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  1. Dental Health Team Dental Law and Ethics, DA119

  2. Dental Health Team: • Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Lab Tech are all governed by the State Dental Practice Act. • The State Dental Practice Act is overseen by the State Department of Public Health. • These professions are governed by the State Dental Board or Dental Board of Examiners.

  3. The key to a successful dental practice starts with the Dentist. The happy, the professional, the Dentist!

  4. The Dentist: • Title: DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery), DMD (Doctor of Medical Dentistry) • Primary Function: Diagnostic or restorative • Education: 4 years of college + 4 years dental school; Specialty requires 2-4 years in addition • Licensed: Governed by the State Dental Practice Act • License granted by State Department of Public Health • Professional Organizations: American Dental Association (ADA)

  5. Endodontics • Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated tissues Example: root canals

  6. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery • aka: Oral Surgeon • Diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects of the mouth and maxillofacial region Example: extraction of third molars

  7. Orthodontics • Causes, prevention and treatment of malocclusion and irregularities of the teeth and arches • Example: braces

  8. Pediatric Dentistry • aka: children’s dentist • Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of dental disorders in children and some special needs adults • Example: sealants

  9. Periodontics • Study, prevention and treatment of the tissues and bone supporting the teeth • Example: gum surgery

  10. Prosthodontics • Replacement of missing teeth, or other missing or deformed oral structures, by artificial substitutes • Example: crowns, bridges, dentures

  11. Dental Public Health • Prevention and control of dental diseases and promoting dental health through organized community efforts • Example: fluoride in water

  12. Oral Pathology • Study of diseases which affect the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity • Example: biopsies

  13. The Dental Hygienist: • Title: RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist) LDH (Licensed Dental Hygienist) • Primary Function: Prevention • Education: 2-4 years college study at an ADA accredited program • Licensed: Governed by the State Dental Practice Act • License granted by the State Department of Public Health • Professional Organization: American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA)

  14. Productive Performance Any Dentist’s day will be much smoother with the assistance of a wonderful assistant!

  15. The Dental Assistant • Title: • DA (Dental Assistant) • CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) • RDA (Registered Dental Assistant) • COA (Certified Orthodontic Assistant) • EFDA (Expanded Functions Dental Assistant) • Primary Function: Assist the Doctor • Education: High school diploma • Some states require RHS (radiation health and safety exam) to expose radiographs • ADA accredited DA program (900 hours) • Professional Organization: American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) • No license in CT; some states register assistants (RDA)

  16. DANB Certification • Certification exam has three parts: • Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) • Infection Control Exam (ICE) • General Chairside (GC) • Prerequisites: • RHS and ICE none • GC = graduate from CODA-Accredited school OR 2 years full-time employment in a dental office

  17. Certified Dental Assistant • CDA • To maintain: • 12 continuing education credits/yearly • Pay the renewal fee • Continuing education credits: • Renew CPR Volunteer activities • Dental meetings College courses • Dental journals Clinical courses

  18. The Lab Tech…. A competent dental lab technician combines both skill and artistry in their work

  19. The Lab Tech: • Title: CDT (Certified Dental Technician) • Primary Function: Extra-oral construction of prosthetics • Education: • Apprenticeship with experienced lab technician • Military training • ADA accredited 2 year training (much emphasis on dental anatomy) • No licensing is required

  20. Front Desk Coordinator: • Receptionist, business, collections, insurance • Primary function: Business and financial • Title: Office Manager, Practice Manager

  21. The Patient: • The most important team member! • Without the patient, there would be no practice

  22. Others that may be involved on the dental team: • Dental Manufacturers • Sales Representatives • Equipment Technicians