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Acute Dental Pain: Diagnosis & Management of the Emergency Patient
Faculty: Asma Khan, BDS,PhDTime: 1-3 hrs
Pain is the most common chief complaint of patients seeking emergency dental care. The skilled dentist understands that the patient’s complaint of “toothache” may be an integration of pain originating from the peripheral tissues in addition to central mechanisms of hyperalgesia. In some cases, the noxious input may not be associated with the tooth in question and may in fact be referred from distant sites. This evidence based course provides practical tips on making an accurate diagnosis and on efficiently managing acute dental pain. It includes information on how best to anesthetize a “hot tooth”, and how to effectively use analgesics to reduce intra- and post-operative pain.
Target Audience: DAGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: At conclusion, participants should: 1.Have an improved understanding of how best to diagnosis acute odontogenic pain. 2.List how to predictably obtain adequate pulpal anesthesia in pulpitis patients 3.Know how to prevent and manage post-operative pain


An Update on the Diagnosis and Management of Temporomandibular Disorders
Faculty: Pei Feng Lim, BDS, MSTime: 2-4 hrs
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is a collective term embracing a number of clinical problems that involve the masticatory musculature, the temporomandibular joints, and associated structures. This presentation will discuss the diagnosis of various TMD subtypes and the treatment strategies.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O ( Laboratory Technicians)AGD:
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Course Objectives: 1. Epidemiology and aetiology of TMD , 2. Classification of TMD: TMJ disorders versus masticatory muscle disorders, 3. Diagnosis of TMD, 4. Management of TMD


Beyond the Basics: Implementing Dental Sleep Medicine in Your Practice
Faculty: Greg Essick, DDS, PhDTime: 2-3 hrs
This beyond-the-basics course covers aspects of dental sleep medicine (DSM) that clinicians often have questions about early in their treatment of patients with mandibular advancement appliances. Practice protocols, selection and adjustment of appliances, communications and correspondence with medical sleep colleagues, and the basics of medical insurance coverage of appliance therapy will be presented and discussed.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O ( Office Staff)AGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: 1.Review practice parameters and protocol for oral appliance therapy. 2.Describe the physician referral process and establishing medical necessity of treatment. 3.Describe how to select an oral appliance for your patients. 4.Describe calibrating the jaw advancement to optimize efficacy of an oral appliance. 5.Describe financial models for the practice of DSM and the basics of medical insurance coverage of oral appliance therapy.


Challanges in the Diagnosis of the Non-Odontogenic Toothache
Faculty: Pei Feng Lim, BDS, MSTime: 2 hrs
It is not unusual for a patient to present with pain in a tooth (or teeth) without corresponding dental or pulpal pathology. Such toothaches often mimic endodontic pain, but are non-odontogenic in origin. The source of the pain could originate from various non-dental structures.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD:
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Course Objectives: . Primary Vs heterotopic pain, and source Vs site of pain 2. Differential diagnosis of non-odontogenic toothache 3. Management of non-odontogenic pain


Dental Treatment Considerations for Patients with Chronic Orofacial Pain
Faculty: Pei Feng Lim, BDS, MSTime: 2 hrs
Patients suffering from chronic orofacial pain such as Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) or trigeminal neuropathic pain often present with unique and challenging oral hygiene and dental treatment needs. This presentation highlights several important dental treatment considerations for these patients who have pre-existing chronic pain.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: 1.Introduction to chronic orofacial pain 2.Widespread pain and co-morbid pain conditions 3.Dental treatment considerations


Evidence Based Fixed Prosthodontics
Treatment presentation of full arch rehabilitation folloqing Evidence Based Prosthodontics (EBP). A list of references and outline is provided.
Target Audience: DAGD:
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Course Objectives: To review the basic fundamentals of current fixed prosthodontics. To folloq treatment procedures utilizing EBP.


Implants in the Totally Edentulous Patient
Basic fundamentals of Implant Prosthodontics are presented in the following Evidence Based Prosthodontics (EBP).
Target Audience: DAGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: 1. To discuss epidemiology of total edentulism 2. Evidence based consequences of total edentulism related to implant prosthodontics 3. Treatment modalities 4. Evidence based treatment procedures and principles


Oral Health of the HIV Positive Patient
Faculty: Lauren Patton, DDSTime: 1 hr
This course provides a practical overview of dental management of the HIV infected patient including a variety of images of oral lesions that are helpful in training the dental team members to recognize oral manifestations of HIV and to provide appropriate treatment for these conditions in the dental office.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD:
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Course Objectives: 1. To understand aspects of the medical history and laboratory tests that impact dental management of the patient with HIV. 2. To be able to recognize and initiate management for HIV related oral diseases.


Regenerative Endodontics: A New Treatment Option for Children?
Faculty: Asma Khan, BDS, PhDTime: 1-2 hrs
Deep carious lesions or trauma to an incompletely developed tooth can result in pulpal necrosis. The management of these teeth can be challenging and the long term prognosis is often unpredictable. This evidence based course describes and compares the three approaches used to treat pulpal necrosis in immature teeth- calcium hydroxide apexification, MTA apexification and regenerative endodontics (aka revascularization/revitalization). Practical tips on how best to perform these procedures will be described.
Target Audience: DAGD:
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Course Objectives: At conclusion, participants should have a better understanding of how best to treat immature teeth with pulpal necrosis


Social Media in the Healthcare Provider Office: Is it time to develop a Social Media Policy Program?
Faculty: Lattice Sams, MS, RDHTime: 1-2 hrs
This presentation will discuss social media’s impact on dentistry including the positive and negative effects of social media. Lastly we will discuss ways to develop and incorporate a social media policy for your practice.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Laboratory Technicians and Office Staff)AGD:
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Course Objectives: 1. Discuss the positive and negative aspects of social media and the implications 2. Discuss boundaries between providers and patients 3. List recommendations for protecting the dental practice or patient information related to social media use


Why We Love and Hate Monolithic Zirconia Restorations
Faculty: Lyndon Cooper, DDS, PhDTime: 1-1.5 hrs
This course will illustrate the proper use of monolithic zirconia restorations from single crowns to full arch implant prostheses. The proper preparation, design and manufacture of these restorations will be illustrated. When used in accordance with existing knowledge and within limits of observed performance, monolithic zirconia offers several advantages for clinical provision of tooth colored dental prostheses
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Laboratory Technicians)AGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: Participants will 1) understand the physical properties of monolithic zirconia and related clinical advantages, 2) identify the proper features of tooth preparation and related implant abutment design for building strong monolithic zirconia restoration, 3) be able to describe the work flow for manufacture and delivery of monolithic dental restorations.


"Allergic" Reactions in the Oral Cavity
Faculty: Mark Kutcher, DDS, MSTime: 2 hrs
Patients experience "allergic" reactions to many foods, medications, and dental products. These reactions manifest in the oral cavity in various forms. This presentation will discuss the occurrence of oral allergic phenomena, their more common causes, diagnostic methods, and treatment options.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (pharmacists, physicians)AGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Be familiar with the more common causes of oral allergic reactions. 2. Recognize the various appearances of allergic reactions. 3. Be comfortable in managing these lesions in your practice


“Pearls” of Oral Medicine
Faculty: Mark Kutcher, DDS, MSTime: 2-3 hrs
Interesting and dentally significant “points of interest” concerning oral medicine, therapeutics, pathology, etc. are presented. Each “pearl” is covered in about one minute so that 40 extremely valuable and important concepts are discussed each hour.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Recognize the importance and applications of the various oral medicine concepts discussed 2. Be comfortable utilizing the various recommendations, scientific data, and medical and dental considerations in their dental practice


Adhesive Dentistry Update
Faculty: Harald Heymann, DDS, MEdTime: 1 hr
Edward Swift, DMD, MS
This presentation will provide the latest information on the various types of dental adhesives. Materials will be discussed in the context of their clinical applications and in light of the latest clinical research.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 250
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Operative (Restorative) Dentistry
Course Objectives: Following attendance to this course, the participant should be able to: 1. Distinguish between the many new enamel-dentin adhesives, including stress-breaking liners and self-etching primers, and describe their clinical performance based on clinical trials. 2. Identify various clinical factors that affect denting bonding and how to best optimize clinical results.


Adolescence: The Dangers Within
Faculty: Ceib Phillips, MPH, PhDTime: 1 hr
Children generally make regular visits to their pediatrician until age 5. Once in school, a dental health-care professional likely is the health care professional who sees the child most regularly. Adolescence is a time when many psychological and behavioral changes occur that may negatively affect the child’s future. The orthodontist, particularly, because of the length of treatment and frequency of appointments is in a unique position to observe and make appropriate referrals, if needed. The etiology and symptomology of the most common disorders will be reviewed as well as the typical side effects of medications commonly prescribed and possible treatment implications. Strategies for approaching difficult patients will be developed.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 370, 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Describe the common symptoms of adolescent mood disorder, eating disorder, ADHD, conduct disorder. 2. Describe the possible treatment implications of these disorders. 3. Develop strategies for dealing with difficult patients.


Advanced Endodontic Access: The Quest for the Extra Canal
Faculty: Peter Tawil, DMD, MS, FRCD(C)Time: 2 hrs
From MB2 in upper molars to MM in lower molars, this course clarifies the steps on how to find all canals inside a tooth. The key to finding all the canals in a specific tooth lies in our ability to read and understand the internal anatomy and the map that the floor of each tooth offers.
Target Audience: DAGD: 070, 074
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Endodontics, Endodontics - Non-Surgical Endodontics
Course Objectives: At conclusion, participants should be able to: 1. List the tools needed to facilitate endodontic access. 2. Describe the number of canals that a tooth can contain. 3. Describe when to keep looking for extra canals and when to stop. 4. Describe the landmarks inside a tooth. 5. Describe the internal anatomy of a tooth.


Advances in Ultrasonic Instrumentation: Piezoelectric and Magnetostrictive Technologies for Enhanced Patient Care
Faculty: Jennifer Brame, RDH, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
This course will discuss new design features in both piezoelectric and magnetostrictive ultrasonic units, and tips that help to enhance performance and provide ergonomic benefits to practitioners.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 495
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics - Non-Surgical Therapeutic Management
Course Objectives: 1. Discuss new advances in piezoelectric and magnetostrictive ultrasonic unit technologies. 2. Compare and contrast new ultrasonic insert designs available for both magnetostrictive and piezoelectric ultrasonic units. 3. Discuss ultrasonic design features that may enhance instrumentation, performance and ergonomics.


AHA Basic Life Support” CPR” for Dental Professionals
Faculty: Amy Nguyen Stewart, RDH, MSTime: 3 hrs
“Learn and Live”. This interactive classroom-based Basic Life Support course offered by the American Heart Association will introduce and reinforce to the dental healthcare professional an understanding of the importance of early CPR and defibrillation. Students will perform the basic steps of CPR, relief of choking, demonstrate the use of an AED, and understand the role of each link in the Chain of Survival. Life is precious and worth saving. Be ready!
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Laboratory Technicians)AGD: 130, 142
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Electives, Electives - Medical Emergency Training and CPR
Course Objectives: During this course, the Dental Healthcare Professional will learn to do the following skills: 1. Recognize and respond to several life threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrest and choking. 2. Describe, practice, and provide CPR to victims of all ages. 3. Learn how to use an AED in an emergency situation. 4. Practice and provide relief of choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner.


AIDS and the Dental Practice: Update on Social & Clinical Aspects
Faculty: Lauren Patton, DDSTime: 3 hrs
Understanding the epidemiology, transmission, social issues, and clinical responses to HIV infection will enhance your ability to manage patients with HIV. This course considers how dental offices may respond to AIDS and discusses referral and treatment options. Information will be presented on dental treatment considerations and management of AIDS-related oral lesions.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (physicians, nurses, health educators)AGD: 130, 148
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Electives, Electives - Infectious Disease
Course Objectives: 1. Review epidemiology, social issues, public health aspects of HIV/AIDS 2. Review medical treatment, oral lesion diagnosis and management, and dental treatment considerations for patients with HIV/AIDS 3. Answer participant questions about all aspects of HIV/AIDS


An Overview: Developmental Facial Deformities
Faculty: Brent Golden, DDS, MDTime: 1 hr
A review of the historical development of diagnosis and treatment options for developmental dentofacial deformities as well as the contemporary management.
Target Audience: D, O (Orthodontists)AGD: 312
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery - Orthognathic Surgery
Course Objectives: Recognition of dentofacial deformities, Emphasis of a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive treatment planning, Introduction of modern virtual planning techniques


Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa: Patients in the Closet
Faculty: Michael Roberts, DDS, MScDTime: 1-2 hrs
Anorexia and bulimia nervosa are eating disorders that are seen primarily in young females of Western-style developed countries. One-and-a-half to five percent of females between 11-25 years of age is affected. Experts believe that these figures are greatly underestimated. A distorted perception of themselves and an exaggerated concern with weight is a common factor in both disorders. The dental profession has a unique opportunity to make an early diagnosis of the disorders. Information for recognition, intervention, and management of the oral sequel will be presented. Participants will be encouraged to share their clinical experience with these disorders.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Provide the course participants with timely information relative to the systemic and intraoral manifestiations of eating disorders. 2. Provide the course participants treatment options available to the dental team.


Assessment and Treatment of the Geriatric Patient
Faculty: Allen Samuelson, DDSTime: 3-4 hrs
Improve your ability to assess and treat the geriatric patient. Gain knowledge and skills that will enable you to make appropriate decisions regarding who to treat, how much treatment to provide, and under what conditions treatment should be provided. Topics can be chosen based on interests of the participants. Topics include the following: - Be familiar with techniques for the Health History Assessment of the Geriatric Patient - Be familiar with the importance of the Pharmacological Assessment of the Geriatric Patient - Be familiar with the provision of Dental Care to Nursing Home Patients - Be familiar with the Assessment of Functional Status and Wheelchair Transfer Techniques in the Elderly - Be familiar with the Assessment of Mental Status in the Geriatric Patient - Understand Common Geriatric Conditions of Significance in Dental Care - Recognize Elder Abuse - Understand treatment techniques of Root Caries in the Elderly Dental Patient as well as the IMPORTANCE of prevention
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 750, 752
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Geriatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Familiarity with the demographics of aging 2. Understand how to peform an assessment of an elderly patient 3. Understand the importance of prevention, caregiver/patient education/treatment planning in the elderly patient 4. See cases exemplifying the principles presented in the lecture


Basic and Advanced Soft Tissue and Bone Grafting – What materials are out there?
Faculty: Thiago Morelli, DDS, MSTime: 3-4 hrs
This evidence-based course is designated to provide knowledge on basic and advanced soft tissue and bone graft procedures including socket preservation, guided bone regeneration (GBR), sinus augmentation, autogenous and allogeneic block graft, and different surgical techniques to increase the amount and quality of gingival tissues around permanent teeth and dental implants. The course also includes the clinical application of the newest tissue engineered materials available.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 490
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics
Course Objectives: At the completion of the course the participant will be able to: 1. Evaluate the necessity of socket augmentation procedures 2. Understand the indication of different grafting materials 3. Understand GBR and block graft techniques for implant site development 4. Understand sinus augmentation techniques 5. Discuss the clinical indication for free gingival, connective tissue and pedicle grafts, and tissue engineered materials


Basics of Color and Shade Selection
Faculty: Thomas Ziemiecki, DDS, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
Physiology of color perception and its application in shade selection.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 780, 782
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Esthetics - Cosmetic Dentistry, Esthetics - The Science of Color
Course Objectives: By the end of this discussion on shade selection the participant will be: 1. Familiar with those factors of sight that affect shade selection 2. Knowledgeable of the design and evolution of currently designed shade guide systems 3. Able to apply the principles of perception to the traditional shade guide and modification of shade guides to reflect these principles 4. Presented with a shade guide based on the parameters of color and introduced to its use, and 5. Be presented with a basic introduction to the growing area of computer aided shade selection.


Behavior Management: The Impact of Child Development and Learning
Faculty: Michael Milano, DMDTime: 1-2 hrs
This course presents some classic theories of children’s social and emotional development. In addition, mechanisms of learning will be discussed as a way to provide a foundation for positive communication and effective behavior management.
Target Audience: H, AAGD: 430, 434
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry - Management of Child Patient
Course Objectives: 1) Understand the different theories of children’s cognitive, social and emotional development, including those of: a) Piaget b) Erickson c) Gesell 2) Understand the most common mechanisms of learning, including: a) classical conditioning b) operant conditioning c) observational conditioning 3) Understand how to use the above information to develop a behavior management plan for the child dental patient


Better Communication = Better Patient Care
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 3-4 hrs
Would you like to achieve better cooperation from your patients with clinical treatment recommendations? Have you ever asked yourself why a patient “rubs” you the wrong way or why some patients are motivated and some are not? This course will help you develop the skills to make a positive impact and build successful relationships with your patients and co-workers through understanding individual behavioral styles. You will learn how to improve communication, reduce tension, and positively influence patient acceptance regarding clinical treatment recommendations you propose.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (all dental team members)AGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
Course Objectives: 1. Identify essential elements for a successful practice. 2. Identify how individual behavorial styles affect working relationships with other team members and patients. 3. Describe team building strategies for excellent patient care.


Biology of Saliva and Salivary Proteins
Faculty: Sompop Bencharit, DDS, MS, PhDTime: 2 hrs
This course will review the composition and function of saliva and salivary proteins. We will discuss etiology, complications, and treatment options for xerostomia. We will also present a new technology in using saliva and salivary proteins as a diagnostic tool for oral and systemic disease.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 010, 013
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science, Basic Science - Microbiology
Course Objectives: 1. To discuss role of saliva and salivary proteins 2. To discuss etiology, complications, and treatment options for xerostomic patients 3. To explore new innovations and technologies in using saliva in clinical diagnosis


Bleaching Techniques for Vital and Non-Vital Teeth
Faculty: Edward Swift, DMD, MSTime: 1 hr
This presentation will review the various bleaching techniques for discolored teeth. Particular attention will be given to the latest developments in this area.
Target Audience: DAGD: 780
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Esthetics - Cosmetic Dentistry
Course Objectives: Following attendance to this course, the participant should: 1. Know the various options for lightening discolored teeth. 2. Understand the benefits and limitations of each.


