PIERCE COLLEGE CLINICAL RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY
DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM
COURSE SYLLABUS -
Course Title: CLINICAL RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY I-III (Dent. 237, 247, 257)
Course Description: Clinical instruction and practice in the placement and finishing of amalgam
and tooth colored restorations and related procedures.
Credits: 2 Credits
Class Time: Thursday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, and other times as arranged
Instructors: Sheila Norton, RDH, BS - Course Lead, Course Instructor
Keavin McIntosh, DDS - Supervising Dentist, Course Instructor-Pierce
Kathy Bassett RDH, BS ME - Course Instructor
Dr Wendy Walsh-Supervising Dentist, Course Instructor –Olycap clinic
I. MATERIALS OF INSTRUCTION:
1. All text and handout materials from the Preclinical Restorative sequence of
2. Clinical Restorative Dentistry Syllabus, Pierce College Dental Hygiene Program
3. Other handouts and research materials as assigned.
II. COURSE INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS:
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Follow all policies and procedures of the Pierce College Dental Hygiene
2. Perform acceptable patient treatment in restorative dental procedures as
specified in the Clinical Restorative Dentistry Syllabus.
3. Complete the treatment of a specified minimum number of patients requiring
restorative treatment in cooperation with the clinic dentist and staff.
4. Complete and self-evaluate a minimum number of specified restorations on a
5. Maintain all patient charts, including fees, documentation and follow-up for
completed treatment at the end of each quarter.
6. Utilize 100% of assigned clinic time in patient treatment, dentoform
work and peer support.
7. Practice and demonstrate proficiency with nitrous oxide administration
and with all emergency equipment and procedures.
8. Build skills and prepare for Western Regional Restorative Examination.
III. BEHAVIORAL OBJECTIVES:
Given discussion, visual aids, typodont and patient practice activities, the student should be
able to (and will be expected to):
1. Practice clinical restorative procedures and skills on dentoforms. Completing
required restorations at a clinically “Acceptable” level (AIS as defined on
evaluation form), specified required amalgam and composite resin
restorations on dentoform model at and “Improvable” to “Acceptable” level.
2. Practice restorative procedures and skills on patients at a clinically
“Improvable” to “Acceptable” level, as determined under close supervision of
3. Perform assistance tasks with restorative patients as part of the “dental
team” with a classmate.
4. Participate in problem solving situations related to the practice of restorative
dentistry and clinical course goals with instructors and classmates.
5. Demonstrate proficiency, as demonstrated by proper functioning, of the
dental unit, equipment operation and maintenance, dental materials
manipulation and designated subjects.
6. Perform specified duties and demonstrate organizational and leadership skills
as Restorative Assistant and Clinic Assistant when assigned, to include proper
set-up and storage of clinical restorative materials.
7. Review and be familiar with information from Material Safety Data Sheets
(MSDS) for all applicable products used in class.
8. Demonstrate proficiency in:
* Preparing for patient care
* Performing necessary clinical unit and equipment maintenance,
sanitization and disinfection
* Instrument management and sterilization
* Demonstrating proper patient and operator positioning
9. Participate 100% of the time, in all seminar/discussion sessions, outside
preparation for lab and clinic. Attendance is mandatory for all clinic/lab
10. Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior at all times .
11. Adhere to the Standards of Applied Dental Hygiene Practice, Principles of
Ethics of the American Dental Hygiene Association; the Pierce College
Student Conduct code; the Pierce College Dental Hygiene Department
Infection Control Manual policies, published Clinic Policy and Procedures; and
general course instructional goals and objectives.
12. Respect, understand and maintain the policies established by the Department
and College to protect the safety of patients, students, faculty and staff at all
13. Complete and self evaluate amalgam and composite resin restorations on a
14. Appoint and perform delegated treatment for a specified number of
restorative patients in cooperation with the dentist.
15. Display proficiency with the equipment and procedure for the use of nitrous
oxide sedation and all emergency equipment items as indicated by patient
16. Perform specified duties and demonstrate organizational and leadership skill
as Clinic Assistant and Office Manager Assistant when assigned.
IV. COURSE CONTENT
Course Orientation and Review
Restorative Pre-Clinic Orientation (Clinic Preparation, Restorative Equipment Issue, Materials
Restorative Clinic Sessions (including lab and clinical patient practice)
Dentoform projects, submitted with self-evaluation/evaluation sheets complete
Patient procedures, submitted with charts, self-evaluation and faculty valuation complete
Submission of completed final course records, to include: dentoform and clinical
evaluations sheets, and Summary of AIS evaluations.
V. RESTORATIVE CLINIC PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS
A. Clinic Schedule
1. All students are assigned to the clinic on Thursdays from 1:00 to 5:00
pm. Specific assignments will be made on the Restorative Clinic Rotation
Schedule; all patients must be entered into the Restorative Appointment
2. No changes will be made in the rotation assignments without the
written approval of the lead dentist on the master schedule.
