Preparing graduates to work as Restorative Dental Hygienists for over 40 years.

Restorative Dental Hygiene is a two-semester graduate certificate program designed for experienced registered dental hygienists. Students will learn how to perform restorative procedures and preventive measures.

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Overview

Program name
Restorative Dental Hygiene
Code
S400
Experiential learning
Field experience
Duration
2 semesters (27 weeks compressed), September to April
Starting month
September
Credential
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Method of study
FT

Year of Study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 N/A
May 2020 N/A
International students
This program is currently only available to domestic students.

Full Description

Restorative Dental Hygiene is a two-semester program designed for experienced dental hygienists. Students will learn how to perform restorative procedures.

To qualify for this program, you must be an active registrant with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario to practice dental hygiene and have at least one year of experience as a dental hygienist.

In compliance with the standards of practice approved by the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, students will learn to:

  • apply bonding systems and required liners
  • place and finish composite and amalgam restorations
  • take final impressions
  • fabricate and cement provisional restorations
  • cement and bond indirect restorations

Learning takes place in co-ordination with Dental Technology, Denturism and Dental Assisting students.

Students practice various procedures on a manikin, after which they provide services in our on-site WAVE Dental Clinic, performing restorative and cosmetic procedures on clients.

Restorative Dental Hygiene student practices on a mannequin

Part Time Study Options

This program is not available part-time.

Experiential Learning

Field experience

Your Field Study options

Clinical experience is a key component of this program and will help students gain confidence in their skills as they expand their scope of practice to include the more complex care needs delivered by a qualified Restorative Dental Hygienist.

For the first 14 weeks of the program (Semester 1), students will practice restorative skills exclusively on manikins.

During Semester 2, students will gain onsite and offsite clinical experience. The first 10 weeks will be spent practicing client care on real patients onsite at our WAVE Dental Clinic under the supervision of faculty. They will then spend one week offsite observing the practice of a Restorative Dental Hygienist with a community field placement partner or with their current employer.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Research, evaluate and discuss currently available restorative dental materials and analyze information on materials and techniques.
  2. Predict the histological effect of restorative dental materials through the analysis of their chemical properties.
  3. Integrate the basics of growth, development, malocclusion and tooth movement into functional occlusion.
  4. Determine, place and finish the appropriate materials for proposed restorations that best meet the needs of the client.
  5. Perform accepted mercury hygiene procedures as required, having determined the advantages and disadvantages in relation to each client.
  6. Analyze and integrate the relationship of coronal anatomy, functional occlusion, aesthetics and the protection of the periodontium to create an ideal restoration.
  7. Compare dental materials and techniques to determine the appropriate materials for fabrication of indirect and provisional restorations.
  8. Contribute to client and personal safety in all aspects of work in the dental environment.
  9. Perform all clinical procedures within the current scope of practice of the Restorative Dental Hygienist collaborating with other health care professionals.

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
DENT1087Science of Dental Materials
HSTL4001Advanced Dental Histology and Embryology
DENT1086Pre-Clinical Techniques I
DENT1085Occlusion and Bioesthetics

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
DENT1088Pre-Clinical Techniques II
DENT1089Clinical Techniques – Theory
DENT1090Clinical Techniques – Practical
DENT1091Field Placement

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Your Career

Graduates are employed as restorative dental hygienists in:

  • private practice
  • public health services
  • hospitals
  • the dental industry

Tuition

$19,144.00 * †

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the two semesters of the program starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

† There will be additional costs to the program including textbooks, appropriate laboratory/clinical attire and personal protective equipment. There is a refundable rental fee charged to the student for equipment on loan during the academic year.

Please note: This program does not accept International students. Applicants must be registered as a Dental Hygienist in the Province of Ontario.

Admission Requirements

  • Active Registrant with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO).
  • Minimum one year of dental hygiene clinical experience (verification of current employment required) and resume.
  • Interview for qualified applicants only.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

Special Requirements

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR S400

Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)

  • In compliance with the requirements of our onsite clinic and our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months.

This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered "vulnerable persons" under the law.

  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for "individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)".
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a "clear" police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a "not clear" status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement/record_check.

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Success Stories

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“I’ve been in dental for 22 years and going back to school was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The Restorative Dental Hygiene program at George Brown College has been an amazing experience, with curriculum that incorporates all the skills needed to be successful in any dental practice. The instructors have been some of the best I’ve ever had. In the clinic they were both helpful and insightful in their constructive pointers on how to succeed by putting the theory learned in the classroom into practice when working on live patients. I feel privileged that I was able to partake in this course.”

Melanie Bianco (Graduate 2016, Restorative Dental Hygiene)

Contact Us

Contact the Program Co-ordinator, Melissa Crawford, at 416-415-5000, ext. 4555 or by email at mcrawfor@georgebrown.ca.

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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