Bleeding Risk in Dental Practice
Faculty: Lauren Patton, DDSTime: 1
This course will provide the dental team with evidence based contemporary approaches to identifying and safely treating patients at risk for bleeding in dental practice. This course will emphasize management of patients on antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 754, 752, 751
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care - Dentistry for the Medically Compromised, Special Patient Care - Geriatric Dentistry, Special Patient Care - Hospital Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1) To increase the dental team’s awareness of patients who are at risk for abnormal bleeding during and following dental procedures. 2) To enhance the team’s knowledge of current antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications used by dental patients and dental management strategies for these individuals.


Bone Grafting in Conjunction with Dental Implants
Faculty: Glenn Reside, DMDTime: 1 hr
This program provides orientation for the general dentist on the various methods for augmenting alveolar bone in preparation for dental implants.
Target Audience: DAGD: 310
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course you will be able to: 1. Understand options available to improve your patient’s prospects for dental implant treatment. 2. Improve your ability to counsel patients regarding options for replacing missing teeth.


Cancer Oral Health Update for Physicians and Dentists
Faculty: Karen Tiwana, DDSTime: 1 hr
This course outlines management of the oral health of the cancer patient through all stages of treatment, as the number of cancer survivors increases, dentists and physicians need to be proactive in maintaining the oral health of this population.
Target Audience: D, H, O (Physicians)AGD: 751, 735
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care - Hospital Dentistry, Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology - Treatment Planning
Course Objectives: Management of oral complications. Pretreatment evaluation. Oral care during cancer treatment.


Caries Management in the Adult Restorative Patient
Faculty: Thomas Ziemiecki, DDS, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
This course will provide a review of the history of dental caries and the various clinical approaches taken to treat this disease. A discussion of the differences between the more commonly applied “surgical approach” to dental caries and the more recent “management of caries as a disease” model. The objectives of this presentation are to enable the participants to: -Classify patients into either a high or low caries risk category, -Design and implement a caries management protocol based on the patient’s specific profile and needs, and -How to monitor the patient’s caries risk status over time. The material is specifically adapted to use and implementation in a dental practice encouraging the patient to become a co-participant in the treatment of dental caries.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 250, 258
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Operative (Restorative) Dentistry, Operative Dentistry - Root Caries & Treatment
Course Objectives:


Caries Prevention Agents - Beyond Fluoride
Faculty: Tim Wright, DDS, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
This course will review commercially available therapeutic agents directed at helping prevent or reverse dental caries. While fluorides are considered the gold standard therapeutic agent for preventing and arresting dental caries, there are a variety of modalities that are marketed to help prevent or stop tooth decay. This course will review treatments ranging from sugar free chewing gums and artificial sweeteners such as xylitol to remineralizing agents such as amorphous calcium phosphate and casein phosphoprotein. The clinical evidence for the effectiveness for each therapeutic approach will be reviewed.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to give oral health care providers detailed information about the different commercially available anti-caries agents that are commercially available in the United States and the clinical evidence of their effectiveness for preventing and/or treating dental caries.


Cariology: Clinical Strategies Based on Caries-Risk Assessment
Faculty: Luiz Pimenta, DDS, MS, PhDTime: 1-4 hrs
Differentiate your practice treating your patients with new clinical strategies based on caries-risk assessment. Classify your patients according to caries-risk. Gain knowledge and skills for caries diagnosis distinguishing arrested and active caries in occlusal, proximal and root surfaces. Establish how much treatment to provide and under what conditions restorative treatments should be provided. Topics: - Caries risk based prevention program - Understanding the development of dental caries - Cariogram, how to assess caries risk in private practice -Preventive Clinical Strategies based on caries-risk assessment - Infants - Children - Adults - Older adults - Preventive Materials and Procedures - Toothbrushes and flossing - Dental Prophylaxis and Professional Fluoride Application - When prescribe artificial saliva and fluoride supplements - Dental Sealants - Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment of Hidden-Caries - Minimally invasive restorative dentistry
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 250, 258
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Operative (Restorative) Dentistry, Operative Dentistry - Root Caries & Treatment
Course Objectives: 1. Caries risk based prevention program; 2. Understanding the development of dental caries; 3. Cariogram, how to assess caries risk in private practice 4. Preventive Clinical Strategies based on caries-risk assessment


Clinical Considerations in Light Curing
Faculty: Harald Heymann, DDS, MEdTime: 1 hr
Confused by all the different light curing devices? Does polymerization shrinkage really make a difference? What about news blue LEDs? This presentation will provide sensible answers to these and many other questions regarding the rapidly changing area of light curing.
Target Audience: D, AAGD: 250
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Operative (Restorative) Dentistry
Course Objectives: Recognize the various new light curing systems (Blue LED’s, etc.), and describe their clinical advantages and disadvantages.


Clinical Oral Examination Techniques and Early Detection of Oral Cancer
Faculty: Valerie Murrah, DMD, MSTime: 3 hrs
Thorough techniques for oral, head and neck examination will be covered, with the goal of reinforcing the confidence of the clinician in providing the type of initial examination that will detect even the most subtle abnormalities. The clinical evaluation of a variety of types of lesions that could represent oral cancer will be discussed, as well as the indications for biopsy and appropriate follow-up. Performing detailed examination and providing patient education concerning the process of detection and management of lesions will be emphasized as a practice builder.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Describe the signs and symptoms of soft tissue and bone lesions. 2. Discuss methods of oral cancer diagnosis. 3. Discuss how dental team members can work together to improve the identification of oral pathoses.


Clinical Oral Pathology: Improving and Saving Lives
Faculty: Valerie Murrah, DMD, MSTime: 3-7 hrs
The entire team in the general dental practice will learn about the identification and management of soft tissue and bone lesions. The course will focus on the concept that the dental team can definitely improve and save lives in this area. Team members can work to build the reputation that they are dedicated to total oral health care in the context of the patient's overall health. Numerous specific examples will be provided.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 730, 739
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology - Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Describe the signs and symptoms of soft tissue and bone lesions. 2. Discuss methods of oral cancer diagnosis. 3. Discuss how dental team members can work together to improve the identification of oral pathoses.


Clinical Skills + People Skills = Increased Productivity
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 3-4 hrs
Today’s dental teams need to possess many skills to maintain and increase productivity in dental practice. Exceptional clinical skills are a must, but exceptional people skills are equally as important. This seminar will focus on essentials of building and maintaining the skills needed for practice success. It will include methods to help the team build successful relationships with patients and other team members. Specifically, it will focus on behavioral styles that can influence how the team functions, office organization including appointment control, legal pitfalls to avoid and team skills that will increase overall productivity and happiness in the workplace.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (office staff)AGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
Course Objectives: 1. Identify essential elements for a successful practice. 2. Identify how individual behavorial styles affect working relationships with other team members and patients. 3. Describe team building strategies for excellent patient care.


Colored Lesions in the Oral Cavity
Faculty: Mark Kutcher, DDS, MSTime: 2-3 hrs
Review of various red, white, blue-black and yellow colored lesions occuring in the oral cavity as to their apperances, diagnosis, and management.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (physicians)AGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Understand the physiology of the various colors to the lesions. 2. Be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of the different lesions. 3. Be comfortable with the management of lesions.


Communicating in the Dental Practice: Promise and Pitfalls
Faculty: Margot Stein, PhDTime: 3-4 hrs
Good patient-dentist communication is key to a successful practice. However, communication issues extend far beyond this change in today’s rapidly changing world. They can facilitate the delivery of effective oral health care across the life span, bridge individual and cultural difference, create a more comfortable and cooperative office environment, and help prevent litigation.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (dental team members)AGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
Course Objectives: 1. Will understand how to integrate basic principles of health literacy into your dental practice 2. Will understand and apply the principles of cross-cultural communication that effect contemporary dental practice 3. Will understand and be able to apply communication techniques adapted to the dental treatment of persons with the most prevalent psychiatric disorders including AD/HD, Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Affective Disorder 4. Will understand positive communication techniques that promote a comfortable, cooperative working environment in the dental office


Complete and Partial Removable Dentures – Efficient and Effective Procedures for Success
Faculty: Albert Guckes, DDS, MSDTime: 1-2 hrs
The number of persons aged 65 and older is growing rapidly and will continue to grow well into this century. A significant percentage of these patients are wearing or will wear removable complete and/or partial dentures. This seminar will present efficient and effective evidence based techniques to answer many questions and avoid many problems frequently encountered when managing the care of these patients. Some examples. Are the principles of clasp design for removable partial dentures you were taught in dental school obsolete? Is an altered cast impression ever required? What is the best occlusal scheme for complete dentures? What are the two most important appointments when treating a patient requiring complete dentures? How often should patients wearing removable partial or complete dentures be recalled? What procedures should performed at the recall appointment? Is a reline or a remake required? What is an almost foolproof technique of relining a removable complete or partial denture? When should an immediate denture be suggested or avoided? A concise review of information based on more than 37 years experience of managing the completely and partially edentulous patient and the contemporary literature will be presented to help answer these questions. Participants will be encouraged to email topics and questions they would like discussed to Dr. Guckes prior to the seminar and follow-up questions after the seminar is presented.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 670
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Prosthodontics/Removable
Course Objectives: Understand contemporary concepts of managing the care and maintenance of the completely and partially edentulous patient. Understand the undesirable sequelae of wearing dentures that are not properly maintained. Understand the indications for relining and remaking complete dentures. Understand how to effectively educate patients regarding their need for routine recall and maintenance of removable partial and complete dentures.


Complete Dentures
Faculty: Lyndon Cooper, DDS, PhDTime: 1 hr
A simple title for a simple concept. This lecture will provide step by step, detailed overview of a very direct and relatively simple approach to denture fabrication. Who to treat and who to refer will be defined. The use of elastomeric impression materials and the exclusion of waxes from clinical procedures will be stressed. Occlusion and esthetics will be demystified. Ways to expedite treatment while maintaining excellent therapy will be indicated in this procedural review. The participant will assimilate knowledge to enhance denture making skills and encourage treatment of the large number of edentulous patients in our state.
Target Audience: DAGD: 670, 671
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Prosthodontics/Removable, Prosthodontics/Removable - Complete Dentures
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Computer – Based Cephalometric Tracing For Dental Assistants
Faculty: Lorne Koroluk, DMD, MSD, MS, FRCD(C)Time: 1.5 hrs
Cephalometric analysis is an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment planning of orthodontic patients. In orthodontic practices the exposure of cephalometric radiographs, identification of landmarks, tracing and analysis are tasks commonly completed by dental assistants. Tracing and analysis has been greatly simplified through the development of computer software. This course is an introduction to cephalometric tracing and analysis using a computer-based system.
Target Audience: AAGD: 730, 735
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology - Treatment Planning
Course Objectives: 1. Review objectives of cephalometric analysis 2. Review common cephalometric landmarks and points 3. Review the use of a common computer based cephalometric analysis software


Contaminated Aerosols: Smart Practices for Preventing and Reducing Ultrasonic Aerosol Production
Faculty: Jennifer Brame, RDH, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
Did you know that aerosols produced by ultrasonic instrumentation are always present and can linger in the environment for prolong periods of time? Research has emerged that spearheaded fundamental changes in OSHA and CDC recommendations, causing a shift in practice standards for dental hygienists. Are you complying with the new standards of care? This course is designed to update the dental hygienist on the latest research and recommendations for preventing and reducing ultrasonic aerosol production.
Target Audience: HAGD: 495
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics - Non-Surgical Therapeutic Management
Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course, the learner will: 1. Discuss current research regarding atmospheric contamination from ultrasonic scaling. 2. Learn about ways to prevent and reduce aerosol production 3. Practice using updated standards and recommendations in order to reduce aerosol contamination


Contemporary Implant Restorations
Faculty: Sompop Bencharit, DDS, MS, PhDTime: 3 hrs
This course will present an overview of contemporary implant prosthodontic therapy for complete edentulism including overdentures, fixed detachable prostheses, and full-arch fixed partial dentures. Discussion will focus on different approaches by reviewing cases for conventional, immediate implant placement, and immediate loading.
Target Audience: DAGD: 690
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Implants
Course Objectives: 1.To discuss prosthodontic aspects of current trends in implant therapy. 2.To learn traditional implant restorations. 3.To learn step-by-step in restorations of implants with conventional and immediate-placement/immediate loading implant treatment.


Coping With the Bumps Along the Examination Highway
Faculty: Valerie Murrah, DMD, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
Nodular lesions are frequently detected during the course of new patient exams and recall exams. This course will cover common and not so common exophytic masses that are encountered by the dental team in evaluating the oral cavity. Etiology and management issues for a spectrum of lesions from common inflammatory hyperplasias to osteosarcomas will be discussed with the idea of preventing small bumps from becoming major pitfalls in your practice!
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Review thorough head and neck examination, emphasizing palpation that can lead to detection of masses. 2. Discuss normal anatomic features that can be confused with lesional processes. 3. Delineate the features of soft tissue exophytic processes that are pathologic. 4. Delineate the features of bony exophytic processes that are pathologic. 5. Review treatment parameters for specific exophytic lesions.


Craniofacial Malformations
Faculty: Tim Turvey, DDSTime: 1-2 hrs
This presentation addresses the multidisciplinary needs of patients with craniofacial malformations.
Target Audience: D, O (Physicians)AGD: 750
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care
Course Objectives: 1. To introduce multiple malformation syndromes of the craniofacial region. 2. To discuss the timing and sequencing of surgical repair. 3. To emphasize the importance of team care.


Creating the Ideal Work Environment
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 3-5 hrs
All of us have developed behavioral patterns – distinct ways of thinking, feeling and acting. Our pattern tends to remain stable because it reflects our individual identities. However, demands of the work environment, the dental team and patients, often require different responses that evolve into a work behavioral style. Understanding your style and the style of those around you can greatly increase your job satisfaction and increase productivity. This highly interactive seminar will focus on helping you discover your individual behavioral style and how it affects you and others in the workplace. Learn how to decrease stress, be more productive, and enjoy your work environment. This seminar is ideal for the entire dental team.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Office staff)AGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
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Crossbites in the Mixed Dentition
Faculty: Lorne Koroluk, DMD, MSD, MS, FRCD(C)Time: 2 hrs
The diagnosis and treatment options for crossbites in the mixed dentition are discussed in this two-hour presentation. Treatment options and timing for both anterior and posterior crossbites will be highlighted.
Target Audience: DAGD: 370
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Orthodontics
Course Objectives: 1. Diagnosis of skeletal and dental crossbites 2. Timing of treatment for crossbite correction 3. Treatment options for crossbite correction


Crown Cementation Options
Faculty: Thomas Ziemiecki, DDS, MSTime: 1 hr
This course is a review of luting materials from the traditional zinc phosphate, through the glass ionomers, the resin modified ionomers, the compomers, and the more recent composite resin materials. The participants will be exposed to: -The material considerations of each material -How these materials interface with both enamel and dentin -Pulpal considerations of luting materials -Means of modifying metals for better adhesion of luting materials -Indications and contradictions for use of each of these materials
Target Audience: DAGD: 010, 017
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science, Basic Science - Dental Materials
Course Objectives:


Crown Lengthening: Principles & Techniques
Faculty: Jonathan Reside, DDS, MSTime: 1-1.5 hrs
Using case-based examples, this topic will review the principles and surgical techniques for functional and esthetic crown lengthening.
Target Audience: D, AAGD: 490, 491
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics, Periodontics - Crown Lengthening Surgery
Course Objectives: 1. Review the principle of biologic width and its role in restorative treatment. 2. Discuss the indications and contraindications for crown lengthening. 3. Present surgical crown lengthening techniques, review post-operative instructions, and discuss timing of restorative care following surgery.


Cultural Awareness in Dental Practice
Faculty: Margot Stein, PhDTime: 3 hrs
The impact of cultural awareness on access to care, treatment and compliance in dental care.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
Course Objectives: 1. To be familiar with the major cultural/ethnic groups likely to require oral health care in NC at this time 2. To be aware of the specific characteristics of these groups that are likely to impact oral health care delivery 3. To be familiar with strategies that enhance compliance of these different cultural/ethnic groups with treatment and prevention issues in oral health care. 4. To be familiar with federal guidelines affecting oral health care for different cultural and ethnic groups as well as office communication practices that enhance efficiency (cost-effectiveness and patient and provider satisfaction)


Current Strategies in Management Techniques for the Diabetic Patient in your Dental Office
Faculty: Christine Downey, DDS, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
This course is designed to educate the practicing dentist and dental hygienist regarding the dental management of the diabetic patient. Specific content to be addressed Is: prevalence and etiology of diabetes, identification of key interview questions to be asked during medical history collection, and dental management strategies.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 751, 742, 142
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care - Hospital Dentistry, Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology - Medical Health History/Factor, Electives - Medical Emergency Training and CPR
Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 1. Understand diabetes and describe the different types. 2. Describe how diabetes is diagnosed, monitored, and treated. 3. Develop interview questions to ask your diabetic patient in your office to appropriately manage your patient.


Dealing with Death and Bereavement in the Dental Office
Faculty: Sally Mauriello, RDH, MEd, EdDTime: 1-2 hrs
Learn how to deal more effectively with the dying or bereaving patient. Communications and coping strategies will be presented.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (office staff)AGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
Course Objectives: 1. Discuss societal views toward death and dying. 2. Discuss the grieving process. 3. Describe ways to management the grieving patient.


Dental Caries Management for Children: Mythology or Science?
Faculty: Tim Wright, DDS, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
Dental caries remains a substantial health problem in the United States. Recent studies suggest that the decline in dental caries may have stopped and that 80% of the disease resides in 20% of the population. Understanding the infectious nature of dental caries and the transmission of cariogenic microorganisms provides new insight into potential prevention strategies. The armamentarium for managing caries is diverse, but highly effective when applied appropriately. Many specific techniques should be selectively prescribed depending on the patient’s caries risk. The course presents the scientific basis for our current preventive treatment approaches including diet modification, fluoride treatments, antimicrobial therapy, mechanical plaque control and pit and fissure sealants as they relate to the infectious nature of dental caries.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to review the evidence based knowledge behind our understanding of the cause and treatment of dental caries in children. Participants will understand the multifactorial nature of dental caries related to microbiology, nutrition, genetic risk and be exposed to developing comprehensive preventive treatment approaches based on the individual patient’s risk.


Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice: Tradition or Science?
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 4-6 hrs
Current research indicates the dental hygienist in general practice can play an important role in treatment and maintenance of periodontal disease. As co-therapists in the treatment of disease, dental hygienists must cultivate their pivotal role in the prevention, recognition and treatment of the disease. However, many clinicians practice according to traditional philosophies and not according to evidence based techniques. This course will provide the dental hygienist with the latest information on the etiology and pathogenesis of the periodontal diseases and recommend ways to incorporate new treatment modalities into practice that are based on sound evidence.
Target Audience: HAGD: 490
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics
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Dental Lasers: Technology with Many Exciting Applications
Faculty: Michael Roberts, DDS, MScDTime: 1 hr
Lasers have many exciting applications in clinical dentistry. Lasers can significantly reduce operative pain and bleeding, and eliminate postoperative discomfort. An overview of laser technology and systems currently available to practitioners will be presented. The advantages and disadvantages of specific wave lengths will be highlighted. Clinical cases will illustrate how the use of lasers can enhance patient care.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 130, 135
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Electives, Electives - Laser Therapy/Electosurgery
Course Objectives: 1. Review the science behind laser applications. 2. Review the various laser options available to the dentist and their advantages/disadvantages. 3. Provide numerous cases having been treated with a laser.


Dental Management of the Cancer Patient
Faculty: Lauren Patton, DDSTime: 2-3 hrs
Gain new insights into the epidemiology of cancer, with emphasis on head and neck malignancy. Oral cancer examination and tools for early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancers will be presented. Oral complications of cancer therapies (radiation, chemotherapy and surgery) will be reviewed and management strategies discussed. Interdisciplinary dental treatment planning before and management after radiation therapy will be highlighted.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Physicians, nurses, health educators)AGD: 750, 754
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Dentistry for the Medically Compromised
Course Objectives: 1. To understand the epidemiology, risk factors, oral cancer examination and early detection. 2. To examine oral complications of cancer treatment. 3. To recognize the importance of physician consultation in treatment planning for the head and neck cancer patient.


Dental Material and Product Update
Faculty: Lynn Smith, CDA, BSTime: 2 hrs
Because dentistry is changing so rapidly, staying informed of the advances in dental materials and products has become quite challenging. On the market is a plethora of dental materials, many of which promise to save time and money. But do they? This session will provide information on new materials and will include discussion of accompanying products.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 010, 017
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science, Basic Science - Dental Materials
Course Objectives: 1. Participates to become familiar with the discussed dental materials and products. 2. Provide participants with practical information on discussed dental materials and products. 3. Foster participants’ discussion of their familiarity with given dental materials and products.


Dental Sensitivity: Causes, Prevention and Treatment
Faculty: Harald Heymann, DDS, MEdTime: 1 hr
This presentation will review the various causes of dental sensitivity both on root surfaces and under restorations. Numerous materials that are effective in treating and preventing sensitivity will be reviewed in the context of their clinical applications.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 250
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Operative (Restorative) Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Describe the causes of dentinal sensitivity and identify appropriate techniques for affecting desensitization. 2. Distinguish between the many new desensitizing agents and relate the advantages and disadvantages of each.


Dental Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Diagnosis and Treatment
Faculty: Jessica Lee, DDS, MPH, PhDTime: 1-4 hrs
Various aspects of diagnosis and treatment of traumatic injuries to permanent dentition will be highlighted. Treatment modalities including necessary charting and radiographs, pulpal therapies, stabilization methods, interim and final restorative techniques, and orthodontic considerations will be reviewed. Timing of follow-up appointments will be covered.
Target Audience: DAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Provide the epidemiology of dental trauma in children 2. Provide the nature and consequences of trauma in children 3. Provide an overview of examination and diagnosis of dental trauma in children 4. Provide an overview of treatment of dental trauma in children 5. Provide information on follow-up of trauma in children


Dental Treatment of Oral Cancer Patients Receiving Radiotherapy
Faculty: Sun-Yung Bak, DDSTime: 1 hr
Overview of side effects of radiotherapy in the oral cavity and dental treatment and dental recommendation for patients before, during, and after radiotherapy.
Target Audience: DAGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: 1. To be aware of effects of radiation in the oral cavity. 2. Obtain knowledge on extent of dental treatment available for patients who have received radiotherapy in the oral cavity.


Dentistry & Prosthodontics in Film. How Movie Makers View Our Profession and How This Affects Your Professional Image and Practice
Faculty: Albert Guckes, DDS, MSDTime: 2 hrs
What are the top 10 dental films of all time? A dental film is defined as a film with dentists (or oral hygienists and dental assistants) as significant characters in the script. This presentation is intended to provide an educational and entertaining perspective on how movies impact the public’s perception of what a dentist is and what he does. How does the public view you? Is a dentist believable as a romantic character? Has a dentist ever been a heroic character in a film? From what perspective are the ethics of the dentist presented? How have filmmakers recognized the need for an esthetic smile? How are teeth modified to reinforce character? Has a woman dentist ever been a character in a movie? The above topics are presented to relate dentistry as presented in film to the public’s perception of dentists and their value to society; and perhaps more importantly, your perception of yourself and the dental profession. Input from participants will be encouraged.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
Course Objectives: Appreciate the image of dentists presented in mainstream films. Appreciate how the image of dentists presented in films has evolved as the dental profession has changed. Appreciate how contemporary standards of dentistry including dental esthetics has affected actors.


Dento-facial Deformities
Faculty: Tim Turvey, DDSTime: 1-2 hrs
An overview of the diagnosis and current treatment options for a variety of patients with developmental facial deformities are presented in this session.
Target Audience: D, O (physicians)AGD: 750
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care
Course Objectives: 1. To recognize dentofacial deformities 2. To be able to prioritize the findings 3. To appreciate the importance of health care providers delivering case as a team 4. To become familiar with current surgical procedures to correct facial deformity.


Denture adhesives, zinc toxicity, and denture cleaning--how safe ARE your patients?
Ibrahim Duqum, BDS, MS
Recent reports and publications from the American Dental Association have continued to demonstrate that long-term use of zinc-containing denture adhesives may lead to neurological problems for our denture patients. Additionally, current evidence based guidelines for the care and maintenance for dentures have been established and published. This presentation will focus on the myths and realities of denture wear, and will highlight the information you and your staff should discuss with patients regarding their overall health when wearing dentures. Specific topics will include: •The relationship between loss of all teeth and your patient's general systemic health •Use (and abuse) of denture adhesives--zinc toxicity revealed •Proper cleaning of dentures (in office and at home)--facts and fallacies •Denture recall systems - what works and what doesn't
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Laboratory Technicians)AGD: 670
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Prosthodontics/Removable
Course Objectives: Course Objectives: 1. Review the best denture cleaning methods to teach your patients 2. Discuss the relationship between tooth loss and your patient’s overall health 3. Learn the truth about today’s denture adhesives 4. Evaluate denture recall systems


Developmental Abnormalities of the Teeth: Diagnosis and Treatment
Faculty: Tim Wright, DDS, MSTime: 1-6 hrs
Developmental defects are prevalent in all patient populations and present unique diagnostic and treatment challenges for the dental team. This course will focus on the differential diagnosis of pathological conditions of the teeth including hypodontia and missing teeth, enamel hypoplasia, amelogenesis imperfecta, and conditions affecting the dentin/pulp complex. How knowledge of the unique changes in the dental tissues in each of these different conditions is used to select appropriate and optimal treatment approaches will be demonstrated. Treatment considerations for the primary, mixed and permanent dentitions and restorative techniques for a variety of conditions will be presented.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: This course will familiarize the participant with the more common developmental defects of the oral cavity and approaches to diagnosing and managing these conditions. The course goal is to help clinicians recognize how understanding the structural and compositional character of enamel and dentin defects will allow sectional of optimal treatment approaches ranging from preventive approaches to bonding and prosthetic treatment approaches.


Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Dental Implant Therapy
Faculty: Ibrahim Duqum, BDS, MSTime: 2-3 hrs
The use of dental implants is rapidly rising in the US marketplace. However, care must be taken in properly diagnosing and treatment planning a partially or completely edentulous patient for implant therapy. This presentation reviews the information necessary for clinicians to properly examine, diagnose, and treatment plan patients with one or more missing teeth with dental implants.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Lab Technicians)AGD: 690, 697
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Implants, Implants - Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Course Objectives: 1. To discuss the clinical and radiographic requirements for diagnosis and treatment planning in dental implant therapy. 2. To discuss the implant treatment options and design for the partially edentulous patient. 3. To discuss the implant treatment options and design for the edentulous patient.


Diagnosis of Malocclusions in the Mixed Dentition
Faculty: Lorne Koroluk, DMD, MSD, MS, FRCD(C)Time: 2 hrs
This course will review important aspects of the identification and diagnosis of malocclusions in the mixed dentition. The course will review the essentials of the extra-oral, intra-oral and radiographic examinations of children in the mixed dentition. The course will review the prediction of future molar relationships and the assessment of growth potential in children. Evidence-based management of ankylosed teeth and ectopically erupting maxillary canines will also be discussed.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Extra-oral and intra-oral assessment of patients 2. Prediction of future molar relationships in children 3. Management of ectopically erupting maxillary canines. 4. Management of ankylosed primary teeth


Digital Dentures vs. Conventional Dentures
Dr. Wright provides his experience with Digital Dentures versus Conventional Removable Prosthodontics
Target Audience: DAGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: To compare Digital Dentures vs. Conventional CD and to discuss the evidence, disadvantages, and advantages of both


Digital Footprint: Is it Walking in or out of Your Practice?
Faculty: Jennifer Brame, RDH, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
Shannon Mitchell, BS, MS
What is a digital dossier and how does it affect your dental practice? This course is designed to educate the learner on the relevance of digital footprints and innovations in technology that may be utilized for dental practice management. Participants will learn about the significance of digital technology, how it may impact a dental practice, and innovations in digital technologies designed for increasing efficiency, marketing, and revenue. Participants are encouraged to bring their smart phone and tablet devices to utilize during the course.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: 1. Learn what a digital dossier is and how it impacts a dental practice personally and professionally. 2. Evaluate your digital footprint 3. Discover the newest innovations in digital technology that may be used for dental practices 4. Discuss pros and cons of utilizing digital applications in a dental practice 5. Create goals and a plan for implementing digital technologies into your dental practice


Digital Radiography: Technique Pitfalls
Faculty: Sally Mauriello, RDH, MEd, EdDTime: 1-2 hrs
Digital radiographic receptors are designed differently from film and create various challenges in clinical use. This course is designed to assess the unique challenges of digital receptors (CCD and PSP) and the impact on clinical applications.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 165, 731, 770
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Electives - Digital Radiology, Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology - Digital Radiology, Self-Improvement
Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 1. Describe the construction and design of various intraoral digital receptors. 2. Identify the anatomical challenges of receptor placement. 3. Discuss alternative techniques in using the digital receptors.


Digital Technology in Implant Dentistry
Faculty: Ibrahim Duqum, BDS, MSTime: 2 hrs
Digital technology is impacting all aspects of dentistry in general and implants dentistry in particular. This course will present and preview information related to various aspects of digitally assisted implant dentistry including diagnostic procedures, treatment planning, computer guided implant surgery, digitally designed implant abutments, bars and prosthesis. Moreover, multiple clinical cases in which digitally assisted implant dentistry was utilized will be presented and discussed in details.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Laboratory Technicians)AGD: 610, 612, 615
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Prosthodontics/Fixed, Prosthodontics/Fixed - All Ceramic Restorations, Prosthodontics/Fixed - Computer designed/fabricated crowns
Course Objectives: 1. To understand some of the emerging new technologies in Implant Dentistry 2. To understand the advantages of utilizing digital technology in diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment of complex dental implant patients. 3. To understand the clinical sequence associated with digitally assisted technologies. 4. To understand the clinical advantages of using digitally designed and fabricated implant abutments, bars and prostheses.


Digital Technology in Restorative Dentistry
Faculty: Ibrahim Duqum, BDS, MSTime: 2 hrs
Digital technology is impacting all aspects of dentistry in general and restorative and prosthetic dentistry in particular. This course will present and preview information related to various aspects of digital restorative dentistry including diagnostic procedures, treatment planning, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) of indirect restorations as well as digital dental impressions. The course will discuss both chair side and lab supported systems and the clinical protocols for both. Moreover, multiple clinical cases in which CAD/CAM technology and digital impressions were utilized will be presented and discussed in details.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Laboratory Technicians)AGD: 615, 780, 783
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Prosthodontics/Fixed - Computer designed/fabricated crowns , Esthetics - Cosmetic Dentistry, Esthetics - Veneers
Course Objectives: 1. To understand some of the emerging new technologies in Restorative Dentistry 2. To understand the advantages of utilizing digital technology in diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment of restorative dental patients. 3. To understand the limitations of such technologies 4. To understand the clinical sequence associated with new technologies


Dry, Painful, Burning Mouth and Tongue
Faculty: Mark Kutcher, DDS, MSTime: 2 hrs
Dealing with a patient who is experiencing a dry or painful mouth or tongue can be very frustrating. The seminar will highlight etiologies, signs and symptoms, patient workup, and treatment modalities.
Target Audience: D, H, O (physicians)AGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Know the etiologies of dry mouth. 2. Be able to diagnose a patient. 3. Be Comfortable with managing the dry mouth patient in your office.


Economic Crisis: Take Control of your Business and Personal Finances. “SING FREEDOM”
Faculty: Amy Nguyen Stewart, RDH, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
Are you losing sleep over our economic disaster? Are you worried about your dental practice or that your job might be affected or at risk? This course will take you to the next level of financial management skills. Say goodbye to your old habits and begin to practice Amy’s new tips on how to control your personal and business finances. Learn how to generate your own cash flow and budget smarter. Take control of your financial freedom and eliminate the “Economic Crisis Nightmare’s” hold on your practice.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Office staff)AGD: 550, 552
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations, Practice Management - Financial Management
Course Objectives: 1. Simplify your financial management skills. 2. Introduce Amy’s seven tips on controlling your personal and business finances. 3. Navigate a simpler way to generate your cash flow and budgeting charts. 4. Gather information how to take control of your financial freedom and conquer the “Nightmare Economic Crisis”.


Educational Principles for Teaching Clinical Dental Hygiene
Faculty: Sally Mauriello, RDH, MEd, EdDTime: 4-6 hrs
This course is designed to provide dental hygienists with fundamental knowledge and skills needed to teach clinical dental hygiene skills. Emphasis will be placed on educational theory, instrument design, task analysis, remediation, and clinic evaluation and calibration.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 770
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Self-Improvement
Course Objectives: 1. Discuss educational theory applied to dental hygiene education. 2. Teach clinical instrumentation using task terms. 3. Discuss instrument design.


Effectiveness and Efficacy of Dental Implants
Faculty: Lyndon Cooper, DDS, PhDTime: 1 hr
Improve your understanding of the efficiency and effectiveness of dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth. Consider a rational approach to decision-making for the utilization of dental implants in various clinical situations.
Target Audience: DAGD: 690
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Implants
Course Objectives:


Elder Abuse: Identification and Management by the Dental Team
Faculty: Sally Mauriello, RDH, MEd, EdDTime: 1-2 hrs
Increase your awareness of elder abuse. Emphasis will be on risk factors, interviewing tips, patient management, and reporting suspected cases to the appropriate authorities.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 750, 752
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Geriatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Discuss the legal role of the dental team in reporting suspected cases of elder abuse. 2. Identify common risk factors for elder abuse. 3. Discuss the steps for reporting suspected cases of elder abuse.


Embracing Culture Diversity in Dentistry
Faculty: Amy Nguyen Stewart, RDH, MSTime: 1-3
As you all know, the state of North Carolina, and the country as a whole, is rapidly changing in patient population. Our cultures are more diverse than ever before. Are you struggling to educate your ethnic patients to accept treatment plans? Are you being asked by your patients to do something that is not based on a standard of care? This interactive presentation will help dental practitioners to embrace a better relationship with their patients in treatment planning and education, and help them overcome obstacles in their dental practice as they relate to culturally diverse patient population.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Office Staff)AGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
Course Objectives: 1. Introduce differences of cultural norms in Southeastern Asia and North America. 2. Describe comprehensive attitudes, knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to work effectively with an ethnic patient population. 3. Explore individual differences affecting patient ability to adapt into our culture of dental oral health. 4. Provide five common tips to educate your ethnic patient in accepting the treatment plan.


Endodontic Diagnosis, Treatment, and Referral Strategies for Teeth with Complications
Faculty: Eric Rivera, DDS, MSTime: 7 hrs
Synopsis: Many general practitioners are hesitant to treat endodontically involved teeth, and often refer procedures that, with extra diagnostic and treatment skill, could be treated within the general practice setting. Dr. Rivera will guide us through diagnosis, treatment, and referral strategies for these difficult cases. In addition, Dr. Rivera will discuss some new devices and materials used in endodontic therapy.
Target Audience: DAGD: 070
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Endodontics
Course Objectives: Many general practitioners are hesitant to treat endodontically involved teeth, and often refer procedures that, with extra diagnostic and treatment skill, could be treated within the general practice setting. Dr. Rivera will guide us through diagnosis, treatment, and referral strategies for these difficult cases.


Endodontic Instrumentation with Flare
Faculty: Eric Rivera, DDS, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
This seminar will discuss the properties, uses, advantages, and disadvantages of nickel titanium rotary and hand instruments to perform efficient root canal treatment. Objectives: A) Review the properties of nickel titanium rotary and hand instruments, B) Review basics of Access, Negotiation, Passive Step-Back, and Straight-Line Access, C) Discuss benefits of crown-down vs. step-back to prepare the canal space, D) Review NiTi instrument design, E) Discuss advantages and disadvantages of nickel titanium rotary instrumentation.
Target Audience: DAGD: 070
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Endodontics
Course Objectives: This seminar will discuss the properties, uses, advantages, and disadvantages of nickel titanium rotary and hand instruments to perform efficient root canal treatment. Objectives: A) Review the properties of nickel titanium rotary and hand instruments, B) Review basics of Access, Negotiation, Passive Step-Back, and Straight-Line Access, C) Discuss benefits of crown-down vs step-back to prepare the canal space, D) Review NiTi instrument design, E) Discuss advantages and disadvantages of nickel titanium instrumentation, and F) Present clinical cases using nickel titanium rotary instrumentation.


