Continuing Education Course Listing

christensen_webThe UMSOD Office of Continuing Education offers nearly 400 hours of continuing dental education courses each year. We are dedicated to lifelong learning and strive to provide continuing education programs that will have an immediate impact on your ability to provide excellent patient care and grow your practice.

Check this site often, as more courses are added frequently.

Have a question? Email umsodce@umaryland.edu or call 410-706-2282. We hope to see you at an upcoming course.

UMSOD Implantology Continuum Course

Implantology Continuum Course 

This two-year program is designed to impart to participants the knowledge; skill set and confidence needed to deliver one of the most highly sought services in dentistry today. Dental implants offer not just cosmetic appeal for patients but a more solid foundation for a longer-term investment in their oral health. Dental implants have become the gold standard when it comes to restoring partially and completely edentulous patients. The main purpose of this course is to help dentists and their patients benefit from everything that dental implants have to offer. By integrating comprehensive implant dentistry into their practices, participants can elevate their practices to a higher level.

For full course information, click here. Now accepting registrations for August 2024 start.  

Courses for Maryland State License Renewal

Online Courses

Online Courses (Click Here) 

  • Online Proper Pharmacologic Prescribing and Disposal for Dental Practitioners
    In partnership with the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners, the University of Maryland School of Dentistry is offering the continuing education course "Proper Pharmacologic Prescribing and Disposal for the Dental Practitioner", online. This is a two (2) hour continuing education course.

    This course is approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.

    Once you have registered and accessed the online course, no refund will be provided.
  • Online MATE Part 1 Treatment and Management of Patients with Opioid or Other Substance Use DisordersThis 2-hour course is structured as two credits towards the new eight-hour DEA requirement for any practitioner with a DEA license or new applicants for the same. The objective for this new DEA requirement, as per the DEA website, is to “promote understanding of SUDs as well as their identification, treatment, and management”.

    In December 2022, the U.S. Congress passed an omnibus spending bill that included the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act. This new law requires prescribers of controlled substances, including dentists, to complete eight hours of one-time training on safely prescribing controlled substances (Schedules II, III, IV, and/or V) in order to receive or renew their registration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

    This new requirement goes into effect on June 27, 2023.

    This new DEA requirement is only a one-time training requirement.

    This continuing dental education course is meant to aid dental practitioners in their understanding of the scope of substance use disorder, how it affects our community, and how we can make a difference in decreasing its devastating effects. 

    Outline:

    1. Describe the background of the current opioid epidemic.
    2. Describe what the DEA and FDA are doing to help decrease deaths from the opioid epidemic.
    3. List commonly abused legal and illegal medications implicated in substance use disorder.
    4. Describe the current accepted criteria for substance use disorder.
    5. Understand how to use screening tools to help identify patients who may have a substance use disorder.
    6. Describe the factors that predispose to substance use disorder.
  • Online MATE Part 2 Treatment and Management of Patients with Opioid or Other Substance Use Disorders

    This 2-hour course is structured as two credits towards the new eight-hour DEA requirement for any practitioner with a DEA license or new applicants for the same. The objective for this new DEA requirement, as per the DEA website, is to “promote understanding of SUDs as well as their identification, treatment, and management”.

    In December 2022, the U.S. Congress passed an omnibus spending bill that included the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act. This new law requires prescribers of controlled substances, including dentists, to complete eight hours of one-time training on safely prescribing controlled substances (Schedules II, III, IV, and/or V) in order to receive or renew their registration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

    This new requirement goes into effect on June 27, 2023.

    This new DEA requirement is only a one-time training requirement.

    This continuing dental education course is meant to aid dental practitioners in their understanding of the scope of substance use disorder, how it affects our community, and how we can make a difference in decreasing its devastating effects. 

    Outline:

    1. Describe the background of the current opioid epidemic.
    2. Describe what the DEA and FDA are doing to help decrease deaths from the opioid epidemic.
    3. List commonly abused legal and illegal medications implicated in substance use disorder.
    4. Describe the current accepted criteria for substance use disorder.
    5. Understand how to use screening tools to help identify patients who may have a substance use disorder.
    6. Describe the factors that predispose to substance use disorder
  • Online MATE Part 3 Drugs For Treatment of a Substance Use Disorder (Medication Access and Training Expansion Course (MATE))This 2-hour course is structured as two credits towards the new eight-hour DEA requirement for any practitioner with a DEA license or new applicants for the same. The objective for this new DEA requirement, as per the DEA website, is to “promote understanding of SUDs as well as their identification, treatment, and management”.

