      
    B. Stability
    C. Minimal thermal and electrical conductivity
    D. Esthetics
    E. Ease of manipulation
    F. Adherence to tissues
    G. Tasteless and odorless
    H. Cleanable and repairable
    I. Cost effective
III. Dental Stains and the Rational for Selective Coronal Polish
    A. Types of stains
    B. Causes of stains
    C. Indications and contraindications
IV. Abrasive Agents for Removal of Dental Stains
    A. Properties of polishing agents
    B. Ranking of abrasiveness
    C. Indications and contraindications
V. Selective Coronal Polishing Procedures*
    A. Identification of plaque and stains
    B. Identification of restorations
    C. Identification of unsound dentition
    D. Areas of Modification
    E. Technique
    F. Infection control protocol
VI. Fixed and Removable Restorations and Orthodontic Appliances*
    A. Identification of appliances
    B. Components of fixed, removable, and orthodontic appliances
    C. Risk factors
    D. Care implications
VII. Indications and Technique for Sealants*
    A. Application principles and methods
    B. Tooth selection
    C. Comparison of sealant systems
    D. Extrinsic stain and plaque removal
    E. Isolation and drying
    F. Acid conditioning
    G. Sealant placement
    H. Post application inspection
    I. Follow-up evaluation
VIII. Metal and Esthetic Restorative Materials*
    A. Mixing and handling
    B. Setting reaction
    C. Characteristics and properties
    D. Clinical success
IX. Finishing and Polishing Amalgam and Esthetic Restorations*
    A. Finishing procedures
    B. Factors affecting finishing
    C. Polishing
X. Alginate Impression and Gypsum Materials
    A. Uses in dentistry
    B. Composition of alginate and gypsum
    C. Working time
    D. Setting time
    E. Affecting factors
XI. Technique for Handling and Use of Alginate and Gypsum Materials*
    A. Equipment
    B. Operator and patient positioning
    C. Preparation and loading of trays
    D. Mixing alginate
    E. Making a gypsum model
    F. Infection control protocol
XII. Dental Whitening Systems
    A. Content
    B. Uses
    C. Indications and contraindications
    D. In-office versus home systems
XIII. Whitening Tray and Patient Instructions*
    A. Impressions
    B. Model fabrication
    C. Tray fabrication
    D. Shade selection
    E. Patient instructions
    F. Infection control protocol
XIV. Dental Cements
    A. Uses
    B. Types
    C. Handling and placement
    D. Characteristics
XV. Minimally Invasive Dentistry
    A. Understanding of Caries Management By Risk Assessment (CAMBRA)
    B. Visual examination
    C. Caries detection through radiographs
    D. Criteria on tooth factors and patient qualifications
    E. Understand follow-up evaluation
XVI. Interim Therapeutic Restorations on Typodont Teeth*
    A. Instruments and material used
    B. Handling of materials
    C. Preparation of teeth
    D. Conditioning
    E. Placement of material
    F. Post application inspection
*These items are introduced in lecture, and the related skill is performed in the lab.
XVII. Laboratory/Clinical Competencies
    A. Perform coronal polish on student partner
    B. Perform alginate impression technique on student partner
    C. Produce a study model from alginate impression
    D. Produce a whitening tray from study model
    E. Polish amalgam and composite restorations on a typodont
    F. Demonstrate the care of removable and fixed prosthetic and orthodontic appliances
    G. Perform sealant techniques on typodonts and student partners
    H. Perform interim therapeutic restoration pocedures on typodonts

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1. Reading 20-40 pages per week
2. 5-8 quizzes, 1 midterm, and 1 final exam
1. 8-10 lab exercises
2. 3-5 homework assignments
3. 3-5 performance exams
4. Lab final

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
5 - 10%
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
40 - 55%
Lab exercises and performance exams.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 55%
Quizzes, midterm, lecture final, and lab final
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists. 3rd. Hatrick, Carol and Eakle, Stephan. Elsevier. 2015
Dental Hygiene, Theory and Practice. 4th ed. Darby, Michele and Walsh, Margaret. Elsevier. 2014
Modern Dental Assisting. 11th ed.  Bird, Doni and Robinson, Debbie. Elsevier. 2015
Instructor prepared materials

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