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Interdisciplinary care is focus of CDA Presents virtual C.E. convention May 13-16

Leading speakers present courses in periodontics, orthodontics, restorative dentistry, dental assisting and more

March 18, 2021 1898

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Interdisciplinary care is the educational focus of the program. Leading speakers will present over a dozen courses in periodontics, orthodontics, restorative dentistry, new products, dental hygiene, botulinum toxin/TMJ, dental assisting and oral facial pain.

CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry will bring more than 60 continuing education courses to dentists and their teams May 13-16 in an interactive virtual format that includes live Q&A sessions. 

Interdisciplinary care is the educational focus of the program. Leading speakers will present over a dozen courses in periodontics, orthodontics, restorative dentistry, new products, dental hygiene, botulinum toxin/TMJ, dental assisting and oral facial pain.

"The lineup of speakers that CDA Board of Managers has put together for the spring convention is world class, and we are pleased to present internationally recognized superstars in their respective disciplines,” said Jeremy Wilgus, DDS, chair of the Essay Committee. “With a focus on interdisciplinary care, they will highlight the current capabilities of the dental profession in managing the most challenging aesthetic dilemmas.”

Dr. Wilgus acknowledged that it’s tough to replace the energy of a live in-person meeting, but he complimented the virtual convention that CDA is hosting to ensure a safe, accessible experience for attendees during the ongoing pandemic. 

“Our virtual platform is robust,” he said. “The platform is easy to use, it encourages member interaction, and it will be loaded with vendor specials that CDA members are accustomed to."  

Here’s a preview of several courses in the “interdisciplinary care” lineup:

Managing Aesthetic Dilemmas Using an Interdisciplinary Approach: An Interdisciplinary Panel
Speakers: John Weston, DDS (moderator); Paul Fugazzotto, DDS; Richard Roblee, DDS
Friday, May 14, 8-10 a.m.
2 C.E. units

This presentation will highlight how the expertise of an orthodontist and a periodontist can complement the restorative dentist in challenging aesthetic cases. Planning, communication and execution of interdisciplinary care will be demonstrated.

Primary learning outcome: Learn the surgical possibilities to improve hard- and soft-tissue aesthetics and the orthodontic possibilities to improve restorative outcomes.

Periodontics 2021: The Future Is Now
Speaker: Paul Fugazzotto, DDS
Friday, May 14, noon-2 p.m.
2 C.E. units

Exquisite execution of therapy, whether it be “simple” or staged therapy requiring metal framework provisional restorations and/or treatment of patient musculature, followed by appropriate maintenance care, results in highly predictable long-term treatment outcomes.

Primary learning outcome: Learn how to carry out an insightful patient-based diagnosis and formulate a comprehensive, interdisciplinary treatment plan.

The Orthodontist’s Role in Interdisciplinary Management of Aesthetic and Restorative Dilemmas
Speaker: Richard Roblee, DDS
Friday, May 14, noon-2 p.m.
2 C.E. units

This presentation will focus on an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosing the fundamental components of complex problems and managing them by combining traditional therapies with new treatment options to ideally address the underlying issues and more predictably achieve success.

Primary learning outcome: Learn solutions to aesthetic dilemmas that fall in this “gray zone” between the different disciplines. 

The Simple Art of Creating Invisible Class 4 Composite Restorations
John Weston, DDS
Thursday, May 13, noon-2 p.m.
2 C.E. units

Current economic conditions demand that affordable cosmetic options be provided for patients. This course focuses on simplifying clinical systems and techniques for predictably repairing missing natural tooth structure while creating an invisible class IV restoration.

Primary learning outcome: Gain confidence and enjoyment when performing direct restorative procedures and learn how simple digital photographs can help with design and patient motivation.

I Have It, You Need It
Speaker: Howard Glazer, DDS
Thursday, May 13, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
2 C.E. units

This rapid-fire presentation will be a potpourri of materials and techniques designed to make the dentist’s day easier and more productive: bioactive composites, cements and core materials, adhesives, whitening, oral cancer prevention, impression and more.

Primary learning outcome: Discover materials that are faster, easier and better in various product categories.

Powerful Partnership: Building a Strong Dentist-Hygienist Relationship for a Thriving Practice
Speaker: Rachel Wall, RDH, BS
Saturday, May 15, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
1.5 C.E. units

This workshop-style program is designed for dentists and hygienists to attend together and will highlight real-life examples of the trials and triumphs of this critical relationship. The speaker will provide strategies to improve communication, clinical workflow and treatment outcomes.

Primary learning outcome: Learn how to calibrate treatment philosophies and fast-track hygienists’ confidence with co-diagnoses.
Botulinum Toxin/Chemodenervation and Persistent Orofacial Pains
Speaker: Glenn Clark, DDS, MS
Saturday, May 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
2 C.E. units

The lecture will focus on the logical and evidence-based use of chemodenervation products (e.g., botulinum toxin) in the treatment of chronic orofacial pain disorders. Specifically, it will focus on neuropathic pain disorder in the orofacial region.

Primary learning outcome: Understand what Botulinum Toxin therapy will and will not do for your patients.

The Exceptional Assistant
Speaker: Edwin McDonald III, DDS
Saturday, May 15, 8-9:30 a.m.
1.5 C.E. units

Extraordinary assistants work closely with the practice team and dentist, as well as independently, to provide exceptional patient care and memorable patient experiences and create powerful practice performance. This lecture will examine their key areas of impact.

Primary learning outcome: Partner with your dentist and team to deliver direct and indirect aesthetic restorative procedures.

I Haven't Got Time for This Pain! Local Anesthetics and Analgesics and Their Clinical Considerations
Speaker: Thomas Viola, RPh, CCP
Friday, May 14, noon-2 p.m.
2 C.E. units

Management of acute odontogenic pain is accomplished through intraoperative local anesthesia and postoperative non-opioid and opioid analgesics. However, improper and inappropriate use of both may produce adverse outcomes for patients.

Primary learning outcome: Understand the pharmacology and therapeutics of local anesthetic agents and analgesics and the rationale for their use.

Dentistry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Outside of interdisciplinary care, dentists can earn their required C.E. in courses covering infection control and the California Dental Practice Act or earn C.E. on topics ranging from geriatric dentistry and nutrition to dental benefits coordination and employment law. 

Dr. Wilgus said a “well-timed presentation” from California State Dental Director Jayanth Kumar, DDS, “will be both informative and much needed in our current climate.” Richard Nagy, DDS, will co-present that lecture, “Dentistry’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in California,” which starts at noon on Thursday, May 13.

Register for the CDA Presents virtual convention, view the full list of speakers and their courses or learn more in the attendee FAQ.