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Continuing Dental Education

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Restorative Expanded Functions: An 80-Hour Training Program

Restorative Expanded Functions: An 80-Hour Training Program

Next offering - fall of 2017


Call (612) 625-1418 or (800) 685-1418, or email to be added to our priority notification list for the next course offering.

MINNESOTA LICENSED DENTAL HYGIENISTS AND DENTAL ASSISTANTS:  Would you like to add a new dimension to your professional career?  Are you ready to take on more clinical responsibility?

The Minnesota Dental Practice Acts allows a licensed dental assistant or dental hygienist to perform certain restorative procedures under indirect supervision upon completion of a board-approved course and issuance of a Restorative Functions (RF) credential. The procedures allowed include: (1) place, contour, and adjust amalgam restorations; (2) place, contour, and adjust glass ionomer; (3) adapt and cement stainless steel crowns; and (4) place, contour, and adjust Class I and Class V supragingival composite restorations and Class II supragingival composite restorations on primary teeth. 

This Minnesota Board of Dentistry approved training program will give you the knowledge and practical skills to confidently perform restorative expanded functions in practice. You will benefit from one-on-one interaction with experienced instructors who will share a myriad of clinical tips that come from an average of 30 years of practice and teaching experience in restorative and pediatric dentistry.


Phase One: During the 80-hour classroom and pre-clinical portion of the continuing dental education program, you will learn how to:

  • recognize properties and indications for use of different dental materials.
  • recognize and duplicate normal dental anatomy in the pediatric and adult dentition.
  • manipulate, condense, place and contour amalgam restorations.
  • manipulate, place, cure and polish glass ionomer and Class I, II & V composite restorations.
  • adapt, cement and remove excess cement from stainless steel crowns on primary teeth.
  • maintain a dry field during the placement of restorations.
  • select the appropriate composite shade.
  • evaluate and adjust the occlusion for amalgam, glass ionomer, and composite restorations.
  • identify and correct deficiencies in amalgam, glass ionomer and composite restorations, as well as stainless steel crowns.
  • utilize a restorative expanded function auxiliary (RF) in practice.

Phase Two: Upon completion of the 80-hour classroom pre-clinical portion of the program, you will be required to complete the following procedures on patients* under the personal supervision (chairside) of a dentist.

  • amalgam—5 primary and 5 permanent teeth/surfaces
  • glass ionomer—3 primary and 2 permanent teeth/surfaces
  • stainless steel crowns—4 primary
  • composite—2 primary and 3 permanent teeth/surfaces

*These are the minimum requirements and must include at least 12 patients. Patient experiences will be completed in a dental practice.

Phase Three: After successful completion of phase one and two of this continuing dental education program, you will arrange for a credentialing examination by one of the course instructors to be conducted in your dental office. For the examination you will:

  • perform two of the four restorative procedures while the credentialing instructor observes and verifies satisfactory performance.
  • review with the credentialing instructor previously completed patient records for the other two restorative procedures. Records will include appropriate photographs, radiographs and study models.

Timing: Please note that you must complete the entire 80-hour training program within one year and that you must also complete the clinical credentialing examination within one year of completing the training program.

Who Should Attend

Licensed dental assistants and dental hygienists who want to receive the educational training required to perform restorative expanded functions on patients in the state of Minnesota.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, demonstrations, laboratory exercises, patient simulation on manikins, supervised patient treatment, and clinical competency assessment.

Course Instructors

Richard J. Baylon, D.D.S., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota. Dr. Baylon maintains a four-clinic private practice limited to pediatric dentistry, with three partners.

Gary E. Cook, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Clinical Specialist and Director, Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota. 

David W. Dvorak, D.D.S., M.A., Clinical Professor, Division of Operative Dentistry, Department of Restorative Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota.

Michael J. Madden, D.D.S., Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota.

Maureen A. Ohland, D.D.S., M.S., has held faculty appointments at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in the GPR, AEGD, DH, and Comprehensive Care programs as well as Marquette University School of Dentistry. Dr. Ohland is also the past clinical director of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. This continuing dental education course is under the direction of Dr. Ohland.

Paul O. Walker, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Professor, Indiana University; Vice President, Clinical Quality/Development, Kool Smiles, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Walker is a board-certified pediatric dentist. He served as the Program Director of the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry and the Director of the Hospital Dental Clinic at the University of Minnesota from 1972-1994. 


What others have liked about the program: 

“I really enjoyed all of the instructors; all of you truly made this course so awesome. The dynamic between all of you is so light and fun. It is a course that I will recommend.” Missy Estrem, Northfield, MN 

“Everything. The instructors were amazing and the course was very informative." Bettina Harris, Hinckley, MN

“Nice learning environment, great instructors, very informative. I enjoyed this course and would like to learn more! I am excited to do more in our practice.” Kristin Lundeby, Brainerd, MN

“Felt proud of the professional development achieved. Course was relevant and instructors gave positive and consistent feedback.” Kate Jenson, Minnetonka, MN










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