Excellence In Laboratory Assisting

This one day course, designed for the Laboratory Team, includes lectures  supported by hands-on rotations. Each instructor rotation, along with the learning objectives, is detailed below.

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Digital Photography

In this digital age, effective patient communication is predicted on clinical photography. This hands-on rotation will provide dental assistants with the necessary skills to shoot basic photographs for quick co-diagnosis, as well as pre-treatment, treatment and post-treatment clinical angles required for domestication and lab communication purposes. Attendees will learn simplified camera settings appropriate for various photographs as well as placement of retractors and use of clinical mirrors. Uploading, basic image manipulation, file storage and tips for quick access and emailing will be demonstrated.

Learning Objectives

  • What materials are needed to take proper photos, not just the camera
  • Basics of positioning and farming of the subject
  • Proper instruments and lighting for excellent intra-oral shots
  • Digital imaging for patient education and case acceptance
  • Using digital images for enhanced laboratory comunication
Digital Photography
Shannon Taking a Picture

Digital Radiography

Radiographs are an important adjunct to providing oral health care for the total patient. Historically, radiographic images have been produced using film-based systems. However, in recent years, with the arrival of new technologies, many practitioners have begun to incorporate digital radiographic imaging into their practices. The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of digital radiography in dentistry. Specific components addressed are technological features, diagnostic software, advantages and disadvantages, technique procedures, and legal implications.

Learning Objectives

  • Parallel techniques to open contacts
  • Positioning of sensors and the patient for better radiographs
  • How to read a radiograph
  • Barriers and x-ray bibs to protect the patient
  • Infection control issues

digital-radiography

Impression Techniques

Making an accurate and detailed impression is the first and most important step in creating superior prosthetic
restorations for your patients, but even the most experienced practitioner can encounter difficulties when making
an impression.

  • PVS vs Alginate
  • Understanding what to look for in an impression
  • Choosing the right impression tray
  • Proper patient positioning techniques
  • Why did I get that pull, scrape, bubble, delamination and/or void

Impression-Techniques

Infection Control Techniques

This rotation will provide an overview of best practices for infection control in dentistry with an emphasis on how
to adapt guidelines and recommendations into every day practice. Building on the basic principles of infection
control, the participants are guided through the process of delivering safe care without compromising efficiency.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the principles and processes of disinfection and sterilization
  • Identify the steps to sharps safety
  • Identify the personal protective attire and gear for dental personnel safety
  • Identify the infection prevention strategies that dental staff should follow at all times

Infection control Techniques

Laboratory Communication

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Communication between the dentist, assistant and laboratory technician is now more critical than ever in the overall achievement of ultimate esthetic results. The ideal chairside dental assistant must be current and knowledgeable in materials science and be proficient in the various step-by-step procedures that are now required to deliver state-of-art dentistry to the patient. Increase your artistic skill and satisfaction by learning about materials and techniques that can help deliver to the patient the best dentistry has to offer! This is one comprehensive course that every dental assistant needs to attend!

Learning Objectives

  • Mastering digital photography: pre-operative, provisional stage, and post-operative
  • Step-by-step procedural techniques in taking a facebow/bitestick, diagnostic study casts, video imaging, and laboratory Rx
  • What constitutes a perfect master impression
  • How exquisite provisional restorations serve as an anatomic (functional) and esthetic blueprint for the laboratory and lab communications
Gypsum model of human jaw on a white background.

Chairside Charting

A dental chart is used to measure the depth of gum pockets around the teeth. It is a way of noting abnormal clinical
and radiographic findings as a permanent part of the patient’s dental record. Recording the condition of all teeth as
well as soft and hard tissues is necessary for a number of reasons including the need to provide quality care. The
charting of existing conditions provides basic information for an accurate comprehensive treatment plan.
Communicating the patient’s history is also an important reason for using a dental chart as well as the chart being a
legal document.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of and the reasons for properly documenting and maintaining patient records
  • Differentiate between types of data that should be included or excluded from the complete record
  • Avoid potential charting errors by learning to use objective and legible entries to properly document pertinent patient information

 

Chairside Charting

Clinical Consultations

As clinical procedures in aesthetic dentistry continue to expand and improve, the dental assistant’s role continues to
evolve as well. As we connect with the patient and understand their desires, it allows them to become more open
and honest with their expectations. Increasing case acceptance is easy when we know what to ask and say. This
course takes the dental team through proper records gathering, treatment planning and case acceptance and how
to include whitening and esthetic dental treatment.

