Coronal Polishing by dental assistants is permitted in Arizona when the dental assistant has passed the Arizona Coronal Polish Exam administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
The cost for taking the DANB Coronal Polish exam the first time is $150 for the exam, $75 application fee, and $50 certification fee. If a second testing is needed, the cost is $150 for the exam and $75 for the application fee. You will need to contact DANB directly to schedule and pay for your exam. Currently the only "computerized" testing centers available in Arizona are Pearson VUE Centers. These sites are available up to 6 days a week, year round by just making an appointment. Check DANBs webpage to see a schedule of other test sites around Arizona.
The exam will cover, among other things, types of stains and deposits, anatomy of a clinical crown, types of dental materials and restorations, polishing agents, armamentarium, anatomy and dentition and state laws pertaining to prophylaxis. Candidates must also provide an affidavit from a dentist attesting that he/she has observed a coronal polish as part of a prophylaxis for at least one adult and one pediatric patient and performed a coronal polish as part of a prophylaxis on at least two adults and two pediatric patients.
FAQ about the exam DANB Website
The Arizona Dental Association is pleased to offer an online course designed exclusively for dental assistants who are preparing to take the Coronal Polishing exam through DANB. Although taking this or any other course is not required in order to take the exam, it could be beneficial in helping to pass the 75-question exam.
Tuition for this online course is:
- $175.00 per person for AzDA Allied Members.
- $200.00 per person for non-members.
Click here for information on becoming an AzDA Allied Member.
Once you complete the registration process, you will receive an email confirmation containing detailed instructions on how to begin taking the course. Please read this email very carefully and follow the instructions. Once you complete this step, you will receive a second email confirmation informing you that you may begin taking the course. You will then have 30 days to complete the course. It is recommended you take advantage of the 30-day period in the event you need to study or consult with a tutor/mentor.
(This program is currently undergoing improvements.)