DIVISION: Health Sciences
Our dental programs offer a variety of education tracks and career options within dental health care. From our entry-level, no prerequisite programs in dental assisting and restorative dental technology to our degree programs in dental hygiene, our courses prepare you with the skills and expertise to succeed in the high-demand career field of dental health care.
Dental Assisting Program
Work as part of the dental health team to help provide more efficient dental treatment. It's a one-year program with no prerequisites that leads to a certificate of achievement and eligibility for the certification exam required to work as a Dental Assistant.
Dental Hygiene Program
Become a Dental Hygienist — a licensed dental professional. This two-year program leads to a Certificate of Achievement and Associate in Science degree. Upon successful completion, you will be eligible for the licensure exam required to become a Dental Hygienist.
Learn to construct custom made restorative and dental appliances. This two-year program will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to take certification exams and begin working as a Restorative Dental Technologist.
C-ID: DENA 105X
Composition, characteristics, physical properties and uses of metallic alloys and non-metallic agents such as gypsum, cements, aesthetic restorations, impression materials and new products currently used in dentistry. Includes practical laboratory experiences and chairside procedures involved in the use of these materials. Total of 36 hours lecture and 72 hours laboratory.
Introduction to microbiology, infectious diseases, immunity, infection control in the dental office, agencies concerned with disease control, OSHA standards and guidelines and hazard communication management. Review of current rules and regulations as outlined by the Dental Practice Act. This course meets the eligibility requirements for the certificate in Infection Control and the California Dental Practice Act required by the state for unlicensed Dental Assistants. Total of 36 hours lecture and 18 hours laboratory.
Introduction to dental essentials to include the oral cavity, bones of the face, fundamentals of preventive dentistry, vital signs, principles of professionalism, the dental health team and selected dental office lab procedures. Total of 54 hours lecture and 27 hours laboratory.
Principles of applied human behavior, psychology and interpersonal communication in diverse settings. Total of 36 hours lecture.
Participation in clinical activities, projects, research, etc. including experience in clinical and preclinical or simulated practice settings, practical laboratory projects/assignment, lecture attendance, literature review, and community projects. Total of 54 hours laboratory.
Chairside techniques to include infection control, basic medical and dental emergencies, cavity classification and design, dental charting, rotary and hand instruments, tray set-ups and procedures, oral vacuum and triplex syringe use, instrument exchange, dental dam placement and removal, matrix retainer placement and removal, four-handed dentistry techniques, anesthetic syringe, principles of anesthesiology, and medical history procedures. Practical application of preclinical/clinical techniques in patient management. Total of 36 hours lecture and 144 hours laboratory.
Application of advanced dental assisting chairside techniques, oral pathology, oral inspection, pharmacology and dental therapeutics, product evaluation and dental specialties. Total of 54 hours lecture and 72 hours laboratory.
C-ID: DENA 100X
Dental office skills aimed at developing the dental assistant's abilities related to dental office administration. Course will include but not be limited to the following didactic and laboratory instruction: business aspects of dentistry, dental team employees, patient management, legal and ethical issues, technology, office design and equipment used in dentistry. Total of 54 hours lecture and 18 hours laboratory.
Clinical experience(s) to include but not limited to: chairside skills and techniques, new technology, and specialty practices. Students must provide their own transportation and meet all the clinical guidelines. Six weeks. Total of 9 hours lecture and 87 hours laboratory.
Application of academic knowledge, communication and technical skills to the dental office workplace environment. Weekly clinical seminar, evaluations and related work experiences include but not limited to using basic and advanced chairside assisting skills and procedures, radiology techniques, and manipulation of dental materials. The students will be assigned to general and specialty dental offices and clinics and meet regularly to discuss experiences, work ethics and other topics related to employment. Students must provide their own transportation and meet all the clinical guidelines. Total of 18 hours lecture and 220 hours field/clinical.
