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Dental Assisting Instrument Guide, Spiral bound Version, 2nd Edition

  • Donna J. Phinney, CDA, MEd
  • Judy Halstead
  • ISBN-10: 1133691595
  • ISBN-13: 9781133691594
  • 704 Pages | Spiralbound
  • Previous Editions: 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

DENTAL ASSISTING INSTRUMENT GUIDE, 2nd Edition is the ideal pocket study guide, presenting the numerous instruments used in modern dentistry, along with proper functions, parts, and tray set-ups. Instruments for all practice areas are covered in detail, alongside supporting hundreds of color photos that make memorization easy. Compact and organized for quick reference, DENTAL ASSISTING INSTRUMENT GUIDE, 2nd Edition provides the fundamental instrument knowledge dental assistants need for success in the ever-changing field of dentistry.


  • Clarifying Photos: More than 300 full-color photos—including close-ups, instrument tips, and action shots—make this guide ideal for chairside or classroom reference.

  • Pocket Friendly: This compact, flashcard-style guide is lightweight and ideally sized for busy dental assistants on the move.

  • Worry-Free Set-Ups: Detailed color photos depict tray set-ups for common procedures, and limit errors in preparation.

  • Hygiene Help: Icons and color coding provide at-a-glance sterilization procedures and OSHA codes for specific equipment.

About the Author

Donna J. Phinney, CDA, MEd

Donna Phinney was a Certified Dental Assistant and program director for the Dental Assisting Program at Spokane Community College. She devoted her 20-year career to the dental field as a dental assistant and office manager and later to consulting and teaching. Ms. Phinney was a fellow of the American Dental Assistants Association, where she served as a consultant and an appointed commissioner, as well as an active member of the Washington State Dental Assisting Association. She earned her BA from Eastern Washington University and MEd from Whitworth College.

Judy Halstead

Judy Halstead, CDA, is the former Dental Assisting Program Director for a private college and a high school skills center. Now retired, she also worked as a dental assistant and an enthusiastic industry representative for more than 30 years. As a president of the Washington Dental Assistant Association, Ms. Halstead often delivered lectures and workshops at local, state and regional dental conferences as well as served as an industry consultant. She earned a BA from Eastern Washington University and is a Certified Dental Assistant with an Expanded Functions certificate.

Table of Contents

1. Parts of a Dental Instrument.
2. Disposables and Barriers.
3. Basic Instruments, Evacuation, and Air/Water Syringe.
4. Topical and Local Anesthetic and Nitrous Oxide Sedation.
5. Dental Dam.
6. Dental Unit and Handpieces.
7. Burs, Stones, and Discs.
8. Hand-Cutting Instruments.
9. Diagnostic Aids, Matrices, Instruments for Cements, Bases, and Liners.
10. Amalgam Instruments and Equipment.
11. Composite Instruments and Equipment.
12. Endodontic Instruments.
13. Oral Maxillogacial Surgery Instruments.
14. Orthodontic Instruments.
15. Pedodontic Instruments.
16. Periodontic Instruments.
17. Fixed Prosthodontic Instruments.
19. Sterilization Equipment.
20. Laboratory Equipment.
21. Radiography Equipment.

New to this edition

  • Updates have been made throughout to address changes in instruments and equipment.
  • New chapters cover disposable equipment and barrier devices, laboratory equipment, and radiography equipment.