Course Number and Title: DHY 281 Operative/Specialty Dentistry
This course focuses on the concepts of operative dentistry, including chemical and physical properties of materials, and information on procedures in specialty areas of the dental practice.
Trimmed student study models
Dental Hygiene Program Policy and Procedures Manual
Allied Health/Science Department Program Student Policy Manual
- Develop an understanding of the chemical, physical, and mechanical properties of dental materials commonly used in dental practice. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
- Communicate professionally regarding restorative materials, instruments, and specialty dentistry. (CCC 1, 3, 4; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Distinguish among the various dental specialties and the role of the dental hygienist within each. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Develop an understanding of the chemical, physical, and mechanical properties of dental materials commonly used in dental practice.
- Describe the procedures, mechanism of action, active ingredients, indications, and contraindications of common tooth bleaching systems.
- Practice the mixing of common dental cements.
- Prepare a bleaching tray.
- Prepare a Class I amalgam on an extracted tooth.
- Compare the characteristics of various composite materials.
- Differentiate the characteristics of gold and porcelain.
- Identify dental materials on radiographs.
- Communicate professionally regarding restorative materials, instruments, and specialty dentistry.
- Apply Black’s classification of carious legions and restorative preparations.
- Use professional terminology relating to dental materials and instruments.
- Use professional terminology relating to specialty dentistry, both orally and in writing.
- Distinguish among the various dental specialties and the role of the dental hygienist within each.
- Describe endodontics in terms of etiology, diagnosis, treatment procedures, instruments and medications, as well as the implications to dental hygiene practice.
- Describe the rationale for orthodontic treatment and the types of appliances used.
- Identify the components of fixed and removable prostheses.
- Describe surgical procedures performed by a periodontist, and identify instruments commonly used.
- Describe the oral surgery specialty in terms of procedures performed and instruments used.
- Describe procedures provided by a pedodontist and the role of the dental hygienist in a pediatric practice.
The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Collect and analyze baseline data in a critical and scientific manner regarding the patient's health status to determine dental hygiene treatment needs.
- Utilizing professional communication skills and behaviors, initiate and responsibly advocate health care promotion and disease prevention for diverse populations.
- Provide dental hygiene care in a safe manner.
- Utilizing self-assessment skills, evaluate clinical performance and the effectiveness of dental hygiene treatment.
- Accurately document information related to dental hygiene care through proper record keeping.
- Recognize and manage the professional and ethical issues of dental hygiene practice in a dynamic environment.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.