3. You will be allotted time for set up and clean up of your operatory site
as well as for general clinic duties. It is the responsibility of the
student to be ready for appointments at 1:00 pm.
4. The clinic session ends at 5:00 p.m. All patient procedures must be
complete and patients dismissed by 4:30 p.m.
5. The clinic doors will close at 5:30 p.m. as per program policy. All
students must vacate the clinic at this time.
Requirements for eligibility (or instructor recommendation) to take early WREB
• During Fall quarter (following completion of pre-patient requirements) and through the
registration deadline for April WREB, 5 “mock boards” must be passed at A/A levels
in a 1 ½ hour time frame. Placing one composite restoration and one amalgam
restoration, one being a maxillary and one being a mandibular restoration.
• 2 or more of these pairs are to be passed in the class group test setting (3 opportunities
• 3 of these pairs (or remainder from above) are from self directed opportunities in
restorative clinic. An instructor must be advised prior to starting the exam and teeth
marked. (6 sets of teeth provided)
If these requirements are not met the faculty would advise waiting for the following
B. Clinic Assignments
1. Clinician - The student is responsible for 1) appointing and managing a
restorative patient with needs appropriate for this clinic, 2) coordinating the
efforts of all team members (assistant, clinic assistant, and dentist) in the
treatment of their patient, 3) obtaining pre-approval for treatment from the
dentist and informed consent from the patient, 4) to see that all fees are paid
and recorded, and that the chart entries and all paper work are submitted to
the instructor by 4:45 pm of that session. Each restoration requires a
separate blue Restorative Evaluation sheet (Dentoform or Clinical).
2. Peer Assistant - The student is responsible to support the operation in all
phases of the patient appointment under the direction of the operator,
especially regarding supplies and chair side support. The Peer Assistant may
also assume the following duties: alert the instructor or dentist to operator
needs, serve as a peer evaluator and peer teacher, initial management of
second patient (double book), etc. Each session requires a salmon non-
patient activity sheet, each assistant will make an entry on this sheet to
summarize their key learning from the session as an observer/peer coach.
3. Clinic Assistants - At least 2 individuals are assigned weekly to perform
general clinic assistant duties. In addition, at the beginning of each session
they will put out the restorative supplies on the center island, and work with
the lead instructor to restock and inventory supplies for the session. At the
end of the session, they will store all supplies and equipment to their PROPER
place, check that all units are off and all areas of the clinic are clean.
Sterilization procedures for the next day's clinic should be carried out before
clinic closing at 5:30. Each session requires a blue Restorative Clinic Assistant
C. Patient Appointment Procedures
1. Appointment Book/Daily Schedule - This book will be kept in the clinic for
students to plan their treatment schedule. Appointment slots will be listed for
the entire quarter. Students may enter their patient names and procedures
for the entire quarter. Time slots will be listed for 1:00, 1:30 and 2:00
seating. Please do not bring patient in early to get a head start. This only
creates more waiting. Please appoint larger TxP at 1:00 and 1:30. Patient
names and the TxP intended must be placed in this book as soon as
they are confirmed for their appointment and no later than 11:00
am Thursday. This should be entered by the student IN PENCIL ONLY.
This appointment book is kept at the DDS Desk in the clinic.
2. The Appointment - Patients are to be seated between 1:00 and 2:00 pm.
This will be determined by student, patient, and procedure needs. The
typical restorative appointment involving tooth preparation will be 1to 2-1/2
hours in length. Please rotate through the 1:00 spots. If you had one the
week prior, your are not to have one the following week. (Your
professionalism grade will be altered if not followed)
3. Second Patient (Double Book) - Several opportunities will present for treating
a second patient for a "Non Prep" procedure. Details on this activity and
scheduling will be presented at course orientation and seminar.
4. Dentoform Practice and Allied Activities - Students will continue with lab
activities to review previously learned techniques and to practice newly
introduced procedures (such as posterior composites). These procedures are to
be done as operator or assistant prior to, or following, patient appointment.
Specific goals are indicated under Course Requirements for each quarter.
VI. CLINICAL PROCEDURES REVIEW
Dental Team Procedures - Orientation for clinic will take place on the first day of class, with
an additional review the week prior to patients being scheduled in clinic, this will be based
on review of the appointment book for Restorative clinic. Be sure all appointments are
written in the book as soon as scheduled.
The clinic dentist and instructors will address students in their unit regarding unit set-up,
procedures during cavity prep, and equipment needs. Topics such as positioning,
preferred materials, bonding agent, bur selection, etc., will be discussed and demonstrated
For Pierce College clinic units 2,3,8,9,10,11,12,13,18,19 will be designated for
restorative patient care. If additional units are needed please use units 4 and 17. If
you have these units for your clinic assignment and do not have a restorative
patient you will need to vacate the unit! All dentoform work is to be done in the
non patient units of the clinic. Please sign up for a unit as well when signing up for a
patient in clinic.
