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Dental Assisting > General
This module explains the dental assistant's role in understanding and performing a crown and bridge procedure.

This module provides knowledge about crown and bridge procedures. The four main stages of crown and bridge fabrication are covered here, including: preliminary impression, preparation of the tooth, final impression and/or scan, and provisional coverage. The dental assistant plays a crucial role in aiding the dentist to ensure a safe and successful procedure. This includes preparing necessary materials, ensuring all equipment is properly functioning, efficiently handing off to the dentist the needed tools to complete the procedure, and ensuring the patient is comfortable throughout the procedure. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers clinical scenarios that test your ability to assist with a crown and bridge procedure. Practice the steps of the procedures online as often as you want, until you feel confident.

You'll learn 

  • how the tooth is prepared for a crown and bridge procedure
  • the various methods for impressioning
  • the different forms of material used during a crown and bridge procedure
  • the steps for placing a gingival retraction cord
  • provisional coverage fabrication and cementation
  • much more (see Content Details for more specific information)
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Dental assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 2 - Procedure
Step 2.1 - Preliminary impression
Step 2.2 - Preparing the tooth
Step 2.2.1 - Placing gingival retraction cord
Step 2.3 - Final impression
Step 2.3.1 - Forms of materials
Step 2.3.2 - Ready impression materials
Step 2.3.3 - CAD impressioning
Step 2.3.4 - Evaluate final impression
Step 2.3.5 - Disinfecting impressions
Step 2.3.6 - Occlusal registration
Step 2.4 - Provisional coverage
Step 2.4.1 - Categories of provisional coverage
Step 2.4.2 - Cementation of provisional coverage
Step 2.4.3 - Homecare instructions
Step 3 - Complete the procedure
Step 3.1 - Complete the documentation
Step 3.2 - Dismiss the patient
Step 3.3 - Discard materials
Step 3.4 - Disinfect equipment and treatment area
  • Identify pre-procedural considerations for crown and bridge preparation.
  • Distinguish between indications for fixed prosthesis.
  • Identify fixed bridge components.
  • Differentiate between procedural steps for crown and bridge preparation in a simulated setting.
  • Justify the rationale for need of post and core build-up in the preparation.
  • Review at-home care instructions to patient for the fixed prosthesis.
  • Formulate the steps in placing gingival retraction cord in a simulated setting.
  • Describe clinical safety according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Describe the purpose of the state Dental Practice Act and its relevance for dental assistants.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patients' Bill of Rights.

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