Functions delegated to the dental assist and the registered dental assistant. Meets the requirements of the Dental board of California for completion of designated Registered Dental Assisting duties in addition to coronal polish, pit and fissure sealant application and Ultrasonic scaling for orthodontic band cement removal. Emphasis is placed on the practical application and technical abilities of each task, critical thinking, communication, ethical responsibilities, competency of performance and a demonstrated concern for patient health and safety. Total of 36 hours of lecture and 72 hours of laboratory.
Students are required to provide valid and current cleared health history and BLS. To meet the state of California Radiation Safety course requirements, students are required to provide patients for radiographic exposures. Theory and basic principles of intraoral and extraoral radiography; characteristics and methods of controlling X-radiation; hazards of radiation; infection control and safety procedures. Laboratory and clinical experience on selected patients; care and operation of dental X-ray unit; dental images, placement and exposure techniques. Identification and interpretation of radiographs. Course meets and is approved by the Dental Board of California for Radiation Safety. Total of 36 hours lecture and 108 hours laboratory.
Advanced theory and specialized principles of intraoral radiography techniques to include but not limited to: digital, endodontic, pedo, film placement, processing and exposure techniques. Six weeks. Total of 9 hours lecture and 9 hours laboratory discussion.
Designed to provide advance education in orthodontic training for the Registered Dental Assistant or Dental Assistant currently working in an Orthodontic practice setting. Meets the didactic and laboratory requirements by the Dental Board of California Orthodontic Assisting Permit course approval. Specialty Clinical Experience. Students must provide verification of RDA license and/or 6 months work experience as a Dental Assistant; Hepatitis B immunization records OR HBV Refusal form; TB Test Result; CPR certification, 8 hour Infection Control and 2 hour Dental Practice Act or RDA license on the first day of class. Total of 36 hours lecture and 36 hours laboratory.
Clinical instruction designed to provide students with the required clinical hours associated with working in an orthodontic office or other specialty office under the instructors' supervision. Students will be required to attend an orientation and complete assigned hours in an approved clinical site. Total of 28 hours of clinical laboratory.
Prepares the dental assistant with a comprehensive review of dental assisting functions, infection control standards, radiation safety, dental assisting and registered dental assisting duties. Practice and reinforcement of exam material. Includes but not limited to selected DA/RDA duties and functions. Total of 9 hours lecture.
Prepares the dental assistant with a comprehensive review of dental assisting functions, infection control standards, dental assisting, and registered dental assisting duties. Practice and enforcement of technical skills include but not limited to selected DA/RDA duties and functions. Total of 27 hours laboratory.
Refinement of basic dental assisting skills, techniques and concepts in a laboratory or clinical setting. Total of 54 hours laboratory.
Enhance advanced level of dental assisting skills, techniques and concepts in a laboratory, preclinical, or clinical setting. Total of 54 hours laboratory.
Orientation and role of the dental hygienist in maintaining oral health. Introduction to dental hygiene procedures and techniques. Selected services on patients, partners and/or laboratory manikins. Emphasis on the United States and California Occupational Safety and Health Administration Rules and Regulations and infection control in the dental office. Total of 36 hours lecture and 162 hours laboratory.
Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice including preventive, educational, and therapeutic services provided by the dental hygienist. Practical application on selected patients. Total of 36 hours lecture and 162 hours laboratory.
Clinical application of dental hygiene theory and practice with primary emphasis on pain control. Assessment of patient needs to determine the use of pain control methods. Total of 18 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.
Clinical application of dental hygiene Theory and Practice including assessment of patient needs, treatment planning, pain control, oral disease control, delivery and evaluation of preventive, educational and therapeutic services, to an intermediate level of performance. Total of 36 hours lecture and 270 hours laboratory.
Integration of Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice into preventive, educational and therapeutic care to clinical competency on a diverse range of patients. Advanced techniques and procedures. Total of 36 hours lecture and 270 hours laboratory.
Principles of general pathology, with special emphasis on oral pathology. Total of 54 hours lecture.
