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CE Showcase ASM 2017: A Practical Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Common Oral Lesions

I had a great conversation with Dr. Scott De Rossi, Dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina. Dr. De Rossi will present two sessions at ASM 2017. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager A Practical Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Common Oral Lesions This fun, informative, multimedia program will review many common oral manifestations of systemic drugs. Special attention will be paid to the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of these conditions, including bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis. May 5, 2017: 2:00 – 4:30 pm Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease: The Window to General Health The presentation will summarize known, ...

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CE Showcase ASM 2017: Orthodontic Assessment: Where There is Smoke, There is Fire!

I had a real pleasure speaking with Dr. Tim Agapas, who will be speaking at ASM 2017 in May. Tim shared some slides from his upcoming presentation and promised to come back to show us some of his very interesting cases.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights This presentation covers diagnostic information pointing to growth, occlusal and dental problems prior to becoming complicated orthodontic treatment concerns. Orthodontic and occlusal issues can usually be identified and diagnosed at an early age. If the patient and parent are informed at an appropriate age, future orthodontic treatment can usually be optimized and significant orthodontic ...

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CE Showcase ASM 2017: Staged Care: New Solutions in Treating Early Childhood Caries

Dr. Ian McConnachie, pediatric dentist in Ottawa, spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about his session at ASM 2017: Staged Care New Solution in Treating Early Childhood Caries. Highlights The new standard of care for infants and young children is initial examination by first birthday at the latest. In spite of this, many dentists do not follow this, and incidence of early childhood caries remains unacceptably high and treatment needs often require significant interventions, including general anesthesia. A new treatment algorithm will be discussed, along with specific treatment solutions which will assist the general practitioner to treat this child and enjoy doing ...

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CE Showcase: Root Canals Done Better, Faster and Safer: A Practical Course for GPs

Dr. Manor Haas, Certified Specialist in Endodontics in Toronto, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about his upcoming session at PDC 2017. Highlights Dr. Haas sessions run as follows:  Thursday, March 9, 2017: 8:30 – 11:00: Root Canals Done Better, Faster and Safer: A Practical Course for GPs Thursday, March 9, 2017: 1:30 – 4:00: Endo Workshop for GPs: Locate, Instrument and Obturate Canals Friday, March 10, 2017: 8:30 – 11:00: Endo Workshop for GPs: Locate, Instrument and Obturate Canals (repeat)      

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What happens when a gutta percha is extruded and broken beyond the apex?

Dr. Joel Fransen, Endodontist in Richmond BC, responded to a question submitted by a general dentist. Q: What happens when a gutta percha is extruded and broken beyond the apex? To share your comments, feedback or to ask a question, please email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca  

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Silver Diamine Fluoride in Caries Management

Dr. Flavia Lamberghini, Pediatric dentist in Chicago, spoke with Dr, Suham Alexander about silver diamine fluoride and its use in caries management.  Highlights Silver diamine fluoride (SDF), although not currently available in Canada, is a safe and effective topical agent which helps to arrest tooth decay in patients with high caries risk who are unable to tolerate conventional care from the very young to the elderly. It is currently being used in the United States and has been used in Japan for more than 80 years. SDF, a colourless solution with a pH of 10, is composed of silver, fluoride and ...

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A Primer on Maxillary Defects

Dr. John O’Keefe spoke with Dr. Angela Wong and Dr. Ruth Aponte Wesson, maxillofacial prosthodontists, about maxillary defects. Dr. Angela Wong, DMD, MS, FRCD(C) is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist currently in private practice in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Ruth Aponte Wesson, DDS, MS, FACP is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist and Associate Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Highlights Etiology Maxillary defects can present at birth as with cleft lip and palate or they can be acquired during life. Most acquired maxillary defects are caused by cancer, other causes include infection, trauma or other diseases. Oral cancer makes up about 3% ...

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What Should You Consider When Making an Endodontic Diagnosis?

Dr. Joel Fransen, an endodontist from B.C, recently spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the terms used in endodontic diagnosis. Highlights Without the right diagnosis, endodontic treatment cannot be successfully performed. Reviewing the basics is important to help us become the “pulp whisperers”. Each tooth should have a diagnosis of the pulp tissue and periradicular area. Additionally, the adjacent teeth should also have similar diagnoses. Tips Ensure the reception team reminds patients to bring in their current medication list. Take a thorough medical and dental history. Use appropriate dental and endodontic terminology when communicating with dental providers. Determine if the ...

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