VII. PERFORMANCE NOTEBOOK AND DOCUMENTATION
Students are expected to have their Clinic Reference book in clinic, with a section for
instructions for use of all restorative materials. These instructions will be handed out in the
fundamentals and/or clinic courses as the materials are introduced. Records will be kept in
the Restorative section of the students performance notebook for all treatment performed
and any evaluations by instructors and students.
1. Students will keep all records up to date and available in the Clinical File Cabinet on
the clinic floor in designated restorative notebook.
2. All charts, self-evaluations and documentation are to be written up by the student
and turned in to their instructor no later than 4:45 p.m. on each clinic day.
3. All these completed materials and course records must be available by 4:00 p.m. on
the last clinic session for course evaluation. Students are responsible to turn their
records in to the lead instructor.
4. All charts must be audited with one of the course instructors and completed by 5:00
p.m.on the last day of clinic each quarter.
5. Patient journals: For each clinic session a journal entry must be made with
regards to your patient experience. This could include things that you learned,
observed, what went well, what didn’t. This could include before and after
photos. This information will be shared with other classmates the final day of
clinic each quarter. The purpose of this exercise is to share your experiences as
you will all have different learning experiences.
6. More information on this will be provided in course orientation and at clinic seminar.
VIII. COURSE EVALUATION CRITERIA
Specific "Due Dates" are given for dentoform course requirements; the student must plan
their time to allow for completion of patient requirements before 4:00 on the final day of
class, for each quarter.
1. To receive a passing grade in this course, the student must meet all the following
a. Attend and participate in all scheduled sessions.
b. Follow all program policies regarding professionalism and clinical
c. Lab component: Students will be required to complete specific restorations
on the dentoform at no less than an “I” score. Students are required to repeat any
carving receiving an “S” score to no less than an “I” score. Students are encouraged
to repeat “I” carvings to achieve an “A” score; this score will be used for the final
score regardless of the number of attempts made. Each restoration requires a blue
evaluation sheet with self-evaluation completed prior to submission.Each restoration
requires a blue evaluation sheet with self-evaluation completed upon submission.
We also encourage the use of the WREB grading form for your edification. Please
observe the following points on the evaluations sheet:
Acceptable = no changes or slight changes (2)
Improvable = changes required and possible (1)
Standard Not Met = changes required but impossible-must be redone (0)
Grade point Fall 2 (13 rests ) Winter 2 (8 rests) Spring 2 (12 rests)
4.0 11-13 A’s 7-8 A’s 8 A’s
3.5 9-10 A’s 6 A’s 7 A’s
3.0 5-8 A’s 4-5 A’s 5-6 A’s
2.5 1-4 A’s 1-3 A’s 3-4 A’s
2.0 All I’s All I’s 1-2 A’s
1.5 All I’s
Each “S” lowers grade one level
d. Clinical Component: Students will be required to complete a specific
number of restorations or surfaces each quarter. Daily AIS scores on the
blue Restorative Clinic evaluation form will be use for a portion of the final
course grade according to the Clinic AIS Criteria. Self-Evaluation of each task
applied during the appointment must be complete BEFORE submitting the
form for faculty feedback.
Clinical requirements accepted will be passed on Clinical Production Difficulty
points as follows:
Small pit/fissure restorations 0.5 points
Class V restorations 0.5 - 1 point
(Based on faculty discretion - ie: include line angles, sub gingival, requiring cord)
Occlusal restorations 1 point
2 Surface restorations 2 point (matrix needed)
3 Surface restorations 3 pints (matrix needed)
Students are reminded to watch for opportunities for both composite and
amalgam restorations to full fill their 2-Year Requirements over the course of
the year. Be sure to review the Restorative page of your requirements.
IX. QUARTERLY REQUIREMENTS - See table of requirements for assigned preps
Prior to seeing clinical patients the following restorations must be
completed and graded at an A or I level.
#9M #14 MO
# 3 MO #30 MO
#9 F (hold for DHYG 234 lab) #13 DO
The remainder of the dentoform restorations are due on or before
the last clinic session.
#30 MO* #3 MO*
#14 MO* #19 MO*
# 5 DO #30 MOD
*-graded using WREB grading criteria for self eval and instructor eval
Clinical Component: No less than 3 restorations, totaling no less than 3 clinical
difficulty points. These may be either composite and/or amalgam. This
must be two or more patients. This minimum will reflect a 3.5 for the
production grade. For each additional production point, 0.1 will be added to
the final course grade.