Designed to provide students with the skills necessary to critically evaluate current product research information and scientific literature as it relates to the practice of dental hygiene. Students will be encouraged to pose their own research questions, design and present projects, and evaluate research. Total of 36 hours lecture.
Basic principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, toxicology, and pharmacodynamics. Pharmacology of drugs used in dentistry, drug interactions, and medical emergencies. Total of 36 hours lecture.
Principles of communication and learning for the dental health professional. Patterns of human development, cultural pluralism, and health behaviors. Health education strategies. Total of 36 hours lecture.
Ethics and jurisprudence in dentistry, professional relations and responsibilities, dental hygiene practice management, trends and current issues in dental hygiene. Total of 36 hours lecture.
Normal periodontium, gingival and periodontal diseases, types and degrees of periodontal disease, therapy and maintenance. Total of 36 hours lecture.
Advanced topics in clinical periodontology. Diagnosis of and influences on disease activity, emergencies, treatment modalities, maintenance, and legal aspects. Total of 18 hours lecture.
Composition, characteristics, physical properties and uses of dental non-metallic and metallic agents; practical laboratory and clinical applications involved in the use of these materials. Total of 36 hours lecture and 36 hours laboratory.
Oral terminology, dental anatomy and root morphology with emphasis on the relationships of form, function and occlusion. Includes laboratory experience in instrument adaptation to root morphology, pulp vitality testing as related to RDH duties of the California Dental Practice Act. Total of 18 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.
Principles, objectives and techniques of oral disease prevention and control; oral health promotion through organized community efforts. Includes epidemiology, literature review, planning, implementation and evaluation of a community-based oral health program. Required instructional trips. Total 36 hours of lecture.
Participation in research and various clinical project including experience in clinical or simulated practice settings, practical laboratory assignment, lecture attendance, literature review, and community projects. Total of 54 hours laboratory.
Practicum at an intermediate level in dental hygiene in non-traditional settings. Includes institutional, management and community health experiences. Emphasis on dental hygienist as educator, resource professional and provider in dental care delivery. Maximum credit 2 units, 1 unit each semester. Total of 85 hours field practice.
Dental management of medically compromised patients. Emphasis placed on patient assessment, treatment planning, patient management, patient motivation and interpersonal communications for medically compromised patients, special needs patients, and geriatric patients. Total of 36 hours lecture.
Theory and basic principles of intraoral and extraoral radiographs; characteristics and methods of controlling X-radiation; hazards of radiation; safety procedures. Laboratory and clinical experience in care and operation of the dental X-ray unit; processing, mounting films. Intraoral film placement and exposure techniques; use of film holders. Extraoral exposure techniques. Identification and interpretation of radiographs. Total of 36 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.
Development of dental hygiene skills in a laboratory or preclinical/clinical setting at the introductory level. Pass/no pass grading. Total of 54 hours laboratory.
Development of dental hygiene clinical skills at an advanced level in a clinical setting. Pass/no pass grading. Total of 54 hours laboratory.
Development of clinical skills in a clinical setting as related to the clinical board examinations. Pass/no pass grading. Total of 54 hours laboratory.
Provides students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills and provide support services required by the State Dental Practice Act and the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. Total of 54 hours laboratory.
Restorative Dental Technology
Theory, laboratory techniques and procedures for inlay, onlay and crown fabrication; model and die fabrication, mounting patient cases to a semi-adjustable articulator, wax design of fixed restorative prosthetics, direct spruing and investing, of single inlays, crowns and onlays dental restorations. Identification of the margin in dental impressions, on stone dies, and on computer rendered (CAD) images or designs generated from a digital impression scan. Esthetics, basic occlusal factors, tooth contour and anatomy of single tooth restorations as both a computer-aided-design (CAD) rendering and as a manual design. Total of 36 hours lecture and 108 hours laboratory. Formerly DLT 114A.
