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Disciplines:
  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Ellen Dietz-Bourguignon, BS, CDA-Emeritus
Peer Reviewer(s): Veronica Powers, DMD
Item#: L0810
Contents: 1 Course Book (34 pages)
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Dental Radiology: Safety, Risk Reduction, and Infection Control, 2nd Edition



Price $29.95
Item # L0810
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Review Date: January 31, 2017

Expiration Date: January 30, 2020

Original Release Date: July 31, 2013

 

This course describes how the American Dental Association and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommendations for radiographic films and equipment are applied in clinical practice. It outlines the potential advantages and disadvantages of conventional and digital radiography. Radiographic procedures in the diagnosis and management of proximal caries and periodontal disease are discussed.  The course outlines the recommendations for minimizing radiation exposure for dental professionals and patients, including specific precautions for pregnant patients. Finally, the course discusses the infection control precautions needed to protect the safety of both patients and dental professionals, including waste management requirements for disposing of used radiographic film chemicals.

Intended for all dental professionals, this basic-level course addresses patient selection, radiation safety, risk reduction, and infection control as related to dental radiology. To provide the highest quality of care and safety to patients, dental professionals must be familiar with these guidelines and the latest best practice involving radiographic procedures.

 

 

AGD Subject Code: 165
 
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

 

 

Course Objectives

  • Describe how the American Dental Association and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommendations for radiographic films and equipment are applied to clinical practice.
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of traditional and digital dental radiography.
  • Describe the radiographic procedures in the diagnosis and management of proximal caries and periodontal disease.
  • Explain recommended radiation safety for dental professionals and patients, including specific precautions for pregnant patients.
  • Describe the basics of infection control precautions for dental radiographic procedures.

 

Ellen Dietz-Bourguignon, BS, CDA-Emeritus, earned her bachelor of science degree in allied health education in dental auxiliary utilization and a community college teaching certificate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She began her dental career as an associate-degreed certified dental assistant in private practice. Following a 7-year dental assisting teaching career at Orange County Community College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Erie County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, and Niagara County Community College, she began writing on dental topics for Dental Assisting Magazine, eventually rising to the position of managing editor. Ms. Dietz-Bourguignon has worked in dental marketing, project management, and product development at Semantodontics and in legal administration for the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. She has published five books in the dental assisting market, including Dental Office Management and Safety Standards and Infection Control for Dental Assistants, and has been keynote speaker at the American Dental Assistants Association Annual Session. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals, including The Dental Assistant, Dentist, The Dental Student, Dental Economics, RDH, and Dental Teamwork.

 

Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working for 4 years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.