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A Clinical Report on Chairside Whitening
AGD Subject Code(s): 017 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Lynn A. Jones, DDS, BS, RDH, Christopher Moon, BA, CDA
14668

Patients continue to desire whiter teeth and demand for tooth whitening continues to grow. Options available include in-office tooth whitening with or without a lamp, office-dispensed home-use products, and a variety of over-the-counter products. In addition to being a procedure that patients want, tooth whitening is a great practice builder. Patients should be carefully assessed before starting a tooth whitening treatment; this includes examinations for erosion, caries, abrasion and defective restorations. The type of stain and its cause must be determined in order to make a determination of the likely success and speed of tooth whitening. Educating patients on their options, what is involved in a tooth whitening procedure, management of potential sensitivity, and what they will need to do are important components in the decision to whiten teeth and the likelihood of patient compliance and success. With good case selection, tooth whitening is straightforward, effective and a welcome adjunctive treatment.

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Biofilm Removal With Air Polishing & Subgingival Air Polishing
AGD Subject Code(s): 509 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Karen Davis, RDH, BSDH, RDHMP
15162

Supragingival air polishing is not new in the armamentarium of technology designed to remove soft deposits, stain and polish enamel; however, subgingival air polishing to remove biofilm in periodontal pockets is an emerging technology with clinical data proving its safety and efficacy to support use in treatment of periodontal diseases and peri-implant diseases. Unique nozzle designs and powders support the use of polishing under a variety of clinical conditions.

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Dental Adhesives for Direct Placement Composite Restorations: An Update
AGD Subject Code(s): 253 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Howard E. Strassler, DMD, FADM, FAGD, FACD, Michael Mann, DDS
14646

Dental adhesives used to bond composite resins to tooth structure have evolved over the last several decades. The earliest bonding systems required an acid-etch technique and were only compatible with enamel, and the challenge has always been to predictably bond to enamel and dentin simultaneously. There can be confusion as to what bonding agents are being described, because there are a number of different labeling categories. With a simplified, logical category description the clinician is better able to understand what each bonding agent is and how it is used. Bonding systems can in fact be differentiated into two distinct classes: etch-and-rinse and self-etch. Both classes of bonding systems work well as long as one understands which to use for different treatment conditions. There is no one universal bonding system that does it all, but recent advances in the chemistries of these adhesives allow many of them to be bonded to all intraoral substrates – to enamel; to dentin; and to all types of dental resins, ceramics and metals. The key to success is to provide your patients with materials and techniques that you can reproduce to achieve the best, longest-lasting clinical results.

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Esthetic Anterior Composite Restorations
AGD Subject Code(s): 253 CE credits: 3 Cost: $59.00
Faculty: Jeff T. Blank, DMD, PA
14647

When compared to their ancestors, composite restorative materials possess superior physical properties, come in a full range of vital shades and opacities, and polish to a gloss-like luster. Many of these materials are considered universal, suitable for both posterior restorative and esthetic anterior applications. Several factors have contributed to current trends in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. The latest advances in adhesive and restorative materials have led to the ability to use less invasive treatment modalities to yield highly esthetic and durable restorations, and the combination of minimally invasive techniques and modern biomimetic restorative materials has proven to be the state-of-the-art solution for practitioners and patients. Whereas early brands of composite offered only “body” shades based on the Vita shade guide and appeared dull and dense, contemporary materials offer an expanded range of shades and varying opacities designed specifically for layering of direct restorations. Recognizing the distinction in thickness, color and morphology of natural dentin and enamel, it is necessary to replicate these histological tissues in composite restorations. This requires the use of composite formulations that are optically similar to each layer, and sculpting these materials replicates the morphology of each in the area being restored.

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Material Selection for Direct Posterior Restoratives
AGD Subject Code(s): 253 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: John O. Burgess, DDS, MS, Deniz Cakir, DDS, MS
14505

The posterior restorative material of choice depends on the individual clinical situation and patient. Amalgam has a long history of use and clinical success. Esthetic restorations are increasingly in demand, and include glass ionomers, compomers and composite resins. Fluoride release is a desirable attribute in a restorative material, as are wear resistance, low polymerization shrinkage and low polymerization stress. Recently, technologies have been incorporated into composite resins that lower polymerization shrinkage and stress.

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Perspectives on Endodontic Therapy and Instrumentation
CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: John C. Comisi, DDS, MAGD
14651

Endodontic treatment has as its overall goal the long-term retention and restoration of the endodontically treated tooth, including an absence of periapical infection. For this to be achieved, a number of steps and a careful technique are required during instrumentation and irrigation for cleansing and shaping of the canals, and during root canal obturation. Over time, root canal instrumentation options developed to include NiTi reamers and files, Gates Glidden drills, and other designs for manual and rotary use. Instrumentation options and techniques for obturation also increased to include traditional lateral and vertical cold condensation techniques, as well as techniques utilizing carriers and new materials. Regardless of which combination of instrumentation and techniques is used, successful endodontic therapy relies on a number of sequential steps that must be thoroughly carried out.

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Sleep Apnea for Dentists: An Overview of Signs, Symptoms, Consequences, and Treatment
AGD Subject Code(s): 160 CE credits: 2 Cost: $49.00
Faculty: Robb Heinrich, DDS
15201

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a stoppage or partial stoppage of air flow during sleep has been gaining more attention as a Sleep Related Breathing Disorder. This treatable syndrome has many associated co-morbidities that can have severely detrimental effects on a person’s well being and general health. It has been estimated that 20% or more of the population suffers from some level of OSA, many of those are undiagnosed or unaware of their issue. Though a diagnosis must be made by a medical doctor, the dental community can be a first line of defense to screen and even treat many of these people with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). OAT has become a popular alternative for treating OSA for those intolerant to the traditional Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This course will give dental professionals a high level overview of obstructive sleep apnea, consequences and treatment options including oral appliance therapy and how the clinicians can become involved in the treatment of OSA.

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