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Coronal Polishing for Dental Assistants

  • Sat, Mar 30, 2019 | 8:00 AM - Sat, Mar 30, 2019 | 5:00 PM
  • Location: Georgia School of Orthodontics
  • Address: 8200 Roberts Drive, Suite 550, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Contact: Scott Piper
  • Email:
  • Phone: 404-636-7553

Saturday, March 30, 2019
8 am to 5 pm
Hosted by the Georgia School of Orthodontics
8200 Roberts Drive, Suite 550
Atlanta, GA 303​50

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Course Overview
This program offers 8 hours of clinical and didactic education required by the Georgia Board of Dentistry for certification in coronal polishing for dental assistants on primary and mixed dentition for children 12 and younger. This course will include:

  • Oral anatomy
  • Tooth morphology
  • Indications, contraindications, risks and complications for coronal polishing
  • Ethics and jurisprudence relating to coronal polishing
  • Indications for professionally applied topical fluoride agents for caries prevention
  • Fluoride delivery methods

The laboratory and clinical activity will include:

  • Training in using a slow-speed hand piece
  • Principles of coronal polishing
  • Operator & patient positioning/ergonomics
  • Polishing coronal surfaces of teeth, preferred polishing technique, polishing agents
  • Coronal polish on typodonts
  • Coronal polish on partner and practical with disclosing solution


  • State the effect polishing has on the patient, oral environment, teeth, and gingival tissues
  • Identify indications for polishing the teeth
  • Understand the definition of plaque, types of stain, calculus, and related terminology
  • Discuss contraindications for polishing the teeth
  • Distinguish between abrasion, abrasive, and polishing
  • Understand dental armamentarium - the equipment and instruments used in the delivery of dental care
  • Identify abrasive polishing agents commonly used in coronal polishing
  • Determine how particle size/shape, speed, and pressure affect abrasiveness
  • Recognize different abrasive agents
  • Demonstrate use of a slow speed hand piece and prophylaxis angle on a partner in clinic
  • Define cumulative trauma disorders and explain how the dental assistant might prevent such injuries