SRJC Course Outlines

5/27/2024 6:05:58 AMDH 76 Course Outline as of Fall 2023

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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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In this course, students will learn a base knowledge in the science of dental materials and the clinical application of dental materials and their relationship to the oral environment within the scope of current practice of dental hygiene.

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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In this course, students will learn a base knowledge in the science of dental materials and the clinical application of dental materials and their relationship to the oral environment within the scope of current practice of dental hygiene.
(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 and properties 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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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Identify the physical, mechanical, chemical and biological properties of dental materials and their biocompatibility with the oral tissues.
2. Perform selective coronal polish procedures for the removal of stains and soft deposits.
3. Identify the components of polishing and abrasives in dentistry and distinguish between finishing, polishing, and cleansing.
4. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the different impression materials and demonstrate the clinical technique on taking alginate impressions.
5. Describe the physical properties important to model and die materials and demonstrate proper pouring and separation of a cast using gypsum material.
6. Describe the uses, properties, and manipulation of direct metal and esthetic restorative materials, and identify their components including composites, and dental amalgam, advantages and disadvantages.
7. Compare the ingredients of in-office and home whitening agents and indicate the type of dental stains for which whitening techniques may be effective.
8. Demonstrate the method of whitening tray fabrication including patient instructions.
9. Describe the clinical success of sealants, list the steps involved, and demonstrate application of sealants on student partner.
10. Identify the uses of cements in dentistry for medication, bases, luting agents, restorative agents, and build-up.
11. Describe the difference between metals, alloys, and ceramics used in dentistry today, and how they differ in composition, physical properties, optical properties, and clinical applications.
12. Identify materials used in dental implants, as well as types, and the use of digital imaging technology.
13. Identify components and materials used for fixed and removable restorations and orthodontic appliances including polymers and indications for their use.
14. Discuss the science behind partial caries removal and minimal invasive dentistry as it relates to the placement of interim therapeutic restorations.

Topics and Scope
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I. Characteristics, Principles, and Properties of Dental Materials
    A. Structure of materials
    B. Physical characteristics
    C. Mechanical characteristics
    D. Biologic characteristics
    E. Considerations related to health and safety
    F. Biocompatibility
II. Dental Stains and Coronal Polish
    A. Types of stains
    B. Causes of stains
    C. Technique
    D. Selective coronal polish
    E. Indications and contraindications
III. Finishing, Polishing, and Cleansing Materials
    A. Abrasive
    B. Factors affecting abrasion
    C. Finishing and polishing direct restorations
IV. Impression and Gypsum Materials
    A. Uses in dentistry
    B. Composition of alginate and gypsum
    C. Procedures for obtaining an alginate impression
    D. Procedures for pouring and alginate impression
    E. Infection control protocol
V. Metal and Esthetic Restorative Materials
    A. Identification
    B. Polymerization reaction
    C. Clinical applications
     D. Properties of dental amalgam
    E. Uses of dental amalgam
VI. Dental Whitening Systems
    A. Uses
    B. Indications and contraindications
    C. In-office versus home systems
    D. Fabrication of a whitening tray
    E. Patient instructions
VII. Indications and Contraindications for Sealants
    A. Application principles and methods
    B. Tooth selection
    C. Comparison of sealant systems
    D. Isolation and drying
    E. Application and patient instructions
VIII. Dental Cements
    A. Uses
    B. Types
    C. Handling and placement
    D. Characteristics
    E. Indications
IX. Fixed and Removable Restorations and Orthodontic Appliances
    A. Procedures
    B. Alloys
    C. Ceramics
    D. Identification
    E. Components
    F. Care implications
X. Dental Implants
    A. Definition
    B. Types
    C. Indications
XI. Interim Therapeutic Restorations
    A. Instruments and material used
    B. Handling of materials
    C. Preparation of teeth
    D. Conditioning
    E. Placement of material
    F. Post application inspection
XII. Laboratory 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 appliances
    G. Perform sealant techniques on typodonts and student partners
    H. Perform interim therapeutic restorations on typodonts
All topics are covered in the lecture and lab portions of the course.

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Lecture Assignments:
1. Reading (15-30) pages per week
2. Quizzes (8-10)
3. Exams (midterm and final)
Laboratory Assignments:
1. Lab exercises (8-10)
2. Lab assignments (8-10)
3. Performance Lab exam

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
10 - 20%
Lab assignments
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
30 - 40%
Lab exercises; performance lab exam
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
45 - 60%
Quizzes; exams
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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Dental Materials, Foundations and Applications,  Powers, Wataha. Elsevier, 11th Edition, 2017
Dental Hygiene, Theory and Practice. Darby and Walsh. Elsevier, Elsevier, 5th Edition, 2020
Modern Dental Assisting. Bird, Doni and Robinson, Debbie. Elsevier. 13th Edition, 2021
Instructor prepared materials

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