Friday, May 19, 2023

8:30am – 11:30am

Dr. Theresa Gonzales: Oral Mucosal Pathology – “Common Things Occur Commonly”
Course Type: Lecture
CE Credit: 3 hours

Course Description:
There is an axiomatic principle of healthcare that informs all clinical practice and that is “common things occur commonly” and this principle is certainly true of the oral environs. There are about thirty conditions that comprise approximately ninety percent of the patient referrals to oral medicine and oral pathology clinics in ambulatory outpatient care. Of major importance in the diagnostic process is the element of time.  Early recognition of the mucosal pathology and the potential for a broader systemic context are necessary to responsibly reconcile disease presentations. These common pathologies will be reviewed in detail and evidence -based treatment recommendations will be discussed.
Learning Objectives:
Participation in this course will enable the learner to:
  • Expand the clinical diagnostic algorithm.
  • Deploy an evidence-based treatment strategy.
  • Improve clinical outcomes in the management of these conditions.
 
Dr. Randy Huffines: Restorative Challenges in Older Adults
Course Type: Lecture
CE Credit:  3 hours
Course Description & Learning Objectives: 
Most Americans now enter the senior years with natural dentitions.  This has caused a huge increase in the need for restorative procedures in millions of patients. However, aging causes changes in the oral cavity which have a direct impact on restorative dentistry. Root caries is now a common and often frustrating restorative problem. Age-related changes to pulpal tissues impact local anesthetic techniques.  Caries-affected and sclerotic dentin bond differently than normal dentin. Changes in texture, reflectance, translucency, hue, value, and chroma must be understood for an age-appropriate esthetic result. Attrition, abrasion, erosion, and other tooth wear phenomenon affect restorative contours, material longevity, and occlusal harmony.  Xerostomia and other factors that increase caries risk must be properly addressed to achieve long-lasting results. Learn to properly select restorative materials (including bioactives), expose subgingival decay, preparation techniques, matrixing, finishing and new preventive strategies. Learn novel techniques, as well as simple modifications to your existing procedures, so that you can achieve restorative success with your older patients. Techniques are clearly explained by extensive use of clinical images and video clips so they can immediately be put into practice.

Dr. Robert Lowe: Creative Treatment Options in Crown and Bridge
Course Type: Lecture
CE Credit: 3 hours
Course Description: 
The use of several dental disciplines is often required to optimally rehabilitate the oral cavity.  Manipulation of the soft tissue envelope, alveolar bone (surgical crown lengthening) for aesthetic and/or biologic width correction, as well as indications and use of dental implants will be discussed.  There will also be an emphasis on morphologic and functional parameters as well as creative treatment planning, clinical execution (including preparation and impression making), and cementation protocols for complex rehabilitative cases.
Learning Objectives: 

Each Participant Will Learn:
  • Morphology and Occlusion: The Common Denominator for All Dental Restorations
  • What is “Perio-by-the-Numbers: Understanding restorative margin position relative to the bony crest. 
  • The importance of biologic width: Diagnosing biologic width issues and learning how the soft and hard tissues can be repositioned using laser technology and traditional surgery to enhance gingival aesthetics and correct minor biologic width encroachment.
  • Multidisciplinary prosthetic treatment and case management: From planning to execution

Dr. Jim Grisdale: Implant Maintenance Therapy 101 for the Dental Team: Newest Must Know Techniques for the Dentist and Hygienist for 
Predictable Implant Maintenance and Longevity
Course Type: Lecture
CE Credit: 3 hours
Course Description: 
The dentist and dental hygienist who are educated and knowledgeable in the surgical and restorative processes are an invaluable resource to patients considering implants. As a key member of the dental team, the hygienist must be able to discuss the role of implants with patients where appropriate as an integral part of their oral health. In addition to involvement in all other facets of patient care, the long-term health of peri-implant soft and hard tissues is essential to successful implant therapy. This course will discuss the basics of implant surgery, restoration and focus on the critical aspect of implant maintenance for long term success. Current techniques and future implant maintenance protocols will be covered. 
Learning Objectives: 
 At the end of the program, participants will have learned:
• comprehensive knowledge of implant dentistry
• how to properly assess the status of a functioning implant
• how to identify the ailing and failing implant
• knowledge of instruments and techniques for predictable implant maintenance
• to describe and deliver appropriate maintenance therapy for a healthy implant environment and long term succes

