Current Concepts, Issues and Controversies in Clinical Dentistry: Commonsense Answers and Approaches for a More Efficacious Dental Practice

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Paul J. Vankevich, D.M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnosis and Health Promotion,Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Diplomate, American Board of Oral Medicine; Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry; Fellow, International College of Dentists

Dentistry is a dynamic profession with the continuous evolution of new materials, methods and strategies in dental healthcare.  With all this new information, today’s practitioner can suffer from overload and struggle to keep current with new techniques, procedures, trends and regulations.  Separating fact from fiction is imperative and members of the dental healthcare team must be vigilant for the “bunk science” in new product advocacy and promotion.  Additionally, the dental providers must be able to accurately answer clinical questions asked by patients, staff and peers.

This interactive one-day course will review and update clinicians on the current concepts, controversies and challenges regarding the oral diagnosis and dental treatment planning for the wide range of dental patients come to your office for treatment.  The course gives updates on the principles of oral diagnosis, oral medicine, applied dental disease risk management, practice management, preventive dentistry and oral health promotions as applied in patient care.

Learning Objectives 

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

  • Understand infection control’s rules regulations, and compliance requirements
  • Review current controversies to include:  Infection control: rules, regulations, compliance, Amalgam safety, bisphenol A toxicity in dental sealants and composite resins, fluoride use, dental laboratory quality assurance, oral cancer: diagnosis, control, and population demographic changes
  • Review of Botox and dermal filler controversies including;  antibiotic prophylaxis and therapeutic challenges
  • How to prevent litigation and the importance of evidence-based dentistry
  • How to assess and application of innovations and technology
  • Understand paradigm shifts in cariology: conservative dental caries management
  • Review oral health-systemic health interrelationships (diabetes, obesity), alcohol and substance abuse (patient and provider), opioid use and addiction
  • Review of special needs patients and geriatric patient challenges including: Alzheimer’s disease, sensory impairment and chronic systemic diseases, including Sjogren’s disease

And much more in this highly interactive one day course!