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Chronic Periodontitis: Treatment Options
CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Christine Karapetian
14546

A risk assessment and diagnosis of periodontal disease is made following thorough history taking and a full clinical examination. Once a diagnosis of chronic periodontitis has been made, treatment planning can occur. The treatment of chronic periodontitis involves initial therapy followed by periodontal maintenance, and a re-evaluation. At the time of the reevaluation, depending on the patients current status further treatment may be required. This can include nonsurgical periodontal therapy, surgical therapy and the use of chemotherapeutic agents.

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Communicating Periodontal Protocols & Implementing Patient Behavioral Modification
AGD Subject Code(s): 557 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Janet R. Hagerman, RDH BS
14867

This course addresses the challenge of communicating periodontal disease protocols to patients in a manner that maximizes patient compliance and reduces patient overwhelm and resistance. Current scientific research continues to reinforce periodontal and systemic disease connections. Communicating this information to dental patients can be life changing and indeed life saving. It is therefore imperative that dental health care professionals convey this information to patients, and do it in a compelling manner that makes patients want the treatment they need.
Additionally, main stream media & social media report their versions of oral systemic health issues to our patients daily. Today’s patients are better educated and have higher expectations than ever before. It is crucial that oral health care professionals present themselves as reliable experts and patient advocates. Older models of patient education which involve a lot of “telling” are no longer effective. Health care professionals today must know how to create rapport quickly, ask appropriate questions, listen carefully, discover patients’ values, and relate them to customized treatment plans. This is accomplished through focused communication, as outlined in this course.
This course teaches a communication plan that will create success for oral health care professionals and their patients, implementing protocols that diminish overwhelm and encourage trusting relationships to help patients accept and embrace presented periodontal treatments.

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Dental Implant Complications: Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment
AGD Subject Code(s): 690 CE credits: 22 Cost: $100.00
Faculty: Stuart J. Froum, DDS
14204
This CE course is based on the content of the book "Dental Implant Complications: Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment" edited by Dr. Stuart J. Froum D.D.S., P.C.
To complete this program you must first read the book. If you have read the book and would like to claim CE credits (22 ADA CERP credits) you must complete the examination questions which are provided by ineedce.com.
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Emerging Concepts in Periodontitis and Overall Health
AGD Subject Code(s): 024, 490 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Dianne Glasscoe Watterson, RDH, BS, MBA
14871

This course examines the evidence surrounding various systemic diseases and their interrelation with periodontitis. The course begins with a historical view of the focal theory of infection. Next, the seven study designs and the strength of evidence with each design are discussed. The reader is given some guidelines to use when evaluating studies. Finally, these systemic diseases and their association to periodontitis are discussed: cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, respiratory disease, pregnancy factors, prostate cancer treatment, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and head and neck cancer.

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Enhancing the Esthetic Outcome of Implant Restorations with Socket Preservation (webinar)
AGD Subject Code(s): 691, 692 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Scott Froum, DDS, Chris Salierno, DDS
14460

Poor extraction site management can lead to future esthetic and functional prosthetic complications. On the other hand, preservation of bone volume and soft tissue height at the time of tooth extraction can help make possible prosthetically-driven implant placement and attainment of functional and esthetic restorative goals. Proper management of extraction sites at the time of tooth extraction may also can reduce or eliminate the future need for advanced ridge augmentation procedures prior to implant placement.

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Inculpatory Evidence: Periodontal Disease Assessment and Treatment Is an Essential Element in Cardiovascular Wellness Programs
AGD Subject Code(s): 018 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Thomas W. Nabors, DDS, FACD, Bradley F. Bale, MD, Amy L. Doneen, MSN, ARNP
14881
The premature morbidity and mortality of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is claiming the lives and independence of millions of Americans. The key to CVD prevention is to determine if an atheroma is present in the vascular tree and minimize any opportunity for thrombus development through rupture or erosion. This is accomplished by mitigating the risk of any vascular inflammation, including the systemic impact of periodontal disease (PD). Evidence supports inflammation as a key player in the development and progression of atherosclerosis. In addition, inflammation is involved in destabilizing the plaque and in promoting thrombosis. A meta-analysis from the AHA Journal reviewed the prevalence and incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) as being significantly increased in subjects with periodontitis and confirmed an independent association between PD and CVD with Level A evidence. Current genetic research indicates that inflammation appears to be causal for CVD, which intensifies the importance on the oral-systemic inflammatory link. Proving direct causality between oral health and vascular events proves challenging due to lack of uniformity in clinical diagnostic criteria and clinical treatment guidelines
for PD. Unequivocal evidence of causality is not necessary to address PD in efforts to minimize cardiovascular (CV) risk. Any modifiable CV risk factor should be addressed in a holistic approach
to lessen the impact of CVD. The plethora of evidence supporting the systemic inflammatory link with PD along with its independent association with CAD makes it imperative that efforts to enhance cardiovascular wellness incorporate PD evaluations and therapies., Guidelines should call for the assessment
and treatment of PD not only for the patient’s oral health, but also as one of many comprehensive measures that may help maintain CV health.

 

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Innovations in Air Polishing: Procedural Solutions for Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Kimberly Miller, RDH, BSDH, RDHMP
15084

Clinicians must consider esthetic, therapeutic, and patient goals to design a comprehensive treatment plan which meets individual patient needs. The goal of this course is to provide practical and scientific information on air polishing, both supra and subgingival techniques, for advanced clinical therapy. The basic tenants of air polishing will be discussed in addition to innovative technologies for equipment, nozzle design, and powders.

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Medical Manifestations of Periodontal Disease: Perio Systemic Updates
CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS
14681

This course describes the impact dental professionals have beyond the oral cavity through a discussion of novel concepts of periodontal disease. Topics covered include: bacterial invasion of the gingiva, gingivitis details, oral-systemic connections, risk factors, periodontal maintenance, total inflammatory burden, and providing individualized periodontal care through bacterial DNA testing.

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Saliva and the Clinical Laboratory: A Data Driven Model for Periodontics and Implant Dentistry
AGD Subject Code(s): 013 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Thomas W. Nabors, DDS, FACD
14880

 Periodontitis is a disease that is more serious from a health perspective than previously known. Peri-implant diseases are prevalent: They not only present risk for implant failure but may also present systemic risk. The doctor’s ability to determine an accurate diagnosis for both of these diseases is critical. Ideally, the diagnostic capacity should be able to accomplish five important goals:

• To determine if the risk for disease is present in any given patient

• To determine if this risk is high or low in each patient

• To determine if actual disease is present at any level of disease (early, moderate, or late stages)

• To define which treatment is most advisable for the specific patient.

• To determine if co-management is appropriate for each patient.

Historically, oral medicine (dentists) has utilized a model that can only identify disease after it has become clinically apparent by the loss of or damage to anatomical structures. (BOP, pocket depth, radiographic images, etc.) While this legacy model can determine a history of past disease, it does not fill any specific goal of an ideal diagnostic model for the two diseases in question. Today, clinical lab tests that utilize saliva provide information for accomplishing the important goals of diagnosis, risk assessment, treatment planning, and monitoring for periodontal and peri-implant diseases.
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Salivary Diagnostics: How it is changing our approach to diagnosis, risk assessment, and treatment of periodontal disease
AGD Subject Code(s): 013, 735 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Heidi Arndt, RDH, BSDH, Herb Bader, DDS, FACD, FICD
14997

The incidence of periodontal disease is far greater than we have been led to believe, according to the latest CDC NHANES survey, yet dental offices are submitting relatively few claims for periodontal procedures. The disconnect may stem from the fact that so many practices are “treating” disease with prophylaxes instead of definitively diagnosing. Until relatively recently we depended on simply probing for clinical data, but we now have the ability to accurately determine the causative pathogens with a simple salivary test. This allows the clinician and the patient to understand the underlying causes of the clinical changes, and then provide definitive therapy for management. The discussion will cover the implications of the dental clinician forging a closer link to medical colleagues by using pathogen and genetic predisposition testing in a medical model, so as to allow for more targeted, personalized therapy.

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The Systemic Effect of Periodontal Therapy on the Management of Diabetes and Heart Disease: A Review of Recent Studies
AGD Subject Code(s): 149 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Thomas W. Nabors, DDS, FACD
15028

Dentists are routinely presented with patients that have Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Among these patients, the potential health benefit of diagnosing and treating chronic inflammatory periodontal disease may be uncertain. This article reviews studies over the last decade to help understand the potential effect of periodontal therapy among these two patient groups. While there are many factors involved outside the realm of oral health and our understanding of cause and effect, these studies reveal that the dental professional’s role in systemic health care management is significant. Based on these studies, the management of chronic periodontal disease in specific chronically diseased patients appears to have a significant health benefit: plus an additional benefit in the reduction of over-all medical expenditures.

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