Enhancing Ergonomics for Clinical Excellence
Faculty: Jennifer Brame, MS, BSTime: 1-2 hrs
Dental assistants and hygienists are at high risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) due to factors such as prolonged static postures, repetitive movements, suboptimal lighting, poor positioning, genetic predisposition, mental stress, physical conditioning, and age. These continued insults to the body could lead to recurrent pain, which if ignored, may cause cumulative damage that may precipitate permanent disability that can be career ending. This course will review basic and new innovations in ergonomics for dental hygienists and dental assistants.
Target Audience: H, AAGD: 130
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Electives
Course Objectives: Discuss why ergonomics is important to dental clinicians. Analyze incidence and prevalence of MSDs for dental assistants and dental hygienists. Differentiate various types of MSDs affecting dental clinicians. Discuss methods to prevent development of MSDs. Construct a plan incorporating specific changes that one can make to prevent MSDs.


Essential Verbal Skills for Dental Office Staff
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 3-4 hrs
The use of proper verbal skills with patients can “make or break” a dental practice. This seminar will focus on practical tips on how to communicate with patients using tactful, common sense approaches. The telephone - lifeline of the practice - will also be discussed in detail. You will gain vital information on how to use the telephone to build the practice - not send patients away!
Target Audience: D, H, A, O ( Office staff)AGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
Course Objectives:


Esthetic Management of the Primary and Early Permanent Dentitions
Faculty: Tim Wright, DDS, MSTime: 1-6 hrs
Dental caries and developmental dental defects are common in young children and adolescents and can be especially challenging to treat. Obtaining optimal esthetics is often of primary importance to the parent of the young child and to the adolescent patient. While a variety of treatment modalities are available, it is important to select the appropriate approach depending on the specific defect to be restored and the parent/patient expectations. This course reviews a variety of esthetic treatments including resin bonded stainless steel crowns, bleaching, micro-abrasion, and bonding for the young patient.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: Participants will be apprised of the importance of esthetics in the pediatric population and restorative approaches for addressing a variety of conditions such as missing teeth and enamel defects. Completion of the course will provide practitioners knowledge on materials and techniques for addressing esthetic oral health issues in the pediatric and adolescent population.


Esthetics and New Ceramics
Faculty: Lyndon Cooper, DDS, PhDTime: 1-1.5 hrs
This course is intended to provide the dental team with up to date knowledge regarding the newest ceramic materials and their proper selection and use to achieve superior esthetic outcomes. Physical properties and optical properties of these materials will be reviewed. Manufacturing processes will be illustrated. Details of characterization, finishing and proper cementation will be illustrated for tooth and implant restorations. Contemporary ceramic materials can be used to improve daily esthetic outcomes in dental therapy when they are correctly selected, properly manufactured and carefully deployed in the clinical arena.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Laboratory Technicians)AGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: Participants will 1)be able to identify contemporary materials and understand their physical and optical properties, 2) understand the proper manufacture and characterization of esthetic materials, 3)be able to improve the practice of esthetic dentistry by correct selection and use of new ceramic materials.


Etched Porcelain Veneers
Faculty: Harald Heymann, DDS, MEdTime: 1 hr
This presentation will provide practical information on how to ensure consistently successful etched porcelain veneers using minimally invasive preparations. Step-by-step clinical procedures will be reviewed for tooth preparation and other critical steps in the creation of esthetic porcelain veneers. Interdisciplinary concepts including the use of periodontics and orthodontics for optimal esthetics will be included.
Target Audience: D, AAGD: 250
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Operative (Restorative) Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Discuss the indications and contraindications for etched porcelain veneers along with the types best indicated for minimally invasive results. 2. Describe the design parameters and steps for accomplishing intra-enamel preparations for etched porcelain veneers. 3. Relate the steps involved in the proper try-in and delivery of etched porcelain veneers.


Extract or Not to Extract? The Dilemma of Implant Dentistry
Faculty: Thiago Morelli, DDS, MSTime: 1-1.5 hrs
The course aims to discuss the role of dental implants on dentistry today. It will discuss different treatment options to replace missing teeth, including failure and survival rates of implant/teeth, and evaluate local and systemic contributory factors affecting tooth prognosis.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 490
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics
Course Objectives: At the completion of the course the participant will be able to: 1. Evaluate tooth prognosis 2. Understand the influence of local and systemic contributory factors affecting tooth prognosis 3. Identify pros and cons of different treatment options to save and/or replace missing teeth 4. Understand the consequences of tooth extraction on the alveolar ridge


Facts and Fallacies of Vital Bleaching
Faculty: Harald Heymann, DDS, MEdTime: 1 hr
This presentation will review the various bleaching techniques for intrinsically discolored teeth. Materials reviewed will range from whitening toothpastes, to OTC products, nightguard bleaching materials, and in-office procedures.
Target Audience: DAGD: 010, 017
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science, Basic Science - Dental Materials
Course Objectives: 1. Identify the various types of vital bleaching products and procedures (in-office, home and OTC) along with their indications, contraindications and safety concerns.


Fifteen Inches From Cancer: Early Recognition of Facial Lesions by the Dentist
Faculty: Mark Kutcher, DDS, MSTime: 2 hrs
Skin cancer is the most common malignancy in the USA. Dentists are in a good position to observe their patients’ faces for worrisome lesions. To enable the dentist to evaluate the face appropriately, this presentation reviews the features of freckles, moles, seborrheic keratosis and discusses sun-damage. Then, both premalignant and malignant lesions are discussed, paying particular attention to their diagnostic features. The concepts of patient referral are also reviewed. Numerous images of the above lesions enhance this presentation.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Review the characteristics of normal skin lesions, including freckles, moles, seborrheic keratosis and then discuss the signs of sun-damage. 2. Describe the diagnostic features of premalignant and malignant skin lesions. 3. Discuss the referral process for patients with suspected premalignant and/or malignant lesions.


Fluoride Therapy: Infant to Adult
Faculty: Tim Wright, DDS, MSTime: 1-6 hrs
Fluorides represent one of our primary therapeutic agents for combating dental caries and there are hundreds of different products available for professional and home use. This course provides clinicians knowledge of the different fluoride preparations available, their mechanisms of activity, safety issues and a basis for selectively applying these agents given each products therapeutic benefits and potential deleterious effects. The safe and effective use of fluorides including supplements, varnishes, gels, foam, dentifrices, rinses and over the counter products for the pediatric, adolescent and adult patient will be reviewed.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 010, 017
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science, Basic Science - Dental Materials
Course Objectives: To understand the mechanism of different types of fluorides used in preventive dentistry and how they are optimally applied in preventive dentistry. Participants will understand the rationale for selecting specific types of fluoride therapies for patients that have variable risk of dental caries and who differ in age. The participant will understand why and how to use specific agents such as fluoride varnish and other therapeutics in a safe and effective manner.


Frequently Asked Questions from Patients about Oral Hygiene
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 3-6 hrs
Patients rely on oral health care professionals to know the answers to their questions about their health. This course is based on an informal survey of thousands of dental hygienists who were asked about the most frequently asked questions posed to them by patients. The course will include information on how to respond to the questions surrounding periodontal health and products—both in office treatments and over the counter products, bleaching and whitening treatments, toothbrushes, toothpastes, malodor and more. The latest evidence will be presented as well as vital communication techniques to use when answering the questions upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to: - List the 10 most frequently asked questions by patients about oral health. - Answer patients’ questions about popular oral healthcare products.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 010, 017
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science, Basic Science - Dental Materials
Course Objectives: 1. List the most frequently asked questions by patients about oral health. 2. Answer patients’ questions about popular oral healthcare products. 3. Recommend specific home care techniques and products to periodontal maintenance patients based on scientific evidence.


Fundamental Principles for Evaluation of Radiographic Technical Performance
Faculty: Sally Mauriello, RDH, MEd, EdDTime: 1-3 hrs
Producing diagnostically acceptable radiographs is a goal of dental radiology. This course is designed to teach the radiographer how to evaluate the technical quality of radiographic images and the process for correcting the errors to produce diagnostically acceptable images.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 165, 770
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Electives - Digital Radiology, Self-Improvement
Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 1. Identify radiographic errors 2. Use problem-solving techniques to determine the cause of the errors 3. Describe appropriate methods for correcting the technical errors.


Gender Issues in Dentistry
Faculty: Karen Tiwana, DDSTime: 1 hr
The dental workforce is changing, more than 40% of dental school classes today are female. This number is ever increasing. Gender issues have been studied in depth in medicine, and little has been researched in dentistry. What are some of today’s issues?
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
Course Objectives: What has been researched in this area in medicine and dentistry? Understanding gender issues that may arise for the professional female dentist, and tools on how to navigate through them.


Global Technology in Dentistry
Faculty: Amy Nguyen Stewart, RDH, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
What’s new in dental technology? Are your offices up-to-date with the newest technology in available in to the field of dentistry? If not, this practical and stimulating course will provide you with an overview of the most current global technologies. Attendants will have the opportunity to learn how to enhance and improve the way they practice dentistry. Furthermore, you will learn to use these new technologies to develop different strategies to promote patients’ case acceptance.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Laboratory Technicians)AGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: 1. Describe the most current technologies, software, and, equipment available to the dental field 2. Explain the uses, benefits, and prices of various new software and equipment examples. 3. Describe how to integrate new technologies in your office. 4. Describe different ways to finance and acquire new technologies, software and equipment for your practice.


Halitosis: Etiologies, Diagnoses, and Treatments
Faculty: Mark Kutcher, DDS, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
Complaints of "bad breath" are not uncommon in the everyday dental practice, yet often present a dilemma to the dentist. This course will evaluate the various causes of halitosis, review the in-office diagnostic steps necessary to confirm the condition, and discuss treatment modalities.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Be familiar with the etiologies of malodor. 2. Be able to evaluate patients with halitosis. 3. Be able to manage these patients in your practice.


Head and Neck Cancer: Social and Clinical Update
Faculty: Lauren Patton, DDSTime: 3 hrs
This course will address the social impact of a cancer diagnosis for the patient and the dental care team provider. Clinical diagnosis of oral premalignant and malignant lesions and the prevention and management of oral complications of radiation and chemotherapy will be discussed. This course will help the dental care team understand the impact of oral health care on the quality of life for cancer patients in their practice.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 750, 754
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Dentistry for the Medically Compromised
Course Objectives: 1. To review the epidemiology and social impact of a cancer diagnosis and cancer care. 2. To recognize oral complications of radiation and chemotherapy. 3. To understand the team approach to managing the head and neck cancer patient.


Health History Assessment of the Geriatric Patient
Faculty: Allen Samuelson, DDSTime: 2 hrs
Proper assessment of the health history of a medically compromised geriatric patient is crucial to treatment. Emphasis is placed on the use of a comprehensive “medical-dental health questionnaire” and the follow-up questions required for significant findings. Methods for performing a Review of Symptoms (ROS), writing proper medical-dental referral letters, and updating a medical history are also discussed.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 752
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care - Geriatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Understand a technique to obtain a good health history 2. Become aware of the importance of the review of systems 3. Be familiar with resources including medical records, lab tests, etc in the completion of the health history


Hot Topics in Health Law: Impact on the Dental Team
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 3-6 hrs
The increased risk of professional negligence has significantly impacted the delivery of patient services and business management of dental practices. Reducing the risk of liability is every team member’s responsibility. All members need to be knowledgeable of vulnerable areas in their practice and participate in a “Team” plan to avoid litigation. This course will provide an opportunity for the entire team to identify areas of legal vulnerability specific to their practice and discuss methods to avoid litigation. Particular areas to be discussed include record keeping, periodontal risk management, vital communication skills, and the incorporation of new HIPAA regulations.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 550, 555
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations, Practice Management - Dental Jurisprudence/Ethics
Course Objectives:


How to Identify and Manage the Drug-Seeking Patient
Faculty: Amy Nguyen Stewart, RDH, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
This interactive and simulative course will help dental professional to better identify the drug-seeking patient and how to manage the situation in a professional manner. Furthermore, participating in this course will foster the dental oral health care provider’s mind and perspective in order to better educate their patients.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 130, 157
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Electives, Electives - Substance Abuse
Course Objectives: 1. Five simple ways to be professional and successful in identifying the drug-seeking patient. 2. Describe the priceless tips to managing the patient without conflict and frustration. 3. Educate your patient that the benefits of your care will outwait the cause of addiction. 4. Professional advices; DO’s vs. DON’T’s. 5. Understand the laws governing Prescription Drug Fraud, Possession, and Possession with Intent to sell and deliver. 6. Identify your local law enforcement resources that can assist you in dealing with a drug seeking patient.


Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Role of the Dental Professional
Faculty: Christine Downey, DDS, MSTime: 1 hr
This course is designed to educate dental professionals about the changing face of oral cancer. Specific content to be addressed is: the relationship of HPV to Squamous Cell Carcinomas, common risk factors, and treatment strategies for these conditions.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 736, 739, 742
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology - Cancer Screening, Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology - Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology - Medical Health History/Factor
Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 1. Discuss the etiology and prevalence of HPV and Squamous Cell Carcinomas 2. Describe common risk factors for HPV and Squamous Cell Carcinomas 3. Current treatment modalities and outcomes for HPV and Squamous Cell Carcinomas


Identification and Management of Common Oral Pathologic Conditions
Faculty: Valerie Murrah, DMD, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
Diagnosis and management of common oral lesions will be discussed with an emphasis on differential diagnosis and avoiding purely empirical treatment.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Physicians - family practitioners, internists)AGD: 730, 739
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology - Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to describe the typical clinical appearance of multiple common oral lesions. 2. Participants will be able to describe connections between a given oral lesion and possible associated systemic problems. 3. Participants will be able to describe recommended treatments for the oral lesions presented.


Identifying and Managing the Drug-Seeking Dental Professional: “One for You and One for Me”
Faculty: Amy Nguyen Stewart, RDH, MSTime: 2 hrs
Substance abuse has been a major issue in the medical field in the last 15 years and is currently a wide-spread problem in dentistry. Because we all deal with pain, stress, grief, and “feeling stuck” and because opportunities presents themselves due to ease of access, narcotic pain relievers are often used and abused by dental professionals. This course is designed to educate dental healthcare professional in identifying team members and employees who are abusing prescription narcotics and medications. Furthermore, this will allocate options on how to manage your members in a kind hearted and gentle manner while still dealing with the problem. Have you or others in your organization ever considered what you would do if you realized a member of your team was developing a problem? Is it important that you to reach out to them or should you remain silent? Are you afraid or do you just don’t want to know? What do you say?
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Office Staff)AGD: 130, 157
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Electives, Electives - Substance Abuse
Course Objectives: 1. Describe the “WOW” systematic approach in identify the drug-seeking dental professional. 2. Recognize the signs and signals of abusive characteristics and appearances. 3. Utilize options on managing, helping and not attacking your member, recognizing when, how, and where to report if the situation becomes beyond your control. 4. Generate a “Gold Standard Plan”, and provide the member with local, state, & national drug enforcement and regulation information and reinforce the North Carolina Dental Board rules and regulations on this topic.


Immediate Placement and Loading of a Single-tooth Implant
Faculty: Sompop Bencharit, DDS, MS, PhD, FACPTime: 1-3 hrs
Replacing a non-restorable tooth with a dental implant can be challenging especially when an implant will be placed and loaded immediately after extraction. This course will describe indications and contraindications of immediate placement and loading of a single-tooth implant, as well as the detailed protocols in diagnosis, treatment planning and treatments.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Laboratory Technicians)AGD: 690
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Implants
Course Objectives: 1. Recognize the indications/contraindications for immediate placement and loading of a single-tooth implant 2. Learn diagnosis and treatment planning processes involve with immediate placement and loading of a single-tooth implant 3. Learn the treatment protocols in immediate implant placement and fabrication of an implant-support provisional crown for immediate implant loading.


Implant-retained Overdentures: A Practical Approach for General Dentists
Faculty: Sompop Bencharit, DDS, MS, PhD, FACPTime: 1-3 hrs
This course will provide a current literature review for implant-retained overdentures and a step-by-step approach to treat a patient with implant-retained overdenture prostheses. Case scenarios will be used to demonstrate the process of diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatments for maxillary and mandibular overdentures. The emphasis will be on the most practical treatments/procedures for implant-retained overdentures that can be done by a general dentist.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Laboratory Technicians)AGD: 690
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Implants
Course Objectives: 1. Learn how the practical approach for diagnosis, treatment planning and treatments for edentulous patients with implant –retained overdentures. 2. Learn how to select implants, attachments, and occlusal schemes for implant-retained overdenture.


Impression Materials and Techniques
Faculty: Edward Swift, DMD, MSTime: 1 hr
Various types of impression materials are currently available for indirect restorations. This course reviews the advantages, disadvantages, and other characteristics of specific products. Impression techniques and troubleshooting are also highlighted.
Target Audience: D, AAGD: 250
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Operative (Restorative) Dentistry
Course Objectives: Following attendance to this course, the participant should: 1.Know the types of precision impression materials that are available. 2. Be able to choose a material based on its relative advantages and disadvantages.


InciDental Tourism
Faculty: Lynn Smith, CDA, BSTime: 2 hrs
Dental/Medical Tourism involves traveling to other countries to obtain medical, dental, or surgical care. Why is this so popular now? It is a combination of various factors, such as exorbitant costs of health care in industrialized nations, increased ease and affordability of international travel, favorable currency exchange rates in the global economy, rapidly improving medical technology and standards of care in many countries, as well as the Internet, have led to the recent increase in its popularity.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 550, 557
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations, Practice Management - Patient Education/Motivation
Course Objectives: 1. Participants to become familiar with the discussed topic. 2. Provide participants with information on foreign dental training and popular areas for dental tourism. 3. Discuss OSAP’s philosophy of dental tourism.


Infant and Toddler Oral Health Intervention (IDCI)
Faculty: Rocio Quinonez, DMD, MS, MPHTime: 1-2 hrs
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the first dental visit occur in the first year of life. With nearly 20 million children under age 5 years and 5000 pediatric dentists, this policy underscores the importance of expanding the safety-net for young children’s oral health to include general dentists and their team. This session provides an overview of the current state of oral health for infants and toddlers and will provide principles on delivering preventive oral health services in clinical practice.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. To provide the rationale for a preventive dental assessment for infants and toddlers. 2. To review recent policy changes associated with infant and toddler oral health and the role of primary health care providers. 3. Discuss the fundamental components of an infant oral health program including, interviewing skills, educational messages for the caregiver and principles of an infant/toddler oral health examination.


