June 2012 Course Descriptions

Esthetics in Implant Dentistry

Dr. Stephen J. Chu, DMD, MSD, CDT is Associate Professor and Director of Esthetic Education at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. He also maintains a private practice in fixed prosthodontics in New York City. Dr. Chu has published 30 articles and given over 100 lectures nationally and internationally on the subjects of aesthetic, restorative, and implant dentistry. He has co-authored The Fundamentals of Color Ed. 1 & 2: Shade Matching and Communication in Esthetic Dentistry [Quintessence Publishing Co, 2004, 2011] and Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry: Principles and Practice [Montage Media Corp., 2008]. He is on the editorial review board of several peer- reviewed journals and is the creator of Chu’s Aesthetic Gauges manufactured by Hu-Friedy Co., Inc.

AM SessionImmediate Implant Placement and Provisional Restoration: What we should do to enhance esthetic outcomes

Implant dentistry is continuously evolving offering new and more predictable forms of therapy with minimally invasive protocols. Innovative techniques now allow for better esthetics and greater patient comfort. However, these new techniques and therapies continue to raise questions and concerns regarding the risk and rewards of each. Specifically, controversial issues regarding esthetic outcomes related to delayed or immediate single tooth anterior implant replacement and immediate provisional restoration will be presented. This lecture will address current concepts, research, and innovations in immediate provisional restoration and how they can enhance treatment procedures and clinical outcomes for greater patient care and satisfaction.

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation, the attendee should be able to understand the following concepts associated with immediate implant placement and provisional restoration:

  • Understand survival rates associate with delayed and immediate protocols
  • Treatment objectives of provisional prosthetic abutment/crown contours
  • Impact on hard tissue buccal modeling and peri-implant soft tissue thickness

PM SessionAvoiding and Managing Esthetic Failures on Dental Implants: From the Single to Multiple Tooth Restoration

Implant dentistry is continuously evolving into a more predictable form of therapy. New and innovative techniques such as single tooth anterior protocols now allow for shorten treatment times with predictable survival and esthetic outcomes. Concomitantly, these new techniques and therapies continue to raise questions and concerns regarding the pros and cons of each. The question is when to employ the correct treatment at the appropriate time to achieve the most predictable results. The most current research in this area will be presented as well as the latest techniques.

Secondly, a significant part of treatment therapy revolves around correction of esthetic defects due to poor treatment planning, placement, and abutment fabrication. Surgical, orthodontics, and restorative treatment planning options and techniques to address these esthetic deficiencies will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation, the attendee should be able to:

  • Know the immediate anterior tooth implant and provisional restoration treatment sequence and understand when it is best indicated
  • Understand the potential of hard and soft tissue correction around aesthetically challenged anterior implants
  • Know when adjunctive orthodontic therapy should be employed
  • Know when a prosthetic restorative solution is the best treatment plan option

Course Number: C100038
Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $295 Doctor; $145 Auxiliary/Hygienist/Staff
Credit: 6 hours – lecture

Please note: Course description, tuition, credit and AGD code to come.

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Seventh Annual Oral Cancer Symposium

Michael A. Kahn, D.D.S. Professor and Chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Laboratory Director, Tufts Oral Pathology Services; Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Scott Benjamin, D.D.S. Dr. Benjamin’s expertise includes clinical screening, diagnostic and treatment modalities, and the incorporation of appropriate technologies into everyday dental practice. Dr. Benjamin maintains a full-time private practice in rural upstate New York and has faculty appointments at several universities and dental schools.

J. Michael Hall, D.D.S., M.A.B.M.H. Assistant Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Douglas E. Peterson, D.M.D, PH.D. Professor of Oral Medicine, Department of Oral Health & Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dental Medicine; Chair, Program in Head & Neck Cancer and Oral Oncology, Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of
Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut

Richard O. Wein, M.D. Associate Professor of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Residency Program Director; Director of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Tufts Medical Center

Sook-Bin Woo, D.M.D. Associate Professor, Department of Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity, Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Director of Clinical Affairs, Division of Oral Medicine and Dentistry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Presenters’ Topics & Learning Objectives

The Characteristics and Management of Potentially Malignant Oral Lesions
Dr. Michael Kahn

  • Be able to recognize precancerous oral mucosal change
  • Know the guidelines for follow-up of undiagnosed, non-biopsied oral lesions

