assistants who have a minimum of two (2) years continuous full-time employment
within the past three (3) years in a dental practice as a dental assistant are
eligible for admission to a Board-approved certification course in restorative
and/or prosthetic functions. A registered dental assistant must apply for and
complete a Board-approved certification course in restorative or prosthetic
functions and obtain the appropriate certification, issued by the Board, before
he/she can perform expanded restorative or prosthetic functions on any
(2) Certification in
restorative or prosthetic functions is only valid as long as the registered
dental assistant has a current authorization to practice as a registered dental
assistant. If the authorization expires or is retired, the certification is
also considered expired or retired and the dental assistant may not perform
restorative or prosthetic functions until the authorization to practice is
reinstated or reactivated.
Registered dental assistants who possess a certification in restorative or
prosthetic functions shall prominently display their current renewal
certificate at their place of employment.
(4) Registered dental assistants with
certification in restorative or prosthetic functions may perform restorations
or prosthetic functions only under the direct supervision and full
responsibility of a licensed dentist.
Prohibited Procedures - The following
procedures are prohibited for all dental assistants, including those who have
certification in restorative or prosthetic functions:
1. Diagnosing of need for
Preparation/Cutting of the tooth or soft tissue;
3. Modifying existing structure;
4. Removal of caries, bases and liners;
5. Use of high-speed handpieces
1. Diagnosing need for
any prosthetic appliance;
Establishing vertical dimension of occlusion and interocclusal
3. Delivering and/or
adjusting appliance; and
4. Use of
high-speed handpieces intraorally.
(6) Registered dental assistants, who have
successfully completed a comparable assistant training program in another state
in expanded restorative or prosthetic functions, are eligible to apply directly
to the Board for an expanded functions certificate without additional training,
provided the course is determined by the Board consultant to be equivalent to
the Board-approved course in Tennessee. The information regarding content of
the course and proof of completion must be sent directly from the course
provider to the Board's administrative office. If a certification or permit was
issued by the other state, verification of the certificate or permit must be
received directly from the other board. If it is determined that the course is
not equivalent, the registered dental assistant will be required to comply with
the provisions of paragraph (1) before certification can be issued.
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs.
certified June 7, 1974. Repeal filed December 11, 1991; effective January 25,
1992. Original rule filed August 3, 2005; effective October 17, 2005. Amendment
filed October 12, 2007; effective December 26, 2007. Amendment filed September
30, 2014; effective 12/29/2014.
Authority: T.C.A. §§