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Recognition and Management of Pemphigus Vulgaris for the Dental Provider
Member Price: $0.00
CE Credit(s): 1.5
Retail Price: $0.00
Course Created on: 12/04/2019

Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is a chronic, blistering disorder that affects approximately 30,000 individuals in the United States.

In almost 80% of cases, the first sign of disease is oral blistering, so dentists often play a key role in the referral of patients. In nearly half of patients, lesions spread, with nasal and/or laryngeal involvement. Blistering of the skin may occur on any part of the body and is often accompanied by burning, pain, itching, or stinging, with a significant adverse impact on quality of life and mental health.

Dental providers must work closely with rheumatologists and dermatologists to recognize and differentially diagnose patients with PV. In this activity, the central role of the dental provider in coordinating multidisciplinary care of patients with PV will be addressed, as well as the clinical symptomology and current treatment paradigms of PV.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the clinical symptomology of PV as well as the impact of disease on patient quality of life.
  • Review strategies for the timely identification and referral of patients with suspected PV.
  • Review current treatment paradigms for patients with PV.
  • Evaluate effective approaches for the multidisciplinary care of patients with PV.


This course is sponsored by Vindico Medical Education.


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Oral Health Topics: Aging and Dental Health
Member Price: $5.00
CE Credit(s): 1
Retail Price: $40.00
Course Created on: 05/25/2018

Key Points

  • The demographic of older adults (i.e., 65 years of age and older) is growing and likely will be an increasingly large part of dental practice in the coming years.
  • Although better than in years past, the typical aging patient’s baseline health state can be complicated by comorbid conditions (e.g., hypertension, diabetes mellitus) and physiologic changes associated with aging.
  • Older adults may regularly use several prescription and/or over-the-counter medications, making them more vulnerable to medication errors, drug interactions or adverse drug reactions.
  • Potential physical, sensory, and cognitive impairments associated with aging may make home oral health care and patient education/communications challenging.
  • Dental conditions associated with aging include dry mouth (xerostomia), root and coronal caries, and periodontitis; patients may show increased sensitivity to drugs used in dentistry, including local anesthetics and analgesics.
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Minimally Invasive Exodontia Techniques
Author(s): Dr. John Alonge
Member Price: $49.00
CE Credit(s): 1
Retail Price: $69.00
Course Created on: 10/05/2017

Dr. Alonge will guide you through exercises that teach you to become more proficient with surgical instrumentation, routine and surgical exodontia, third molar extractions, and socket preservation grafting. You will return to your office with new skills that will allow you to perform your surgical procedures with greater efficiency and predictability.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Utilize specialty anatomic forceps, surgical burs, handpieces and elevators for efficient surgery
  2. Achieve proper positioning to accomplish proficient routine and surgical dentoalveolar procedures
  3. Perform alternative incision and flap designs to remove mandibular third molars
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Putting the ADA Caries Classification System to Work in Your Practice
Member Price: $49.00
CE Credit(s): 1
Retail Price: $69.00
Course Created on: 11/03/2016

The most common sign of dental caries disease is the caries lesion. It derives from an imbalance in the dynamic demineralization and remineralization process resulting in a net loss of mineral over time. A system that categorizes the location, site of origin, extent, and when possible, activity level of caries lesions consistently over time can be used to determine which clinical treatments and therapeutic interventions are most appropriate to control and treat these lesions. The ADA Caries Classification System (CCS) offers clinicians an approach to capture the spectrum of caries disease presentations ranging from clinically unaffected (sound) tooth structure through noncavitated initial lesions to extensively cavitated advanced lesions. The ADA CCS supports the range of clinical management options needed to treat both noncavitated and cavitated caries lesions. This course will provide clinicians with guidance about how to operationalize the ADA CCS and insight about how it can improve the clinical management of patient caries lesions.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe risk factors for and the prevalence of dental caries
  2. Differentiate levels of caries lesions
  • Discuss the application of the ADA Caries Classifications System to clinical practice
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    Diabetes Mellitus and the Dental Professional
    Author(s): Dr. Jerry Brown
    Member Price: $98.00
    CE Credit(s): 2
    Retail Price: $138.00
    Course Created on: 05/01/2016

    Updated in 2018

    Diabetes Mellitus affects over 29 million Americans and it is likely that dental offices are treating these patients on a daily basis. This presentation will summarize the evidence-based relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes mellitus and will identify the special considerations involved in treating this subset of our patient population. Preparation of oral healthcare providers to have a positive impact on this healthcare crisis will be provided along with an outline for enhanced collaboration with members of the other healthcare professions. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Define, and describe signs and symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus.
    2. Identify risk factors and systemic complications of diabetes.
    3. Discuss oral complications and management considerations for the dental patient with diabetes.
    4. Demonstrate oral diseases/conditions related to diabetes.
    5. Discuss strategies for Oral Healthcare Professionals to assess patient’s self-reported risk factors, and specific intraoral markers as part of a reliable screening protocol that helps identify potential pre-diabetics/diabetics for appropriate physician referral.
    6. Embrace the dental office setting as a front-line interceptor of the diabetes epidemic.


