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Coronal Polishing Licensing
Requirements & Exam Review

Coronal polishing procedures in the state of Arizona must be done under the general supervision of a licensed dentist. A dental assistant must hold an Arizona Coronal Polishing License to do the procedure. In order to qualify, one must pass the Dental Assistant National Board’s Coronal Polishing exam and submit an Arizona Coronal Polishing Clinical Skills Affidavit by a licensed dentist or coronal polishing educator/instructor. After these requirements have been successfully completed, you will receive the Arizona Coronal Polishing License from DANB.

Coronal Polishing Licensing Exam Review

This is a course designed for practicing dental assistants who are preparing to take the DANB Coronal Polishing exam. During this course, the student will engage in classroom lectures and hands-on instruction reviewing objectives required by a licensed coronal polishing dental assistant.

While you’re busy studying for your coronal polishing license, it will help tremendously to have a clear idea of exactly what material will be covered on test day. The coronal polishing exam is composed of 100 multiple choice questions, and you’ll have 75 minutes to complete the exam. Below are some examples of topics you can expect to see on your exam, with approximately how many questions will be asked for each.

  • Dental and oral anatomy, 8 questions
  • Differences between oral prophylaxis and coronal polish, 7 questions
  • Objective of coronal polish, 7 questions
  • Dental deposits, 15 questions
  • Polishing precautions, 15 questions
  • Patient education and record-keeping, 10 questions
  • Abrasives and polishing agents, 8 questions
  • Polishing techniques, 20 questions
  • Infection control and OSHA protocol, 10 questions

Taking the Coronal Polishing Exam

Once you have completed the course and feel confident in your ability to pass the exam, you will need to contact DANB to schedule and pay for the exam. Please check with DANB.org in regard to the cost of taking the coronal polishing exam.