Expanded Functions for the Dental Team
This hands-on course is designed to teach dental health care team members to be competent in those expanded functions which may be performed under the supervision of a dentist and for which formal training is required by the Florida State Board of Dentistry. Demonstration of competency and satisfactory completion of written and clinical examinations are required.
Saturday and Sunday
7:45 am Registration
8:00 am – 6:00 pm Presentation (lunch included)
Participants must attend both days, in their entirety, for certification. Any absence during the scheduled course will result in course dismissal and forfeit course fee.
Dr. Thomas Leonard
Thomas developed a passion for dentistry while pursuing a degree in Integrated Biology at the University of Florida. He began his dental training at NSU’s College of Dental Medicine in 2007. He joined the Psi-Omega Professional Dental Fraternity, became a student member of the American Dental Association, and was appointed to the American Student Dental Association Board of Directors—all during his freshman year. Dr. Leonard continued to hold many leadership positions throughout his training, culminating in senior class president and vice president of the Oral Surgery Honors Society. He graduated in May 2011, obtained his Florida dental license, and joined a private practice in Sunrise, Florida. Dr. Leonard is also a clinical adjunct faculty member at NSU’s College of Dental Medicine, where he works with third-and fourth-year students while they craft treatment plans and complete comprehensive dental care on patients. He is also on the board review faculty team that prepares senior dental students for their various licensure examinations. Currently, Dr. Leonard is pursuing a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and serves our country as an officer in the Army Reserve Dental Corps.
Educational Objectives and Benefits:
- Place and remove matrices
- Place and remove rubber dam
- Place bases and liners
- Place and remove periodontal dressings
- Place provisional restorations
- Place and remove retraction cord
- Remove excess cement from dental restorations
- Remove sutures
- Polish amalgam restorations
- Polish clinical crowns of teeth for stain removal
- Apply topical fluoride
- Apply pit and fissure sealants
- Cement temporary crowns and bridges with temporary cement
- Make alginate impressions for diagnostic casts
Minimum of six months of experience as a general practice chair-side dental assistant or hygienist is required. The following form must be completed:
Expanded Functions Qualification Form
All necessary supplies and instruments will be provided, with the exception of:
- Two or four-hole slow speed handpiece with contra-angle and prophy angle
- Two natural posterior teeth mounted in stone (no advanced decay on occlusal surfaces, but incipient decay is acceptable).
- Dental Health Care Team discount (2 or more from the same office)
Please contact the Office for Professional Development, Continuing Education for more details
Advanced Continuing Education Certificate
This course is eligible towards the Advanced Continuing Education Certificate in Dental Health Care
Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The College is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education, approved AGD/PACE program