Infant Oral Health: Prevention and Diagnosis of Tooth Problems
Faculty: Tim Wright, DDS, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
Dental caries in infants and children has reached proportions constituting a national epidemic. Approaches for managing dental caries in the 1 to 5 year old population requires that health care providers from different disciplines participate in interventions directed at preventing and treating early childhood caries. This course will review the domains critical to providing oral health care to the 1-5 year old pediatric population and how team building can between health care providers can be brought to bear in addressing this national health care issue. Critical domains including caries prevention, trauma, access to care, infant oral evaluation and prevention approaches will be reviewed. Additionally, conditions that frequently present first in the 1-5 age group will be review such as missing and defective tooth formation, fluorosis, and premature tooth exfoliation.
Target Audience: D, H, O (pediatricians)AGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: Completion of this course will provide the participant with the knowledge necessary to evaluate the risk of an infant to develop dental caries, how to develop an effective and safe treatment approach and identification of pathological and developmental oral conditions in the 1-5 year old population.


Infection Control in Dental Radiography
Faculty: Sally Mauriello, RDH, MEd, EdDTime: 1-2 hrs
Dental office personnel who are responsible for taking radiographs will learn approved infection control techniques. Topics include exposing and processing radiographs, viewing radiographs, and CDC guidelines.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Radiologic Technologies)AGD: 730, 731
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology - Digital Radiology
Course Objectives: 1. Describe the appropriate infection control procedures that should be used when exposing patient films/receptors. 2. Discuss the implications of cross-contamination. 3. Discuss proper procedures to use when processing films in daylight loader and manual processing or digital receptors. 4. Given a case study, use problem-solving skills to develop modifications that would result in an appropriate infection control protocol.


Intraoral Functions: Clinical Tips and Techniques
Faculty: Lynn Smith, CDA, BSTime: 1-6 hrs
This course is designed for office trained dental assistants. It provides theoretical background and practical clinical applications for performing basic intraoral functions which are allowed under the North Carolina Dental Practice Act. Topics include application and removal of dental dam, application of bases, bonding agents and desensitizing agents, placement and removal of matrices, placement and removal of temporary restorations, application of pit and fissue sealants, fabrication and temporary cementation of provisional crowns and bridges, taking preliminary impressions for study models, opposing casts and bleaching trays and placement of gingival retraction cord.
Target Audience: AAGD: 250
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Operative (Restorative) Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Define the terminology related to cavity preparation for restorative procedures. 2. Explain the theoretical basis for and the criteria for evaluating selected intraoral functions that may be delegated to the DA II in North Carolina. 3. Discuss the legal and ethical considerations associated with the role and responsibilities of the chairside assistant in performing the selected advanced functions.


Introduction to Forensic Science, Medicine, and Odontology Program
Faculty: Allen Samuelson, DDSTime: 2 hrs
Provides an introduction to the above topics along with actual cases utilizing Forensic science and odontology in human identification.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 130, 145
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Electives, Electives - Forensic Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Be familiar with definitions pertinent to Forensics 2. Become familiar with the history of forensic science and medicine 3. Understand the basic structure of the Office of Medical Examiner: General statutes/procedures 4. Become familiar with the autopsy 5. Understand Legal issues (forms etc.) relevant to Forensics 6. Become familiar with forensic odontology 7. Become familiar with procedures at the University of North Carolina 8. Cases 9. Be familiar with bite Mark Analysis


Introduction to Forensics
Faculty: Allen Samuelson, DDSTime: 1 hr
This course provides a basic introduction to forensic science, medicine, and forensic odontology.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 130, 145
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Electives, Electives - Forensic Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Be familiar with definitions pertinent to Forensics 2. Become familiar with the history of forensic science and medicine 3. Understand the basic structure of the Office of Medical Examiner: General statutes/procedures 4. Become familiar with the autopsy 5. Understand Legal issues (forms etc.) relevant to Forensics 6. Become familiar with forensic odontology 7. Become familiar with procedures at the University of North Carolina 8. Cases 9. Be familiar with bite Mark Analysis


Longitudinal Tooth Fractures: Classification, Identification, and Treatment
Faculty: Eric Rivera, DDS, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
This seminar will discuss the classification scheme, diagnosis, treatment rationale and alternatives, and prognosis for Longitudinal Tooth Fractures. 1) Define Longitudinal Fractures according to the classification scheme: a. Craze Line b. Cuspal Fracture c. Cracked Tooth d. Split Tooth e. Vertical Root Fracture 2) Articulate ways to identify and accurately diagnose Longitudinal Fractures 3) Explore the “typical” characteristics of Longitudinally Fractured Teeth 4) Determine what diagnostic aids are required to locate fractures in teeth 5) List alternatives and rationale for treatment of teeth with longitudinal fractures 6) Review information that the patient and dentist must consider regarding prognosis
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 070
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Endodontics
Course Objectives: At conclusion, participants should be able to: - Define Longitudinal Fractures according to the classification scheme: a. Craze Line b. Cuspal Fracture c. Cracked Tooth d. Split Tooth e. Vertical Root Fracture. - Articulate ways to identify and accurately diagnose Longitudinal Fractures. a. Explore the "typical" characteristics of Longitudinally Fractured Teeth. b. Determine what diagnostic aids are required to locate fractures in teeth. - List alternatives and rationale for treatment of teeth with longitudinal fractures. - Review information that the patient and dentist must consider regarding prognosis.


Lost in Translation: New Directions in Communication Between Dental Patients and their Providers
Faculty: Margot Stein, PhDTime: 3-6 hrs
“Lost in Translation” is designed for dental professionals who are interested in updating their skills in communicating effectively with their patients. Communication skills have a direct and significant impact on treatment, compliance, follow-up, and oral self-care and contribute directly to the financial health of the dental office. Moreover, the growing diversity of the American population is making communication skills increasingly indispensable to a successful dental practice. This course covers key elements of patient/provider communication, including oral health literacy and patient education, cross-cultural communication in the dental office, dealing with difficult patients across the life span, and conflict negotiation. Instructional strategies include video, lecture, and discussion.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Lab Technicians)AGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
Course Objectives: 1. Attendees will understand and be able to apply basic principles of oral health literacy to their dental practice 2. Attendees will understand and be able to apply strategies to ensure the patient’s understanding of diagnosis, treatment goals and sequence, appropriate use of prescribed medication, post-surgical instructions, and general oral health care. 3. Attendees will understand and be able to apply strategies for preventing and constructively resolving patient-provider and staff conflicts arising in dental practice. 4. Attendees will understand and be able to apply basic principles of effective cross-cultural communication in dental practice.


Malignancy and the Mouth: Causes and Cures
Faculty: Valerie Murrah, DMD, MSTime: 3 hrs
Learn about the multiple types of malignant lesions that occur in the mouth and discuss the parameters affecting their diagnoses, as well as what is known concerning their etiology and prevention. Recent research addressing these malignancies will be presented. New types of treatment including gene therapy will be discussed.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives:


Management of Common Medical Emergencies that Occur In a Dental Clinic
Faculty: Glenn Reside, DMDTime: 1.5 hrs
Interactive presentation on how to properly manage common medical emergencies that occur in a dental clinic
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: 1. How to recognize medical emergencies that commonly occur in a dental clinic 2. How to prevent medical emergencies that commonly occur in a dental clinic 3. How to treat medical emergencies that commonly occur in a dental clinic


Management of Crowding in the Mixed Dentition
Faculty: Lorne Koroluk, DMD, MSD, MS, FRCD(C)Time: 1-2 hrs
Dental crowding is very common in the mixed dentition and the primary reason most parents seek orthodontic treatment for their children. This course will review the diagnosis of crowding and identify possible treatment strategies based on the severity of the crowding. The effects of future growth of the dental arches on crowding will also be discussed. The course will cover space maintenance, space regaining and space management in the mixed dentition. Indications, contra-indications and the sequence for serial extractions will also be reviewed.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Diagnosis of crowding in the mixed dentition 2. Treatment considerations of crowding 3. Review of space maintenance, space management and space regaining.


Management of Medically Compromised and Geriatric Patients for Dental Implant Placement
Faculty: Luiz Pimenta, DDS, MS, PhDTime: 1-2 hrs
Dental professionals are confronted with an increasing number of medically compromised patients who require implant surgery for their oral rehabilitation. However, there are few guidelines on dental implant therapy in these patients, so that numerous issues regarding pre- and post-operative management remain unclear to the dental clinician. The aim of this presentation is to discuss the most common medical problems associated with implant placement and to provide the clinician with scientifically based data for implant therapy in the medically compromised patient. This lecture will present the current knowledge regarding the influence of the most common systemic and local diseases on the outcome of dental implant therapy, such as diabetes mellitus, metabolic bone disease, tobacco users, bleeding disorders, chronic steroid therapy and ectodermal dysplasias. Specific pathophysiologic aspects as well as their potential implications for implant success will be discussed. In line with these implications, guidelines for pre- and post-operative management that may assist in the successful implant-supported rehabilitation of these patients are proposed.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: 1.Identify the most common medical problems associated with implant placement 2.Present the current knowledge regarding the influence of the most common systemic and local diseases on the outcome of dental implant therapy 3. Present guidelines for pre- and post-operative management that may assist in the successful implant-supported rehabilitation of medically compromised patients.


Management of Surgical Complications During Implant Therapy
Faculty: Glenn Reside, DMDTime: 1 hr
Orient implant surgeons to the possible complications encountered during implant surgery and inform them of the proper management of the complications.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 310
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Course Objectives: 1. Understand possible complications during implant surgery 2. Understand how to avoid complications during implant surgery 3. Understand how to manage complications during implant surgery


Managing Challenging Pediatric Dental Patients Using Oral Conscious Sedation
Faculty: Michael Milano, DMDTime: 2 hrs
This course will examine oral conscious sedation as one avenue for managing young, uncooperative children for dental treatment.
Target Audience: DAGD: 430, 163, 164
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry, Electives - Conscious Sedation, Electives - Oral Sedation
Course Objectives: 1. Understand how to complete a pediatric behavioral evaluation and what this information may predict about patient cooperation 2. Understand the goals of pediatric oral conscious sedation 3. Understand the components of both the Pre-Sedation Planning and Post Sedation Periods 4. Understand the selection of medications for pediatric oral conscious sedation 5. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of each of the following patient respiratory monitors: a) Direct observation b) Pre-cordial stethoscope c) Pulse oximetry d) Capnography


Managing Medically Complex Dental Patients
Faculty: Lauren Patton, DDSTime: 2-3 hrs
This course equips you with updated information needed to more confidently manage medically complex patients in your practice. Risks of infection, bleeding, drug actions/interactions and stress will be discussed for commonly encountered medical conditions. Updated national guidelines relevant to dentistry will be reviewed. Practical experience and an evidence-based emphasis will be applied to management recommendations.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 750, 754
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Dentistry for the Medically Compromised
Course Objectives: 1. To discuss 4 considerations for safe dental care. 2. To enhance dentist-physician communication, particularly in the area of management of patients taking anticoagulants and platelet inhibitors. 3. To review new evidence based-guidelines.


Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
Faculty: Allen Samuelson, DDSTime: 2-3 hrs
An overview of common medical emergencies that occur in a dental setting: focusing on etiology, prevention and management.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (office staff)AGD: 130, 142
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Electives, Electives - Medical Emergency Training and CPR
Course Objectives: 1. Understand that with prevention involving patient evaluation and proper treatment planning most emergencies can be avoided 2. Be familiar with techniques of history taking and sources for the history 3. Understand basic management strategies for handling medical emergencies


Meth Mouth
Faculty: Valerie Murrah, DMD, MSTime: 1.5 hrs
Mouth Mouth - Methamphetamine is a cheap, easy to make drug with a high that lasts longer than crack cocaine. Its use is on the rise in the U.S. Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant that can cause brain damage. The oral effects are devastating. Dr. Murrah will discuss the systemic and oral effects of the drug and will address the role of the dental health care team in treating the condition and educating the affected patient. ***Please note that this course is to be combined with "Warty Lesions of the Oral Cavity - Sexually Transmitted or Masqueraders?" ***
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 010, 016
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science, Basic Science - Pharmacotherapeutics
Course Objectives: Meth Mouth - 1) To provide participants with an overview of the power of the addiction of this drug. 2) To familiarize participants with both the oral and systemic pathologic processes caused by this drug. 3) To recommend strategies for managing patients with this condition in the dental office.


Multidisciplinary Treatment Alternatives Requiring Endodontic Therapy
Faculty: Eric Rivera, DDS, MSTime: 1 hr
Synopsis: Review cases in an open seminar (question/answer) format that involve multiple endodontic treatment planning alternatives that also require consultation or treatment by other dental specialties.
Target Audience: DAGD: 070
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Endodontics
Course Objectives: At conclusion, participants should be able to: A. Review cases involving multiple disciplines in dentistry. B. Discuss treatment alternatives. C. Review cases in an open seminar (question/answer) format that involve multiple endodontic treatment planning alternatives that also require consultation and/or treatment by other dental specialties.


Nightguard Vital Bleaching: Its Technique, Effectiveness, Longevity, and Side-Effects
Faculty: Ralph Leonard, DDSTime: 1-2 hrs
Nightguard vital bleaching (NGVB) has been accepted by both the dental practitioner and patient as being a safe and effective way to whiten teeth. Variations of the nightguard vital bleaching technique include extending treatment time, selectively treating teeth, and the use of different whitening concentrations. All of these methods can improve the result one obtains when whitening teeth. Other methods such as lasers and the use of photoactive whitening solutions have been advocated to "Jump-Start" the whitening process as well. This course will discuss the rational and effectiveness of NGVB when used along or in combination with lasers or photoactive whitening solutions. In addition, the longevity and side effects of the technique will be discussed as well as how to predictably and successfully whiten teeth.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 780
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Esthetics - Cosmetic Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Explain the rationale for using the Nightguard Vital Bleaching Technique to interested patients 2. Explain to patients the effectivess, longevity, and side-effects of the bleaching technique 3. Become familiar with the materials used in Nightguard Vital Bleaching, the mechanism of action, and chemical breakdown of the bleaching solution 4. Summarize the technique in fabricating and delivering a well-made bleaching guard


Non-Carious Cervical Lesions: Causes, Prevention and Treatment?
Faculty: Harald Heymann, DDS, MEdTime: 1 hr
This presentation will provide a provocative and controversial look at the area of non-carious cervical lesions concentrating on the concept of abfractions. Studies have shown that teeth experience flexural deformation during parafunction. This presentation will critically examine the effects of tooth flexural biodynamics as well as other contributing co-variables in the complex etiology of non-carious cervical lesions. Do abfractions really exist? You decide.
Target Audience: DAGD: 250
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Operative (Restorative) Dentistry
Course Objectives: Following this course, the participant should be able to: 1. Identify the various etiologic factors and their relative importance in the etiology of non-carious lesions, including abrasion, erosion and tooth flexure. 2. Describe the various biomechanical phenomena and pre-disposing factors that support the role of tooth flexure in the etiology of non-carious cervical lesions. 3. Discuss the findings of related research from in-vitro, clinical and epidemiological studies with regard to the etiology of non-carious cervical lesions.


Non-Invasive Therapies for Altered Sensation
Faculty: Ceib Phillips, MPH, PhDTime: 1 hr
The potential for injury to sensory nerves in the orofacial region during dental and oral and maxillofacial procedures is of particular concern due to the proximity of the nerves to the surgical sites. More than a million people in the U.S. are thought to suffer from such iatrogenic, surgically-associated injuries to the trigeminal nerve. Numbness or other altered sensations of the face or lips generally resolve reasonably quickly but the presence of these sensations can negatively impact a patient’s perception of recovery. Recently, we have shown that simple facial exercises the patient can do at home/work can improve patients’ accommodation to these sensations and also reduce what the patient may perceive as the negative impact of these sensations on daily life activities. And we have preliminary evidence that vitamin B12 may be helpful in accelerating nerve recovery.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Laboratory Technicians)AGD: 310
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Course Objectives: 1. Describe the effect of demographic, clinical, and psychological factors on patient-reported pattern of recovery 2. Learn the sequence of facial exercises used in the Sensory Retraining Trial 3. Describe the difference between accommodation and nerve recovery


Occlusal Schemes for Complete Dentures
Faculty: Glenn Minsley, DMDTime: 1 hr
This seminar reviews the occlusal concepts for complete dentures. Highlights include the various occlusal forms and occlusal schemes, the relationship of prosthetic occlusion to anatomy of the resident alveolar bone, the physiology of maxillomandibular movement, and dental materials for prosthetic articulation. A determination of how certain situations favor one occlusal concept/scheme over another, based on information derived from the literature and research.
Target Audience: DAGD: 670, 671
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Prosthodontics/Removable, Prosthodontics/Removable - Complete Dentures
Course Objectives: 1. Understand the various occlusal forms and occlusal schemes 2. Understand relationship of prosthetic occlusion to anatomy of the residual alveolar bone 3. Understand relationship of prosthetic occlusion to physiology of maxillomandibular movement 4. Learn if there is any evidenced – based literature to guide the selection of complete denture occlusion.


Oral Anatomy Review
Faculty: Mark Kutcher, DDS, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
All the hard-to-see, variable, and confusing structures in the mouth are discussed, such as functions, pre-malignant potential, common conditions affecting them, and related anatomy. Slides and handouts accompany discussion.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. To do a thorough review and discuss the various structures in the oral cavity. that may be confusing 2. Understand their significance and management if necessary.


Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Disordered Breathing (Apnea)
Faculty: Greg Essick, DDS, PhDTime: 1-3 hrs
Although positive airway pressure (e.g., CPAP) is the golden standard treatment for obstructive sleep-disordered breathing, it is often poorly tolerated. A popular alternative sought by many patients today is oral appliance (OA) therapy. An oral appliance is custom fabricated to fit the biting surfaces of the upper and lower teeth and to splint the airway open by advancing the jaw forward in a controlled manner. In this presentation, the medical and dental indications and contra-indications for OA therapy will be discussed. The procedures for patient evaluation, for appliance fabrication and titration, and for the assessment of treatment efficacy and side effects will be introduced and illustrated.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Physicians)AGD: 180, 185
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Occlusion - Myofascial Pain, Occlusion - Appliance Therapy
Course Objectives: 1. Describe Dental Sleep Medicine and the practice parameters established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for OA therapy. 2. Explain what OAs do and the mechanisms underlying their effectiveness in improving sleep-disordered breathing. 3. Discuss the efficacy versus effectiveness of OA therapy compared to positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy. 4. Describe dental indications and contra-indications for OA therapy. 5. Describe temporary, short-term side effects of OA appliance therapy. 6. Describe consequential, long-term side effects of OA therapy and procedures used for their detection and correction. 7. Describe the general sequence of steps in OA therapy.


