Spring into Learning with New CDE Courses

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Spring into Learning with New CDE Courses

New courses offer live, interactive webinars with new speakers

The Continuing Dental Education (CDE) division at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has rolled out its spring course schedule featuring live webinars and new speakers from Texas, Massachusetts, California and British Columbia. Considered as equivalent to in-person, live courses by the Dental Board of California, these interactive CE webinars enable you to participate in distance learning from anywhere in the country.

Dues-paying members of the Alumni Association receive 15% off regular tuition for most CDE-sponsored programs; recent graduates of Dugoni School of Dentistry (Class of 2015-2020) receive a 20% discount off regular tuition. These offers cannot be combined with other CDE discounts. To obtain your alumni discount code, please email

For more information about the course offerings, click on the program titles below.

Live Webinar: Update on Pediatric Dental Traumatology: The Biologic Basis of Contemporary Management

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Presenter: Priyanshi Ritwik, BDS, MS

This course will provide a case-based framework to triage and successfully manage the care necessary to optimize outcomes for young children and adolescents. Dr. Ritwik will also provide the biologic basis and clinical technique for reparative (regenerative) endodontic procedures applicable to immature necrotic permanent teeth. The intricacies of diagnosis, classification and treatment/management will be highlighted through cases with clinical images and radiographs. Audience participation will be encouraged during this interactive webinar.

Live Webinar: Re-imagining the Future of Orthodontics with Clear Aligner Technique

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Pacific time)
Presenter: Sandra Tai, BDS, MS

This presentation will cover the differences in biomechanics between how fixed appliances and clear aligners move teeth. Dr. Tai will offer a perspective on how to evaluate different clear aligner systems and to select a product based on the components of the system and the type of tooth movements required. Dr. Tai will also provide an overview of clear aligner treatment, including aligner innovations available to treat deep bite, open bite, Class II and premolar extraction cases with excellent clinical outcomes.

Live Webinar: Not Your Typical Toothache

Saturday, May 22, 2021, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon (Pacific time)
Presenter: Rebekah Lucier Pryles, DMD; Brooke Blicher, DMD

This lecture course will prepare you with the evidence and skills necessary to diagnose and manage complicated endodontic disease. Clinicians will differentiate the heterogeneous group of entities that make up resorptive pathologies, including those without a pulpal source. You will learn to recognize cracks and fractures, and gain an evidence-based algorithm for their diagnosis and management. The presenters will also discuss the diagnosis and management of periodontal-endodontic disease. This is the first time this course has been presented by an organization in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Live Webinar: 56th Annual Colonel Allyn D. Burke Memorial Dental Symposium

Saturday, June 26, 2021, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Pacific time)

This year’s Burke Dental Symposium will be a one-day webinar featuring two outstanding speakers.

Patients, Pills & Pathologies: Why Medical History Clues Are Critical to General Dental Treatment

Presenter: Amber D. Riley, MS, RDH 

Daily, we encounter medically compromised patients with age-related diseases such as cancer; lifestyle-associated factors such as drug use and obesity; and abnormal physical conditions that demand a sharpened focus during treatment planning, delivery of care and periodontal maintenance in general dentistry. These patients require clinicians who have competent insight into medicine and pharmacotherapies, and are capable of deducing findings from patient medical histories and are willing to collaborate with patients’ medical providers to provide optimal dental care. During this course, you will learn common medical disorders that general dentists encounter in their practice; how to recognize neurologic, behavioral and psychiatric disorders, including drug and alcohol abuse; drug interactions that are significant to dentistry; a review of basic epidemiology and pathophysiology; and accepted medical therapy and specific dental management recommendations.

Overcoming Clinical Challenges in a Restorative Dental Practice—An Evidence-Based and Pragmatic Approach

Presenter: Jeff Brucia, DDS 

Minimally invasive procedures have proven to provide predictable and long-lasting results when the best techniques are applied. During this fast-paced lecture, Dr. Brucia will use science to support the step-by-step clinical presentations of several cases. He will also introduce advanced restorative and adhesive concepts. You will learn to understand the different adhesive systems and the indications/limitations for use, considerations for complete vs. partial caries removal and diagnosis and clinical techniques for the treatment of cracked teeth.

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