Oral Cancer: The Role Of Screening Adjuncts
Dr. Michael Kahn

  • Know current concepts of oral cancer including epidemiologic trends and risk factors
  • Be able to distinguish between screening and diagnosis with regard to oral cancer
  • Understand the scientific basis of current commercially available aids for oral cancer diagnosis

Understanding the True Value of Adjunctive Oral Mucosal Screening Technologies
Dr. Scott Benjamin

  • Review of current adjunctive screening technologies
  • Understand the roles of adjunctive oral mucosal screening technologies
  • How to introduce and incorporate the enhanced mucosal examination to your patients

The Comprehensive Head and Neck Soft-Tissue Examination
DR. SOOK-BIN WOO

  • Be able to perform each step of a comprehensive head and neck soft tissue examination

Management of Oral Complications of Cancer Treatment: Key Role of the Dental Team
Dr. Douglas Peterson

  • Know how to manage the side effects of post-treatment oral cancer patient such as salivary gland hypofunction and infection susceptibility

Oral Cancer Mimickers
Dr. J. Michael Hall

  • Be able to recognize the clinical similarities and differences between benign and malignant oral lesions
  • Know the proper protocol to distinguish benign from malignant oral lesions

Management of Late Detection Stage IV Oral Cancer
Dr. Richard Wein

  • Know the current treatment modalities utilized for oral cancer

Course Number: C800016
Date: Friday, June 8, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuition: $295 Doctor; $99 Auxiliary/Hygienist/Staff
Credits: 7 Hours–Lecture
AGD Code: 730

This symposium is supported in part by unrestricted educational grants from Dental EZ, DENTSPLY International, and LED Dental.


Participation Course with Multiple Hard and Soft-Tissue Lasers

A standard-proficiency pre-certification course-limited space

Candidates who successfully complete this course can be eligible to receive a Certificate of Standard Proficiency in Dental Lasers recognized by the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), an international organization with more than 1,200 members in over 25 countries.*

Robert A. Convissar, D.D.S. Director, Laser Dentistry, New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, New York, NY; Evaluator, Clinical Research Associates, Utah; Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry; Fellow, American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery

Has the hoopla surrounding the introduction of lasers to dentistry been more smoke than substance? Since 1990, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of seven different wavelengths for dental use. These different wavelengths create a world of difference in how the lasers operate, and their usefulness in the oral cavity. The use of lasers for specific procedures found in everyday general practice will be highlighted.

The first day will detail laser use in the following areas:

  • Non-surgical periodontal therapy
  • Surgical periodontal therapy (frenectomy, gingivectomy, etc.)
  • Regenerative periodontal laser surgery
  • Fixed prosthetics/cosmetics
  • Removable prosthetics and preprosthetic care
  • Implantology-presurgical, surgical, prosthetic and peri-implantitis
  • Oral medicine/oral surgery/oral pathology
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Orthodontic
  • Operative dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Practice management/marketing

The second day workshop will give each participant hands-on experience with the various wavelengths, performing surgical procedures on in-vitro models. Real time videos of routine laser procedures will be part of the in-depth discussion of specific instrument settings and techniques for laser surgical procedures.

At the conclusion of the course, the participant will be familiar with the various wavelengths used in dentistry today, their effects on oral tissues, and their uses for specific oral diseases and pathologies found in everyday practice. They will be able to incorporate this knowledge into a basis for determining which laser wavelength is most appropriate for their practice, and be able to incorporate hard and soft-tissue laser dentistry into their practices first thing tomorrow morning.

Date: Friday, June 8 & 9, 2012
Time: Friday–9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday–9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuition: $495 Doctor; (continental breakfasts and luncheon included)
Credit: 10 Hours-Participation
AGD Code: 135/490/491

*Please note that the ALD has specific criteria and activities that must be completed to receive the Certificate.

Certificate Information

ALD Certification will be issued as long as the participant has met the following criteria:

  • Has done one of the following:
    • Taken a previous course in laser dentistry
    • Taken the online laser dentistry course on the ALD Web site
    • Downloaded and read the laser articles available from the Department of Continuing Education
  • Owns a laser or has access to a laser
  • Within 90 days of completing this course, takes the online Standard Proficiency Text on the ALD Web site

Please visit the ALD Web site for complete details.