Dr. John Olmsted: Cutting Edge Endodontics: Diagnosis, Anesthesia, Access, Instrumentation Advancements
Course Type: Lecture
CE Credit: 3 hours
Course Description:
Which tooth is it? How do I get the patient numb? Which filesystem should I use? Technological advances will allow you to provide efficient and excellent endodontic care for your patients. This evidence based half day lecture presentation will allow you to separate the facts from the fiction with diagnosis and treatment planning; anesthesia, access, isolation; recent improvements in the delivery of irrigation solutions that have enhanced the reduction of bacteria and debris in the root canal system; and the instrumentation phase of endodontic treatment with locating the canal orifices, negotiating the canals, opening the orifice, reconfirming working length, and utilizing "cutting edge" rotary/reciprocation instruments.
Learning Objectives: 
  • List 15 steps of diagnosis emphasizing medical/dental history, radiographs.
  • Outline the progression of local anesthetics, access, and isolation.
  • Describe the steps of rotary/reciprocation instrumentation.

Joanna Roberts, CDA, B.S. & Donna Pruitt, CDA, B.S.: Common Knowledge….for Dental Assistants, Part 1
Course Type: Lecture
CE Credit: 3 hours
Course Description:

Participate in an interactive course presentation on topics related to dental assisting.  This course will review common topics related to dental assisting, along with current updates. Topics to include chairside skills, dental materials, radiology, infection control, and personal enrichment. 
 
1:30pm - 4:30pm

Dr. Theresa Gonzales: Emerging Trends in the Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Orofacial Pain
Course Type: Lecture
CE Credit: 3 hours

Course Description:
Chronic orofacial pain (COFP) is relatively common with approximately 7% of the general population reporting such symptoms which concomitantly occur with other somatic symptoms that cannot be adequately explained by known organic pathology. While the etiology of COFP is far from certain, there is compatible evidence of central nervous system sensitization and neural reorganization in the brain, brainstem and spinal cord. The trigeminal pain system presents many sites for potential neural dysregulation.  The trigeminal brainstem sensory nuclear complex is an important site for craniofacial nociceptive transmission and may be a key region of neuroplasticity and central sensitization.  There is a growing body of literature that identifies morphological abnormalities in the brains of individuals with chronic pain conditions such chronic oro-facial pain, migraine, chronic back pain, chronic tension type headache and irritable bowel syndrome. This course is designed to update the clinician with deployable contemporary diagnostic and treatment algorithms in our ongoing efforts to responsibly manage orofacial pain.
Learning Objectives: 
At the completion of the course, participants should have the knowledge and ability to meet the following:
  1. Explain the complex, multidimensional, and individual nature of pain.
  2. Describe the current theories and the science regarding pain and pain management.
  3. Recognize and use validated and reliable tools for the measurement of pain and associated symptoms.
  4. Describe factors than can interfere with or facilitate effective pain management strategies.
  5. Given appropriate information, develop and strategically describe the implementation of an evidence based pain management strategy.

Dr. Randy Huffines: Successfully Treating Older Adults: Techniques for the Entire Dental Team
Course Type: Lecture
CE Credit: 3 hours

Course Description & Learning Objectives: 
According to ADA statistics, 30% of the income in the typical general practice today comes from treating patients over 60. This percentage will increase rapidly as the number of these patients double to over 79 million during the practice life of current dental graduates. Providing quality dental care for these patients can be very rewarding but also very challenging due to an array of complex dental and medical conditions that become more common as we age. Millions have significant medical conditions that impact their treatment. Unfortunately, the dental literature is full of myths and unnecessarily complicated regimens for managing these patients. Join Randy as he shares practical clinical strategies he has developed over decades treating thousands of medically complex adults. Make this part of your practice rewarding, efficient, predictable, and less stressful. Evaluate the latest protocols to follow when treating of patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, organ transplantation, bleeding disorders, cancer, respiratory problems, and hypertension. Learn the dos and don’ts of efficient medical consultation and “dental clearance” for medical conditions. Catch the Age Wave and prepare your practice for a successful present and future!

