Dental Hygiene Club

ELITE DENTAL HYGIENE CLUB EVENTS

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Sept 21 | Susan Wingrove, RDH: Implant Maintenance and Home-Care

Titanium and Ceramic Implant Maintenance and Home-Care

Virtual Program
Speaker: Susan Wingrove, RDH Wingrove
Tuesday, September 21
6 - 7 pm

As dental professionals, we face challenges to assess, maintain and recommend home-care for dental implant patients. This course will reveal answers to the challenges of providing safe, effective implant maintenance, and peri-implantitis treatment.

End the confusion with a comprehensive system for ceramic and titanium implant assessment, instrumentation, monitoring, and home-care recommendations. This is based on Susan’s textbook; Peri-Implant Therapy for the Dental Hygienist: Clinical Guide to Maintenance and Disease Complications.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Understand the current research on ceramic and titanium implant protocols, tools and treatments for peri-implant therapy.
• Provide safe implant assessment, maintenance and home-care recommendations for all forms of dental implants and implant-borne restorations/prostheses.
• Understand peri-implantitis and its prevention and treatments.

Nov 9 | Katrina Sanders, RDH: Cracking Periodontal Codes with Class — Diagnostic Decisions

Cracking Periodontal Codes with Class — Diagnostic Decisions

SandersVirtual Program
Speaker: Katrina Sanders, RDH 
Tuesday, November 9
6 - 7 PM

Failure to diagnose periodontal disease is consistently a top complaint filed with state dental boards. The first step in treating and managing a patient’s care (with maximum insurance reimbursement) is diagnosing disease accurately, ethically and comprehensively.

As diagnostics continually evolve, dental providers are encouraged to put down the scaler and pick up the probe. Active and appropriate diagnosis leads to comprehensive and effective therapy. This course walks the dental provider through the nine classifications of health and disease as established by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), as well as effective clinical decision-making in the management of each diagnosis. The struggle for appropriate diagnostics to maximize insurance coverage remains a common stress in the dental office.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Understand clinical parameters involved in distinguishing periodontal classifications, including contrasting terms of gingival disease and periodontitis.
• Discuss the paradigm shift within the nonsurgical approach to periodontal therapy.
• List, describe and differentiate the various periodontal diseases.
• Analyze effective protocols for implementing diagnostic, preventive and periodontal codes.

Feb 16 | Dr. Lauralee Nygaard: Treatment Planning Workshop for Hygienists

A Treatment Planning Workshop for Hygienists—Their Role in Oral Rehabilitation

NygaardIn-Person Program
Speaker: Dr. Lauralee Nygaard - Virtual Presentation
Wednesday, February 16
5:30 pm: Dinner 
6 pm: Program Starts

Dental hygienists play an important role on dental teams in building relationships with patients. Those relationships establish trust and provide opportunities to educate, encourage and motivate the behavioral changes necessary to assist patients to achieve optimal oral health. To best educate and inform, it is important for hygienists to have knowledge of medical history, periodontal treatment, periodontal recall, restorative options for occlusal rehabilitation, and informed consent for tooth replacement.

This case will provide an opportunity to brainstorm what treatment possibilities could restore periodontal health, provide chewing function, improve the patient’s smile, and create a recall plan for long-term oral health success. Dr Nygaard will share the completed treatment and the impact on the patient as an example of the life-changing dentistry our SSC dental teams create every day!

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Outline clinical parameters that dictate non-surgical versus surgical periodontal therapy.
• Motivate patients to continue in recall for the long haul to achieve oral systemic health and reconstructive success.

April 13 | Karen Davis, RDH: The Magic of GBT for Upsetting the Underworld of Biofilms

The Magic of GBT for Upsetting the Underworld of Biofilms

Davis Virtual Program
Speaker: Karen Davis, RDH 
Wednesday, April 13
6 - 7 pm

Guided biofilm therapy (GBT) is terminology that describes a strategic plan for upsetting the underworld of biofilms in the oral cavity. This novel approach to biofilm removal incorporates innovative air polishing powder, devices and strategies focused on ergonomics, effectiveness and efficiency.

GBT requires a shift in traditional technologies and methods for managing biofilm, but the patient and clinician both benefit from an easy, gentle and effective method of biofilm removal from implants, exposed root surfaces, delicate restorative materials, and deep periodontal pockets. This course explores compelling science and benefits surrounding the magic of GBT for preventing and treating biofilm infections in the oral cavity.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Interpret evidence surrounding pathogenic biofilm as a direct and indirect promoter of diseases inside and outside the oral cavity.
• Identify shifts in paradigms and protocols necessary to provide GBT to patients.

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