New “Recession Buster” Continuing Education Courses at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

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Dental professionals may enroll in low-cost, weeknight courses in San Francisco on a variety of subjects

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry will offer a new series of “recession buster” continuing education courses this spring. Dental professionals may stretch their educational dollars by taking advantage of these lower-cost courses which are being offered on convenient weeknight hours, rather than over weekends or multiple days.

The following courses each offer 3 units of continuing education credit and cost $75 per course. All courses listed will be held in San Francisco at the Dugoni School of Dentistry.

Triple O: An Overview of the Oral Diagnostic Sciences
Thursday, March 29, 2012
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructors: William Carpenter, DDS, MS; Gurminder Sidhu, BDS, MS, DDS; and Andrew Young, DDS, MSD
Course Description: This program will offer an overview of oral pathology and oral medicine, oral radiology and orofacial pain. Our three specialists will address comprehensive head and neck exams (including oral cancer), impact of medical history on dental treatment, updates on imaging techniques (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) and diagnostic processes for diseases of the oral cavity and orofacial pain disorders. Participants interested in continuing an in-depth exploration of these topics are also encouraged to speak with Dr. Carpenter about a Triple O study club.

Endodontics Update I: Apical Biology for General Dentists and Endodontic Indications for Cone Beam CT
Thursday, April 26, 2012
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructors: Christine Peters, DMD and Ove A. Peters, DMD, MS, PhD
Course Description: This two-part program will focus on two key areas in endodontics. In the first part of the program, attendees will explore endodontic biology, from bacterial activation of the non-specific immune system to net bone loss and periapical lesion development. This lecture will refresh the memories of clinicians and provide relevant facts for daily decision-making in endodontics. The most recent research in therapeutic avenues for the future will be presented. The second part of the program will cover Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography, an attractive technology enhancing diagnostics both in non-surgical and surgical endodontics

Endodontics Update II: Root Canal Preparation and Retreatment Options in Endodontics
Thursday, May 3, 2012
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructors: Christine Peters, DMD and Ove A. Peters, DMD, MS, PhD
Course Description: The second endodontics program will include a comprehensive update on currently available root canal preparation instruments and technique, including continuously rotating root canal instruments made from nickel titanium and other new developments. The presentation will explain the reasons for rotary instrument fracture and investigate how the new technologies help clinicians avoid undesirable outcomes. Additionally, the program will address retreatment options. It is a clinical reality that root canal treatments fail in certain, albeit low, percentages. This course reviews known etiologies and will give specifics for decision making, as well as practical details for the “how” to retreat a root canal.

Dental Care for Radiation/Chemotherapy Patients
Thursday, May 17, 2012
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructors: Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA and Paul Subar, DDS, EdD
Course Description: How do you provide the best dental care for your patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy? It is estimated that between 2007 and 2009, it’s estimated that more than 25,000 patients diagnosed with cancer in the greater Bay Area underwent radiotherapy and more than 26,000 underwent chemotherapy. This course will explore the clinical implications of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and combined therapy that may also include surgery and long-term effects that treatment has on oral health. We will use actual cases to discuss dental care before, during and after your patients’ radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

For additional course details, registration information, fees and registration deadlines, visit, call 415.929.6486 or email cedental(at)pacific(dot)edu.

One of the nation’s premier dental schools, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has served the Bay Area community since 1896. The School of Dentistry is committed to excellence in student-centered education, patient care and research. Its clinics, located in San Francisco, Union City and Stockton, offer quality, affordable dental services to children and adults throughout Northern California.


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