COURSE TOPICS

 

COURSE OUTLINE

  

The course to be initiated will cover orthodontics. It will be geared towards training hygienists and experienced dental assistants in advanced dental assisting skills in orthodontics. It is envisaged that the other specialties of Prosthodontics, Periodontics and Maxillofacial surgery will also, eventually be covered. The training will be for specialist dental assisting, more advanced than normal dental assisting. Universities do not provide this level of training. The Certificate will be titled ď Certificate in Advanced Dental Assisting For Specialized Dental CareĒ. Certificate of competency will also be given for successful completions of courses. 

 

 PROGRAMME FOR ORTHODONTIC ASSISTING

  

This will be run on a modular basis and will be PowerPoint presentations and hands-on tuition. The topics will cover both clinical and administrative with practice management. The course is open to hygienists and dental assistants. Only Diploma and Experienced dental assistants with a good knowledge of dentistry and registered with HPCSA can apply . The course is divided into two broad categories namely, CLINICAL and PRACTICE MANAGEMENT. Both these categories will have modules.

  

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MODULE 1

 

CLINICAL: INTRODUCTION TO ORTHODONTICS

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MODULE 2

 

ORTHODONTIC EQUIPMENT, INSTRUMENTATION, MATERIALS

AND  INFECTION CONTROL (STERILIZATION TECHNIQUES)

 

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MODULE 3

 

DIAGNOSTICS

 

Introduction to Diagnostic Records. Principles and use.

Impression technique, bite registration, casting models.

 

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MODULE 4

 

TREATMENT

 

 

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MODULE 5

 

MAINTENANCE AND INSTUCTION  ON USE AND CARE OF FIXED AND REMOVABLE APPLIANCES

  

 

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MODULE 6

 

REMOVAL OF FIXED APPLIANCES AND RETENTION

 

 

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MODULE 7

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

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MODULE 8

  

RECEPTION AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS

 

  

 

 

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MODULE 9

                                                                

BUSINESS OFFICE SYSTEMS

 

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MODULE 10

 

STOCK CONTROL/REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE