The Course


Week 1:
Dentistry as a Profession


  • What is Dentistry all about and where is it headed in the future

Dental Office Positions:

  • Dentist, including dental specialties; Endodontist, orthodontist, periodontist, etc
  • Hygienist
  • Dental Assistants
  • Front Office Representatives

Dental Services

  • Crowns, ¾ crowns; inlays and onlays
  • Bridges; cantilever bridge
  • Composites
  • Implants
  • Veneers
  • Invisalign and traditional Orthodontics
  • TMJ
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Dentures
  • Periodontal Disease


  • This first week the dental assistant school student will learn the different positions in a dental office and the different dental specialties. Students will also learn in detail all dental services that are offered.
Week 2:
Tooth Numbers, Anatomy, Physiology / Hands-on

Tooth Anatomy

  • Numbering; Adult vs. Children
  • Surfaces
  • Quadrants

Reading Tooth Anatomy on an X-Ray

  • How to read numbering on X-Ray
  • Detecting cavities and prior dental work


  • How to reach a tooth chart
  • How to notate existing work in a patient’s mouth and what dental work to be done in the future

Hands On

  • Learning fundamentals in live hands on environment
Week 3:
Introduction to the Clinical Environment / Hands-on


  • Fundamentals of being a TOP Notch Dental Assistant
Week 4:
Charting, Notes, and Understanding Computers


  • Records that will make the office assistant excel

Computers Role in Today’s Dental Office

  • Specifics of blending everything together (Dentrix)


  • Detail and protocol
Week 5:


  • Extensive history, protocol and importance of x-rays
Week 6:
Advanced Techniques in X-rays


  • Advanced Techniques in X-rays
Week 7:
Infection Control and Sterilization / Occlusion

Infection Control and Sterilization

  • Why it is Important
  • What are benefits


  • A Patients Bite and its importance
Week 8:
Important Instruments within the Dental World


  • Why it is Important and what types
  • What are benefits
  • Four handed Dentistry
Week 9:
Treatment Planning; Verbiage & Power Dialogue


  • How to create and read dental treatment plan
  • How to breakdown copayments
  • Know how to present treatment plans thoroughly and sound confident
  • Educating patient the importance of scheduling and completing treatment
  • Good Follow through and strong verbal skills are essential to build a good value for the team the student ends up joining. Building these skills makes the student excel and credible to the team and patients.
  • Role Playing and tips to make students more versed and confident.
  • Build confidence and strengthen verbal skills
Week 10:
Understanding of Dental Materials / labs – General


  • The wide array of dental materials and Hands on
Week 11:
Understanding of Dental Materials / labs – Advanced


  • The wide array of dental materials and Hands on
Week 12:
Employment Strategies


  • Making you a strong candidate for future employment
  • How to schedule a patient into Dentrix

Preparing Students to be Well Versed in Current Dental Concepts

Dentistry’s evolved tremendously and most programs fall short with their curriculum. There are so many new dental procedures and concepts available today. Contemporary Dental Academy prepares students by providing a state of the art education.

X-Ray Certification

As a primary requirement by employers, Dental Assistants are required to be well versed and educated with dental radiographs. Our students will fully understand the requirements needed to pass the Certification test, adding to their resumes.

The Hands-on Approach to Dental Assisting

Here at Contemporary Dental Academy we instruct in a hands-on environment which will prepare students far better than a simple lecture room setting. You will receive hands-on simulation, patient interaction, and over-the-shoulder observation of a seasoned dental assistant that works closely with Dr. Smallwood.

This portion of the program will be the primary anchor and will include

  • Chair side elements to assisting that will make the student excel and unlock the potential that the individual possesses. The role of the dental assistant is vitally important as the assistant will be involved with equipment care, sterilization, coordinating instrument transfer to the doctor, radiology, and understanding the procedures performed most often in dentistry such as root canals, crowns, fillings, extractions etc.
  • Hands-on portion using models, stone casts, simulated patients, real patients, dental materials, impression materials, etc. to better prepare the dental assistant student for ‘real life’ experiences.
  • Thorough externship that will include real world experiences in a busy dental office and working with real patients to solidify the foundation set forth by the program.

Extensive Education of Dental Software Management Systems

Software utilization is very important for scheduling patients, inputting procedures, and pertinent notes. Dentrix is used by over 80% of the dental offices nationwide, and it utilizes the best that dentistry has to offer. Potential employers look for this skill as a significant plus when hiring and our program will make you proficient!

Occupational Placement

Dental Assistants are in great demand, but our program will help in placing graduates into actual dental practices. We have a large pool of growing doctors and practices that are always in need of new dental assistants.

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