8:00 – 8:10 am
Welcome and Introduction
Moderator: Diane Daubert, RDH, MS, PhD
8:10 – 9:00 am
Dental Implants: What You Want Your Team to Know
Russell Johnson, DDS
As dental implants have become a standard of care for tooth replacement, dental professionals are faced with patients seeking implant treatment. The increased demand for dental implants and the access to online information brings the increased need for the dental team to be aware of the details surrounding dental implants. Whether implants are placed in office or only restored, the best light is shed on the practice when any team member can explain the basics of implant design, surgery and the restorative process. This course will provide an overview of dental implants, their indications and contraindications, as well as surgical and restorative overviews that can be readily passed to the patient.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) recognize who may be an implant candidate; 2) discuss the surgical process that patients can expect to undergo to have a dental implant placed; and 3) explain the process and expectations of restoring a dental implant.
9:00 – 10:00 am
Risk Assessment When Treatment Planning With Dental Implants
Donald Curtis, DMD
What do you tell a patient that smokes and wants dental implants? Do you say no? Does it matter if they smoke a little or a lot? How do the individual and aggregate risks of patient and clinician factors impact consent, treatment planning and a patient-specific maintenance plan? Much new information has become available about risk assessment and this program will provide clinical examples of how to create value for your patients seeking dental implants.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) identify how risk assessment can be helpful in treatment planning, providing informed consent, and providing a patient-specific maintenance plan; 2) identify some of the clinician-based risks that can limit success with dental implants; and 3) discuss why a maintenance plan should be patient specific, risk-based, age-appropriate and account for the type of prosthesis being fabricated.
10:30 – 11:15 am
Three Most Common Implant Maintenance Troubles – Which Do You Want to Overcome?
Ivy Zellmer, RDH, MS
Dental implants are a popular method for tooth replacement, however complications and failures occur. Professional implant maintenance is critical. How clinicians approach implant assessment and provide implant maintenance care becomes a relevant topic. This presentation will discuss a recent UCSF study on national implant care practices, and the surprising results, and discuss methodologies to improve clinical practices so patients receive the best care possible.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) discuss key clinical aspects to achieve lifelong implant success; 2) identify critical components of the implant assessment process; and 3) apply the most modern and effective mechanical biofilm therapies for simple and complex implant prosthetic designs.
11:15 am – noon
Tips to Prevent and Treat Peri-implantitis
Diane Daubert, RDH, MS, PhD
The increased prevalence of peri-implant disease is receiving recent attention showing it is both commonplace and difficult to manage. The course will present the updates on the definition and etiology of peri-implantitis from the American Academy of Periodontology’s 2018 consensus and the latest evidence-based information on titanium material properties and peri-implant biofilm. It will provide case examples to illustrate ways to tip the scale toward peri-implant health.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) explain the definition and etiologies of peri-implant disease; 2) discuss recent literature on implant material properties and peri-implantitis; and 3) apply the most recent evidence to implant specific protocols for treatment of peri-implantitis.
Noon – 1:30 pm
Complimentary lunch in the Exhibit Hall
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Achieving Whole Mouth Health for Your Patients Through Coaching
Matilde Hernandez, DDS, MS
Behavioral modifications and stubborn minds do not change all by themselves. It takes a coach and a leader to help team members identify their strengths and weaknesses. But, it goes beyond helping the team – the team affects change in patient outcomes. If you want to help your patients more and help them improve their treatment outcomes, learn how to improve your team first. Patient outcomes are tied to team performance. Knowing your patients helps overcoming the challenge of encouraging them to be compliant with oral hygiene instructions. There is good evidence that the adoption of specific psychological interventions based on theories of health-related behavior provides superior outcomes as compared to simple educational interventions.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) recognize key character behaviors that affect treatment outcomes; 2) explain how to help others change their minds and their attitudes to have a healthy mouth; 3) engage team members without bribes or fear tactics; and 3) list the characteristics of the contemporary dental patient.
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Interpersonal Communications and Team Building
Sandra Phillips, MPA
Some people seem to have a ‘magic touch’ that enables them to become effective communicators, inspiring their patients, their team members, their friends and family. Actually, there is no magic involved. Conversely, the secret weapon is a simple skill set that can be developed by anyone who is motivated! This interactive, energizing approach to interpersonal communication skill development is aimed at improving teamwork and patient satisfaction. It is designed to provide participants with fresh insights and tangible tools to create win-win outcomes in both straightforward and difficult interpersonal settings.