To be “eligible” to schedule a clinical patient, the student must
complete assigned dentoform teeth at no less than an “I” score and
demonstrate an MSA, PSA and IA injection at an A or I level during
the assigned lab practice session. Students MUST be able to
discuss landmarks, drug and needle selection, rationale for selected
injection, structures to be anaesthetized and structures at the
deposition site. During the injection students must verbally report:
when at the Penetration site, when performing Aspiration, when at
terminal Depth and Angle.
Case Selection: Students are expected to schedule procedures reflective of
an introductory skill level. If a significant amount of instructor assistance is
required to complete the restoration, productions points will be adjusted.
In Winter quarter you will have the opportunity to give yourself 4 -“mock boards”. There are four set of
WREB teeth provided and you may plan to take 1- 1/2 hours to time yourself and complete these
restorations of WREB pairs. An instructor is required to be notified and teeth checked. Required is one
upper and one lower per session as that is typical of the board. Practice away!!!
Lab component: Half of these restorations must be completed and submitted for grading no
later than the end of the 5th week of the quarter.
3 MO 3 MO
14 MO 14 MO
19 MO 19 MO
30 MO 30 MO
8 and 24 MIL (from 244)
#18 MO and #19 DO amalgams placed and carved together during 244’s first
# 9D and #10 M composites placed together (can be completed in restorative clinic)
#14 DO and #15 MO composites placed together
#30 DO and #31 MOD amalgams placed and carved together
*These four pairs of restorations must be placed and submitted with both preps in place throughout
the entire procedure. These will be graded P/F. Wait to start these restorations until after
explanation in DH 217’s first lecture.
These pairs of restorations are P/F with the emphasis on embrasure contour and contact
position. We will also be evaluating anatomy etc. A failing grade will require redoing both
restorations so evaluate them carefully before submitting!!
March 12th- Mock Board session for restorative and anesthetic and mock anesthetic written
exam (NO RESTORATIVE PATIENTS)
Students are expected to complete these restorations throughout the quarter
and submit for evaluation and feedback If all requirements are held and
submitted on the final day of the course, the student’s grade in
professionalism will be reduced.
No less than 5 restorations, totaling no less than 5 clinical difficulty points. These
may be either composite and/or amalgam. This must be two or more patients. For each
additional production point, 0.1 will be added to the final course grade. To receive a 4.0 in
the production section, at least 5 additional points beyond the course minimum must be
Spring Quarter restorations are designed to challenge you with quadrant dentistry, cusp build-ups and
paired restorations. Groups of restorations should be done in one session to simulate actual quadrant
dentistry. Embrasures and proper proximal contours are required for passing. These will be submitted
and graded together.
COMPOSITES-6 total AMALGAMS-6 total
The following are to be done together
5 MOD 2 MO
14 MOD 3 MOD
*3 MO 4 MOD
*19 MO 5 DO
Composite pair: 19 MODBL+cusp
29 DO *14 MO
With notification of passing of WREB restorative board, #14 MO amalgam,
#3 MO and #19 MO composite only can be replaced by a one-point
restoration beyond the required 10 points. These restorations can also be
switched out for more challenging (and interesting) cusp replacement restorations
if you prefer.
It is our expectation that these restorations should be completed in 3 sessions if
planned for. If you utilize the 1st year dental hygiene students as assistants you
will have ample time to complete patient requirements in 6 sessions
As with Winter quarter, students are expected to complete there
restorations throughout the quarter and submit for evaluation and feedback If all
requirements are held and submitted on the final day of the course, the student’s
grade in Professionalism will be reduced.
Clinical Component: No less than 5 restorations, totaling no less
than 10 clinical difficulty points. This may be two or more patients.
For each additional production point, 0.05 will be added to the final course
grade. To receive a 4.0 in the production section, at least 10 additional
surfaces beyond the course minimum must be completed.
X. FINAL COURSE GRADING
Assessment for this course is based on the following:
1. Professionalism - based on cooperation, leadership, patient
management, rapport, and attitude. Evaluation of total process as noted on
daily evaluation forms, daily AIS scores in Practice Management, CA duty,
attendances and participation will be included in this section. This will also
include patient journal entries and participation in final discussion of patient
2. Production - based on outcomes for all treatment rendered. Evaluation
of final product outcomes as noted on daily evaluation forms as daily AIS
scores in Production/Outcomes will be included in this section.
3. Lab Skill Assessment - based on dentoform work. Final AIS scores for
each assigned dentoform tooth will be included in this section.
A decimal grade will be assigned based on the above for each course in the DH 237, 247,
257 sequence. Please note the following regarding evaluation distribution for the final
Total Point Fall Winter Spring
Professionalism 20 20 20
Production 20* 40* 60*
Lab Skills 60 40 20
* For Fall, Winter and Spring quarters 100% = 3.5. Additional Production points beyond the
minimum required needed to achieve a course grade above 3.5
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