Feb 16, 2020
DH 220 - Dental Materials
Credit Hours: 2
The theory and description of the materials used in general dental practice and relevant dental specialties will be presented. Lectures will include general composition, physical and chemical properties and behavior of dental materials in the oral environment. The theoretical ideal dental restorative material will be described and existing materials will be compared to it. Sealant materials used in preventive dentistry will be discussed. Minimum passing grade is "C-".
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- discuss the basic science, physical and mechanical characteristics, handling, and clinical performance of the materials used in the general practice of dentistry;
- apply knowledge of the basic science and behavior of existing materials in comparison to the new materials and techniques that are continuously evolving;
- appraise safety issues of dental materials and plan safe work practices;
- describe indications and applications of various dental materials in a clinical and laboratory setting;
- recognize and document patient records according to the dental materials and restoratives placed within the oral cavity;
- evaluate the selection, manipulation and performance of dental materials and restoratives for proper treatment while rendering quality dental hygiene services;
- differentiate between dental specialties and corresponding dental materials, armamentarium, and procedural applications; and
- appreciate the differences in race and culture while valuing the importance of educating patients in regards to preventive/restorative materials, treatment options and the proper maintenance of restorations and oral prostheses.
Prerequisites: All required first year courses in the Dental Hygiene curriculum and DH175 must be passed.
Corequisites: All required fall semester, second year courses in the Dental Hygiene curriculum.
Concurrent Registration: DH 221
Withdrawal from or failure of a required course prevents further progression in the curriculum. General education courses may be taken earlier than indicated but may not be taken later than the prescribed schedule.