Restorative Expanded Functions: An 80-hour Training Program

Restorative Expanded Functions: An 80-hour Training Program

Four Weekend Sessions: March 22-24, April 12-14, May 3-5, and May 17-19, 2019

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 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 allowed procedures on the adult and pediatric dentition include: 

  1. place, contour, and adjust amalgam restorations;
  2. place, contour, and adjust glass ionomer restorations;
  3. adapt and cement stainless steel crowns; and
  4. place, contour, and adjust composite restorations where the margins are entirely within the enamel.

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.

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.

Learn How To

Phase One: 80-hour classroom and pre-clinical portion of the program

  • Recognize properties and indications for use of different dental materials
  • Recognize and duplicate ideal dental anatomy in the pediatric and adult dentition
  • Place, condense and contour amalgam restorations (Class I, II & V)
  • Place, contour and polish glass ionomer restorations (Class I, II & V)
  • Place, contour and finish composite restorations (Class I, II & V)
  • 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: Patient care under personal supervision of a dentist

Upon completion of the 80-hour classroom pre-clinical portion of the program, you will be required to utilize at least two of the following materials under the personal supervision of the dentist:

  • amalgam
  • glass ionomer
  • stainless steel crowns
  • composite

Minimum Requirements:

You must provide care to 20 different patients.
You must 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

  • provide the examiner with previously completed patient records for 20 restorative procedures. Records will contain appropriate documentation and progress notes, including tooth number, surfaces, materials used, occlusal adjustments, and signed by the participants with initials in RF training.
  • perform two of the four restorative procedures while the credentialing instructor observes and verifies clinical satisfactory performance. One of these restorations must be a Class II and achieve satisfactory interproximal contact.

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.

Training Methods

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

Meet the Expert

Maureen A. Ohland, DDS, MS, MLS, 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. 

Additional Expertise Provided By

Richard J. Baylon, DDS, 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, DDS, MS, Associate Clinical Specialist and Director of the Preclinical Program, Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

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

Karen Mann, CDA, LDA, BS, Manager, Dental Specialty Operations, HealthPartners Dental, Bloomington, Minnesota.

Kevin N. Nakagaki, DDS, 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.   


  • Final registration will begin at 7:30 AM on Friday, March 22.
  • Continental breakfast will be available each morning.
  • The course will run from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM on Fridays and Saturdays; and from 8:00 AM to 12:15 PM on Sundays
  • There will be a 15-minute refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

Special instructions

Please note that on weekends, you must enter Moos Tower from the Washington Avenue street entrance or use the tunnel from the Washington Avenue parking ramp to access Moos Tower.

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one month (30 total days) before the program. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the program $595 will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Moos HS Tower is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street SE.

Get directions to Moos Tower and the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp.


Parking is available in the Washington Avenue Ramp. The Washington Avenue Ramp is located at 501 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

You will need to push the button on the stationary box in order to receive a parking slip and activate the gate. Detailed instructions for exiting the ramp will be provided during the program. Parking charges will be billed to Continuing Dental Education.

If the ramp is FULL or EVENT PARKING is in place, please inform the attendant that you are attending a Continuing Dental Education conference in the School of Dentistry.

PLEASE NOTE: If you park anywhere besides the Washington Ave. Ramp, you will be responsible for the parking fees.

The Graduate Minneapolis hotel guests only: If you are staying at the Graduate Minneapolis (formerly the Commons Hotel), we encourage that you make parking reservations directly with the hotel. We cannot validate parking for overnight stays. Validated parking is only available during course hours.


Hotel accommodations are available at the Graduate Minneapolis, located directly across the street from the Dental School. To reserve your room at the special Continuing Dental Education rate:

  • Call the Graduate Minneapolis, 612-379-8888, and ask for in-house reservations. Tell the reservationist the dates of your stay and that you want a room under the reservation for “Continuing Dental Education.” Ask the reservationist to enter your name for one of the rooms at the special Continuing Dental Education rate.
  • If you are outside the United States or do not wish to call, please email with the dates you intend to stay and ask to have your name entered for one of the reservations under “Continuing Dental Education.”

Link to a list of hotels near campus

Enrollment is limited to 38.


$3,095 dental hygienist

$3,095 registered dental assistant

$2,995 second and each additional dental hygienist or registered dental assistant

A $695 deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance of the tuition is due on or before January 15, 2019. 

Tuition includes food, parking, materials and supplies, as well as the cost of the clinical competency exam.


80 hours

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


8:00 AM to 5:15 PM (Fridays and Saturdays)
8:00 AM to 12:15 PM (Sundays)


6-410 Moos HS Tower
(Lynda J. Young Conference Room) 
Minneapolis Campus

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