Dr. Robert Lowe: Expanding Your Aesthetic Palate in Cosmetic Dentistry
CourseType: Lecture
Credit Hours: 3 hours
Course Description:

With continued advances in dental materials and techniques, cosmetic/restorative treatment options have become quite extensive.  Direct composite lines have expanded to include bulk fill materials that simplify placement and universal composites that match every tooth shade.  Matrices are available to allow the dentist to create beautifully contoured and aesthetic direct restorations.  Glass fiber reinforcement materials allow direct composites to be used to replace missing teeth.  High strength porcelain and zirconium materials are used to create beautifully aesthetic anterior and posterior restorations for crowns, bridges, and implant restorations.  Digital technologies can be incorporated to produce more predictable aesthetic outcomes for patients. In this lecture, Dr. Lowe will discuss materials and techniques that can expand the quality and the number of aesthetic services you can offer in your practice.
Learning Objectives: 
Each Participant Will Learn:
  • How to simplify shade selection for anterior composite restorations.
  • To use digital technology and milled provisional restorations to maximize aesthetic outcomes.
  • How heated composites can simplify and improve composite placement and clinical success.
  • The steps to fabricate a glass fiber reinforced direct composite bridge and when this may be the “bridge of choice.”

Dr. Jim Grisdale: Emerging Trends in Periodontics in the 21st Century New Dimensions in the Etiology, Pathogenesis and Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Course Type: Lecture
CE Credit: 3 hours
Course Description: 
Emerging concepts of the pathogenesis of periodontal disease, novel periodontal treatments and technologies are introduced everyday to dental professionals. Deciding on which treatment philosophies and technologies to incorporate into daily practice in order to provide the most effective care for our patients can be overwhelming. This course is designed for the entire dental team and will provide a comprehensive, in depth view on the past, current and future concepts of periodontal treatment including the management of those patients who do not respond to conventional periodontal treatment. 
Learning Objectives: 
At the end of the program, participants will have learned:
• the differences between current and emerging concepts of the pathogenesis of periodontal disease
 • to contrast and compare current and new periodontal treatment philosophies
• to evaluate new technologies and treatments and decide which will be of most benefit to your practice
• the link between periodontal disease and systemic disease
• to negotiate between evidence based and non-evidence based periodontal therapy

Dr. John Olmsted: Embracing Endodontic Technology: Irrigation, Obturation, Restoration, Post-Op
Course Type: Lecture
CE Credit: 3 hours
Course Description:
How do I fill a canal? What is the best restoration after endodontic treatment? Which pain medications and antibiotics are best?  You will learn answers to these and many more questions with this evidence based half day lecture presentation highlighting: obturation of gutta-percha that has improved with bio ceramic sealer; restoration of endodontic treated teeth; and post-operative care with appropriate antibiotics and pain medications.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe the different delivery procedures for obturation.
  • Evaluate the different restorative procedures following endodontics.
  •  Identify the correct pain medications and utilization of antibiotics.

Joanna Roberts, CDA, B.S. & Donna Pruitt, CDA, B.S.: Common Knowledge….for Dental Assistants, Part 2
Course Type: Hands-On Workshop (Space is limited, pre-registration required)
CE Credit: 3 hours
Course Description: 
Join us for a hands-on course to review common chairside skills utilizing new techniques and materials.  Participants will have the opportunity to manipulate dental materials for a variety of procedures.  Many of the techniques will focus on dental assisting expanded functions and optimizing chair time.