CDA offers dissection workshop to dentists

Dentists who would like to step back into the classroom to gain a better understanding of the anatomy of the human body and how it relates to dentistry will want to attend CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco.

One specific C.E. workshop, titled Anatomy of the Masticatory System: Clinical Application and Dissection, will delve into the relationships in routine dental assessment and clinical procedures through detailed dissections.

Homayon Asadi, DDS, associate professor and course director of advanced head and neck anatomy at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, will be co-hosting the workshop with Henry A. Gremillion, DDS, dean at Louisiana State University in New Orleans.

“We're trying to show them how complex the human system is and help them understand the nerve pathways, which will help them in their private practices,” Asadi said. “By seeing and touching these human cadavers they will better understand the anatomy and physiology of what they’re trying to achieve and incorporate what they learn in their day-to-day practice.”

The full-day program, which will earn attendees 4 core C.E. units, will include dissection of the superficial structures of the face, the masticatory musculature and the temporomandibular joint. Attendees will work in two-member groups, each group dissecting half of a cadaver specimen.

“Many of these dentists haven’t done a dissection since dental school, so I see a tremendous value in that it will help them with aspects of local anesthesia as well as other procedures they perform during treatment of their patients — they can see variations in each head they dissect; where the neurovascular bundles are; they can see the anatomy of the joint; musculoskeletal system; they can see a diseased joint and so on,” Asadi said.

Attendees of this workshop are in a limited number in each class, allowing for a more focused experience in the workshop that will leave them with a better understanding of the key anatomical relationships in the orofacial region. These are key to a detailed examination, temporomandibular joint health, and pathofunction and the anatomical factors relating to vascular pain that may mimic odontogenic- or temporomandibular-related issues.

Asadi said that while in recent years technology has changed the practice of dentistry a great deal, performing a hands-on dissection to gain a clearer understanding of the body is still irreplaceable and may even be just as helpful as, or more valuable than, learning how to use a new device. 

Basic dissection instruments will be provided.

“We always provide everything they need for the workshop for them in the class; all we ask them to bring is their headlights, or loupes if they want to use these to enhance their close observations,” Asadi said.

Other cadaver workshops at CDA Presents in San Francisco include the Functional and Esthetic Crown Lengthening and Ridge Preservation workshops led by Gretchen J. Bruce, DDS, MBA; William P. Lundergan, DDS, MA; and Frank Martinez Jr., DDS, and the Local Anesthesia: Human Cadaver Dissection workshop, led by Alan W. Budenz, MS, DDS, MBA, and Mel Hawkins, DDS.

For more information about these workshops and CDA Presents, visit cdapresents.com.