Delmar's Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach / Edition 3

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This new, full-color, comprehensive text is designed to prepare students for the DANB Certification Exam as well as the rigors of the dental office. Part of a dynamic learning system, Delmar's Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach, includes practice software, workbook, exam review, videotapes, and instructor support materials. Other dental-related titles included in the system cover the areas of terminology, drugs, and office management. Used together, these materials will make your dental assisting education comprehensive and meaningful, providing you with skills, knowledge, principles, values, and understanding to excel in your chosen profession into the 21st century.


  • Free practice software (3.5" Windows) includes bonus review exercises and activities with valuable feedback to reinforce text concepts.
  • All chapters include chapter outline, objectives, and key terms allowing for more focused learning
  • Key terms with page references are presented in color on their first appearance in the text
  • Over 1500 full-color illustrations and photographs highlight concepts from simple to complex
  • Over 140 step-by-step procedures with icons for major dental skills are included
  • Tables and colorful information boxes provide additional tips and real-life applications
  • In-text icons identify legal, safety, technology, global/cultural issues, and DANB exam components
  • Student learning is enhanced with case studies, critical thinking questions, and review questions for each chapter
  • Additional skills, such as dental dam placement, bleaching techniques, suture removal, and coronal polishing are covered in the Advanced Chairside Functions Chapter

This new, full color, comprehensive text is designed to prepare students for the DANB Certification Exam, as well as the rigors of the dental office. Part of a dynamic learning system, Delmar's Dental Assisting offers a comprehensive approach. It includes practice software, a workbook, an exam review, videotapes, and instructor support materials. Other dental-related titles included in the system cover terminology, drugs, and office management. Used together, these materials will make dental assisting education comprehensive and meaningful, providing the skills, knowledge, principles, values, and understanding to excel in the profession.

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Editorial Reviews

This preparation guide for Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification features 140 step-by-step procedures for major dental skills. Topics of the 31 chapters include dental charting, pharmacology, emergencies, pain and anxiety management, dental radiography, orthodontics, prosthodontics, restorative materials, and suture removal. The CD-ROM contains 1500 practice exercises. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418048785
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: WebTUTOR on WebCT Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Sales rank: 1,562,998
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 4.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna J. Phinney is the Program Director for the Dental Assisting Program at Spokane Community College. She has spent more than twenty years in the dental field as a dental assistant, a dental office consultant, an office manager and an educator. Donna Phinney holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Eastern Washington University and a Master's Degree in Education from Whitworth College. Ms. Phinney received her fellowship from the American Dental Assistants Association and is a certified dental assistant. She is active in the Washington State Dental Assisting Association, has served as a consultant for the American Dental Association for seventeen years and was a Commissioner for the American Dental Association, appointed by the American Dental Assistants Association.

Judy Halstead is retired after thirty years as a dental assisting instructor and more than fifteen years as a practicing dental assistant. Formerly the dental assisting program director for a private college and a high school skills center, Ms. Halstead was active with local, state, and national Dental Assistant Associations for thirty-five years, serving as president of the Washington State chapter. She often presented lectures and workshops at local, state, and regional dental conferences, and served as an American Dental Association consultant. Ms. Halstead earned a BA from Eastern Washington University, is a certified dental assistant, and holds an expanded functions certificate.

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Table of Contents

Sect. I Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Introduction to the Dental Profession 3
Sect. II Basic Dental Sciences 13
Ch. 2 Oral Health and Nutrition 15
Ch. 3 General Anatomy and Physiology 47
Ch. 4 Head and Neck Anatomy 67
Ch. 5 Embryology and Histology 85
Ch. 6 Tooth Morphology 99
Ch. 7 Dental Charting 123
Ch. 8 Microbiology 139
Sect. III Preclinical Dental Skills 149
Ch. 9 Infection Control 151
Ch. 10 Management of Hazardous Materials 177
Ch. 11 Preparation for Patient Care 193
Ch. 12 Pharmacology 205
Ch. 13 Emergency Management 217
Sect. IV Clinical Dental Procedures 237
Ch. 14 Introduction to Chairside Assisting 239
Ch. 15 Chairside Instruments and Tray Systems 273
Ch. 16 Management of Pain and Anxiety 293
Ch. 17 Dental Radiography 311
Sect. V Dental Specialties 375
Ch. 18 Endodontics 377
Ch. 19 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 395
Ch. 20 Oral Pathology 421
Ch. 21 Orthodontics 439
Ch. 22 Pediatric Dentistry 467
Ch. 23 Periodontics 483
Ch. 24 Fixed Prosthodontics 505
Ch. 25 Removable Prosthodontics 525
Sect. VI Restorative and Laboratory Materials and Techniques 545
Ch. 26 Chairside Restorative Materials 547
Ch. 27 Laboratory Materials and Techniques 581
Sect. VII Expanded Functions 627
Ch. 28 Advanced Chairside Functions 629
Sect. VIII Dental Practice Management 693
Ch. 29 Dental Office Management 695
Ch. 30 Employment Strategies 727
Ch. 31 Ethics and Jurisprudence 739
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  • Posted March 3, 2012


    I was searching material for study for my CDA test, and I brough this, and for my surprise is a carton with a key code only for an online course and not only that you need have an instructor to use it , in all the overview not say nothing of this, I was waiting a Book, a CD Rom or something like that and the worst of all to return to B&N you need pay the mail.

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