Theory, techniques and laboratory procedures for advanced crown and bridge fabrication. Emphasis on principles of fixed partial denture (FPD)/bridge design for esthetics, function, sanitation and comfort. Abutment theory, pontic designs and bridge retainer designs in both wax and by using computer-aided-design (CAD) software, laboratory procedures related to the lost wax process, casting, metal finishing and polishing for both single and multiple unit/tooth fixed restoration prosthetics. Laboratory projects include design and fabrication of a multiple unit/tooth simulated patient case with an FPD with a semi-precision (broken-stress) attachment, post/core telescopic crown restoration mounted on a semi-adjustable articulator, dental alloy soldering procedures for bridge connectors and crown repairs. Reinforcement of techniques taught in the basic Crown and Bridge curriculum with emphasis on productivity, time management and quality requirements. Maximum credit for RDT 125B and DLT 114B is 5 units. Total of 36 hours lecture and 162 hours laboratory. Formerly DLT 114B.
Infection control procedures as they pertain to removable prosthetics. Theory and related laboratory procedures for fabricating preliminary and master casts followed by custom edentulous impression trays, record bases, and occlusion rims. Will learn how to use the semi-adjustable articulator for mounting denture master casts following the arbitrary mount method and incorporating condylar guidance as well as anterior guidance. Denture tooth selection, esthetic arrangement and set up of a complete set of maxillary and mandibular denture teeth into bilateral balance functional occlusion followed by anatomic wax up of the gingival architecture. Total of 36 hours lecture and 108 hours laboratory. Formerly DLT 113A.
Theory and laboratory techniques for processing bilaterally balanced complete dentures to include: flasking (investing), boil-out, packing, compression and heat-curing techniques, denture recovery and occlusal adjustments, remounting procedures, selective grinding of opposing complete dentures to incorporate protrusive, bilateral balance, and correction of vertical errors, as well as finishing and polishing complete dentures to completion. Semi-adjustable articulators will be employed during these processing steps. Additional laboratory procedures include: characterizing denture base resins, repairing individual denture teeth and fractures in denture bases utilizing cold cure techniques, reline and rebase procedures for ill-fitting complete dentures, dentures opposing natural dentition, immediate dentures, cast metal denture bases, tooth-borne overdentures utilizing computer-aided-design (CAD) software, and techniques to duplicate dentures and fabricate a surgical template. Maximum credit for DLT 113B and RDT 130B is 5 units. Total of 36 hours lecture and 162 hours laboratory. Formerly DLT 113B.
Introductory anatomy of the oral cavity to include: classifications of dentition, permanent and deciduous dentition, dental arch and quadrants, as well as names of teeth, three tooth numbering/notation systems and supporting structures of teeth: periodontium, alveolar process, and gingiva. Dental structures; crown and root, enamel and dentin, pulp and pulp cavity as well as dental nomenclature; terms for tooth surfaces, division of crowns and roots into horizontal and longitudinal thirds, combining terms of orientation, line and point angles for anterior and posterior teeth, distinctive crown convexities and elevations as well as distinctive crown concavities or depressions, geometric crown forms, contact areas and embrasures as well as individual tooth anatomy for maxillary and mandibular anterior teeth. Laboratory lectures and activities will include wax-carving exercises of anterior incisor teeth, intra-arch alignment, inter-arch relationships, facial and lingual contours, proximal surfaces, marginal ridges and interproximal contacts as well as centric (functional) and non-centric cusps, axial transitional lines and tooth designing activities using wax on mounted maxillary and mandibular models made of dental stone as well as designing activities using Computer-Aided-Design CAD software. Maximum credit for DLT 116A and RDT 135A is 2.5 units. Total of 27 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory. Formerly DLT 116A.
