Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Discuss the various types of materials used in esthetic restorations.

  • Describe the possible damaging effects of routine preventive procedures and the effect of increased bacterial retention.

  • Determine appropriate polishing agents for esthetic restorations.

  • Evaluate existing amalgam restorations for contraindications to amalgam polishing procedures.

  • Recognize that individual state practice acts for dental auxiliaries to perform finishing and polishing procedures may vary.