Higher Education

Delmar's Handbook of Essential Skills and Procedures for Chairside Dental Assisting, 1st Edition

  • Donna J. Phinney, CDA, MEd (deceased) Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA
  • Judy Halstead Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA
  • ISBN-10: 0766834573  |  ISBN-13: 9780766834576
  • 304 Pages
  • © 2002 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $85.50



This resource provides essential information on the core clinical skills and procedures dental assistants need to know. Concise and user friendly, it presents a learning system appropriate for formal education settings, lab-based programs, on-the-job training and refresher courses. Outstanding illustrations make this text ideal for the visually oriented learner. Handbook of Essential Skills and Procedures for the Dental Assistant is ideal for programs that focus primarily on the clinical skills necessary for dental assistants and dental offices that provide on-the-job training. The clinically orientated programs may be found in some community colleges as well as proprietary diploma schools.

Features and Benefits

  • · Can also be used as a carry-along reference
  • · Logical layout effectively conveys information
  • · Objectives and key terms presented for each chapter

Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction to Dental Assisting and Basic Dental Sciences.
Chapter 1: Dental Assisting-the profession.
Chapter 2: Oral Health.
Chapter 3: Head and Neck Anatomy.
Chapter 4: Tooth Anatomy and Supporting Structures.
Chapter 5: Dental Charting.
Section II: Preclinical Dental Skills.
Chapter 6: Infection Control/Sterilization Procedures.
Chapter 7: Management of Hazardous Materials.
Chapter 8: Preparation for Patient Care.
Section III: Clinical Dental Procedures.
Chapter 9: Chairside Assisting Skills.
Chapter 10: Dental Instruments and Tray System.
Chapter 11: Topical and Local Anesthetic.
Chapter 12: Dental Radiology.
Section IV:
Chapter 13: Endodontics.
Chapter 14: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Chapter 15: Orthodontics.
Chapter 16: Pediatric Dentistry.
Chapter 17: Periodontics.
Chapter 18: Fixed Prosthodontics.
Chapter 19: Removable Prosthodontics.
Section V: Restorative and Laboratory Materials and Techniques.
Chapter 20: Dental Cements and Restorative Materials and Techniques.
Chapter 21: Laboratory Materials and Techniques.
Section VI: Advanced Functions.
Chapter 22: Coronal Polish, Pit, and Fissure Sealants, and Bleaching Techniques.
Chapter 23: Dental Dam and Matrix and Wedge Techniques.
Chapter 24: Retraction Cord and Temporary Restorations.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Donna J. Phinney, CDA, MEd (deceased)

Donna Phinney was a Certified Dental Assistant and Program Director for the Dental Assisting Program at Spokane Community College. Recently deceased, she devoted her 20-year career to the dental field as a dental assistant and office manager, and later to consulting and teaching. She earned her BA from Eastern Washington University and MEd from Whitworth College. Ms. Phinney was a fellow of the American Dental Assistants Association, where she served as a consultant and an appointed commissioner, as well as an active member of the Washington State Dental Assisting Association.

Judy Halstead

Judy Halstead, CDA, BA is the former Dental Assisting Program Director for a private college and a high school skills center. Now retired, she also worked as a dental assistant, and an enthusiastic industry representative for more than thirty years. Serving as a president of the Washington Dental Assistant Association, Ms. Halstead often delivered lectures and workshops at local, state, and regional dental conferences, and acted as an industry consultant. Ms. Halstead earned a BA from Eastern Washington University, and is a Certified Dental Assistant with an Expanded Functions certificate.