Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant.

Help people live better lives through brighter smiles.

Co-created by University Dental

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What We Offer

Path Profile

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Jessica Neatherton

Start your career in the Dental industry in just 6 weeks
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Path Overview

Welcome to Dental Assistant at University Dental. You’ll spend your first Experience getting to know your instructors, as well learn the success criteria expected to be a stellar Dental Assistant. You’ll learn the history of the company, our practice philosophy, and teamwork in the dental setting. Each Candidate will get to share a bit about himself/herself and learn about service oriented healthcare.

Skills Learned:
Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Nomenclature

You will learn about the anatomy of mouth and understand how to reference the mouth by dental terminology. You will learn the classifications of decay and understand what decay is and recognize what decay looks like. At this time you will also learn more about the different procedures offered in our office, the difference between each procedure, as well as charting and the use of Dentrix software.

Skills Learned:
Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Nomenclature, Software Utilization

This experience will teach you what basic instruments we use in our dental office. You will learn the names, the purpose and how it is used in our office. You will see it being used. This will allow you to understand why it is important and why you will be using each instrument. You will understand and learn the different operatory equipment. Basic instrument terminology along with what instruments are used for each different procedure will also be introduced.

Skills Learned:
Instrument Utilization, Instrument Nomenclature

You will learn what OSHA is and the guidelines that OSHA has placed to protect us and the patients you will see. By the end of this experience, you will become OSHA certified. This experience will also be your introduction to sterilization and explain why and how we sterilize our instruments and our operatories. You will understand the maintenance of the sterilizer equipment. You will learn how to properly clean an operatory and all material and instruments used during the procedure as well.

Skills Learned:
OSHA Training

In this experience, you will be taught the basics of radiology in a dental office setting, why we take x-rays, and what x-rays we take. You will understand the in-depth concept of radiology and safety. We will also begin preparing you to become Radiology Certified.

Skills Learned:
Radiology

Now that you understand the concept of x-rays in a dental office we will now discuss and learn in-depth the difference of each x-ray taken and why we take each x-ray. You will be taught what to look for in an x-ray along with how to correct your mistakes. You will be shown how to take a Panorex, Bite-wing x-rays, Pa’s and a full mouth series.

Skills Learned:
Radiology

We will venture into the different types of exams in the office. This includes comprehensive exams vs. periodic exams vs limited exams. We’ll introduce you into the different types of treatment the hygienist can complete. Which includes prophys, scale and root planning. We will cover periodontal disease and the importance of healthy gums and the importance of home care. We will also gain an understanding of the importance of the dental hygienist in the office.

Skills Learned:
Grocery Store Radiology, Dental Examination, Dental Hygienist Understanding

We now will cover all procedures that are offered in our office, along with how important the DA is to each procedure and what you are responsible for during and after the treatment. Treatment includes; restorations amalgam, composite, extractions, bridges, crowns/build ups/post and temporary crowns, root canals, root canal retreats, implants, partial, dentures, and flippers. We will also cover the different impressions and the difference in material used for what procedure.

Skills Learned:
Dental Assistant Understanding, Material Understanding, Dental Treatment Understanding

Review and recap experience 8, then we will introduce you to state insurance coverage vs. traditional insurance coverages. You will understand what state insurance covers. Explain the pros and cons of insurance, in addition to pre-authorizations and why it must be done. We’ll discuss verbiage along with how to educate the patient about dental treatment and home care.

Skills Learned:
Insurance Concepts and Coverages, Patient and Coworker Verbiage

Here you will understand and learn the importance of setting up/breaking down rooms for each procedure option. Here you will see each instrument being used and understand why. This will visually allow you to put dental terminology and concepts together. You will be shown the importance of the DA role to each procedure and understand why it is so important.

Skills Learned:
Operatory Setup & Breakdown, Instrument Nomenclature

Introducing the local anesthetic and their role, and also to Nitrous-oxide and other types of sedations. You will also learn about how we refer patients out to specialty doctors.

Skills Learned:
Local Anesthetic Understanding, N2O Understanding, Patient Referral Understanding

Impressions we will take include: crowns, bridges, partials, dentures, flippers and relines, and impressions for repairs along with opposing models and bite reg’s. You will have an understanding of the difference in material used for each different procedure. Understand how to write a lab slip up completely, along with picking a shade when needed.

Skills Learned:
Bridge Understanding, Lab Slip Understanding, Impressions Understanding, Crowns Understanding, Dental Impression Understanding

At this time we will review and go over again Experience 12, along with taking more impressions, making sure everyone is aware and understands the importance of a great impression. Along with understanding more of the material we use. We will touch upon pouring up models. This time will allow you to ask questions and practice.

Skills Learned:
Impressions Understanding, Radiology, Material Understanding, Dental Impression Understanding

You will learn the basics of CPR , the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and first aid in the medical setting. You will be CPR certified after this Experience.

Skills Learned:
CPR, AED Understanding

After completing the CPR class, we will now be going over in detail medical emergencies that could occur in a dental office and what the role of the Dental Assistant is. Along with knowledge of the medical emergency kit, where it is located and what you’re expected to know. You’ll also learn the verbiage when there is an emergency with the patient, the staff, and the EMTS when and if they are needed to be called.

Skills Learned:
Emergency Training, Dental Charting

We will begin with a comprehensive review of all previous experiences completed. We will go in depth on charting and when pre-authorizations should be sent out within Dentrix. We will cover how dental assistants are expected to complete notes and how important they are to our practice, and what should or should not be placed in clinical notes. This experience will give each of you time to refine the skills you feel the need to understand more. This will give you time to ask questions, demonstrate and practice, take impressions, charting, take x-rays and anything else that may need to be answered or reviewed. Now it is time to put all your hard work together and show your skills as a Dental Assistant at University Dental.

Skills Learned:
Dentrix Software, Patient and Coworker Verbiage, Dental Charting

Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

Skills Learned:
Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

Skills Learned:
Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

Skills Learned:
Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

Skills Learned:
Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

Skills Learned:
Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

Skills Learned:
Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

Skills Learned:
Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily.

Skills Learned:
Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

Allowing the DA’s to follow in office to see treatment, to understand the flow and see the DA’s in real time. Allowing you to see what is expected from you daily. Then, discuss how the in-office shadowing went, have an open forum about the role of a DA, all treatment and clarifying of any questions that you may have.

Skills Learned:
Dental Assistant Understanding, Dental Office Understanding

Meet Your Path Leaders.

Cat Loy, EFDA

Path Instructor

Mamta Kori, DDS

Curriculum Developer