Principles of posterior tooth anatomy, detailed sculpting and designing of selected posterior premolars and molars using wax carving blocks and computer-aided-design (CAD) software. Emphasis on the morphology of the five tooth surfaces, anatomy of the root, and detailed occlusal anatomy for all permanent posterior maxillary and mandibular premolar and molar teeth. To include dental anatomy nomenclature, development of the teeth, variations and anomalies, and fabrication methods for the interim or provisional fixed prosthesis as well as preparing and mounting dental casts to an articulator and anatomic tooth drawings of posterior teeth. Maximum credit for DLT 116B and RDT 135B is 2.5 units.Total of 27 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory. Formerly DLT 116B.
Introduction to the concept of digital dentistry: its applications, advantages and limitations. Computer-aided-design (CAD) and computer-aided-manufacture (CAM) system components and how they are related. Laboratory projects include using case manager software to set up new patient cases, importing scanned STL digital data/files into 3-D design software, and using digital design tools and icons. Emphasis on step-by-step laboratory procedures associated with the digital design of fixed single tooth full crown dental prostheses using the laboratory scanner and computer-aided-design (CAD) software. For example, morphing tools, using the virtual articulator, digital manipulation, identifying margins on a 3-D rendering, rotation tool, path of insertion, tooth anatomy, calibration of the scanner and use of various milling materials. Students are expected to have a general understanding of Microsoft Windows, importing/exporting files and Microsoft Power Point. Required field trips. Total 9 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.
Course will explore various computer-aided-manufacture (CAM) milling machinery (wet and dry, various axes), milling materials, and their applications for the digital fabrication dental prostheses. Emphasis on learning to operate and maintain a milling unit, exporting .stl files to CAM software, using digital design software to generate digital designs of a fixed partial denture (FPD), interim FPD, FPD substrate and digital denture, and setting up patient cases in Dental Manager software. Students are expected to have a general understanding of Microsoft Windows, importing/exporting files and Microsoft Power Point. Required field trips. Total 9 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.
Overview of the history of dentistry: its milestone developments. The role of the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Dental Materials and Devices, American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Bureau of Standards as they relate to dental materials standards for manufacturing, patient safety, infection prevention and control as well as safe storage requirements. The composition, characteristics, chemical composition, physical and biological requirements, and uses of gypsum products, dental waxes, impression materials, denture base materials, metals used in dentistry, dental porcelains, separating materials, fluxes and antifluxes, alcohols and acids (pickling solutions), wax solvents, abrasive (polishing agents), laboratory gases and some miscellaneous materials as they apply to the fabrication of dental prostheses. Total of 36 hours lecture. Formerly DLT 109.
Emphasis on the traits expected of a dental/oral health care professional that constitute professionalism and workplace readiness needed for success in a dental setting with a focus on specific skills needed for working in fixed and removable restorative dental laboratories. Included are skills in communicating professionally with dental colleagues in a dental office or operatory or when in the presence of the dentist or a patient. Verbal and nonverbal communication skills, business telephone etiquette, written communication skills, and technology and voice mail etiquette will be studied. Job interview skills are included. Total of 9 hours of lecture.
Anatomical structures of the human head (skull) and face as well as intraoral anatomy in relation to the fabrication of fixed and removable restorative dental prostheses. Overview of human anatomy to include: body planes, bony elevations, bone depressions and channels, and joints. Detailed emphasis of the bony anatomy of the skull, muscles of mastication, depressor muscles of the mandible, muscles of facial expression, intraoral soft tissue anatomy, and structures of the temporomandibular joint. Maximum credit for DLT 115 and RDT 155 is 1 unit. Total of 18 hours lecture. Formerly DLT 115.
Various weight and measure systems commonly used in a fixed and removable restorative dental laboratory. Included are specific dental calculations, metal alloy formulations, use of instruments, conversions, gauges, and scales for restorative dental laboratory operations and procedures. Measures of temperature, length, liquid volume, and gauge thickness. Total 9 hours lecture.
