The text covers all levels of dental assisting,and applies the clinical sciences to the field and provides an in-depth theoretical basis for understanding how to prevent disease transmission. Included in this edition are: updated information on infection control; expanded coverage of the dental radiology section and business and communication skills section; a revised chapter on sciences in dentistry that features a more clinical approach and a revised section on the medically compromised patient; a new chapter on environmental health and safety (how to recognize common environmental hazards and how to reduce and alienate them), as well as discussions of latex allergies, bioaerosols, dental unit waterline contamination and ergonomics; and a new chapter on expanded functions for additional training.
Part 1 Introduction to dentistry: dental assisting as a profession; ethical and legal aspects of dentistry. Part 2 Sciences in dentistry: anatomy and physiology; structures of the head and oral cavity; tooth morphology; oral pathology. Part 3 Prevention of disease transmission: microbiology and disease transmission; infection control in dentistry; disinfection and sterilization. Part 4 Prevention of medical emergencies: patient data gathering; pharmacology and pain control; the medically compromised patient; medical emergencies in the dental office. Part 5 Introduction to clinical dentistry: delivery of dental treatment; dental instruments and accessories; moisture control techniques; oral diagnosis and treatment planning. Part 6 Dental radiography: radiation health and safety; intraoral radiographic techniques; processing radiographs and extraoral radiography. Part 7 Dental materials: environmental health and safety; restorative materials and dental cements; impression materials and laboratory procedures. Part 8 Comprehensive dental care: preventive dentistry; coronal polishing; restorative and cosmetic dentistry; fixed prosthodontics; removable prosthodontics; endodontics; periodontics; paediatric dentistry; orthodontics; oral and maxillofacial surgery; dental implants; expanded intraoral functions. Part 9 Business and communication skills: communication skills; business office skills; dental insurance; employment.