Coronal Polishing by the Dental Assistant

Is this course approved by the Tennessee Board of Dentistry? Yes! You will receive 14 hours of continuing education credit when you take this course.

How is the course organized? The course has a didactic portion and a clinical portion. Much of the didactic material will be provided online.

What materials do I need to bring to the clinical portion of the course? You will need to bring clinical attire,a standard four hole handpiece, fine prophy paste, and two autoclaved mirrors and two autoclaved explorers.

Do I need to bring a patient to the clinical portion? Not usually. We will be practicing on each other. However, if you have a condition that prevents you from receiving a standard prophylaxis including gross decay, multiple missing teeth, numerous porcelain restorations, or poor oral hygiene, contact your instructor for guidance.

Where will the clinical portion be held? The clinical portion is held at different locations across the state. Go to "register" at the top of the page to see the locations.

What type of computer equipment will I need? Any computer with an internet connection will be adequate for this course, but a high speed internet connection for your computer is highly desirable.

How much does the course cost? The fee for the course is $250.

How do I pay for the course? Payment is easy. After registering, you can pay immediately using Paypal, a safe and reliable online payment program. You do not need a Paypal account to use your own credit card. However, if you create a Paypal account, you have six months to pay for the course with no interest.

What is your refund policy? You will receive a full refund (minus a 10% processing fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before the course. You will receive a 50% refund if you cancel less than 30 days before the course.

How do I register for the course? Simply go to "register" at the top of the page. Course locations will be listed there.

Do I need to purchase a textbok or other study material? No textbook is required.

What will I learn? After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the process for becoming and remaining certified in coronal polishing,
  2. Understand their responsibilities and the dentist’s responsibilities when polishing,
  3. Recognize the penalties for violation of the practice act,
  4. Outline mechanisms for reporting violations,
  5. Identify anatomical structures that affect coronal polishing,
  6. Identify different types of prophylaxis angles and cups,
  7. List different auxiliary aids used in coronal polishing,
  8. Identify the components of prophylaxis paste,
  9. Describe the role of disclosing solutions,
  10. List different extrinsic and intrinsic stains, Identify plaque and materia alba,
  11. Recognize the appearance of a clean and polished tooth,
  12. Describe infection control procedures to follow when coronal polishing,
  13. Identify contraindications to motor driven polishing,
  14. Identify side effects of poor technique,
  15. Identify precautions taken prior to coronal polishing,
  16. Alter technique for patients with removable or fixed prosthetic appliances or patients with orthodontic appliances,
  17. Identify various forms of fluoride, their methods of applications, and their methods of preparation and storage,