Laboratory techniques and procedures required for the fabrication of chrome-cobalt removable partial denture (RPD) frameworks. Emphasis is on designing rationale and correct application of various RPD components (major and minor connectors as well as direct and indirect retentive clasp designs). Laboratory projects include; model preparation, fabrication of refractory casts, custom dentulous impression trays, principles of surveying and designing as well as the usage of the dental surveyor instrument, determination of the correct path of insertion for an RPD, as well as spruing, investing, burnout and induction casting procedures. Total of 36 hours lecture and 108 hours laboratory. Formerly DLT 119A.
Laboratory procedures and theory for seating metal chrome-cobalt RPD castings to their respective master casts. Included are laboratory procedures for performing necessary adjustments to the occlusion, metal finishing and polishing, as well as artificial tooth arrangements and denture base waxing, flasking procedures, wax elimination (boil out) and processing. Laboratory projects include RPD denture base reline procedures, various repairs to tooth and denture base fractures as well as electric and torch soldering of metal fractures and warped areas, as well as design and fabrication of an injection molded flexible RPD.. Designing of a digital RPD using computer-aided-design (CAD) design software and overview of laboratory procedures for a fabricating a Swing-Lock RPD. Maximum credit for DLT 119B and RDT 225B is 3 units.Total of 18 hours lecture and 108 hours laboratory. Formerly DLT 119B.
Complex model and die preparation and cast evaluation for metal-ceramic, pressed, and milled ceramic cases, physical characteristics of dental porcelain, metal-ceramic terminology, and components of the metal-ceramic restoration. Design and construction of single unit/tooth substructures (substrates) for metal-ceramic restorations as well as pressed and milled ceramic restorations utilizing computer-aided-design (CAD) and computer-aided-manufacture (CAM) technologies as well as traditional analog lost wax technology and analysis of bonding mechanisms at the interface between the metal substructure and porcelain as well as difference between pressable ceramic and conventional porcelain systems. Laboratory procedures include: fabrication of pressed ceramic restorations, designing both metal and milled substrates, metal finishing techniques for various metal substructures, oxidation and metal cleansing procedures, basic porcelain application techniques up through opaque application and firing procedures for opaque cycles. Maximum credit for DLT 118A and RDT 230A is 5 units.Total of 36 hours lecture and 162 hours laboratory. Formerly DLT 118A.
Theory and laboratory techniques for fabricating metal-ceramic crown and multi-unit fixed partial denture (FPD) restorations. Multi-unit substrate designs using traditional analog/manual wax design technique and also using computer-aided-design (CAD) software, application of discreet layers of opaque, dentin and enamel to substrates, various porcelain build-up or sculpting techniques, porcelain contouring, extrinsic staining, corrections and additions. Fabrication of porcelain shoulder or porcelain butt margins and porcelain laminate veneers. Pre-soldering procedures, various casting procedures, and metal finishing and preparation of multi-unit substrates for porcelain. Color science, shade verification, staining and glazing procedures. Metallurgy of base metal, noble metal, and high noble alloys. Porcelain chemistry and manufacture of metal-ceramic, all ceramic, milled and pressed porcelain systems as well as the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) and its limitations for each material. Firing procedures using the porcelain furnace and inputting firing parameters into the furnace. Maximum credit for DLT 118B and RDT 230B is 6 units. Total of 36 hours lecture and 162 hours laboratory. Formerly DLT 118B.
Course focuses on the physiology of functional mandibular movement and advanced articulator instrumentation. Topics include; basic terminology/nomenclature associated with the study of occlusion, cusp positions in Maximum Intercuspation (MI) including cusp-to-marginal ridge and cusp-to-fossa patterns of occlusion, mandibular movements, functional articulations, types of articulator instruments (hinge, semi-adjustable, and fully adjustable), and parts of a semi-adjustable articulator instrument. Laboratory projects include working with various jaw relationship records (checkbites) and the facebow transfer as well as how to use them to mount maxillary and mandibular casts to a semi-adjustable articulator and incorporating correct settings for condylar and anterior guidances. The fully adjustable articulator instrument and its associated occlusal records such as, pantographs, axiographs, and various facebows will also be introduced. Total of 27 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory. Formerly DLT 116C.