Oral Cancer - Part I: Diagnosis
Faculty: Glenn Minsley, DMDTime: 1.5 hrs
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of oral cancer is key to accurate diagnosis. Explore the signs and symptoms, as well as methods of oral cancer diagnosis in this one and one-half hour seminar.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 750, 754
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Dentistry for the Medically Compromised
Course Objectives: 1. Understand and be familiar with clinical signs and symptoms of various oral cancers. 2. Understand and be familiar with various diagnostic methods and armentarium for diagnosis of oral cancer 3. Understand and be familiar with visual clinical and radiographic evidence of various oral cancers.


Oral Cancer - Part II: Dental Management
Faculty: Glenn Minsley, DMDTime: 1 hr
Dental management of the oral cancer patient prior to, during and following surgery, radiotherapy, and/or chemotherapy is highlighted in this one-hour lecture. Expand your understanding of follow-up care and prosthodontic rehabilitation. Highlights will include: treatment and preventive measures for radiation caries, mucositis, infections, xerostomia, and osteoradionecrosis.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 750, 754
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Dentistry for the Medically Compromised
Course Objectives: 1. Understand the sequella of various treatment modalities for oral cancer 2. Understand how to manage the oral cancer patient prior to, during and after radiotheraputic and chemotherapeutic treatment for oral cancer


Oral Cancer - Part III: Prosthetic Management
Faculty: Glenn Minsley, DMDTime: 1.5 hrs
In response to the rising number of oral cancer in patients, prosthetics is increasingly used for functional as well as esthetic purposes. Learn more about the concepts, principles and techniques in the prosthetic management of the oral cancer patient.
Target Audience: D, AAGD: 750, 754
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Dentistry for the Medically Compromised
Course Objectives: 1. Learn about the various prostheses that are fabricated for oral cancer patients. 2. Understand concepts, principles and techniques involved with fabrication of maxillofacial prostheses.


Oral Fungal Infections
Faculty: Mark Kutcher, DDS, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
Fungal infections of the mouth are more common than once thought. Case presentations will be used to illustrate the various forms of oral fungal infections and their "in-office" treatment.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (pharmacists, physicians)AGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Know the etiologies of oral fungal infections. 2. Recognize the various clinical manifestations of oral fungal infections. 3. Be able to manage fungal infections in your office.


Oral Health Care for the Geriatric Patient
Faculty: Christine Downey, DDS, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
This course is designed to educate nurses, nurses’ aides, and other medical professionals regarding the management of oral conditions commonly seen in the older adult. Specific content to be addressed is: the relationship of oral health and systemic health, common oral conditions, and care strategies for the older adult.
Target Audience: O (Nurses RN, LPN , NP, Nurses' Aides)AGD: 752, 149
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care - Geriatric Dentistry, Electives - Multi-Disciplinary Topics
Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 1. Assess the oral health of the older adult 2. Discuss oral health strategies for caring for the older adult 3. Describe common oral conditions seen in an older adult population 4. Identify appropriate cases for referral to a dental professional


Oral Health Care: Infancy to Adolescence
Faculty: Tim Wright, DDS, MSTime: 3-6 hrs
Oral Health needs changes dramatically throughout the course of an individual’s life. Consequently, oral health care providers must be aware of the dynamic changes associated with disease and health in patients spanning the age continuum. Recent evidence suggests that oral health care intervention prior to age 3 years could enhance oral health and reduce the likelihood of costly future dental treatment. The infant and young child patient present unique challenges in both assessing their oral health care needs and in developing an optimal prevention program. The use of caries prevention modalities such as fluorides, oral hygiene, sealants, and dietary recommendations should change in relation to the unique oral health needs of the growing patient. When necessary, the application of restorative dentistry also is markedly different in these age diverse populations. The types of restorative treatments and approaches to behavior management change markedly based on the patients age, type of teeth and disease requiring treatment and the patient’s ability to cooperate. This course will provide the participant with information regarding the selective application of preventative and restorative oral health care based on the patient’s age. The goal of this course is to familiarize the participant with concepts helpful in developing an age appropriate and optimal oral health plan for patients from birth through adolescence.
Target Audience: D, H, O (Dental office staff)AGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: Participants will be familiar with the more common systemic and oral health conditions from infancy to adolescence including issues like teeth, asthma, dental caries, and obesity. The objective of this course is to understand how this information is used in developing optimal oral health treatment plans. The participant will understand caries risk assessment and how to optimize their preventive and restorative oral therapies for optimal long term results based on the best available scientific evidence.


Oral Health Literacy
Faculty: Margot Stein, Ph.DTime: 3-4 hrs
The importance of oral health literacy on access, treatment and compliance in dental care.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (dental team members)AGD: 130
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Electives
Course Objectives:


Oral Health Literacy for Older Adults
Faculty: Sally Mauriello, RDH, MEd, EdDTime: 1-3 hrs
The effectiveness of dental health education is influenced by the level of oral health literacy that the patient possesses. Older adults may have increased difficulty with comprehension due to normal aging changes. This course is designed to develop awareness for the dental health professional of issues surrounding health literacy for older adults, tools to assess literacy levels, evaluation of educational materials, and ways to address health literacy in the dental office.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Lab Technicians)AGD: 550, 557
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations, Practice Management - Patient Education/Motivation
Course Objectives: : At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 1. Discuss issues surrounding health literacy for older adults 2. Evaluate dental educational materials for health literacy appropriateness for older adults 3. Discuss ways to address health literacy in the dental office


Oral Lichen Planus: Diagnosis, Treatment and Current Research Findings
Faculty: Valerie Murrah, DMD, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
Criteria for the specific diagnosis of oral lichen planus will be highlighted in this presentation. The clinician will be provided with an overview of other clinical conditions, which mimic lichen planus, but require different management. Clinical management and follow-up recommendations for patients with lichen planus and lichenoid conditions will be discussed in detail. Lichen planus and oral cancer associations will also be explored in detail.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives:


Oral Rehabilitation with Dental Implants
Faculty: Sompop Bencharit, DDS, MS, PhDTime: 2 hrs
This course will review the use of dental implants in patients whom required full mouth rehabilitation. We will discuss the sequence of treatment and the use of dental implants to assist full mouth construction. Occlusion, dental materials and implant selection will also be discussed.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Lab Technicians)AGD: 690
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Implants
Course Objectives: This course will cover important key steps in full mouth reconstructions using dental implants, including patient selection, patient education and preparation, diagnosis, and treatment planning using clinical case studies. 1.To discuss the use of dental implants in oral rehabilitation. 2.To discuss treatment planning involved in oral rehabilitation with dental implants.


Overview of Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Faculty: Glenn Minsley, DMDTime: 1-2 hrs
Increase your understanding of the basic concepts, principles, and techniques used in maxillofacial prosthetic rehabilitation. Topics include maxillary obturators, speech aid prostheses, mandible resection prosthesis devices for radiotherapy as well as facial prosthetics including use of craniofacial implants.
Target Audience: DAGD: 670
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Prosthodontics/Removable
Course Objectives: 1. Learn about the various prostheses that are fabricated for maxillofacial prosthetic patients 2. Understand concepts, principles and techniques involved with the fabrication of maxillofacial prostheses.


Periapical Microsurgery: An Update on Surgical Endodontics
Faculty: Peter Tawil, DMD, MS, FRCD(C)Time: 6 hrs
Periradicular surgery has evolved into a precise, biologically based adjunct to nonsurgical root canal therapy. This lecture will cover the significant improvements that have been made in the development of new instruments, materials and techniques. Modern microsurgical protocols have shown excellent success rates in clinical studies. A recent study showed a distinct difference in outcome when modern microsurgical techniques were compared to the older traditional techniques in performing apical surgeries. Every astute dental clinician has to keep in mind that the decision to treat a tooth with apical microsurgery or to replace it with an implant must be based on factors other than treatment outcome since both options have shown similar healing results.
Target Audience: DAGD: 071, 070
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Endodontics - Surgical Endodontics, Endodontics
Course Objectives: At conclusion, participants should be able to: • Describe the indication for periradicular microsurgery. • Describe the differences between traditional techniques and modern microsurgical techniques. • Describe new microsurgical instruments. • Describe the different flap designs and their indications. • Describe how to obtain proper hemostasis. • Describe how to proceed with a root-end resection. • Describe how to make the root-end cavity preparation. • Describe modern root-end filling materials and how to place them. • Describe the different suture materials. • Describe the different type of suture designs and their indications. • Describe post-surgical patient management.


Periodontal Procedures for the 21st Century
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 3-6 hrs
Current research indicates the dental hygienist in general practice can play an important role in the treatment and maintenance of periodontal disease. As co-therapists in the treatment of disease, dental hygienists must cultivate their pivotal role in the prevention, recognition and treatment of the disease. However, many clinicians practice according to traditional philosophies and not according to evidence-based techniques. This course will provide the dental hygienist with the latest information on the etiology and pathogenesis of the periodontal diseases and recommend ways to incorporate new treatment modalities into practice that are based on sound clinical evidence.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 490
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this continuing education program, the dental hygienist will be able to: 1. Describe current evidence regarding best practices for assessing periodontal disease. 2. Discuss evidence based therapies to use for nonsurgical periodontal therapy. 3. Describe the latest instruments and equipment available for nonsurgical care of patients. 4. Discuss laser therapies and other technologies for periodontal care of patients. 5. Describe the evidence regarding antibiotics and antimicrobials for the treatment of periodontal disease including systemic, topical and controlled-release products.


Periodontal Treatments for your Patients: What’s the Future & What’s The Risk?
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 5-6 hrs
This one day seminar will focus on two areas of interest to dental hygienists-current periodontal therapies and avoiding legal risks when treating patients. Dental professionals face a dilemma of how to stay current with new philosophies about the assessment and treatment of periodontal disease and how to incorporate new technologies into every day practice. The first portion of the day will provide information on how to assess and treat challenging periodontal patients including the use of new instruments and equipment (hand, power-instrumentation, dental endoscopy), and products on the market. Local delivery products and host modulating agents will be discussed as well as the impact of systemic factors affecting periodontal disease.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 490, 555
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics, Practice Management - Dental Jurisprudence/Ethics
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Planning for Dental Implant Surgery
Faculty: Glenn Reside, DMDTime: 1 hr
A discussion of the contraindications and/or limitations to implant surgery, the preoperative oral and radiographic examination; and the preoperative consultation process with the patient.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 690
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Implants
Course Objectives: 1. Increase dental implant success rate 2. Increase dental patient satisfaction rate with implant therapy


Porcelain Repair
Faculty: Thomas Ziemiecki, DDS, MSTime: 1 hr
The metal/ceramic crown and fixed partial dentures are the most widely used full coverage restorations today. Considering the wide disparity in physical and mechanical properties between the metal substrate and overlying porcelain veneer, it is not surprising that separation or fracture failures sometimes occur. This presentation will cover the current status of using composite resin to repair fractured porcelain and design features of PFM substructures which will reduce porcelain fracture.
Target Audience: DAGD: 610, 612
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Prosthodontics/Fixed, Prosthodontics/Fixed - All Ceramic Restorations
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Porcelain Veneers
Faculty: Edward Swift, DMD, MSTime: 1 hr
Learn the technique for placement of porcelain veneers. Tooth preparation, impressions, try-in, cementation, finishing and polishing, as well as comments on the laboratory technique and available products are discussed
Target Audience: D, AAGD: 250
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Operative (Restorative) Dentistry
Course Objectives: Following attendance to this course, the participant should: 1. Understand the importance of intra-enamel preparation. 2. Know the basic principles of porcelain veneer bonding.


Posterior Composite Restorations
Faculty: Edward Swift, DMD, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the current status of posterior composite restorations, including a review of general treatment considerations and clinical technique.
Target Audience: D, AAGD: 250
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Operative (Restorative) Dentistry
Course Objectives: Following attendance to this course, the participant should: 1. Understand the indications and contraindications for posterior composites. 2. Know some techniques for improving results with posterior composites.


Practice Dentistry With a Healthy Mind and Body
Faculty: Amy Nguyen Stewart, RDH, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
This interactive presentation will focus on the profession of dentistry and dental team in daily practice and how to utilize the importance therapeutic methods on healthy mind-body management. Also, it should educate our oral healthcare providers in identifying and preventing physical and mental stresses that may lead to injury or chronic pain while working. Topics to be explored are: Embracing the new therapeutic methods and techniques in dental ergonomics. Why it is important to last longer in the profession? Do healthy minds and bodies matter to team dentistry practice?
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Office Staff)AGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
Course Objectives: 1. Recognize contributing factors in developing back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. 2. Learn and demonstrate therapeutic methods that must be practiced at the beginning of each day. 3. Identify symptoms and causes of physical and mental stress while practicing clinical dental hygiene and dentistry. 4. Introduce trustworthy products, techniques, and resources that can help to prevent stress.


Pregnancy and Dental Health
Faculty: Amy Nguyen Stewart, RDH, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
There has been much misunderstanding among dental practitioners regarding oral health care procedures for pregnant patients. Uncertainty about what can and cannot be done for these patients has led to incorrect treatment decisions even to the point of patients being dismissed from the office with no care provided. A lack of supporting evidence usually underlies much of this confusion. This course will provide dental practitioners with a solid foundation, evidence-based knowledge, and a standardized protocol to manage the pregnant patient. It will also help develop better relationships between patients, obstetricians, and oral health care providers, permitting them to provide the highest quality of care for the mother and child.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Office Staff)AGD: 750, 754
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Dentistry for the Medically Compromised
Course Objectives: 1. Describe the American Dental Association standards, recommendations, and protocols for managing pregnant patients. 2. Discuss the importance of interdisciplinary professional care relationships with patients. 3. Update and describe the evidence-based knowledge on oral physiotherapy used to help dental practitioners to better recommend home care aids to their patients.


Preprosthetic Surgery
Faculty: Glenn Reside, DMDTime: 1 hr
The program provides a review of basic preprosthetic surgery including tori removal, alveoplasty & tuberosity reduction.
Target Audience: DAGD: 310
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Course Objectives: 1. Improve your understanding of how to perform preprosthetic surgery 2. Improve your understanding of how select the appropriate preprothetic surgery for your patient 3. Improve your understanding of when to refer patients for preprosthetic surgery


Primary Management of Cleft Lip/Palate: The Role of The General/Pediatric Dentist
Faculty: Luiz Pimenta, DDS, MS, PhDTime: 1-2 hrs
Multidisciplinary team care requires an understanding of the unique dental considerations and their relationship to speech, occlusion/orthodontics and facial aesthetics in this special group of patients. It will be presented and discussed an overview of team care and specifically the role of the General and Pediatric dentist in the timing and sequencing of treatment. Emphasis on the coordination with other specialties will address issues which require interactive management and appreciation for the goals of the planned treatment. The prosthetic treatment of patients with cleft palate and craniofacial conditions is an important part of the multidisciplinary approach to solving a variety of problems related to speech and appearance. A child born with cleft palate may undergo multiple surgeries to restore anatomy and regain muscle function; however, in some cases, even after surgical intervention to repair the cleft palate, speech and swallowing may not be completely restored. Some patients with cleft palate benefit from speech aid appliances made to obdurate a deficiency of the hard and/or soft palate. Other appliances address wide clefts of the hard palate, neuromuscular deficits, premaxillectomy and surgical failures. For those cases removable palatal prostheses such as full over-dentures with velar extension, removable partial prosthesis with velar extension (teeth or implant supported), palatal lift or stimulator appliances can be indicated for improvement of appearance and speech. It will be presented an overview and introduction to the anatomic and physiologic indications for appliances and the basic principles involved in prosthetic management. Different cases will be presented discussing alternative techniques which relate to prosthetic options.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Laboratory Technicians)AGD: 370, 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Understand the unique dental considerations and the multidisciplinary relationship approach in this special group of patients. 2. Understand the role of the General and Pediatric dentist in the timing and sequencing of treatment of patients with craniofacial anomalies. 3. Learn about the anatomic and physiologic indications for appliances and the basic principles involved in prosthetic management.


Principles of Complicated Exodontia
Faculty: Glenn Reside, DMDTime: 1 hr
The program provides a review regarding the surgical removal of impacted or broken down teeth.
Target Audience: DAGD: 310
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Course Objectives: 1. Improve your understanding of how to perform complicated exodontia surgery 2. Improve your understanding of when to refer patients for complicated exodontia surgery


Products and Promises: Making Informed Recommendations to Patients
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 3-6 hrs
Dental hygiene professionals have seen a “boom” in homecare products and in-office treatment options for patients. With over 250 varieties of toothpaste on the market, it is understandable that consumers can be confused. Now more than ever, it is important for dental hygiene professionals to be well-prepared and well-informed to help patients make decisions about their care. This course will present current therapeutic oral care products currently promoted by the media and sales representatives and discuss how the dental hygienist can evaluate the effectiveness, safety and appropriateness for individual patients.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 010, 017
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science, Basic Science - Dental Materials
Course Objectives: 1. Discuss procedures to evaluate evidence of claims. 2. Discuss commonly used products in dental hygiene practice and what to recommend to patients. 3. List evidence based resource websites for patient and product information.


Providing “WOW” Service for your Patients!
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 4 hrs
Are you delivering service to your patients that make a positive, lasting impression? Do you know what good service is from your patient’s point of view? Does your patient service make your practice “stand out” from all the others? This seminar will discuss essential ingredients for providing service to patients that will be pleasing and successful in today’s business.
Target Audience: D, H, O (dental office staff)AGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
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Providing Dental Hygiene Care to the Nursing Home Patient
Faculty: Sally Mauriello, RDH, MEd, EdDTime: 2 hrs
NC Dental hygiene practice act changes have broadened the scope of practice for the dental hygienist. This course is designed to provide an understanding of the qualifications required by the dental hygienist and those preventive services that can be provided to the nursing home patient. Helpful tools for providing these services will be shared.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Lab Technicians)AGD: 750, 752
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Geriatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 1. Discuss the current state law governing the dental hygiene care of a nursing home patient. 2. Describe the preventive services appropriate in a nursing home setting. 3. Discuss management techniques for providing in-bed dental hygiene care.