Learning Objectives

  • How to properly schedule the new patient and orchestrate the appointment to gather esthetic, occlusal, biologic and clinical information
  • Ask proper questions to connect with the wants and needs of the dental patient
  • Understand dental procedures and how to present their treatment plan and sequence the steps

Clinical Consultations

Fabricating Exquisite Anterior

This session will present a philosophy of esthetics centered on the concept of natural beauty created from research in the fields of both art and science. Esthetic success depends not only on the creation of a beautiful smile, but ensuring optimal function and health. Bringing together the concepts of form and function, we will look at how the concepts of smile design and anterior guidance come together to ensure patient comfort and predictability. Finally we will talk about how our provisionals create the blueprint for what works and allow an exact transfer of this information into porcelain.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand both indirect and direct provisional techniques
  • Trim, finish and polish provisionals to create exquisite fit and aesthetics
  • Choose cementation techniques for partial and full coverage anterior provisionals

Fabricating Exquisite Anterior Provisionals

Fabricating Exquisite Posterior

Multiple fabrication techniques will be presented including materials selection and custom staining. The workshop will cover provisional cementation techniques to reduce sensitivity and provide retention. Participants will fabricate a crown and bridge provisional.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand both indirect and direct provisional techniques
  • Trim, finish and polish provisionals to create exquisite fit and aesthetics
  • Choose cementation techniques for partial and full coverage posterior provisionals

Fabrication Exquisite Posterior Povisionals

Whiter, Brighter, Healthier Teeth

The course will cover practical techniques for in-office and take home whitening. Fulfilling the desire and demand to
have a bright and white smile is the ultimate goal for every dental practice. A bright smile not only presents a
healthy and beautiful impression, but also increases one’s interest in oral hygiene, allowing the patient to have more
social self-confidence and self esteem. Before the patient can go through the whitening process, we must have a
proper whitening consult to understand the patient and their desires.

Learning Objectives

  • How to do a whitening consult and understand who is a candidate for each whitening procedure
  • Understanding the differences of carbamide vs. hydrogen and what type of whitening the patient needs
  • Giving proper home care instructions and tips to achieve their goal

Whitening

Bolding & Cementation

Bonding and cementation materials and techniques are constantly evolving. It is a challenge of every practice to differentiate between the products on the market, and know which to choose to ensure predictable results. This program will present the history and current science behind dentin adhesives, bonding systems and cementation. The lecture will compare total etch to self etch techniques and distinguish the risks and benefits of each. The presentation will detail a systematic approach to evaluating the different generations of dentin adhesives, and compare the clinical and research data of each. This lecture will clarify how to decrease post-operative sensitivity and increase the success of your adhesive dentistry.

Learning Objectives

  • Dentin adhesives, materials and application
  • Bonding materials
  • Cementation materials and technique
  • Light and dual cure bonding technique

Bonding and Cementation

Rubber Dam Placement Made Easy

Bonding and cementation materials and techniques are constantly evolving. It is a challenge of every practice to differentiate between the products on the market, and know which to choose to ensure predictable results. This program will present the history and current science behind dentin adhesives, bonding systems and cementation. The lecture will compare total etch to self etch techniques and distinguish the risks and benefits of each. The presentation will detail a systematic approach to evaluating the different generations of dentin adhesives, and compare the clinical and research data of each. This lecture will clarify how to decrease post-operative sensitivity and increase the success of your adhesive dentistry.

Learning Objectives

  • Dentin adhesives, materials and application
  • Bonding materials
  • Cementation materials and technique
  • Light and dual cure bonding technique

Rubber Dam

The Art of Hemostatsis

Unparalled tissue management starts with rapid profound hemostasis. An ideal impression for successful crown and bridge must accurately capture all the preparation margins. How to place a single, double cord technique is the best way to get detailed impressions.

Learning Objectives

  • Choosing the correct cord and packing instruments
  • What hemostasis materials to use
  • When to use ferric sulfate or aluminum chloride

The Art of Hemostatsis