    This continuing dental education course focuses on equipping dental professionals with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage patients with opioids and other substance use disorders (SUDs). Participants will gain insights into the appropriate clinical use of all drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of substance disorders.

    This course is approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.

    Once you have registered and accessed the online course, no refund will be provided.
  • Online Implicit Bias
    To support clinicians and members of the oral health team in advancing health equity and promoting population-level health, this course is designed to explore how bias influences health outcomes with a specific focus on vulnerable and historically excluded populations. This course will immerse oral health professionals in an educational journey that goes beyond numbers and epidemiological data to introspection and reflection of personal biases and exploration of differences among the professional’s race, ethnicity, and cultural norms to those of patients serviced. At the end of the course, participants will be able to lead, contribute and participate in organizational practices and changes across the culture of dentistry in supporting population-level oral health outcomes and promoting oral health equity. Moreover, participants will leave the course with resources to support inclusion in their clinical practice. This course will discuss implicit bias, the effects of structural and systemic racism, and strategies to address using effective communication techniques presented in modules within the curriculum.

    This course is approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners. This is a one-time requirement.

    Once you have registered and accessed the online course, no refund will be provided.
  • Online Antibiotic Premedication and Published Recommendations

    Every decade or so since 1955 the American Heart Association (AHA) has reviewed previous recommendations relative to antibiotic premedication in patients undergoing medical or dental surgery. This course describes the latest review by the AHA published in 2021 on antibiotic premedication to prevent infective endocarditis.

    In addition, part 2 of the course describes the latest publications on the orthopedic implant patient undergoing invasive dental procedures and the published position statements from the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in prevention of prosthetic joint infection. After completing these two parts, the clinician will be up to date on the most recent published guidelines relative to both categories of patients. 

In-Office Trainings

  • Management Of the Airway and Emergencies of The Sedated Patient in Your Dental Office

    Are you and your team prepared if a medical emergency occurred during your patient’s dental procedure?

    This course will be given in the providing dentist’s office with their staff. We will come to you and bring manikins, monitors, and practice medications to simulate sedation emergencies. During this course we will use a combination of your emergency resources and equipment along with the equipment we will bring.

    This is a participatory course that will include a short didactic component, but largely focus on the management of common as well as rare events in the dental office. The participants will all have an opportunity to practice airway skills, oxygen administration, and administration of emergency drugs to the manikins during simulated emergencies.

    This training will count toward a class 1, 2, or 3 sedation and general anesthesia permit renewal, and the requirement for a course in airway and emergencies. We follow an outline of the requirements to obtain a sedation/anesthesia permit in most states.

    Our team is prepared to review either adult or pediatric emergencies. 

    Maximum registration is eight (8) participants per office. 

