Key Features

  • Focus on Clinical Dental Assisting provides essential information on the core skills and procedures needed to become a practicing dental assistant.
  • Approachable writing style ensures that you have a full understanding of text content.
  • Easy-to-follow organization offers 29 succinct chapters that move from profession basics and sciences to infection control, chair-side treatment foundations, and patient care in general and specific dentistry.
  • Step-by-step procedures of skills dental assistants must master feature a consistent format that includes a goal, equipment, chronological steps, and rationales.
  • Procedure icons clearly indicate what issues/things must be identified when performing various core procedures.
  • Ethical implications are featured at the end of each chapter’s narrative to touch on important ethical considerations related to the chapter material.

Table of Contents

PART 1: The Profession

  1. Introduction to Dental Assisting
  2. Professional and Legal Aspects of Dental Assisting
  3. PART 2: The Sciences

  4. Anatomy and Physiology
  5. Dental Anatomy
  6. PART 3: Infection Prevention and Hazardous Materials

  7. Disease Transmission
  8. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials
  9. Surface Disinfection and Treatment Room Preparation
  10. Instrument Processing
  11. PART 4: Dental Treatment

  12. Clinical Dentistry
  13. Moisture Control
  14. PART 5: Patient Care

  15. The Dental Patient
  16. The Dental Examination
  17. Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
  18. Pain and Anxiety Control
  19. PART 6: Dental Imaging

  20. Radiation Safety and Production of X-Rays
  21. Oral Radiography
  22. PART 7: Preventive Dentistry

  23. Preventive Care
  24. Coronal Polishing and Dental Sealants
  25. PART 8: Restorative Dentistry

  26. Instruments, Handpieces, and Accessories
  27. Restorative Materials
  28. Restorative Procedures
  29. Impression Materials and Laboratory Procedures
  30. Prosthodontics
  31. PART 9: Specialized Dentistry

  32. Periodontics
  33. Endodontics
  34. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  35. Pediatric Dentistry
  36. Orthodontics
  37. PART 10: Preparation for Employment


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About the editors

Debbie Robinson

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Assistant Professor and Research Study Coordinator, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Doni Bird

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty, Allied Dental Education Program, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA