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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by jackbauer!, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. jackbauer!

    jackbauer! Guest

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    any books you all could recommend for dental assisting? i'm volunteering at a rural dental clinic starting next week. i've only done shadowing, so i would like to get a head start on the instruments and procedures.

    i've searched amazon and there are lots of books, but none have enough customer reviews to give a strong indication on how good they are. i'm looking for something with just the basics, since i will be trained by the current clinic staff.

    thanks all, jb!:)
     
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  3. djeffreyt

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    I only own two books that you might find on amazon when searching for dental assisting books. Type the following ISBN #s into Amazon:

    Dental Terminology By Dofka
    076688810X

    Dental Instruments
    1416023291


    Dental Terminology is a decent book to learn terminology that you should probably have down for assisting, but it will not go over procedural things like the best way to tilt and place an impression tray, OSHA regulations for cleaning, or how to operate a sterilizer, etc...the only real way to learn those things is to go in and start doing them, but this book doesn't give you any hints...what it does go over is the general name of materials and procedures and anatomical features of the mouth and general practice.


    Dental Intruments is kinda cool. It's not the best book in the world, and sometimes tools look really similar, but at leaast you'll start getting some heads ups on what different tools are called so you don't look like a complete ass on your first day when the dentist asks you to hand him or her a pig tailed explorer or a tofelmeyer.
     
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    djeffreyt Senior Member

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    oops repost
     
  5. DDSABeach

    DDSABeach Got a Dream Go Get it!

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    Need any help in terms, identifying instruments or procedures. I'll be glad to help you. I taught dental assisting and was a dental asst. for 20 yrs also wrote a book but, it's how to get a job as a dental asst. :D

    I used the book: Delmars - Dental Assisting - a comprehensive approach for my students this book is too expensive for you to just be buying for voluteer work.

    Recommend: Handbook of Clinical DA by Gregory M. Schuster a used $ 10.91 Amazon.com

    It shows all the procedures and a study quiz in the back. Instruments are the hardest specially the forceps all the students had a hard time with that one and also they had a hard time learning how to number teeth. Doctors want you to know the teeth 1-32 and surfaces very important. Upper Rt. Side starts with #1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15, end upper Lft. side #16, Start at Lower Lft. #17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, end Lower rt. side #32. In that sequence remember start and end on your right side. :D Also the surface of the teeth Mesial, distal, facial, buccal. also how many molars? How many bicuspids? How many cupsids? How many laterials? How many centrals? So much to learn. :eek:
     
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    thank you so much, you're awesome. i just ordered that book you recommended! i will go over the teeth numbering and the surfaces.

    i think that should be good enough before i start. they are going to train me so i just wanted to know the basics so we can skip that!

    thanks again, jB!:)
     
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    Man I saw a really cool book at the Midwinter convention for dental assitants...almost bought it but i was runnin low on cash at the time. I cant think of the name of it though, sorry.
     
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    I have a pdf file of a Navy Dental Technician Course that has some great info. Basically a learning manual for dental assisting. Its kind of big though, like 50 mb. Not sure how I could get it to you without paying for hosting somewhere.
     
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    erwin, check yours PM's, bro! jb!:)
     
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