2024 Courses

February

  • Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning: How to Enhance Your Treatment Planning Using Digital Technology
    Interdisciplinary dental care is regaining attention in the field of dentistry as we are trending from focusing on single tooth dentistry to providing personalized dental care. The traditional process of developing an interdisciplinary treatment plan has been clearly defined for many years. However, the time-consuming communication process among the interdisciplinary team often hinders providers from offering comprehensive interdisciplinary treatment. Additionally, the cost associated with some of the steps in the conventional interdisciplinary treatment planning makes this approach less appealing to dentists. With the expansion of digital technology in dentistry, we could overcome some of these barriers. Digital dentistry helps facilitate easier communication among interdisciplinary team members as well as reducing costs associated with planning interdisciplinary care. This presentation will explore new approaches to interdisciplinary treatment planning that leverage digital technology while still adhering to conventional interdisciplinary treatment planning methods.
  • Oral inflammation and its links to oral and systemic health: Novel approaches to screening and monitoring
    We will review how oral leukocytes are key clinical biomarkers of oral inflammation, the role of an oral leukocyte count as an effective screening tool for oral inflammation similar to a white blood cell count serving as a screening tool for infection, how oral inflammation impacts the systemic immune response and the future or screening for oral inflammation in the dental setting.
  • Oral Candidiasis; misconceptions and considerations for diagnosis and treatmentOral candidiasis a common, yet misunderstood disease of the oral cavity.  Oral candidiasis is often considered at the exclusion of other more common entities.   This presentation will clarify the most common clinical patterns of oral candidiasis and present other disease entities with similar symptomology and clinical appearance.  
  • Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Artificial Intelligence in Oral Medicine & Pathology
    Part 1 of the course will cover oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) with an emphasis on etiology and pathogenesis, including a summary of the different genetic changes that lead to malignant transformation, not all of which involve tobacco and alcohol consumption. A review of the differential diagnosis of white, red, and mixed red-white lesions will be presented, along with helpful clinical clues that can be used to distinguish benign from malignant. Finally, human papillomavirus-induced OSCC and proliferative verrucous leukoplakia (PVL), a pre-malignant condition, will be discussed, as these entities are becoming more common in our patient populations.       
    Part 2 of the course will provide an introduction to the various applications of AI in the fields of Oral Medicine & Pathology and will provide an overview of limitations and ethical considerations for the currently available technologies. The audience will first be provided with several interesting oral radiology, oral medicine, and oral pathology cases and have an opportunity to compete against AI in diagnosing these cases. Part 1 of the course will help prepare the audience to challenge some of the cases.
  • What Should We Know About Peri-implant Disease? - Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies
    Peri-implant diseases lead to peri-implant bone loss, compromising implant outcomes in both function and esthetics. As a multiple-factor disease, peri-implantitis becomes a great challenge in identifying the etiologic factors and the following treatments. Several strategies have been introduced in the treatment of peri-implantitis, including non-surgical and surgical approaches. Multiple factors may affect the treatment outcomes and predictability. This presentation will include current understandings of etiology factors, treatment strategies of peri-implant diseases, and factors affecting treatment success.
  • Stop Blaming Your Patients: Lead by Example and Become a Better Communicator
    In clinical practice, we are constantly met with patients who don’t “get it”, whether their home oral hygiene behaviors never change or they resist accepting treatment. Our automatic reaction may be to blame them. But what about us? In the age of social media, the dental team is constantly faced with dispelling misinformation and false advertising. This combined with dental anxiety and existing mistrust creates constant communication barriers between patients and dental providers. Simple and concise patient education tools in the dental setting can combat these factors and potentially improve patient outcomes. Stop blaming the patient, and let’s improve our own techniques. This session will make you rethink how you engage with patients. You will learn how to revitalize patient education by applying simple concepts of readability, plain language, and communication techniques.
  • Pharmacology for Prescribing Dental Hygienists
    This course meets the educational requirements for registered dental hygienists to apply for recognition to prescribe and administer medication.
  • Update on Local Anesthesia: Newer Concepts and Clinical Dilemmas
    The presentation is designed to give dentists and hygienists who administer local anesthesia an update on some newer concepts including buffering agents, intranasal tetracaine, and long-acting injectables. The second portion of the presentation will discuss various clinical dilemmas and useful pearls that practitioners typically encounter in everyday practice.

March

  • Differential diagnosis of pre-malignant oral lesions and Early detection and prevention of oral squamous cell carcinoma: Quo Vadis”
    Oral cancer is one of the most treatable of the major cancers when discovered and treated early. Yet oral cancer (the sixth most common cancer in the world) is the only major cancer whose incidence is rising when all other cancers are declining.  Dental professionals are uniquely positioned to screen patients and detect oral cancer in its early, treatable stage. The identification of both oral cancer as well as precancerous lesions and how best to examine for and diagnose them is presented. Although the gold standard for diagnosis is a biopsy and histopathology, new diagnostic adjunctive imaging technologies, as well as developing genetic and proteomic biomarkers hold promise for earlier detection.

    This lecture provides a review and update of the topic and practical recommendations for the role of screening asymptomatic patients in the dental office; the use of adjunctive technologies for disclosing and marking lesions; and recommendations for action when suspicious lesions are found.  This lecture provides a brief review of the current state and research on early detection technologies.

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    Periodontal Plastic Surgery
    The course will focus on the topic of soft tissue augmentation and periodontal plastic surgery. It is a commonly required procedure and over-treatment, or under-treatment is always a concern. The course will discuss diagnosis, indications, expectations and will present different treatment techniques and options with advantages and disadvantages.
  • Getting Started with Digital Dentures
    This course will cover the what, the how, and the why of digital dentures with a strong focus on the ample scientific evidence and rationale for their use. Various clinical techniques will be discussed, along with material options, fabrication types and how to implement them in your practice to improve efficiency and lead to positive patient outcomes. 
  • Management of Cleft Lip and Palate - What does the dental professional need to know?
    This course will overview the assessment and management of patients with cleft lip and/or palate while focusing on the important role the dental professional has in their care.
  • GP Beware: The Grave Missteps You're Ignoring in 3rd Molar Extractions
    Dive deep into the specialized realm of 3rd molar surgery course tailored exclusively for General Practitioners (GPs). This training bridges the knowledge gap, emphasizing evidence-based techniques to enhance the practical skills of GPs in 3rd molar surgeries. Participants will learn the techniques to ensure profound local anesthesia for pain control and delve into the intricacies of designing the perfect flap for lower 3rd molars. The course also provides insights into the art of sectioning 3rd molars atraumatically ensuring tooth removal with minimal complications. Additionally, attendees will refine their suturing skills, from selecting the right materials to mastering various stitching techniques. On the administrative side, the course offers guidance on the accurate coding of third molar procedures to ensure seamless billing and minimize potential insurance disputes. By the end of this immersive training, GPs will possess the confidence and knowledge to excel in 3rd molar surgeries, ensuring precision and top-tier patient care.
  • Comprehensive Blood Glucose Management for Healthcare Providers
    This dynamic 6-hour continuing education course is designed to enhance healthcare providers' proficiency in managing blood glucose levels. By delving into the understanding of diseases impacting blood glucose, recognizing at-risk populations, and mastering proper glucose monitoring techniques, participants will be empowered to confidently identify and refer patients for interprofessional care.
  • Full mouth reconstruction – What do I learn from my patients?
    Dr. Wu has completed numerous full mouth reconstructions in his career by treating patients himself or by guiding the residents. The course is designed to:
    1. Share the fundamental knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment planning for patients in need of full mouth reconstruction
    1. Share the procedures of performing full mouth reconstruction with different workflows.
    2. Applying updated digital technology to achieve optimal outcomes.
    3. Share the experience of complications and failures.
    4. Problem Solving and Q&A
  • Medication Access and Training Expansion Course (MATE)

    This 6-hour course plus the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners 2-hour course (required every other renewal cycle if you prescribe or not) equals the 8-hour DEA requirement to obtain or renewal of DEA registration.

April

  • Optimum Aesthetics 
    Aesthetic Dentistry is the gateway to enhancing patient’s lives, and with the same token having a fun and fulfilling practice. Creating an atmosphere of relaxation by providing patients the ability to enjoy an aesthetically pleasing result, a way better personalized look, enhancing their chewing ability and simultaneously making sure the results will last long.

