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Upcoming Winter Continuing Education Courses Offer Hands-On Workshops

November  07, 2013

The upcoming course schedule from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Division of Continuing Dental Education offers dental professionals a variety of learning opportunities to ensure their skills and knowledge are up to date.

The following continuing education opportunities are now enrolling. Dental professionals may register online at or call the division at 415.929.6486. Current dues-paying members of the school's Alumni Association receive a 10% registration discount on most courses.  All programs will take place at the Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.

Lasers for Hard and Soft Tissues: A Hands-On Workshop
Friday, November 8 - Saturday, November 9, 2013; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The use of lasers for specific procedures found in everyday general practice will be highlighted. The first day will detail laser use in the following subject matters:  non-surgical, surgical and regenerative periodontal therapy; surgical and restorative implantology; fixed and removable prosthetics; oral medicine, oral surgery and oral pathology; pediatric and adolescent operative dentistry; endodontics; pediatric dentistry and orthodontics; aesthetic dentistry; and practice management/marketing. The second day of the workshop will give each participant hands-on experience with the various wavelengths by performing surgical procedures on in-vitro models. Real time videos of routine laser procedures will be part of the in-depth discussion of specific instrument settings and techniques for laser surgical procedures. This course fulfills part of the requirements for a Standard Proficiency Certification from the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

Speaker: Robert A. Convissar, DDS
Tuition: $595 (limited to 25 participants; includes continental breakfast); Deposit: $200 (non-refundable)
Credits: This activity is designated for 12 units of continuing education credit.

Impressions for the Digital Age: A Hands-On Workshop
Saturday, November 16, 2013; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Technology is changing dentistry. Practitioners face many options for systems that can improve care for their patients and workflow in their offices. This hands-on workshop will review the various systems for taking digital impressions, including Cadent iTero, Cerec Omnicam, Lava COS and 3Shape Scanners. You will learn the advantages and disadvantages of each system from practicing faculty-clinicians, as well as tips for successful digital impressions. Each participant will be given hands-on experience taking digital impressions so they can compare features and determine which one best fits their practice.

Speakers: Marc J. Geissberger, DDS, MA; Bina Surti, DDS
Tuition: $395 Dentists; $325 Allied Dental Professionals (includes continental breakfast); Deposit: $130 (non-refundable)
Credits: This activity is designated for 7 units of continuing education credit.

Evidence-Based Implant Treatment Planning for Practitioners
Saturday, November 23, 2013; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Implant restoration of the partially and completely edentulous patient has become increasingly prevalent. However, despite relatively high implant survival rates, patients are not always completely satisfied with the result. This presentation will review evidence-based, differential implant treatment planning in order to address clinician- and patient-based concerns. The benefit/risk calculus of alternative prosthetic designs, including conventional rehabilitation, will serve as a basis for a comprehensive informed consent for the patient and will offer a more predictable algorithm for the practitioner. The importance of a team approach will be emphasized.

Speaker: Steven Sadowsky, DDS
Tuition: $245 Dentists; $185 Allied Dental Professionals (includes continental breakfast)
Credits: This activity is designated for 7 units of continuing education credit.

Don't Just Inject, Add Some Finesse: Local Anesthesia Workshop
Saturday, December 7, 2013; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This hands-on program will focus on helping improve the anesthesia experience for both the professional and the patient. We will review basic and advanced injection techniques, discuss various anesthesia products that are available to dental professionals and have the opportunity for hands-on clinical participation. You should expect to return to practice with greater confidence in your ability to deliver comfortable and efficient local anesthetic injections, an increased appreciation for the causes of local anesthesia failures and the knowledge to overcome these failures, and a greater sense of ease in recognizing and managing unexpected side effects and complications of local anesthetic injections. This will reduce the anxiety level of the practitioner and bring the practice another step closer to pain-free dentistry for the patient.

Speakers: Alan W. Budenz, MS, DDS, MBA; Bernadette Alvear Fa, DDS
Tuition: $425 (limited to 24 participants; includes continental breakfast); Deposit: $145 (non-refundable)
Credits: This activity is designated for 7 units of continuing education credit.

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