Provisional Restorations in Prosthodontic Therapy
Faculty: Ibrahim Duqum, BDS, MSTime: 2-3 hrs
The provisional restorations are an integral part of fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics. They can be the key to success in planning and treatment of simple and complex patients with dental prosthetic needs. This course will discuss in case based format the importance of provisional restoration in dental and implant prosthodontic therapy with a focus on the different techniques and materials for provisional fabrication. Furthermore, the functions of the provisional prosthesis will be discussed in details supported my multiple clinical examples.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Dental Technicians)AGD: 610, 612, 613
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Prosthodontics/Fixed, Prosthodontics/Fixed - All Ceramic Restorations, Prosthodontics/Fixed - Porcelain Fused to Metal Restorations
Course Objectives: To understand: 1. The importance of Provisional restoration in the success of Fixed, removable and implant prosthodontic therapy. 2. The different methods and materials for provisional restoration fabrication. 3. The various Functions of provisional restoration and their role in ensuring prosthetic success and soft tissue management.


Record-Keeping: One Key to Malpractice Defense
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
The successful defense of dentists against malpractice may depend on the accuracy and scope of treatment records. This course will present components of the dental record that have been identified as critical to the defense of an alleged malpractice claim.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 550, 555
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations, Practice Management - Dental Jurisprudence/Ethics
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Removable Partial Dentures-An update on Techniques and Concepts
Faculty: Carlos Barrero, BDS, MSTime: 2-3 hrs
With the rising number of complex partially edentulous patients in the US and patients looking for economical solutions to treat this oral condition, removable partial denture has and still be an effective approach to replace multiple missing teeth. However, the accurate diagnosis, treatment planning and knowledge of new concepts and techniques are important to the success of this therapy.
Target Audience: D, A, O (Laboratory Technicians)AGD: 670, 672
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Prosthodontics/Removable, Prosthodontics/Removable - Partial Dentures
Course Objectives: This seminar will help you better diagnose and treat complex partially edentulous patients with more esthetic and/or functional solution and still be an affordable option to your patient. This course is intended to provide you with an update on removable partial dentures design and therapy to help participants to integrate RPD treatment into day-to-day clinical care. Topics Include (1)Diagnosis and treatment planning your partially dentate patients (2)Overview of RPD design principles (3)Esthetic RPD (metal substitute frameworks and clasps) (3) New impression materials and impression techniques (4) Use of Dental Implants to enhance RPD treatment outcomes (5) Advanced RPD design alternatives (overlay partial, rotational path and implant retained RPD).


Restoration of the Endodontically Treated Tooth
Faculty: Thomas Ziemiecki, DDS, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
This course will present the spectrum of treatment options for the restoration of the endodontically treated tooth. The participant will learn to apply sound biomechanical principles to assess the endodontically treated tooth and then select the most appropriate treatment options. The participant will be able to: -Thoroughly evaluate the status of the endodontically treated tooth -Be able to select from a range of restorative treatment options -Be knowledgeable about currently available post systems, from the traditional cat post and core to the recent variations on bonding of posts and root reinforcement
Target Audience: DAGD: 610
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Prosthodontics/Fixed
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Restorative Management of Pediatric Patients: Current Concepts and Future Directions
Faculty: Tim Wright, DDS, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
Pediatric dental patients present diverse and challenging treatment needs due to their unique dental and behavioral developmental stages. In this course, the most common treatment needs of children are reviewed and the most popular treatment modalities presented. Decision-making and treatment planning for when, how, and with what materials to manage the restorative needs of the pediatric patient will be presented. Restorative management using the latest in esthetic primary crowns and resins will be presented in addition to more conventional restorative approaches. The goal of this course is to prepare clinicians to manage the restorative treatment needs of children presenting with minimal restorative needs to those requiring full mouth rehabilitation.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to present the current scientific evidence on the success of different restorative approaches. Completion of this course will provide the knowledge to select optimal restorative procedures and materials for managing dental caries and developmental defects of teeth, while also considering esthetics, in the pediatric patient population.


Review of Clinical Intraoral Dental Pathology in Children
Faculty: Michael Roberts, DDS, MScDTime: 1-2 hrs
A review of common and some not so common intraoral soft and hard tissue pathology seen in a pediatric dental population will be presented. The speaker will use clinical slides and radiographs to illustrate the various conditions and discuss their significance. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the speaker.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Provide to the course participant a review of intraoral pediatric pathology. 2. Provide the course participant treatment options associated with the discussed conditions.


Risk Issues Regarding Oral Cancer
Faculty: Valerie Murrah, DMD, MSTime: 1.5 hrs
Failure to identify oral cancer is a charge that has been associated with some of the largest malpractice cases against dentists. This presentation will highlight risk issues in the dental office concerning oral cancer identification and will address strategies for reducing these risk issues.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Describe the risks and consequences associated with failure to identify oral cancer 2. Discuss how to reduce the risk of a malpractice suit 3. Increase oral cancer awareness for the entire dental team.


Risk Management for Clinical Dental Radiography
Faculty: Sally Mauriello, RDH, MEd, EdDTime: 1 hr
Dental radiographs are an essential part of the patient record. Increase your awareness of procedures that can be performed to help prevent malpractice litigation. Specific procedures to be discussed are: radiographic dental records, policy governing radiation use, and infection control.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 730, 731
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology - Digital Radiology
Course Objectives: 1. Discuss ways to provide good radiology services in the dental office. 2. Describe radiographic quality assurance methods. 3. Develop a risk management plan for dental radiology.


Risk Management for Dental Radiation
Faculty: Amy Nguyen Stewart, RDH, MSTime: 2 hrs
We currently live in a world rich in dental technology. Despite this, patient concerns about dental radiation remain the same. Are we educating our staff, patients, and even ourselves well enough to know the different level of risks involved in our everyday use of dental radiation? This course will provide the freshest information on dental radiation risks and risk management. It will help dental professionals create a foundation of knowledge on how to manage the risks associated with dental radiation and how to educate their patients.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Laboratory Assistants)AGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: 1. Describe dental radiation’s risks and dosages. 2. Explain simple ways to educate patients about radiation risks and benefits. 3. Describe how to introduce and implement ADA guidelines and manufacture’s recommendations into your practice. 4. Compare different cases and situations related to radiation exposure.


Risk Management for the Dental Hygienist
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 2-4 hrs
The dental hygienist must be aware of the potential malpractice risks that are present during each appointment. This course will include essential aspects of risk management such as periodontal charting, effective record-keeping, communication strategies, and their impact on the dental hygienist.
Target Audience: HAGD: 550, 555
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations, Practice Management - Dental Jurisprudence/Ethics
Course Objectives: 1. Identify areas of legal risk to the dental team. 2. Communicate effectively with patients to avoid litigation. 3. Accurately document the treatment record for clarity and legal defense.


Risk Management for the Dental Team
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
The dental team must be aware of the potential malpractice risks that are present during each appointment. This course will include essential aspects of risk management such as periodontal charting, effective record-keeping, informed consent, communication strategies, and their impact on the dental team.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 550, 555
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations, Practice Management - Dental Jurisprudence/Ethics
Course Objectives: 1.Identify areas of legal risk to the dental team. 2. Communicate effectively with patients to avoid litigation. 3. Accurately document the treatment record for clarity and legal defense.


Rubber Dam Placement
Faculty: Glenn Garland, DDSTime: 1 hr
In this era of infection control and resin-bonding in dentistry, there is renewed emphasis on the use of rubber dams. This presentation illustrates effective rubber dam placement to enhance the field of operation, the best utilization of clamps, and how to secure clamps to prevent injury to the patient.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 250
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Operative (Restorative) Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. To introduce 3 methods for placement of dams 2. To introduce criteria for clamp selection


Safe Management of The Aging Patient: Prevention to Oral Rehabilitation in the General and Specialty Practices
Faculty: Luiz Pimenta, DDS, MS, PhDTime: 5-6 hrs
Allen Samuelson, DDS
This course is designed for the general practitioner as well as the specialist to aid in minimizing the risk and increasing the benefits of treating the aging population in the dental practice. Instruction will focus on two areas: 1) Preventive clinical strategies based on caries risk assessment, and 2) Restorative treatment and oral rehabilitation in older adults. Topics will include: Caries risk assessment and prevention in private practice, prevention strategies, preventive materials and procedures, minimally invasive restorative dentistry, and total oral rehabilitation in the aging population.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Lab Technicians)AGD: 750, 752
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Geriatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Develop a philosophy of treatment in the elderly. 2. Discuss the importance of developing a treatment plan based on risk assessment in multiple domains. 3. Be able to assess mental and physical status as well as the patient or care provider’s philosophy of oral and systemic health. 4. Discuss the importance of staged or phased conservative treatment based on risk and patient desires. 5. Provide high quality diagnosis, patient education, preparation, provisionalization, and final restoration all within the context of the patient’s or care provider’s circumstances, temperament and objectives. 6. Provide temporary partials, fixed/removable combinations, and implant treatment planning based on patient risk.


Selecting & Integrating Treatment Strategies into Clinical Dental Hygiene Care
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 4-6 hrs
Current research indicates that the dental hygienist in general practice can play an important role in the treatment and maintenance of periodontal disease. As co-therapists in the treatment of disease, dental hygienists must cultivate their pivotal role in the prevention, recognition and treatment of the disease. This course will provide the dental hygienist with the latest information on the etiology and assessment of periodontal disease and recommend ways to incorporate new treatment modalities into practice. Risk factors will be discussed including the latest information on the linkage between systemic and periodontal disease. Periodontal maintenance therapy will be emphasized to include ways to motivate patients, essential re-evaluation components, and treatment & product recommendations for maintenance patients. Also included will be topics on new local delivery products for periodontitis, the future of host modulating agents to control disease, new research on instrumentation techniques including dental endoscopy, and assessing the need for re-treatment or referral.
Target Audience: HAGD: 490
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to: 1. Discuss current theory on risk factors for periodontal disease 2. Select available products for controlling periodontitis 3. Recommend specific home care techniques and products for periodontal maintenance patients based on scientific evidence


Self-Adhesive Resin Cements: Different, Easy, But Any Good?
Faculty: Edward Swift, DMD, MSTime: 1 hour
Self-adhesive resin cements are a relatively new class of cements. They have become quite popular because of their versatility and ease of use, but are in some ways poorly understood. This presentation covers various clinical aspects of the self-adhesive resin cements with an emphasis on optimizing their performance.
Target Audience: D, A, O (Prosthodontist)AGD: 017, 610
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science - Dental Materials, Prosthodontics/Fixed
Course Objectives: The attendee will understand: - How self-adhesive resin cements relate to more traditional types of cement. - Indications for self-adhesive resin cements. - Clinical tips for use of self-adhesive resin cements


Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Dentistry
Faculty: Mark Kutcher, DDS, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
Common sexually transmitted diseases are discussed, highlighting the pathogenesis, signs and symptoms, treatment, and dental implications. The presentation is enhanced with the use of slides and handouts.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Appreciate the various sexually transmitted diseases that may present in your office. 2. Be able to recognize their clinical manifestations. 3. Understand management or referral concepts for these conditions.


Sharpening Curettes and Sickle Scalers
Faculty: Jennifer Brame, RDH, MSTime: 2 hrs
This program will enhance your ability and effectiveness when sharpening periodontal instruments. Emphasis is placed on the stationary instrument-moving stone technique. NOTE: Participants will need to bring a variety of dull universal curettes, area-specific curettes, and sickle scalers, as well as the sharpening stone utilized in their dental office for practicing instrument sharpening.
Target Audience: H, AAGD: 490
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics
Course Objectives: 1. Accurately evaluate instrument sharpness. 2. Describe and demonstrate appropriate and effective instrument sharpening using the stationary instrument/moving stone technique. 3. Differentiate among the various stones and devices used to accomplish instrument sharpening


Single Appointment Endodontics
Faculty: Eric Rivera, DDS, MSTime: 2 hrs
Objective: To explore the advantages, disadvantages, risks and benefits of one-visit endodontic therapy. Concentration of NaOCI, smear layer, calcium hydroxide, temporary restorations, post- treatment pain and flare-ups will be discussed. At conclusion, participants should be able to a) Reconsider case selection for one-visit endodontic therapy for nonvital teeth based on the most current literature b) Reconsider the use of temporary restorations during any phase of endodontic therapy c) Reconsider the use/abuse of analgesics and antibiotics for one-visit endodontic therapy
Target Audience: DAGD: 070
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Endodontics
Course Objectives: At conclusion, participants should be able to: – Reconsider case selection for one-visit endodontic therapy for nonvital teeth based on the most current literature. – Reconsider a biological approach to eliminate bacteria that will determine when single appointment endodontics is appropriate. Reconsider the use/abuse of analgesics and antibiotics for one-visit endodontic therapy.


Single-Tooth Implant Restoration for General Dentists
Faculty: Sompop Bencharit, DDS, MS, PhDTime: 2 hrs
This course will review current literature on single-tooth implant restorations. We will discuss the selection of implants, implant placement, and type of restorations. Case scenarios will be presented to demonstrate step-by-step clinical procedures in diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment procedures
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Lab Technicians)AGD: 690
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Implants
Course Objectives: This course will cover important key steps in restoring a single tooth implant restorations, including patient selection, patient education and preparation, diagnosis, and treatment planning using clinical case studies. 1.To discuss current literature on single tooth implant restorations. 2.To discuss diagnosis and treatment planning involved in single tooth implant restorations.


Site Considerations in Planning for Dental Implants
Faculty: Jonathan Reside, DDS, MSTime: 1-1.5 hrs
This course is designed to review the systemic, local, and esthetic risks associated with dental implant treatment. It will explore available clinical and radiographic assessments to help you succeed in planning for dental implant treatment. Finally, the use of the ITI Esthetic Risk Assessment will be discussed.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 490, 690, 697
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics, Implants, Implants - Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Course Objectives: 1. Discuss the potential effects of local pathology on dental implant treatment. 2. Review osseous dimensions relevant in planning for dental implants and discuss their influence on the overlying soft tissues. 3. Review the effects of gingival biotype and esthetic factors in planning for dental implants. 4. Discuss esthetic risk assessment of implant candidates.


Soft Tissue Management to Optimize Implant Esthetics Outcomes – The importance of treatment planning
Faculty: Thiago Morelli, DDS, MSTime: 1 hr
The course is designated to discuss surgical and restorative concepts in order to maintain and restore soft tissue around dental implants. It will discuss surgical treatment planning for dental implant placement at the esthetic area and demonstrate a step-by-step chair side technique to immediate temporize dental implants focusing on soft tissue management.
Target Audience: DAGD: 490
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics
Course Objectives: At the completion of the course the participant will be able to: 1. Understand the indications for immediate implant placement 2. Discuss different treatment plans to restore esthetic areas with dental implants 3. Understand the importance of the emergence profile in order to preserve soft tissue 4. Temporize dental implants


Strategic Design of Occlusal Guards
Faculty: Lee Boushell, DMD, MS, FAGDTime: 1 hr
The purpose of this presentation is to foster a comprehensive approach to diagnosing the need for and specific design of an occlusal guard. Course content will review knowledge of relationships between occlusal contacts and muscles of mastication. Emphasis will be placed on occlusal guard design features that allow optimum coordination of the masticatory system and increased diagnostic value of the guard.
Target Audience: DAGD: 180, 185
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Occlusion - Myofascial Pain, Occlusion - Appliance Therapy
Course Objectives: 1. Gain insight into masticatory muscle responses to various occlusal relationships 2. Learn to apply knowledge of masticatory muscle/occlusal contact responses in the design of occlusal guards 3. Learn to utilize optimal occlusal guard design to enhance diagnosis, treatment planning and dentition protection


Success with Ceramic Inlays/Onlays
Faculty: Lee Boushell, DMD, MS, FAGDTime: 1 hr
This course will review various clinical and biomaterial considerations which increase the likelihood of long term treatment success when using ceramic inlays and onlays. Points of discussion will include best practices for establishing the ceramic/tooth adhesive interface as well as essential preparation and ceramic design features that may limit ceramic restoration fractures.
Target Audience: DAGD: 610, 612
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Prosthodontics/Fixed, Prosthodontics/Fixed - All Ceramic Restorations
Course Objectives: 1. Develop a rationale for when to recommend ceramic inlays/onlays based on material strengths/weaknesses 2. Review methods for creating optimal adhesive interfaces 3. Learn preparation features and restoration designs that enhance clinical performance of ceramic inlays/onlays.


Surgical Periodontal Therapy for General Dentists
Faculty: Thiago Morelli, DDS, MSTime: 1-1.5 hrs
This evidence-based course will review and update the main surgical techniques used to treat periodontal disease including osseous surgery, gingival flaps, papilla preservation flaps, distal wedge, crown lengthening, and their respective indications.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 490
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics
Course Objectives: At the completion of the course the participant will be able to: 1. Understand basic periodontal concepts 2. Understand the different surgical techniques and their respective indications 3. Learn step-by-step reattachment and resective surgical techniques 4. Evaluate the indication for crown lengthening procedures


Tailoring Treatment for the Pregnant Patient
Faculty: Jennifer Brame, RDH, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
This course is designed to give dental hygienists knowledge on how to specialize care for the pregnant patient. Emphasis will be placed on care during the different trimesters and oral manifestations unique to pregnancy. This course will provide an update on current research for the safety of treating pregnant patients and the incidence of periodontal diseases with these patients. The course will also include a review of products available to aid with common oral manifestations.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 750
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care
Course Objectives: 1. Learn how to thoroughly tailor a treatment plan for a patient who is pregnant. 2. Identify common oral manifestations common to patients who are pregnant. 3. Discuss current research concerning treating patients who are pregnant in the dental setting.


The All-Ceramic Rehabilitation
Faculty: Lyndon Cooper, DDS, PhDTime: 1 hr
The use of all ceramic crowns (In Cream and Procera) and fixed partial dentures will be considered in terms of their present limitations and indications. Detailed description of the laboratory phase of all ceramic crown fabrication will be followed by the clinical illustration of tooth preparation for all ceramic crowns. Case presentations that range from single crowns, to three-unit fixed partial dentures, to full mouth rehabilitations will be shown to exemplify the advantages and disadvantages of the newest of esthetic porcelain restorations.
Target Audience: D, H, O (Laboratory technicians)AGD: 610
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Prosthodontics/Fixed
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The Customized Approach to Preventive Dental Care for the Child
Faculty: Michael Roberts, DDS, MScDTime: 1-2 hrs
There are many mechanical aids, anticaries and antiplaque agents, occlusal fissure sealants, and diet control advice available to the oral health professional. But how do you determine the right regimen for an individual child? A practical approach to preventive dentistry decision-making will be discussed supported by audio-visual aids and props as appropriate.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Review the various treatment options and considertions for the dental team. 2. Propose to the dental team a plan to “customize” the preventive program for patients.