    The number of people living with diabetes will increase significantly in the future. The complications associated with diabetes can be directly linked to the level of glycemic control achieved. Dental professionals have an important role to play in the recognition, identification and management of the diabetic patient. Medical and dental professionals must work together to achieve the best results for people with diabetes and the community.


    1. Introduction
      1. Types of Diabetes
        1. Pre-diabetes
        2. Type 2
        3. Type1
      2. Systemic Complications of Diabetes
    2. Diabetes & Periodontal Disease
      1. Impact
      2. Increased risks
    3. Diabetic Patients In The Dental Office
      1. Potential Diabetic Office Emergencies
      2. Clinical Implications Of Treating PWD
      3. Dentist’s Role
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    Bonding and Cementation
    Member Price: $49.00
    CE Credit(s): 1
    Retail Price: $69.00
    Course Created on: 04/22/2015

    Bonding and cementation materials and techniques are constantly evolving. It is a challenge of every practice to differentiate between the products on the market, and know which to choose to ensure predictable results.  This program will present the history and current science behind dentin adhesives, bonding systems and cementation. The lecture will compare total etch to self etch techniques and distinguish the risks and benefits of each. The presentation will detail a systematic approach to evaluating the different generations of dentin adhesives, and compare the clinical and research data of each.  This lecture will clarify how to decrease post-operative sensitivity and increase the success of your adhesive dentistry.


    Learning Objectives:

    1. Dentin adhesives, materials and application
    2. Bonding materials
    3. Cementation materials
    4. Light and dual cure bonding technique
    5. Cementation technique
    6. Isolation
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    Occlusal Appliances in Restorative Practice
    Member Price: $49.00
    CE Credit(s): 1
    Retail Price: $69.00
    Course Created on: 04/22/2015

    Appliance therapy is a valuable diagnostic, therapeutic and patient management tool for use in the restorative dental practice. Bite splints are used routinely as part of a treatment protocol for patients who are experiencing facial pain, but they are also an invaluable procedure to create predictable restorative results. Appliance therapy begins with evaluating the joints, muscles and dentition for stability. The presentation will cover the steps in evaluation and diagnosis, and create clarity on which of the different appliance designs are the most beneficial based on individual patient findings. This process also allows us to help our patients develop a greater understanding of their dental needs so they will reach out and ask us for the solutions.


    Learning Objectives:

    1. Recognize the six common designs of appliances
  • Determine which appliance design to use when
  • Analyze bite splint treatment protocols
  • Review making and using a temporary appliance
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    Evidence-Based Dentistry: The Basics
    Author(s): Dr. Elliot Abt
    Member Price: $49.00
    CE Credit(s): 1
    Retail Price: $69.00
    Course Created on: 10/16/2013

    This course focuses on specific and easy-to-understand steps for understanding the scientific evidence and how it can be used in practice.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Articulate differences between EBD and traditional approaches to making clinical decisions
    2. Explain how EBD incorporates research evidence, along with clinical expertise and patient preferences
    3. Identify role of research design
    4. Describe levels of evidence in science and practice
    5. Understand biases and limitations associated with published research
    6. Gain a basic understanding of statistics terminology



    Evidence-based dentistry (EBD) is based on three important domains: the best available scientific evidence, a dentist's clinical skill and judgment, and each individual patient's needs and preferences. This course focuses on how EBD differs from a traditional approach to making clinical decisions, explains how EBD incorporates evidence with clinical expertise and patient preferences, and covers the basics of research design, levels of evidence, statistical concepts and the limitations of published research.


    1. Introduction
    2. Evidence Based Dentistry
    3. Traditional Decision-Making approach
    4. Clinical Examples (1-3)
    5. Evidence Based Dentistry as a 5-step process
    6. The Evidence Pyramid and how it can be used through EBD in dental practice
    7. Research designs
    8. Interventional Designs
    9. Observational Designs
    10. Narrative Review
    11. Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis 
    12. Critical Summaries and EB Treatment
    13. Recommendations
    14. Basic Statistics: P<.05, confidence intervals, null hypothesis, forest plots
    15. Why is published research so sensitive to bias?
    16. Summary of covered topics
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    HPV Infection, Risk Factors, and HPV-Related Oropharyngeal Cancer 
    Member Price: $49.00
    CE Credit(s): 1
    Retail Price: $69.00
    Course Created on: 05/01/2009

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) now causes the majority of oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer in the U.S. The incidence of these HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers has increased substantially over the past 15 years. Common questions and answers about HPV transmission and HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer will be discussed. Risk factors for oral HPV infection, including the role of oral sex will be reviewed. New data will be discussed that helps to explain why oral HPV infection and HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers are more common in men than women. We will review what is known about oral HPV infection, natural history, and trends in HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Ensure members are up-to-date about a relatively new risk factor for oral cancer
    2. Address a knowledge gap on oropharyngeal cancer
    3. Position members as leaders in this area of oral medicine


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