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Assist with Root Canal Therapy NEW

Dental Assisting > General
This module explains the dental assistant's role in how to prepare for and assist in a root canal therapy procedure.

Root canal therapy is performed with the intent of saving a natural tooth that may be abscessed, chipped, cracked, or necrotic. The module provides knowledge on how the dental assistant will prepare for, and assist in, root canal therapy. The dental assistant plays a crucial role in aiding the dentist to ensure a safe and successful endodontic examination and 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 root canal therapy procedure. Practice the steps of the procedures online as often as you want, until you feel confident.

You'll learn 

  • how to identify the tools and equipment used in a root canal therapy procedure
  • the steps for assisting in an electric pulp vitality test
  • how to apply and place a dental dam
  • the steps for assisting in a root canal therapy procedure on the anterior and posterior teeth
  • the steps for assisting in the placement of a temporary restoration
  • 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 - Electric pulp vitality testing
Step 2.1 - Explain procedure to patient
Step 2.2 - Identify control tooth to be compared to suspect tooth
Step 2.3 - Pulp testing
Step 2.4 - Complete procedure
Step 3 - Root canal therapy for anterior and posterior teeth
Step 3.1 - Explain procedure to patient
Step 3.2 - Placing dental dam
Step 3.3 - Performing root canal therapy
Step 4 - Complete the procedure
Step 4.1 - Dismiss the patient
Step 4.2 - Discard materials
Step 4.3 - Disinfect equipment and treatment area
Step 4.4 - Complete the documentation
  • Apply the steps of assisting in electric pulp vitality testing.
  • Apply a dental dam prior to root canal therapy in a simulated exercise.
  • List the instruments and supplies needed to place a dental dam prior to root canal therapy.
  • Identify which armamentarium (instruments, burs, files, etc.) to use in root canal therapy.
  • List materials and medicaments used in root canal therapy.
  • Apply the steps in an anterior root canal in a simulated exercise.
  • Apply the steps in a posterior root canal in a simulated exercise.
  • Describe clinical safety precautions concerning dental impressions 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.

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including key terms and hyperlinks to references
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  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
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