The Fiber Post, Is It Really An Option?
Faculty: Thomas Ziemiecki, DDS, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
This course will present the fiber post as an option for the restoration of the endodontically treated tooth. The history of this post material will be presented along with the biomechanical principles that has led to its development. A review of the current research, including both in vivo and clinical studies, will be reviewed. The participant will be able to: -Understand the biomechanical principles behind the use of the fiber endodontic post. -Understand the differences in placement of a fiber post versus a metallic post -Understand how the fiber post relates to the potential to reinforce compromised root structure during the restoration of the endodontically treated tooth.
Target Audience: DAGD: 010
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science
Course Objectives: Be knowledgeable about the status of currently available fiber post systems, designs of prefabricated posts, bonding of posts, ceramic post materials, fiber reinforced post materials, and root reinforcement using composite resin


The Genome Project: How Will Dentistry Be Changed?
Faculty: Tim Wright, DDS, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
The Genome Project and unraveling of the human genome has been hailed as the greatest biological event in human history. How is our increased understanding changing dentistry today and how will this newly acquired knowledge change the practice of dentistry in the future? Although we are just beginning to fully decode the human genome, the diagnostic implications of this knowledge are already being realized. This course will review some of the recent discoveries related to diagnostics, disease risk determination, targeting interventions, and clinical therapies related to oral health. Web sites with useful information on hereditary disease diagnosis will be provided. There will be ample time for discussion of the interesting ethical and social issues related to the genome project.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 010
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science
Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to expose participants to the latest information on how understanding the human genome is shaping our perception of human behavior, disease and management of health issues ranging from breast cancer to dental caries. Upon completion of the course participants will better understand how current technology is advancing our understanding of the most common dental diseases such as caries, periodontal disease and missing teeth and how this information is changing the way we diagnose these conditions, treat them on a daily basis and how the practice dentistry will continue to evolve in the face of this knowledge in the future.


The Immediate Implant Prosthesis: Fact or Fiction
Faculty: Lyndon Cooper, DDS, PhDTime: 1 hr
The placement of implants by single stage surgery and their rapid restoration for immediate esthetic and functional rehabilitation will be considered in terms of published data and current research investigations. The rationale for a single stage approach and the requirements of the implant system will be presented. Single stage implant placement and rapid loading will be illustrated. The significant limitations and problems that are the concern of present studies will be enumerated. This lecture is intended to provide a sober glimpse into the future expedited use of dental implants for a select set of indications.
Target Audience: DAGD: 690
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Implants
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The Latest in Preventive Oral Healthcare Products
Faculty: Jennifer Brame, RDH, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
This course is designed to update the dental practitioner on new preventive oral healthcare products. Attendees will learn about products used for prevention of dental caries and gingival diseases. Emphasis will be placed on over-the-counter mouth rinses, dentifrices, and other products available to patients. The course will also discuss new oral healthcare products available by prescription. Learn how to critique products by using an evidenced-based approach in order to give the most accurate and appropriate recommendations. This course will also discuss evaluation of products that are advertised on the internet and other venues.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 010, 017
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science, Basic Science - Dental Materials
Course Objectives: 1. Learn about new OTC and prescription preventive products available for the dental patient. 2. Distinguish between therapeutic and cosmetic mouth rinses. 3. Compare properties of OTC and Prescription dentifrices in order to make appropriate recommendations. 4. Learn how to evaluate products in an evidenced-base manner. 5. Select appropriate products for individual treatment plans.


The Medically Compromised Child
Faculty: Michael Roberts, DDS, MScDTime: 1-2 hrs
Cancer chemotherapy agents, head and neck radiation, and immunologically debilitating diseases such as AIDS, can have profound effects on the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth. Oral diagnosis and treatment regimens for the medically compromised child will be discussed.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Provide the course participant with relevant information associated with the oral management of these disorders. 2. Provide treatment options to be considered by the dentist/hygienist. 3. Illustrate the patient care options by providing a case study.


The Practice of Dental Hygiene (or Dentistry): What You Say and What You Do Is What Matters Most!
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 4-6 hrs
Today’s dental hygienists/dental teams need to possess many skills! This one day seminar will focus on two areas of interest to dental hygienists/dental teams providing the best possible patient care and service avoiding legal risks while treating patients. Clinical Skills + People Skills = Excellent Patient Care Part I of the course will focus on “What to Say” to build and maintain a successful dental hygiene department. Exceptional clinical skills are a must, but exceptional people skills are equally as important. This lively, interactive course will include essential methods to help the dental hygienist make a positive impact and build relationships with patients other than team members. Course participants will identify their individual behavioral style and realize why they react to patients and team members as they do. The participants will also learn important motivational strategies to assist patients in achieving optimal oral health. Participants will learn: - strategies to understand individual patient differences and quick methods to motivate patients. - practical, common sense approaches to written and verbal communication. - essential factors in reflecting a philosophy of exceptional patient care. Clinical Dental Hygiene and Health Law: Impact on the Dental Hygienist Part II of the course will focus on “What you do” to avoid legal pitfalls while providing patient care. The increased risk of professional negligence has significantly impacted the delivery of patient services in dental practices. What makes clinical dental hygiene a risk factor for malpractice? In addition to the ever-increasing levels of clinical knowledge dental hygienists must possess, they must be knowledgeable of the potential malpractice risks that are present during each appointment. This course will discuss how the law impacts the practice of clinical dental hygiene, areas that are legally vulnerable to dental hygiene practice and ways to avoid legal action. This course will show the participant specific ways to: - Identify areas of legal risk to the dental hygienist. - Provide clinical treatment to avoid litigation. - Accurately document the treatment record for clarity and legal defense.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (office staff)AGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
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The Single Tooth Implant
Faculty: Lyndon Cooper, DDS, PhDTime: 2 hrs
Most missing teeth merit consideration of this therapy and this lecture offers sufficient information to permit you and your patients to make an informed decision about single tooth implant placement. Making this therapy work in your practice requires careful assessment of factors that limit success. Success is also dependent on millimeter decisions, timing considerations and understanding what is available for prosthetic treatment. This lecture shows these steps and decisions in a step-wise manner and summarizes these procedures so they can be transformed to practice.
Target Audience: DAGD: 690
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Implants
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The Team of the 21st Century: Stable and Cohesive
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 3-6 hrs
Is your dental team ready for the challenges it faces? Dynamic and productive dental teams do not happen by chance. It takes time, commitment, and skill to build and maintain a workable team. Specifically, the seminar will include team goal-setting, team roles and function, tips on improving productivity and time efficiency, office organization including appointment and record control, and conflict resolution.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (All dental team members)AGD: 490
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Periodontics
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To Change or Not To Change; Using Motivational Interviewing to Overcome Patient Ambivalence
Faculty: Lynne Hunt, RDH, MSTime: 2-4 hrs
This course teaches healthcare professionals how to recognize and explore ambivalence in patient’s reaction to proposed treatment. How much time have you spent educating the patient on the importance of the proposed treatment only to have them reject your advice? Treatment compliance is a healthcare problem that can be overcome with the use of the Motivational Interviewing tools. Originally developed to work with addictions, this tool is now being used in other healthcare settings with success! Let us show you how you can incorporate these tools with your patients.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD:
Academy of General Dentistry Codes:
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the attendees will be able to do the following: 1. Form a collaborative relationship with patients 2. Determine what is important to the patient 3. Foster patient autonomy 4. Create a patient-centered plan of action to improve oral health 5. Use patient’s own ambivalence to overcome barriers to change


Treating the Periodontal Patient: Reducing Legal Risks
Faculty: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MSTime: 3-4 hrs
The failure to diagnose and treat periodontal disease has been listed as one of the top nine areas of claim frequency in dentistry. Dental hygienists play a vital role in the treatment and management of the periodontal patient in dental practice. This course will provide information about the risks involved in treating the periodontal patient and ways to avoid malpractice. Specific topics will include vital documentation tactics, informed consent, negligence, termination of the professional-patient relationship, and essential verbal skills to use with periodontal patients when making treatment recommendations.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 550, 555
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations, Practice Management - Dental Jurisprudence/Ethics
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Treatment of Common Oral Lesions
Faculty: Valerie Murrah, DMD, MSTime: 1-3 hrs
Learn about common oral lesions, with emphasis on the treatment modalities used for these lesions. Clinical slides assist in the presentation, differential diagnosis, and identification of the lesions.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: Objectives: At the conclusion of this program you will be able to 1. Recognize common oral lesions 2. Communicate effectively with your patients concerning oral lesions 3. Recommend treatment for common oral lesions


Treatment of Maxillofacial Trauma: Soft Tissue Injuries
Faculty: Glenn Reside, DMDTime: 1 hr
The program provides a review of the repair of soft tissue injuries in the mouth and maxillofacial region.
Target Audience: DAGD: 310
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Course Objectives: 1. Understand how to repair minor intraoral lacerations 2. Understand how to repair minor lacerations in the perioral area


Treatment of Medically Compromised Patients
Faculty: Glenn Reside, DMDTime: 1 hr
Review of treatment modifications for selected medically compromised patients.
Target Audience: DAGD: 750
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care
Course Objectives: 1. Understand appropriate treatment modifications to allow you to safely treat medically compromised patients 2. Understand when to refer medically compromised patients


Treatment of Odontogenic Infections
Faculty: Glenn Reside, DMDTime: 1 hr
Review of treatment of odontogenic infections including anatomy, microbiology, antibiotic therapy, incision and drainage, and criteria for referral to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Target Audience: DAGD: 310
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Course Objectives: 1. Understand how to treat odontogenic infections 2. Understand when to refer a patient with an odontogenic infection


Treatment of Root Caries in the Elderly Patient
Faculty: Allen Samuelson, DDSTime: 2 hrs
A discussion of root caries etiology and characteristics is followed by a comprehensive review of methods and materials used to treat the lesions. Use of fluorides, including fluoride varnishes, CaPO4 materials etc in the treatment of root caries is also discussed.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 750, 752
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Geriatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Be aware of the absolute importance of prevention in the treatment of root caries (diet, hygiene, and habit control i.e.tobacco) 2. Be aware of the incidence, prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment of root caries 3. Realize that surgical crown lengthening is required in the treatment of many root carious lesions.


Update on Composite Materials
Faculty: Edward Swift, DMD, MSTime: 1 hr
The latest information on various composite resin materials will be presented. Advantages and disadvantages of current materials will be discussed.
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 010, 017
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science, Basic Science - Dental Materials
Course Objectives: Following attendance to this course, the participant should: 1. Know what type of composites are currently available. 2. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of each.


Viral Diseases of Concern to the Dental Professional
Faculty: Mark Kutcher, DDS, MSTime: 2-3 hrs
Understanding viral infections such as herpes, shingles, papillomavirus, herpangina, the Epstein-Barr virus and others is important for all members of the dental team. This presentation will focus on the etiologies, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, and most current treatment modalities for these infections.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 730
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
Course Objectives: 1. Understand how these viruses are transmitted 2. Be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of these diseases 3. Be comfortable in managing these conditions


Warty Lesions of the Oral Cavity - Sexually Transmitted or Masqueraders?
Faculty: Valerie Murrah, DMD, MSTime: 1.5 hrs
Warty Lesions of the Oral Cavity - Sexually Transmitted or Masqueraders? This course will cover the many lesions of the oral cavity that have a warty or papillary appearance. There is a wide spectrum of clinical presentations seen with these lesions and this course will address methods of distinguishing the different types from one another, as well as management strategies for the dental team in treating these patients. Many of these types of lesions are caused by various human papillomaviruses and the course will also cover aspects of the new HPV vaccine, as well as patient counseling considerations concerning the infectious nature of some of these lesions.***Please note that this course is to be combined with "Meth Mouth"***
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 010, 016
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science, Basic Science - Pharmacotherapeutics
Course Objectives: 1) To familiarize participants with the great variety of warty or papillary lesions that can be seen in the mouth. 2) To address the infectious nature of some of these lesions and discuss the role of the dental team in preventing the spread of the infectious types of warty lesions. 3) To provide recommendations for counseling patients with infectious lesions. 4) To recommend treatment guidelines for these lesions.


What Do You Do With Skeletal Class II and Class III Patients In The Mixed Dentition?
Faculty: Lorne Koroluk, DMD, MSD, MS, FRCD(C)Time: 2 hrs
A significant number of children present with skeletal Class II or Class III malocclusions in the mixed dentition. Once these growth patterns are established, the malocclusions will not resolve with future growth and will require future orthodontic intervention. Recent research has led to modifications in the way these patients are treated and when treatment is initiated. This course will provide an evidence-based review of the management of Class III and Class III skeletal malocclusion in the mixed dentition.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 430
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Pediatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Diagnosis of Class II and Class III skeletal malocclusions in children 2. Timing of intervention for Class II skeletal malocclusions in children 3. Timing of intervention for Class III skeletal malocclusions in children


What's New in Adhesive and Restorative Dentistry
Faculty: Harald Heymann, DDS, MEdTime: 1 hr
This presentation will provide the latest information on the various types of dental adhesives. Materials will be discussed in the context of their clinical applications and in light of the latest clinical research
Target Audience: D, HAGD: 010, 017, 250
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science, Basic Science - Dental Materials, Operative (Restorative) Dentistry
Course Objectives: Following attendance to this course, the participant should be able to: 1. Distinguish between the many new enamel-dentin adhesives, including stress-breaking liners and self-etching primers, and describe their clinical performance based on clinical trials. 2. Identify various clinical factors that affect denting bonding and how to best optimize clinical results.


What's New in Conservative Esthetic Dentistry: A Potpourri
Faculty: Edward Swift, DMD, MSTime: 1 hr
This course will provide a brief review of new materials and techniques in esthetic dentistry. Content will vary according to interests of the group.
Target Audience: D, AAGD: 250
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Operative (Restorative) Dentistry
Course Objectives: No actual objectives here – this is a topic that I tailor to the interests of a specific group


What’s New with Dental Aerosols?
Faculty: Sally Mauriello, RDH, MEd, EdDTime: 1-2 hrs
Aerosols created during treatment are becoming a concern in dentistry. This course is designed to update the clinician on aerosols generated during dental treatment, their potential effects, and infection control concerns.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 013, 770
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Basic Science - Microbiology, Self-Improvement
Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to: 1. Discuss the findings of research studies on splatter and aerosols created during dental procedures. 2. Describe the impact of these research findings on infection control procedures 3. Discuss the recommendations on standard of care for minimizing bacterial dispersal.


When to Save and When to Extract
Faculty: Allen Samuelson, DDSTime: 1.5-2 hrs
This course mainly focuses on the geriatric population and describes the rationale for extracting vs. salvaging natural teeth with or without tooth replacement. There is an emphasis on SAVING teeth and utilizing basic periodontal skills to develop predictable restorative results.
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 750, 752
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Geriatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. The Student will learn that prevention, patient learning, and disease ownership are the starting points for oral health 2. The student will understand that tooth preservation and tooth structure preservation are key goals in the process of restoration 3. The students will learn that a control phase will allow for dental learning, disease ownership and self treatment, and the establishment of oral health 4. The students will visualize many examples of maintaining teeth with the goal of oral health and tooth preservation given the patient’s circumstances, temperament, and objectives 5. The student will see examples of how to maintain “status quo” in a patient thus minimizing disruption in comfort, function, and esthetics


Why Aren’t You Using a Semi-Adjustable Articulator?
Faculty: Thomas Ziemiecki, DDS, MSTime: 1-2 hrs
During this course some of the basics of Occlusion will be reviewed along with reasons why you should consider using a semi-adjustable articulator. Most practitioners have never really understood the mechanics behind the use of this articulator and have allowed the dental laboratory to select articulators for our restorations. When restorations return from the laboratory the process of grinding them into occlusion is often an unnecessary problem that can be greatly minimized by selecting the correct instrument. By the end of this course the participant will be familiar with: •The basics of occlusion as they relate to articulator selection •The limitations of the non-adjustable articulator •The advantages of a semi-adjustable articulator •When to select a non-adjustable or semi-adjustable articulator •The rationale for obtaining facebow records Bite relations necessary to mount mandibular casts •How to obtain check bites to set the articulator to the patient •How to avoid having to send your articulator to the dental laboratory
Target Audience: D, H, AAGD: 180
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Occlusion - Myofascial Pain
Course Objectives: 1. Review the concept of interchangeability of semi-adjustable articulators. 2. Review the different classifications of articulators and their advantages/disadvantages 3. Have the participant understand the advantages to using the semi-adjustable articulator. 4. Have the participant understand the rationale behind the use of a facebow. 5. Have the patient understand the use of checkbite records to adjust the settings of the semi-adjustable articulator.


Working with ‘Millennial’ Dental Patients
Faculty: Margot Stein, PhDTime: 2-3 hrs
This course explores whether and how the generation of young dental patients termed “millenials” differs from their predecessors and the ways in which their values, attitudes and behaviors may impact current dental practice. It offers strategies for addressing the particular behavior management, communication and oral health education issues than may arise when working with this patient population. This course may be of particular interests to pediatric dentists, orthodontics and general dentists and dental hygienists and assistants working with adolescent and young adult patients.
Target Audience: D, H, A, O (Dental Office Staff)AGD: 550
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Practice Management and Human Relations
Course Objectives: 1. Be familiar with the concept of the “Millennial Generation” 2. Identify and understand the values, attitudes and behaviors that distinguish these “millennial” patients 3. Understand the ways in which these attitudes and behaviors may impact the delivery of dental care and the daily functioning of a dental practice 4. Be able to apply strategies to increase their millennial patients’ adherence with dental treatment and practice of oral health-promoting behaviors, drawing on their familiarity with communications, media and digital technology


Working with Our Aging Population
Faculty: Sally Mauriello, RDH, MEd, EdDTime: 2-4 hrs
Dental care for the older adult patient in the private dental office may require a fresh look at patient management. Gain insight into the dental health concerns of this group. Develop strategies for meeting the individual needs of the older adults you treat. Emphasis will be placed on patient management and dental health concerns.
Target Audience: H, A, O (nursing home personnel)AGD: 750, 752
Academy of General Dentistry Codes: Special Patient Care, Special Patient Care - Geriatric Dentistry
Course Objectives: 1. Discuss common myths and stereotypes concerning aging. 2. Describe normal aging changes and common geriatric conditions. 3. Discuss the relationship between systemic disease and oral health in older adults. 4. Discuss learning prinipcles that can be applied for older adults. 5. Discuss dental hygeine management techniques that can be used when working with older adults populations.