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DHYG 2907

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Dental Hygiene IV: Advanced Concepts In Dental Hygiene Practice I
Prerequisite(s) DHYG 1906 and DHYG 1917 with a "C" or better
Corequisite(s) DHYG 2909
Catalog Description
This course is designed to continue the development of the dental hygiene student in the roles and responsibilities of the dental hygienist with focus on advanced assessment, planning, and instrumentation skills required for the periodontal patient; focus on the study of the behavioral foundations of communication and learning theory skills related to the dental hygiene process of care, and promote continued development of critical thinking skills.

Expected Educational Results
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Utilize the Case Study format to demonstrate the Dental Hygiene Process of Care for comprehensive individualized assessment and patient treatment to include utilization of: Chemotherapeutic agents, desensitizing agents, intra-oral radiographs, nutritional counseling, radiographs, sealants, and/or study models.
2. Develop and acquire knowledge of case study presentations focusing on the need for advanced instrumentation and comprehensive care during Dental Hygiene Process of Care for the periodontal and special needs patient.
3. Continue in the development of communication and learning skills for comprehensive treatment of the periodontal patient.
4. Demonstrate effective communication skills with persons of differing developmental, educational, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds during the Dental Hygiene Process of Care treatment.
5. Utilize assessment data for development of treatment plans for patients requiring advanced periodontal care.
6. Develop an awareness of advanced instrumentation skills as it relates to root morphology.
7. Describe the characteristics of root morphology that make instrumentation challenging.
8. Identify instruments, with respect to design, that are appropriate for advanced root instrumentation.
9. Identify advanced fulcrum techniques and treatment areas appropriate for their use.
10. Describe the sequence for instrumentation of multi-rooted teeth on periodontally involved patients.
11. Differentiate the advantages and limitations of the various technologies which drive power scaling units
12. Compare and contrast the three E’s of hand, sonic, and power instrumentation techniques: effectiveness, efficiency, and ergonomics
13. Discuss current research findings which demonstrate the clinical advantages/benefits of power instrumentation over manual instrumentation
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14. Describe the technology of power scalers and define key terminology, including acoustic streaming, acoustical turbulence, cavitation, lavage, frequency, power and stroke pattern
15. Identify and assess pretreatment considerations for the use of power instrumentation to include patients’ medical history, clinical indications, and contraindications.
16. List criteria for the appropriate selection of power scaler inserts, both standard and modified.
17. Discuss the correct technique for utilization of the power scaler to include insert and power selection, lavage flow, grasp, fulcrum, tip adaptation, and stroke.
18. Identify various modifying factors which influence and/or change instrumentation protocols such as root anatomy, furcations and oral conditions.
19. Discuss the technique and indications for use of the intra-oral camera during patient care.

General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications by requiring students to communicate professionally while using correct terminology.
II. This course addresses the general education outcome regarding problem-solving and critical thinking skills by students with patient case scenarios for which they must propose solutions. Students will be required to determine the patient’s problem (s) and translate these into its diagnosis and corrective dental hygiene actions.
III. This course addresses the general education outcome of application of scientific inquiry by requiring students to synthesize hypothetical data regarding aspects of patient information into significant patient treatment data.
IV. This course addresses the general education outcome regarding basic concepts of wellness by encouraging students to grasp the wellness concepts which are promoted to their patients.
V. Applies the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development in a culturally diverse environment.

Course Content
 Communication skills
 Advanced treatment planning
 Intra-oral Camera
 Root morphology
 Case Studies
 Advanced periodontal treatment
 Ultrasonics

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
A. Case Study Presentation 25%
B. Group Projects 20%
C. Reflection papers 10%
D. Midterm Examination 20%
E. Final Examination 25%

The dental hygiene department maintains full accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation; additionally by reporting students' pass rates for state/regional/national licensing exams, the department will be able to assess the effectiveness of this course as well as the whole curriculum.

The faculty function as the curriculum committee, along with science department faculty, and, as necessary, faculty from other departments are used to assist in periodic reviews of the curriculum. The department also articulates with a Department Advisory Committee, composed of members from the practicing dental and dental hygiene community, to maintain a current picture of the needs of current graduates/practitioners.

Last Revised: Aug. 05, 2011
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