June 8, 2018

Coronal Polishing for the Dental Assistant


This program offers 8 hours of clinical and didactic education in coronal polishing. This course will include: Oral Anatomy; Tooth morphology; Indications, contraindications and complications for coronal polishing; Infection control procedures; and Jurisprudence relating to coronal polishing. The laboratory and clinical activity will include: training in using a slow-speed hand piece; principles of coronal polishing; armamentarium; operator & patient positioning, polishing technique, polishing agents; and polishing coronal surfaces of teeth. This course is offered through the Department of Dental Hygiene at UT Health San Antonio.

• State the effect polishing has on the patient,environment, teeth and gingival tissues.
• Identify indications for polishing the teeth.
• Discuss contraindications for polishing the teeth.
• Distinguish between abrasion, abrasive and polishing.
• Identify the characteristics of abrasive particles.
• Determine how particle size/shape, speed, and pressure affect abrasiveness.
• Recognize different abrasive agents.
• Describe the constituents of a commercial polishing agent utilized by a dental professional.
• Demonstrate use of a slow speed hand piece and prophylaxis angle on a partner in clinic.
• Define cumulative trauma disorders and explain how the dental assistant might prevent such injuries.
• Given a description of a seated operator and/or a reclined patient, determine if the situation serves the clinician's best interest ergonomically.
• Outline the anatomy of the carpal tunnel and explain how compression of the median nerve occurs.
• List the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
• List the areas of the work site to be evaluated for potential carpal tunnel syndrome risk.
• Define disclosing.
a. Explain the different ways that disclosing dental plaque can assist the dental assistant in patient education and motivation.
b. List the properties of an acceptable disclosing agent.
c. Describe the various formulas of disclosing agents.

JOANN JORDAN, RDH, is an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Periodontics at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas. She received her certificate in dental hygiene from UTHSCSA in 1995 and her Bachelor’s completion degree from UTHSCSA in 2001. She obtained her Master of Arts in Administration with a Healthcare Administration concentration from University of the Incarnate Word in 2010. Her 19 years of experience as a hygienist includes private practice, dental hygiene teaching, research, CE speaking and publishing articles on oral piercing.

Check-in: TBD, 7:30 AM
Program: Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

UT DENTISTRY - Center for Oral Health Care and Research

Dental Assistant: $340.00

CREDIT (Course Code: 162002A)
Hours: 8

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