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Coronal Polish

        Atlanta Pediatric Dental Assistant School (APDAS)

Coronal Polish Course


Next Class is May 11, 2024. Sign up today!


 Approved by the Georgia Board of Dentistry 

APDAS Coronal Polishing for Dental Assistants

This eight-hour course will meet the educational requirements for certification for Georgia and is designed to satisfy the Georgia Board of Dentistry’s educational requirements for dental auxiliary personnel who will qualify for certification in coronal polishing under a dentist’s direct supervision. This is course approved by the Georgia Board of Dentistry for coronal polishing, and it consists of both didactic and practical components.

Classroom Learning via Webinar
The classroom learning for coronal polishing is available online via recorded webinar and videos.

To be eligible to attend the APDAS Coronal Polishing Program the dental assistant must meet one of the following criteria:

1)    Be a graduate of a one (1) year accredited dental assisting program or a dental assisting program approved by the Georgia Board of Dentistry (APDAS is approved by the Georgia Board of Dentistry), or
2)    Have been employed as a chair side assistant by a licensed dentist for a continuous ​​twelve (12) month period within the previous three (3) years.

In Addition, the candidate must have a high school diploma, or the equivalent and proof of current CPR certification.

Courses are offered on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis. Registration closes when a course reaches capacity OR one ​week to course date – whichever comes first.

Course Overview
This program offers 8 hours of clinical and didactic education required by the Georgia Board of Dentistry for certification in coronal polishing. This course will include:

  • Oral anatomy
  • Tooth morphology
  • Indications, contraindications, risks and complications for coronal polishing
  • Ethics and jurisprudence relating to coronal polishing
  • Indications for professionally applied topical fluoride agents for caries prevention
  • Fluoride delivery methods  

The clinical training will include:

  • Training in using a slow-speed hand piece
  • Principles of coronal polishing
  • Operator & patient positioning/ergonomics
  • Polishing coronal surfaces of teeth, preferred polishing technique, polishing agents
  • Coronal polish on typodonts
  • Coronal polish on partner and practical with disclosing solution


  • State the effect polishing has on the patient, oral environment, teeth, and gingival tissues
  • Identify indications for polishing the teeth
  • Understand the definition of plaque, types of stain, calculus, and related terminology
  • Discuss contraindications for polishing the teeth
  • Distinguish between abrasion, abrasive, and polishing
  • Understand dental armamentarium – the equipment and instruments used in the delivery of dental care
  • Identify abrasive polishing agents commonly used in coronal polishing
  • Determine how particle size/shape, speed, and pressure affect abrasiveness
  • Recognize different abrasive agents
  • Demonstrate use of a slow speed hand piece and prophylaxis angle on a partner in clinic
  • Define cumulative trauma disorders and explain how the dental assistant might prevent such injuries

Upon completion of this course, the student will receive a Georgia Board of Dentistry Coronal Polish Certification.

Note: The Atlanta Pediatric Dental Assistant School reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum participation requirements.

FEES:   GDA Member: $265                          Non-GDA Member: $350

All registration fees may be transferred to another course date if notification is received at least 30 days prior to the scheduled course date. Cancellations or transfers after that time will not be permitted. There are NO REFUNDS.

Any questions contact APDAS at 770-687-7940 or email

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