    A skillful practitioner needs to be familiar with dental anomalies and their treatment, concepts of color and shade matching and selection, periodontal aesthetics, role of lips and lip-line, photography and smile evaluation and treatment planning, concepts of occlusion, dental materials and selection of appropriate restorative modality, bonding to different media, phonetics, etc. that will be reviewed during this course.
  • To Extract or Not to Extract in Post-irradiated Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancer Patients in the era of Pentoxifylline and Tocopherol
    Approximately 50,000 individuals are newly diagnosed with oral and pharyngeal cancer every year in the United States. Most patients are diagnosed at a later stage thereby warranting the use of radiotherapy either as neoadjuvant or adjuvant therapy. Even with advance radiation delivery techniques such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy and intensity-modulated proton therapy, oral complications such as xerostomia, caries, trismus, and osteoradionecrosis (ORN) still exist. Post-radiation patients to the oral and oropharynx cavity are prone to developing rampant dental caries that may result in dental extractions.
    ORN is the most morbid oral complication of radiotherapy that may be managed with segmental jaw resection and reconstruction with bone flap/graft. The risk of osteoradionecrosis post-extraction in an irradiated oral/pharynx cavity is for life. Prevention of ORN in these patients is crucial. This lecture will focus on the use of pentoxifylline-tocopherol in preventing ORN in post-radiation patients that require dental extractions.
  • Digital Dentures - Are we there yet?
    This lecture will cover the latest digital workflows and technologies for developing complete dentures. We will explore the advantages and limitations of digital dentures compared to conventional dentures. Attendees will learn about the various digital denture fabrication techniques, including intraoral and extraoral scanners, digital design software, and 3D printing and Milling. We will discuss how to obtain accurate impressions, design dentures with custom-fit and high esthetic appeal, and address functional issues of the conventional complete denture. The course objectives are to familiarize attendees with the latest digital solutions available for complete denture fabrication, improve the communication between dentists and dental technicians, and enhance patient satisfaction.
  • Factors Affecting the Accuracy of Guided Implant Surgery

    Malpositioned implants are hard to restore, may compromise the esthetical outcome, and are a main factor for soft tissue dehiscencies around implants. Guided implant surgery improves the accuracy of implant placement for both experienced providers and beginners. Static computer-assisted implant surgery is the first-line option in guided implant surgery due to the available data and reduced cost of the equipment. However, the accuracy of guided surgery can be impacted by patient factors, the data acquisition and processing, the guide design and production, the sleeve type and height, the used guided surgery system, the surgical approach, and the support of the guide to name just a few. The presentation will give an introduction to guided implant surgery and will review the latest research to allow providers to understand, plan, and execute guided surgery in a way that the highest accuracy can be achieved.

  • Improving the clinical success of alveolar ridge preservation and guided bone regeneration (GBR): The when, where, and how?
    The lecture provided by two certified periodontists and clinician scientists will discuss surgical considerations and techniques, with the proper use of bone graft materials and barrier membranes, to achieve predictable alveolar ridge preservation and develop extraction sites for future implant placement. The Lecture will also focus on surgical techniques used to achieve guided bone regeneration (GBR) to augment the ridge width and height. Also included in the lecture will be an overview of various bone graft biomaterials, membranes, and suture materials and how to use them in combination for alveolar ridge preservation and guided bone regeneration therapy. The speakers will also focus on the various complications that are encountered with these procedures and techniques and how to manage them clinically.

  • Regenerative Endodontic Procedures
    Regenerative Endodontic Procedures (REPs) are the most innovative evolving technologies in endodontics. They are widely discussed in the literature, but which is the right clinical protocol? Is it difficult to realize? The webinar will be focused on the discussion of the most recent scientific findings from a clinical point of view. Moreover, the clinical procedures will be presented step by step through videos and clinical case reports. The main goal will be to show a simple, fast, and reliable clinical protocol based on modern literature and research.
  • A "Clinicians Report" Dentistry Update, from a University Academic and Clinician
    This is a moment of unprecedented change in the dental market! I know, I am Dr. Mark Durham, holding the distinguished Gordon and Rella Christensen Presidential Endowed Chair and serving as an Associate Professor at the University of Utah. In collaboration with Gordon and Rella Christensen at the legendary Clinicians Report—a 48-year-old non-profit educational organization that rigorously evaluates nearly every new dental product introduced to the market—I hold vital insights into this evolving landscape. In this ACDE webinar, I will explore and update you on the NEW changes emerging to enhance the dynamic context-of-care for your patients.
  • Recovery Capital for Substance Use Disorder: Assets, not Abstinence
    The purpose of this workshop is to describe recovery capital as a predictor of long-term addiction recovery. In part one, we begin by characterizing substance use disorder (SUD) as a chronic condition. In part two, we lean into the complexity of the heterogeneity of SUD and recovery as a process of change. Finally, in part three, we focus on building community recovery capital to promote recovery in our communities.
  • Combined Inhalation Course will be added soon (Course dates April 26-27, 2024)
    This intensive, 24-hour course offers training in the safe and effective use of combined inhalation-enteral conscious sedation in the adult dental patient.  Of the 24 hours, 8 hours will be delivered in an online, self-paced format, consisting of eight 1-hour modules that will be completed by the participant before the first day of in-person instruction.  
  • Bone Grafting and Immediate Implant Placement for General Dentists
    Bone Grafting for the General Dentists  (AM Session)
    Patients can lose up to 50% of the buccal lingual width after an extraction.  This remodeling can pose a problem whether a patient is to get a bridge, partial denture, or implant.  The goal of this hands-on class is to introduce the practitioner to different options to prevent and treat bone loss.  We will review hard and soft tissue grafting, various materials available, and various techniques and equipment necessary. 

