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Assist with Composite Restoration

Dental Assisting > Restorations

Materials Included:

  • dacr Text
  • dacr Video
  • dacr Anatomy
  • dacr Simulation
  • dacr Quiz
This course explains the dental assistant’s role in composite restoration for the treatment of decayed teeth.

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This course provides knowledge in composite restoration. Composite restoration refers to the application of composite resins for the treatment of decayed teeth. The procedure enhances the cosmetic appearance of the teeth, helps to restore tooth anatomy and functionality, and helps to prevent the complications associated with dental caries (cavities), including tooth and bone loss and infection.

There are three principal stages in the restoration process, each of which is covered in detail in this module. This includes acid etching the enamel after the tooth has been prepared, placing the bonding agent and placing the composite resin.

Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Dental assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 2 - Composite Procedure
Step 2.1 - Shade Matching
Step 2.2 - Preparing the Tooth
Step 2.3 - Acid etch delivery
Step 2.4 - Bonding agent delivery
Step 2.5 - Composite resin delivery
Step 2.6 - Contour and Polish the Restoration
Step 3 - Complete the procedure
Step 3.1 - Administer patient rinse
Step 3.2 - Patient dismissal
Step 3.3 - Final chart and notes
  • Describe the pre-procedure considerations for composite restoration.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for composite restoration.
  • Explain the technique for composite restoration and demonstrate the dental assistant's role in the process.
  • Explain the composition, use, and delivery of the materials used for composite restoration:
    • acid etch
    • bonding agent
    • composite resin
  • Demonstrate the dental assistant's role in the contour and polish process, and in checking for occlusion.
  • Explain the post-procedure process for composite restoration.
  • Describe correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Describe correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and correctly use related medical terminology.
  • 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.

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
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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