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Modern Dental Assisting

Prepare for a successful career as a dental assistant! Modern Dental Assisting is the leading text in dental assisting -- the most trusted, the most comprehensive, and the most current. Using an easy-to-understand approach, this resource offers a complete foundation in the basic and advanced clinical skills you must master to achieve clinical competency. It describes dental assisting procedures with photographs and clear, step-by-step instructions. Along with the textbook, this complete learning package includes a companion Evolve website replete with learning exercises and games and a DVD with video clips of dental assisting procedures plus animations and review questions. Written by Doni Bird and Debbie Robinson, two well-known and well-respected dental assisting educators, this edition is also available as a Pageburst e-book.

Hardbound, 1216 Pages

Published: August 2010

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4377-1729-7


  • Part 1: The Dental Assisting Profession

    1. History of Dentistry

    2. The Professional Dental Assistant

    3. The Dental Healthcare Team

    4. Dental Ethics

    5. Dentistry and the Law

    Part 2: Sciences in Dentistry

    6. General Anatomy

    7. General Physiology

    8. Oral Embryology and Histology

    9. Head and Neck Anatomy

    10. Landmarks of the Face and Oral Cavity

    11. Overview of the Dentitions

    12. Tooth Morphology

    Part 3: Oral Health and Prevention of Dental Disease

    13. Dental Caries

    14. Periodontal Disease

    15. Preventive Dentistry

    16. Nutrition

    17. Oral Pathology

    Part 4: Infection Prevention in Dentistry

    18. Microbiology

    19. Disease Transmission and Infection Prevention

    20. Principles and Techniques of Disinfection

    21. Principles and Techniques of Instrument Processing and Sterilization

    Part 5: Occupational Health and Safety

    22. Regulatory and Advisory Agencies

    23. Chemical and Waste Management

    24. Dental Unit Waterlines

    25. Ergonomics

    Part 6: Patient Information and Assessment

    26. The Patient Record

    27. Vital Signs

    28. Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

    29. The Special Needs and Medically Compromised Patient

    30. Principles of Pharmacology

    31. Assisting in a Medical Emergency

    Part 7: Foundation of Clinical Dentistry

    32. The Dental Office

    33. Delivering Dental Care

    34. Dental Hand Instruments

    35. Dental Handpieces and Accessories

    36. Moisture Control

    37. Anesthesia and Pain Control

    Part 8: Dental Radiography

    38. Foundations of Radiography, Radiographic Equipment, and Radiation Safety

    39. Digital Imaging, Dental Film, and Processing Radiographs

    40. Legal Issues, Quality Assurance, and Infection Prevention

    41. Intraoral Imaging

    42. Extraoral Imaging

    Part 9: Dental Materials

    43. Restorative and Esthetic Dental Materials

    44. Dental Liners, Bases, and Bonding Systems

    45. Dental Cements

    46. Impression Materials

    47. Laboratory Materials and Procedures

    Part 10: Assisting in Comprehensive Dental Care

    48. General Dentistry

    49. Matrix Systems for Restorative Dentistry

    50. Fixed Prosthodontics

    51. Provisional Coverage

    52. Removable Prosthodontics

    53. Dental Implants

    54. Endodontics

    55. Periodontics

    56. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

    57. Pediatric Dentistry

    58. Coronal Polishing

    59. Dental Sealants

    60. Orthodontics

    Part 11: Dental Administration and Communication Skills

    61. Communication in the Dental Office

    62. Business Operating Systems

    63. Financial Management in the Dental Office

    64. Marketing Your Skills





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