Forensic dentistry, pharmacology, oral pathology explored in CDA Presents lectures

More than 150 lectures and workshops for dentists and their teams are lined up for CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry Sept. 6-8 in San Francisco. Nearly all courses are eligible for C.E. credit and span topics in clinical care, practice management and beyond. Highlighted here are just a few expert speakers and their courses.

“Facial Reconstruction to Facial Transplantation: Success Through a Team Approach” by Lawrence E. Brecht, DDS, is the San Francisco convention’s featured lecture. Dr. Brecht is the director of maxillofacial prosthetics at New York University College of Dentistry and the director of dental services at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of New York University Langone Medical Center.

Through the development of a surgical-prosthetic-industrial team approach and advances in digital technologies, many previously unimagined facial reconstructions are now possible and are achieved through fewer and more efficient surgical procedures that also facilitate improved prosthetic restorations and functional outcomes. Brecht’s presentation will discuss the advantages of using this team approach in reconstruction, from the simplest examples to the most complex, such as facial transplantation. (Read more about Brecht’s lecture with excerpts from CDA’s interview with the speaker.)

Forensic dentistry
Anthony R. Cardoza, DDS, chief forensic dentist for San Diego and Imperial counties, is teaching several courses in forensic dentistry and laser-assisted dentistry. In one course, he’ll cover dentistry’s role in mass disasters and in recognizing child abuse and domestic violence. Specifically, he’ll explain the role an individual’s dental record may play in the identification of a mass disaster victim, how to recognize, especially in the head and neck area, the signs and symptoms of physical abuse in a dental patient, and the dental care provider’s duties as a mandated reporter.

Medical emergency management
Rick Ritt, EMT-P, MA, a paramedic for more than 35 years who has trained thousands of dentists and their staff, will lead two emergency management workshops sponsored by The Dentists Insurance Company. One course designed specifically for the general dentist will incorporate hands-on clinical simulations using a high-fidelity mannequin called SimMan to help dentists make critical decisions and determine the most effective therapies for patients who experience medical emergencies and complications in the dental office. Dentists will learn the common causes and complications of such emergencies and how to identify the treatment algorithms associated with them.

The entire dental team should attend Ritt’s second workshop, also sponsored by TDIC. Through interactive hands-on simulations using the SimMan, teams will learn the proper assessment and management of medical emergencies and complications that can occur in the dental office. The course will emphasize the importance of dental organization and team dynamics and the simulations will call on participants to work as a team to make critical decisions and deliver appropriate therapies to patients. Attendees will also learn what emergency equipment and instrumentation are essential for the dental office.

Oral cancer awareness, oral rehabilitations
Samson Ng, BSc(Pharm), MSc, DMD, an oral medicine specialist and oral and maxillofacial pathologist, will give two presentations on oral pathology. One seminar will discuss the aspects of oral cancer that are important to an oral health care provider and will introduce technologies such as visualization devices and quantitative cytology. Attendees will leave the course understanding the clinical science, presentation and epidemiology of oral cancer and learn screening and diagnostic work-up for oral precancerous lesions.

Two lectures by George F. Priest, DMD, a former professor in graduate prosthodontics at Emory University, will discuss oral rehabilitations — one exploring the use of crowns and veneers and the other the use of implants. Specifically, “Smile Line Rehabilitation with Implants” will teach attendees impression and intraoral scanning techniques as well as how to collaborate as a team to simplify complex interdisciplinary treatment plans for optimal implant aesthetics.

Harold L. Crossley, DDS, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore, will present four courses that explore the intersection of pharmacology and dentistry. One course will provide the “nuts and bolts” of pharmacology that are useful in the dental office. Recognizing the legalization of marijuana in a growing number of U.S. states, a second course will discuss some common concerns about the use and abuse of the drug. A third course teaches the dental team how to recognize the signs and symptoms of commonly abused prescription and illicit drugs in patients and adolescents, and, finally, “Avoid Liability: Know Your Patients’ Medication History and Its Impact on Dental Treatment” will look at the indications, contraindications and side effects of the most common physician-prescribed medications.

Restorative dentistry
Thomas R. McDonald, DMD, Augusta University College of Dental Medicine faculty member, and Edward A. McLaren, DDS, MDC, professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, will lead lectures and workshops on restorative dentistry. In Dr. McDonald’s hands-on workshop “Provisional Restorations for Today’s Restorative Practice,” participants will fabricate anterior and posterior provisional restorations for single and multiple units while learning about aesthetic contouring and how to troubleshoot and repair. Dr. McLaren’s workshop will demonstrate the step-by-step processes of two types of etched ceramic restorations, after which attendees will complete their own preparations.

All CDA Presents lectures, including those listed here, are nonticketed courses available on a first-come, first-served basis. While preregistration is not required, early arrival is recommended.

CDA Presents workshops are ticketed courses. Tickets may be purchased during preregistration and on-site provided space is available. Early-bird pricing ends Aug. 9.

For more about the courses summarized here and other scheduled courses by these speakers, see the online program.

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In a featured lecture this September at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, Lawrence E. Brecht, DDS, will speak about the importance of the surgical-prosthetic-industrial team approach in reconstruction, from the simplest examples to the most complex, including facial transplantation. He’ll discuss how the culmination of the team concept can be seen in the advances in composite tissue allograft surgery (facial transplantation) for the severest of facial deformities.

More than 150 courses and workshops will be offered at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco Sept. 6-8, and attendees are encouraged to register early to take advantage of early-bird pricing, in effect through Aug. 9, and to secure their spot at popular events. “Facial Reconstruction to Facial Transplantation: Success Through a Team Approach” by Lawrence E. Brecht, DDS, is the San Francisco convention’s featured lecture. Read about more highlights of the San Francisco convention.