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Coronal Polishing Course

The Dental Board of California certifies Dental Assisting Institute’s Coronal Polishing Course and successful completion is required in order to take the RDA examination. The course is divided into 3 sections, (a) 4 hours of didactic training, (b) 4 hours of laboratory/pre-clinical training and (c) 4 hours of clinical training.

Each student must satisfactorily demonstrate to the instructor clinical competency in infection control requirements prior to clinical instruction in coronal polishing.

The areas of instruction include the following as they relate to coronal polishing:

Coronal Polishing Basics
Legal requirements
Description and goals of coronal polishing
Indications and contraindications of coronal polishing
Criteria for an acceptable coronal polish

Principles of plaque and stain formation
Clinical description of plaque, intrinsic and extrinsic stains and calculus
Etiology of plaque and stain
Clinical description of teeth that have been properly polished and are free of stain
Tooth morphology and anatomy of the oral cavity as they relate to polishing techniques and to retention of plaque and stain

Polishing materials
Polishing agent composition, storage and handling
Abrasive material composition, storage, handling and factors that affect rate of abrasion
Disclosing agent composition, storage and handling
Armamentaria for disclosing and polishing techniques
Contraindications for disclosing and polishing techniques

Principals of tooth polishing
Clinical application of disclosing before and after a coronal polish
Instrument grasps and fulcrum techniques
Purpose and techniques of the mouth mirror for indirect vision and retraction
Characteristics, manipulation and care of dental handpieces when performing a coronal polish
Pre-medication requirements for the compromised patient
Use of adjunct materials for stain removal and polishing techniques
Techniques for coronal polishing of adults and childres
Procedures for cleaning fixed and removable prosthesis and orthodontic appliances
Disclosing and polishing evaluation criteria

ABOUT Dr. Marty Lipsey

WHO WE ARE

Our course is unique in that it is the only one taught in an actual practicing dental office. You will learn the state-of-the-art methods in assisting. We have over twenty years’ experience in teaching students the art of dental assisting and constantly updating our course as techniques and the profession changes.

The course is given four times a year on Saturdays. We offer you much more than a “school” experience. We prepare you for the real workplace with practice in a real clinical setting. It is this aspect of our course that enables our students to go into the work place with a real working experience. Our students who have made the effort to master the skills and studied hard to gain the knowledge have had little problem obtaining positions in the dental profession as chairside assistants or front office staff members.

Dr. Marty Lipsey - Modesto CA

Years in
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Average Income for
a Dental Assistant

Average Teacher
Years of Experience

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Testimonials

“Enjoyed taking Coronal polishing course”

"I enjoyed taking the Coronal polishing course. So hands on. And Shelly and Nick are great instructors. Definitely coming back for future courses."

Alberto L

“I participated in the twelve week dental”

"I participated in the twelve week dental assisting course, and it has been one of the best experiences. There are many advantages to taking this course along with having amazing instructors. Joni is the best!"

Cicily P

"The twelve week program was amazing!"

"The teachers were awesome Joni, Nick, Betty, and Shelly. I can’t believe how much I learned in such a short time. It was an incredible experience and I will miss my classmates and the teachers. You guys rock!"

Amy D

I had a great experience with DAI

"I had a great experience with DAI in Coronal Polish. Shelly and Nick are awesome instructors. I am very excited to take my RDA exam. They answered all my queries.."

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