    Immediate Implant Placement (PM Session)
    As the implant technology progresses and improves so has the demand of the patients for faster treatment time and higher esthetics.  Immediate implant placement can save up to 4 months of healing compared to grafting and then placing the implant.  In addition, especially in anterior cases papilla and soft tissue esthetics can be maintained much better.  Patient comfort is also a factor and as dentists, we know patients do not enjoy wearing removable for the healing phase.  By following the latest protocols for immediate placement and immediate temporization we can deliver better esthetic, and faster healing time.

May

  • Practical Oral Pathology: 7 Tips for the Practicing Dentist
    This course will focus on providing the practicing dentist with the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose and manage common oral diseases. Participants will learn what to look for in identifying common oral lesions, how to develop differential diagnosis for unusual oral lesions, how to communicate with the patient about oral pathology, and how to work with their oral pathology specialist.
  • Pediatric Dentistry for General Dentists - Covering Six Informative Topics
    Navigating the latest research in evidence-based dentistry can prove bewildering, requiring careful interpretation and adaptation into clinical practice. Practitioners often encounter obstacles stemming from information overload, inadequate data, or conflicting beliefs. This course will delve into current evidence surrounding caries prevention, examining non-restorative and restorative care approaches to equip attendees with enhanced tools for combatting dental disease. The curriculum extends to systemic and topical fluoride therapy for children, encompassing shifts in systemic fluoride dynamics, benefits in a reduced caries landscape, and recent clinical guidelines. Evolutions in the mechanisms of topical fluoride, particularly pertaining to metal/fluoride interactions, will also be explored. A comprehensive assessment of various fluoride therapies (including supplements, fluoridated toothpaste, and professional applications) and caries risk evaluation will aid practitioners in optimizing outcomes. Additionally, the session will provide an insightful clinician's perspective on the AAPD's pulp therapy guidelines, delving into the foundational aspects and interpretation of evidence-based findings for vital and non-vital pulp treatments in primary teeth.

    Throughout the course, discussions will encompass child patients affected by Odontogenic infection, commonly known as "dental infection," stemming from bacterial intrusion related to untreated dental caries, periodontal, or gingival conditions. Strategies for managing such patients' dental requirements within the operatory will be explored. The presentation will also emphasize the significance of screening tools for prevalent conditions like autism, ADHD, and depression. These tools, employed before dental examinations, serve to enrich patient experiences and optimize chair time.
  • Building virtual patients for predictable outcomes of complex full mouth implant rehabilitation

    Full-arch implant-supported fixed prosthesis is one of the most advocated treatment options for patients with failing dentition. This treatment requires coordinating a thorough prosthetic and surgical plan. Esthetic, occlusal, and biological considerations must be integrated into the treatment plan. It is one of the most challenging dental procedures. Luckily, with the newest technology of face scans, virtual patients, virtual articulators, and computer-assisted implant surgery with the stackable guide, a full arch immediate implant placement, and loading case can be planned and executed seamlessly with predictable outcomes. This lecture will cover the key issues related to this full digital workflow.

