Restorative Expanded Functions: An 80-hour Training Program

To be offered during Fall 2018

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?

Newly revised to include gingival displacement training.

The Minnesota Dental Practice Act 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 composite restorations where the margins are entirely within the enamel and Class II supragingival composite restorations on primary teeth. The program has been revised to include the training required of Minnesota licensed dental assistants and dental hygienists in order to perform gingival displacement procedures on patients.

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 years of practice and teaching experience in restorative and pediatric dentistry. 


Phase One

During the 80-hour classroom and pre-clinical portion of the program, you will learn how to:

  • recognize properties and indications for use of different dental materials.
  • recognize and duplicate ideal dental anatomy in the pediatric and adult dentition.
  • condense, place and contour amalgam restorations (Class I, II & V).
  • place, contour and polish glass ionomer restorations.
  • place, contour and finish composite restorations (Class I & V and Class II—pediatric dentition).
  • adapt, cement and remove excess cement from stainless steel crowns.
  • practice innovative isolation techniques.
  • evaluate and adjust the occlusion for amalgam, glass ionomer and composite on newly placed restorations.
  • evaluate restorations for adequate margins and correctly address for quality restorations.
  • recognize the role of gingival displacement with restorative procedures.
  • perform gingival retraction using single cord, double cord and mechanicochemical techniques.
  • utilize a restorative expanded function professional 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—10 surfaces
  • glass ionomer—5 surfaces
  • stainless steel crowns—4 teeth
  • composite—5 surfaces

*These are the minimum requirements and must include at least 12 patients and exhibit proficiency in both the primary and permanent dentition. Patient experiences will be completed in a dental practice.

Phase Three

After successful completion of phase one and two, 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:

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

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.


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

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

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

Kevin N. Nakagaki, D.D.S., full-time practitioner with HealthPartners Midway Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Nakagaki’s practice includes managing patients in the hospital/ambulatory surgery setting. He serves as a mentor to numerous restorative expanded function staff at the HealthPartners Midway Clinic. Prior to joining HealthPartners, Dr. Nakagaki spent 10 years as the Director of the Hospital Dental Clinic at the University of Minnesota.

Maureen A. Ohland, D.D.S., M.S., M.L.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 as a Group Leader. Dr. Ohland served as the first clinical director of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and has extensive experience in mobile dental delivery and mission dentistry. This course is under the direction of Dr. Ohland.

Margaret Purdy, D.D.S., Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota.


What others have liked about the program:

“Highly recommended class! If you’re looking to better yourself and/or your practice, this is a must-see class!”  Nichole Sirek, Lonsdale, MN

“I really enjoyed being here, got me excited again for the passion of dentistry.” Ashley Powell, Robbinsdale, MN

“Awesome course. All dental assistants should take this course.” Connie Smith, Onamia, MN

“Great program. So glad I took. Can’t wait to use. Instructors were fantastic and made class enjoyable and very helpful. Great advice.” Katie Beaulieu, St. Paul, MN

“Very fun learning experience! Would recommend this course!” Dena Leach, Worthington, MN

    Enrollment is limited to 38.


    80 hours

    Minnesota Credits
    79 fundamental
    1 core (Management of Medical Emergencies)


    8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Fridays & Saturdays)
    8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Sundays)


    6-410 Moos HS Tower
    (Lynda J. Young Conference Room) & 4th Floor Pre-clinical Laboratory
    Moos HS Tower
    Minneapolis Campus