Jan 22, 2022  
Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

DAST 1520 - Dental Materials

Credit hours: 4

Lecture: 45 contact hours
Laboratory:30-45 contact hours

Prerequisites: Admission to Dental Assisting program. Students must be college level in reading, writing, and math

Course Description:
This course includes the knowledge and skills of dental materials including properties, laboratory safety, competence in the use and manipulation of gypsum, restorative materials, dental cements, impression materials, acrylics and thermoplastics, waxes, abrasive agents and study casts/occlusal registration.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:

  1. Pronounce, spell, and define dental terms as assigned.
  2. Evaluate SDSs for risks, proper handling, and first aid.
  3. Gather appropriate armamentarium for procedures.
  4. Manipulate a variety of gypsum products.
  5. Pour and trim models.
  6. Fabricate custom impression trays.
  7. Differentiate among a variety of waxes and their uses.
  8. Mix alginate by hand and mechanical spatulation.
  9. Take mandibular and maxillary alginate impressions.
  10. Fabricate custom whitening trays.
  11. Apply infection control protocols.
  12. Differentiate among a variety of elastomeric impression materials.
  13. Identify the properties of dental materials and ways that they affect their application.
  14. Manipulate amalgam, composite, glass ionomer, and intermediate restorative materials.
  15. Manipulate materials for etchant, bases, liners, and bonding systems.
  16. Take wax bite and PVS bite registration on student partner.
  17. Differentiate between the various types of pulpal stimuli.
  18. Distinguish between the different types of stress and strain.
  19. Identify best management practices of mercury amalgam.
  20. Manipulate acrylic material for provisional coverage.
  21. Identify the differences between direct and indirect restorative materials.
  22. Differentiate between the properties and the applications of temporary restorative materials, gold alloys, and porcelain in restoring teeth.
  23. Compare and contrast a variety of cements to include directions for use, indications and contraindications, and safety per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  24. Describe indications and contraindications for a variety of abrasive agents.