  • Infection Control In The Era of COVID-19: What Dental Practitioners Need to Know May 2024
    The cluster of severe pneumonia cases caused by a novel coronavirus first reported in Wuhan, China in December of 2019 has now circled the globe. To date millions cases have been reported and the number of cases in the USA as well as worldwide are increasing at an alarming rate. The cause of these infections was shortly identified as a novel of coronavirus similar to the SARS coronavirus that emerged in 2003. Although similar to SARS this new virus has been identified as a novel, never reported virus now called SARS-CoV-2. This virus causes a severe acute respiratory syndrome in some patients and this disease has been named COVID-19 (coronavirus disease-2019). Unfortunately, this virus is capable of very efficient person-to-person transmission and was declared a pandemic by March of 2020. The alarming spread of this infection in the USA has had a dramatic adverse impact on dental practice. This program will provide dental providers with the latest information on the epidemiology, testing, treatment and management of COVID-19. The latest COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination strategies will be discusses. Additionally, this program will provide dental providers with the latest information on the management of COVID-19 in the dental office. Paramount to controlling this pandemic are the principles of respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette and enhancements in respiratory protection that may need to be implemented. Emphasis will be placed on compliance issues and how a practical, cost effective “safe workplace” can be achieved in 2020. 
    This course fulfills CDE requirements for infection control and requirements for annual OSHA training.
  • Proper Pharmacologic Prescribing and Disposal for Dental Practitioners (Spring 2024)
    Every dentist seeking renewal must complete a two-hour board-approved course on proper prescribing and disposal of prescription drugs. Dentists who do not prescribe prescription drugs are not exempt. For dentists holding drug dispensing permits, the course may not be taken to fulfill the continuing education requirements contained in SB 603, Chapter 267, Laws of Maryland 2012. ​This course fulfills the MSBDE (COMAR 10.44.22) requirement for re-licensure, which must be completed every other renewal cycle for re-licensure.
  • Abuse Regulations for the Dental Team: The Impact of COVID-19 Spring 2024
    The program reviews the Maryland regulations regarding abuse and neglect. The dramatic increase in the use of alcohol and drugs, resulting in escalating cases of abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. The signs, symptoms and oral manifestations of domestic abuse; as well as the timeframe, hotlines and required reporting forms are presented. Screening questions are provided to enable practitioners to evaluate clients suspected or identified as suffering from abuse. This situation reinforces our legal and ethical responsibilities to our patients, to remain vigilant, and report suspected or identified cases of abuse and neglect.  This course fulfills CDE requirements for Preventing  Abuse and Neglect as it relates to Maryland law,  which must be completed every other renewal cycle for re-licensure.
  • Infection Control In The Era of COVID-19 | Proper Pharmacologic Prescribing and Disposal | Abuse: The Regulations, and the Impact of COVID-19These courses satisfy the continuing dental education credits required for Maryland dental re-licensure in infection control, abuse and neglect, and prescription drug monitoring and disposal.
  • Biofilm Management; Are we at a Tipping Point with Guided Biofilm Therapy?

    The underworld of subgingival biofilm can be a challenging environment for clinicians. Traditionally, the battle against biofilm communities thriving subgingivally has been fought with a blend of hand and power-driven instruments. In the last 5 years in North America and for over 20 years in Europe, indications for using air-pressured mechanical biofilm disruption technology with the use of low abrasive-based powders for both supragingival and subgingival biofilm have been developed. This evidence-informed review will explore the air-flow mechanism and its clinical application for biofilm management.

  • “Occlusion” to Know for Your Practice
    Occlusion plays a crucial role in achieving the long-term success of dental treatments. One of the major clinical challenges is to understand and apply occlusal concepts depending on the planned prosthesis and various functional and esthetic elements. This lecture will present fundamental occlusal concepts in removable, fixed, and implant restorations. The lecture will also address the diagnostic analysis, the decision-making process, treatment planning, and prosthodontic treatment of fixed prosthodontic rehabilitation. Finally, useful clinical tips will be shared to overcome common clinical challenges related to occlusion.
  • Removable Partial Denture Design: A Comprehensive Guide
    The course includes the design principles of removable partial dentures, specifications for different components, how material selections play a role in the design, and the digital applications in removable partial prosthetics.
  • The Why Behind the Smile: Motivations for Orthodontic Care
    This course provides a systematic examination of malocclusion, elucidating its physiological and psychosocial consequences. The core content delves into the primary motivations driving patients towards orthodontic interventions, highlighted through case studies. Key areas covered include functional determinants, aesthetic factors, and spatial challenges.
  • Writing Tips: Strategies for Crafting Scientific Papers
    Empower yourself with the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel in scientific manuscript writing through this intensive continuing dental education course. This comprehensive program delves into a range of critical tools and techniques, equipping participants with the expertise to confidently plan, produce, and publish their research.