Course is an intense study of the components of the stomatognathic system and how each corresponds to functional occlusion. A detailed review of the functional components of anterior and posterior teeth, analysis of the difference between malocclusion, normal occlusion, and adaptive occlusion, and learning skills in eliminating centric and excursive interferences and learning the impact interferences have on functional occlusion. Occlusal disharmony including bruxing and its impact on functional occlusion, a thorough review of the vertical and horizontal determinants of occlusal morphology and how they guide design of an optimum functional occlusion. Nomenclature and precision waxing techniques will be practiced. Laboratory projects will involve learning to design and recognize various functional occlusion types: bilaterally balanced, unilaterally balanced, cusp-fossa and mutually protected occlusions. Total of 27 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory. Formerly DLT 116D.
Course focuses on rapid prototype 3-D printing; laser sintered technology and generative computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) processes. Included are usage of 3-D software to create orthognathic study casts, 3-D fabrication of laboratory models and dies, operation and maintenance of the 3-D printer, and generating transferable files in .stl format that will be exported to the 3-D Printer. Laboratory projects include: introductory design processes for fabrication of a digital removable partial denture (RPD) using RPD Design software, using Real View Engine software to assist in viewing the patient's facial landmarks and smile design options, as well as a preview of Orthodontic Appliance Design software and Implant Studio software. Total of 9 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.
Basic principles and laboratory procedures for the fabrication of digital and stone orthognathic study casts (models) that meet with criteria as set forth by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Design and fabrication of orthodontic and pedodontic fixed and removable appliances with emphasis on design and wire contouring of various types of arch wires, clasps and springs, working with auto-polymerizing acrylic resin, laser welding and torch soldering procedures, as well as minor repairs. Laboratory projects include active and passive removable appliances such as the Hawley retainer, fixed space maintainer, arch expanders, inclined plane, space-closing or space-regaining appliances with expansion screws, and tooth stabilization holding appliances. Included is fabrication of an interim removable partial denture (RPD) stay plate with wrought/stainless steel wire clasps. Maximum credit for DLT 117 and RDT 245 is 3 units. Total of 27 hours lecture and 81 hours laboratory. Formerly DLT 117.
Course emphasizes ethics, laws, federal and state regulations, and industry organizations governing the practice of restorative dental laboratory technology and the professional relationship of dentists and dental technologists. Introduction to managerial skills required for the operation of a dental laboratory business including development of the components of a business plan, marketing plan, business management/organizational plan and human resource management system. Studies will include an introduction to the use of computerized dental laboratory business management software. State and national professional dental technology organizations, the Certified Dental Technician (CDT), Recognized Graduate (RG), and Certified Dental Laboratory application requirements and procedures, benefits, and continuing education requirements. Maximum credit for DLT 124 and RDT 250 is 2 units. Total of 18 hours lecture. Formerly DLT 124.
Introduction to dental implants, overview of the steps involved in implant surgery and laboratory procedures for fabricating single tooth fixed implant prosthetics. use of the articulator during fabrication of implant prostheses, and provisional or interim implant prostheses single-unit/tooth screw-retained implant prostheses. Includes an overview of digital computer-aided-design (CAD) for implant prosthetics using Implant Studio software overdenture. Total of 18 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.
Preparation for written and practical components of the Certified Dental Technician Examination given by the National Bureau for Certification in Dental Technology. Course may also be taken for possible job advancement. Total of 9 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory.
Emphasis on having the student demonstrate and practice. Includes participation in the fabrication of dental prostheses for patients currently under treatment or from actual casts or impressions. Completion of detailed Work Journals and signed Attendance Sheets at laboratories is required. It is expected that students shall provide their own private transportation to clinical laboratory sites. Total of 18 hours lecture and 108 hours laboratory.