Restorative dentistry is also called operative dentistry.
What type of materials would be used for restorative dentistry?
What type of materials are used for aesthetic dentistry? Why are aesthetics important?
Understanding the terminology will help dental assistants prepare the correct instruments for a procedure.
Initial cavity preparation is the first of two stages of cavity preparation and has a set number of steps that the dentist follows in an exact order. This process is performed to gain access to the decay or defect.
Final cavity preparation is the second stage of cavity preparation. This procedure is followed after the steps in the initial cavity preparation have been completed.
What is the correct position of a patient during the procedure? How would the dental assistant explain the procedure to the patient?
What are the appropriate setup items needed for an amalgam restoration? What are the appropriate setup items needed for a composite restoration? How can the dental assistant provide moisture control?
Why are class I restorations so common? What are pits and fissures? Where are they located?
Which anterior teeth would have class I restorations?
What accessory items would be needed for a class II restoration? (Matrix system.) Why would this be needed?
Which teeth are involved in this example? Which surfaces are involved in this example?
What accessory items would be needed for class III and class IV restorations? (Mylar-strip matrix system.) Why is this needed? Can a metal matrix system be used?
Which teeth are involved in this example? What surfaces are involved in this example? Why would a dental dam be needed in this procedure?
How does a Class IV restoration differ from a Class III restoration? Why would a dental dam be used?
Class V lesions tend to occur in older patients. Why are older people more susceptible to this type of decay? What material is generally used for this type of restoration?
What could be used to help reflect the tissue away from the preparation?
Retention pins are commonly used in a tooth for retaining and supporting a restoration. Multiple pins may be placed in one tooth. Pins are available in different widths and are supplied in a kit.
A “drill” is used to place the pin in a prepared tooth. No cementation of the pin is required. The extended portion of the retention pin is open to adhere to the restorative material that is to be placed. Why is it important to use a dental dam when preparing and placing pins? (Because the pins are so small, they are easily dropped or misplaced.)
Intermediate restorations are not meant to be permanent. An intermediate restoration is a preliminary step before a final restoration is placed. Why has this procedure been approved as an expanded function of the dental assistant?
What is the appropriate consistency of the intermediate restorative material?
Direct veneers are not fabricated by the dental laboratory technician. Direct veneers are made of a resin composite material. What are some examples of intrinsic stains?
Which teeth may have been involved in this procedure? Are posterior teeth fitted with veneers? Why or why not?
What is a diastema?
How many students know of someone who is currently using a bleaching system? What does the term “vital” mean?
Patients should be advised that bleaching is neither guaranteed nor permanent.
How long do the effects of most whitening systems last? (Between 3 and 5 years.)
What causes intrinsic stains? Intrinsic stains are harder to bleach.
Whitening product is only applied to the facial surface of the tooth.
What type of impression is taken? What symptoms would a patient who wore the bleach tray longer than recommended experience? Many patients do not see the effects of bleaching if they do the maxillary and mandibular arches at the same time.
Extra-strength whitening strips are dispensed by dental offices only.
Why do patients undergoing tooth whitening need to schedule follow-up dental appointments?
What is the purpose of taking a preshade? Why are photographs taken before and after the tooth-whitening process?
Why shouldn’t patients eat or drink while wearing the bleaching trays? What sort of problems may a patient experience during tooth whitening?