    This course provides comprehensive training in a range of essential tools and techniques to streamline your manuscript writing process. From efficient literature searches to expertly crafted cover letters, this course covers it all.

    Join us in this transformative journey towards becoming a proficient scientific writer!

  • Tips and Tricks for Successful Local Anesthesia

    Review, clarify, and enhance techniques for the Posterior Superior Alveolar (PSA), Middle Superior Alveolar (MSA), Anterior Superior Alveolar (ASA), Greater Palatine (GP), Nasopalatine (NP), Anterior Middle Superior Alveolar (AMSA), Inferior Alveolar (IA) nerve blocks. 

  • Dr. Harry W.F. Dressel, Jr. Memorial Lecture
    This is an Alumni Reunion Event. 

June

  • Attachment Systems for Implant-Supported Overdentures
    Implant-supported overdentures provide clinicians with a cost-effective means of restoring the edentulous arch. Various attachment systems have been implemented in the fabrication of these prostheses. The key to a predictable restorative outcome is planning ahead for the desired abutment and attachment before dental implants are placed.
  • Anatomical Variations on CBCT: Can They Impact Clinical Practice?
    Cone beam computed tomography is a powerful tool in dentistry and is widely used for diagnosis and treatment planning in various clinical conditions. Over two decades of CBCT use have made us aware of how often patients present anatomical variations not seen on 2D radiographs. Moreover, these anatomical variations may significantly impact treatment planning. This course covers common anatomical variations seen on CBCT and how these findings impact clinical practice.
  • Demistfying Trigeminal Neuropathy: A Nerve-Racking Diagnosis
    Trigeminal neuropathic pain disorders can be some of the most challenging for both patients and providers. This course aims to provide participants with clues into differentiating between the various trigeminal neuropathies, including various episodic and continuous neuropathic pains. Here, participants will explore the condition’s pathophysiology for a deeper understanding of the origin of this complex orofacial pain. It will emphasize the importance of timely symptom recognition, diagnosis, and working on a multidisciplinary team for the best outcomes. 
  • 2024 Dental Ethics Update
    A review of ethical principles and current ethical and professional challenges to dentistry.

July

  • Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists (July 2024)
    This course fulfills MSBDE educational requirements for registered dental hygienists.  Through a combination of lectures and hands-on lab work, participants will gain skills in the implementation of local anesthesia.  Attendees will participate in two days of didactic learning, including hands-on demonstrations, followed by a written examination. On the third day, participants will administer local anesthesia to a lab partner including proficiency testing. Coursework includes readings and a homework assignment. Course participants must pass the written and proficiency clinical examination with a 75 or greater. This course prepares the participant to successfully pass the CDCA written local anesthesia examination for certification by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.

  • Nitrous Oxide Administration and Monitoring for the Dental Hygienist (July 2024) This course fulfills MSBDE educational requirements for registered dental hygienists. The first portion of this course will consist of four hours of lecture, followed by a written examination. Attendees will also participate in a two-hour practical demonstration and proficiency testing where they will administer and monitor nitrous oxide. Coursework includes readings and a homework assignment. Course participants must pass the written and proficiency examination with a 75 or greater. This course prepares the participant to successfully pass the CDCA written nitrous oxide examination for certification by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.

September

  • Introduction to Dental Cone Beam CT
    This continuing dental education course offers a comprehensive introduction to dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). Geared toward today's dental practitioner, participants will gain a solid understanding of CBCT fundamentals, including physics, radiation biology, safety protocols, and dosimetry.

November

  • Advanced Uses of Dental Cone Beam CT
    Elevate your expertise in Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) with this comprehensive continuing education course designed for dental professionals seeking to deepen their understanding and proficiency in advanced CBCT techniques.  This course will provide an advanced 3D radiographic anatomy module as well as a more advanced discussion of radiation biology and radiation safety.