Chairside Assisting for Dental Assisting Exam Study Guide (page 4)

Updated on Jun 23, 2011

Specialty Procedures

Below is a list of common procedures performed by each specialty:

  • endodontics—root canals, specialized diagnosis, post placement
  • periodontics—root planning, perio hygiene, graphs, gingivectomy, gingioplasty, osseous surgeries
  • pediatric dentistry—coronal polishing, stainless-steel crowns, pulpotomies, fluoride treatments, restorations, space maintainers
  • orthodontics—invisalign, placement of full appliance, appliance adjustment, retainers, positioners, debanding and banding, palatal expander placement
  • prosthodontics—implant crowns, crowns and bridges, full dentures, partial dentures, denture abutments
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery—simple and surgical extractions, multiple extractions, facial reconstruction, removal of tumors and oral lesions, postoperative appointments
  • oral and maxillofacial pathology—exfoliative biopsy, incisional biopsy, excisional biopsy, growth of cultures, microscopic evaluations
  • oral and maxillofacial radiology—production and interpretation of X-ray(s) for diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the upper jaw and face
  • dental public health—outreach programs, volunteer clinics, school educational programs, elderly outreach

As you can see, there is much that chairside assistants must know. Each of the previously mentioned skills and knowledge can be expanded upon and further developed. In addition to those skills and knowledge, the chairside assistant must also be familiar with and well versed in numerous other skills (see below), which will be covered in subsequent chapters of this book:

  • dental materials—armamentarium and manipulation of cements, liners, impression materials, restorative materials, and so on
  • dental radiology—the exposure, processing, mounting, and evaluation of dental films, including regard for patient safety while exposing X-rays 
  • infection control—treatment-room setup; PPE; aseptic technique during procedures; sterilization of instruments; and the disinfection of treatment room, equipment, and supplies
  • additional duties—knowing and understanding state and federal laws regulating dental assisting duties; the importance of ethical behavior; the anatomy of the oral cavity; and how to cope with medical emergencies

Practice problems for this study guide can be found at:

Chairside Assisting for Dental Assisting Exam Practice Problems

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