Maxillofacial Imaging Frontiers and Applied Imaging

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Postponed until Spring 2014. Please check back for new date.


David C. Hatcher, D.D.S., M.Sc., M.R.C.D.(c) received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Washington and specialty degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and MSc. from the University of Toronto. Presently Dr. Hatcher is in private practice in the Sacramento Valley and a Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco and the University of Pacific Dental Schools.

There are anatomic boundaries in the maxillofacial region that when exceeded during dental therapy may result in poor treatment outcomes. This continuing education course will discuss several anatomic boundaries that are important to all disciplines of dentistry including general dentistry, surgery, orthodontics, implant dentistry, endodontic and Temporomandibular Disorders. The role of imaging for identifying and characterizing the anatomic boundaries will be presented for clinicians to be able to provide comprehensive treatment plans for their patients.

The following topics will be examined in depth:

I. Frontiers in Imaging

a. Imaging

i. Surface

ii. Subsurface

b. Patient Specific Modeling

i. 3d and beyond

c. Connectivity

d. Accuracy/Dose/ risk

II. Boundary Conditions: Part I

a. Implant Dentistry

b. Dental Impactions

c. Roots and Alveolar Ridges

III. Boundary Conditions: Part II

a. Facial Growth

b. Mandibular asymmetry

c. Limited Oral opening

d. Selected Articular Disorders

i. Progressive condylar resorption

ii. Adult DJD

iii. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

IV. Boundary Conditions Part III

a. Airway

i. Sleep Disordered Breathing

1. Definition

2. Diagnostic exam components

3. Health Risks

ii. Anatomy of Airway and Paranasal Sinuses


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principals of cone beam CT
  • Recognize key anatomic boundary conditions
  • Select the patients that would benefit from advanced imaging (CBCT)
  • Apply problem solving strategies to determine the etiology of abnormal anatomy