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Dental Materials

Course Details

Course Number
Fall 2016
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Thursday 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Dr Ray Hyde DDS (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Dental Materials:Clinical Applications for Dental
REQUIRED TEXT: Dental Materials:Clinical Applications for Dental Assistants and Dental ; 2nd Edition by Hatrick, Eakle &Bird
Course Objectives



Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

     1. Understand the general handling and safety requirements for dental materials.

     2. Explain the materials development process including the standards and specifications that apply.

     3. Explain why dental materials are used in dentistry and why they are important to the patient’s total health.

     4. List the qualities of the oral environment that make it challenging for dental material performance.

     5. Describe the major diseases and destructive forces that lead to tooth destruction.

     6. Identify and describe materials routinely used in dentistry.

     7. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of materials routinely used in dentistry based upon evidence based decision making.

     8. Appraise, compare and evaluate dental material options.

     9. Share materials information with dental patients that will facilitate their informed consent

     10. Manipulate selected materials with confidence and proficiency.

     11. Make alginate impressions and fabricate study models.


 Learning objectives related to textbook chapters and topics will be given for each class session.




Course Expectations


This course consists of both a lecture and laboratory component. It is designed to help the student develop an understanding of the composition, properties and manipulative variables of dental materials, and their relation to the clinical setting. In addition, knowledge of basic chairside dental assisting principles will be taught. Also, a working knowledge of making impressions and pouring study models will be attained.

It is the intent of this course to provide the student with the educational background needed for the student to develop into a professional who can provide well informed professional service and advice to the patient. It is not the intent of this course to provide the comprehensive study necessary to achieve clinical competence in expanded dental procedures.

This course is designed to:

1. Present theoretical and practical knowledge of the composition, properties, manipulative variables and uses of restorative and preventive dental materials.

2. Familiarized the student with materials and instruments used in dentistry so that he/she will understand specific indications, characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of materials as they relate to patient treatment and education.

3. Provide experience in manipulation of materials through laboratory and clinical experiences, enabling the student to perform selected patients treatment procedures to clinical competency.

4. Prepare the student to function as a reliable member of the de




Grading Standards



One grade will be given for this course. It will be based on three examinations, satisfactory completion of all laboratory exercises, and weekly quizzes. Requirements will be weighted as follows:


 Lab projects & discussions                  20%

Weekly Quizzes                                   20%

Exam #1                                              20%  

Exam #2                                              20%  

Exam #3                                              20%



100-92         A

91-83           B

82-75           C

74-65           D        

Student must achieve a minimum of a “C” grade to successfully complete the course in accordance with program policies. A course grade will not be released until all checked out items are returned in good condition.

 Lab Grading:

Laboratory grading will be based on proficiency achieved through application and manipulation of dental materials.  Case based discussions will also be assigned and graded.

 Weekly Quizzes:

At the beginning of each lecture session there will be a short quiz pertaining to the reading assignment. The quizzes will be multiple choice and fill in the blank questions.  The quiz should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. Please make every effort to arrive on time, you will not be allowed extra time to complete the quiz if you are late for class. Weekly quizzes are worth 20% of your final grade.

Final Exam 12/13/2016 1-4:00 pm
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

More than two (2) absences for any reason will result in a loss of 5 points from the final course grade for EACH absence over the allowed 2. This includes the lecture and scheduled clinical sessions. In cases of extreme illness and/or hospitalization, individual decisions may be made. Two (2) tardies will be the equivalent of one (1) absence. Students must be present for the entire class period to get credit for a class session. Students leaving class early will be counted as absent.

Other Policies

 Phone Use:          

Cell phone use (texting or verbal) is extremely disruptive to your fellow classmates and to the faculty teaching your course.  Therefore, the use of cell phones will not be tolerated, FOR ANY REASON. If you utilize your cell phone it will be confiscated for the remainder of the scheduled day. Repeat offenders will be asked to leave the classroom and will be required to meet with the faculty and the chair of the Dental Hygiene Department. In cases of emergencies, please notify spouses, family and friends to contact you via the program secretary at 397-4764.


Water bottles, cell phones, hand-held calculators/computers are not allowed in the room during any examination.  Possession of any of these items during an exam will be construed as academic dishonesty and will be dealt with accordingly.


The Americans with Disabilities Act:

Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual=s disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility, and employment of individuals in programs and activities. MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment requirements. For assistance call (940) 397-4618 or (940) 397-4515.It is the student=s responsibility to declare any disabilities.  After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.

MSU COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee

All Midwestern State University (MSU) students may legitimately appeal a course grade if 1) the student has not be evaluated according to the same criteria as his or her classmates, or 2) an error has been made in grading and/or posting (MSU Student Handbook, p. 37.) In addition, the Office of the Dean of Students has the responsibility to enforce standards of conduct for students as outlined in the MSU Student Handbook (p. 70-80). 

When enrolled in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services (COHSHS), students are often assigned to community agencies, such as health care facilities, social service agencies, or athletic environments, as part of their academic process. During these experiences, the student is expected to behave in a manner required of professionals working in this environment. COHSHS students may also be required to successfully complete a licensing/certification process following graduation. As a result, students in these programs are often held to a different academic and/or behavioral standard than students in other MSU programs. For example, students may not be allowed to progress in a program if they have been unsuccessful (D or F) in a certain number of courses in the major. In these circumstances, COHSHS faculty and administration, all of whom have had similar professional experience, may make decisions which negatively impact students’ programmatic progress.

COHSHS students have a right to a review of decisions made by the program faculty, which prevent individuals from progressing in their program in a timely manner. However, those who participate in the review must understand the context of the professions involved. Therefore, issues concerning the professional conduct of students in the COHSHS will NOT be brought to the University Grade Committee, but to the COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee. Specifically, the COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee will review faculty decisions related to:

  • Student conduct in a clinical experience, internship, or other work-related environment that negatively impacts the student’s academic progress. This conduct may include behavior which is prohibited by licensing and/or professional standards or departmental policy.
  • Student removal from a program because of a) professional conduct issues or b) failure to maintain academic standards required specifically by the program*




Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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