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  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
  • Hours: 15 Contact Hours
    Item#: LRS15

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    Item # LRS15
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    Pros and Cons of Amalgam Versus Composite Restoration, Updated 1st Edition

    Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
    Item # L0786  

    Release Date: July 30, 2013

    Review Date: October 6, 2016

    Expiration Date: October 5, 2019

    For many years, the only available choices for restorations were metal- or ceramic-based materials. However, in the past few decades significant advances have been made in restorative materials and in the bonding systems for retaining a restoration in the prepared tooth. These changes have brought additional direct restorative materials (such as newer generations of composite resins), as well as new indirect restorative materials (such as lithium disilicate and zirconia). Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing have changed the way that clinical dentistry is practiced, and the practitioner’s utilization of dental materials has evolved with these advances. As a result of these changes, practitioners have shown greater interest in resin composite materials and other amalgam alternatives because of perceived cosmetic, clinical, and health issues with amalgam. This course is designed for dental assistants, dental hygienists, and dentists interested in a review of current materials used for tooth restoration.

    This basic-level course addresses the pros and cons of placing mercury-containing amalgam restorations and the most commonly used alternative (composite resin); reviews current materials used for tooth restorations; gives an historical perspective; discusses the positions of authoritative bodies on the safety efficacy compatibility and serviceability of mercury-amalgam restorations; summarizes recent research comparing amalgam versus composite restorations; describes a number of safety issues that have arisen regarding the use of composite resins; and discusses clinical and cost comparisons of resin composites and amalgam restorations.


    AGD Subject Code: 251
     
    Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

    Mini Dental Implants: Indications, Planning & Placement

    Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
    Item # L0269  

    Original Release Date: March 14, 2012 

    Review Date: March 12, 2015 
    Expiration Date: March 11, 2018

    Once considered only for transitional implants, mini dental implants have a success rate that rivals those of traditional implants when accepted placement protocols are followed in patients with adequate bone. This course identifies the indications for mini dental implant denture treatment, describes successful case selection/planning strategies, and discusses the mini dental implant placement protocol for stabilization of a lower denture. The course also explains what is unique and different with maxillary mini dental implant denture cases.

    AGD Subject Code: 690

    Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

    Allergic Reactions to Metals in the Mouth, 2nd Edition

    Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
    Item # L0797  

    Release Date: July 30, 2013

    Review Date: November 11, 2016

    Expiration Date: November 10, 2019

    A wide variety of materials used for the construction of dental restorations, prostheses, and dental implants have the potential to cause allergic reactions among dental patients. Rates of metal sensitivity are thought to increase with exposure, and an estimated 15% to 20% of people within the western population are considered hypersensitive to at least one metal. Reported effects include intraoral redness, swelling and pain of the oral mucosa and lips, oral/gingival lichenoid reactions, stomatitis, cheilitis, extraoral urticarial or eczematous lesions. Increasing numbers of patients complain about intraoral and extraoral lesions, metallic taste, and skin reactions, which may be related to the dental materials used for restorations.

    Hypersensitivity to metals in biomaterials used in dentistry and medicine requires all dental professionals to be aware of metals that patients may be allergic to and to exercise caution when selecting restorative materials. This basic-level course reviews the importance of metals for human health, identifies common harmful metals and their role in disease, and discusses hypersensitivity reactions, with particular regard to metal allergies in medical and dental patients. Corrosion is also discussed relative to its role in the hypersensitivity reactions experienced by dental patients. Chronic exposure to metal corrosion in the oral environment has been associated with swelling, bone resorption, oral lesions, and oral cancer in individuals who are hypersensitive to metals.  For these reasons, it is imperative that dental professionals understand the different types of metals used in biomaterials, factors that increase corrosion susceptibility of dental restorations, and corrosion’s potential to increase patient hypersensitive to metals. Doing so will help dental professionals make more informed decisions about which biomaterials are the safest and most effective.

    AGD Subject Code: 017

    Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

    Dental Erosion: Causes and Preventative Practices, 2nd Edition

    Price: $19.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
    Item # L0781  

    Release Date: July 30, 2013

    Review Date: September 19, 2016

    Expiration Date: September 18, 2019

    Dental erosion is a progressive loss of dental hard tissue caused by chemical processes without involvement of bacteria. This enamel dissolution is an irreversible process not directly associated with mechanical or traumatic factors, which distinguishes it from other types of wear, such as attrition (loss of tooth structure due to clenching or grinding), abrasion (mechanical loss of tooth structure caused by a foreign element), or abfraction (loss of tooth structure at the gumline due to occlusal forces). The clinical features of dental erosion appear as well-defined, wedge-shaped areas facially and cervically. The occurrence of enamel erosion lesions is associated primarily with intrinsic and extrinsic acids.

    The rise in consumption of soft drinks, including sports drinks, has been linked to increases in the rates of dental erosion. The additives to these drinks, not the beverage pH per se, appear to be the causative factors contributing to enamel dissolution. Furthermore, fruit-flavored drinks and unsweetened juices appear to have the same erosive potential as carbonated drinks.

    This basic-level course provides dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with guidelines for recognizing and diagnosing dental erosion and offers suggestions for preventive interventions, including record-keeping, nutritional counseling, fluoride use, and home-care procedures. The course also discusses recommended restorative treatment options.

     

    AGD Subject Code: 741

     
    Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

    Permanent Dental Cements

    Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
    Item # L0803  

    Release Date: December 13, 2016

    Expiration Date: December 12, 2019

    Dental professionals practicing restorative dentistry often delve into prosthodontics to meet the needs of their dental patients. However, the failure of their fixed prostheses is not uncommon. With a major obstacle to the success of these prostheses being improper or inadequate materials or cementation technique, it is increasingly apparent that knowledge of permanent dental cements is essential for any restorative practice. Although it is important to understand the various classifications of luting agents, it is crucial to be aware of the factors that must be considered when selecting a luting agent for a particular clinical presentation, as well as the indications for each type of luting agent.

    This basic-level course identifies the etiology of crown and bridge failure, reviews both conventional and contemporary permanent dental luting agents for fixed restorations and their chemical and mechanical properties, factors to consider in their selection, handling characteristics, advantages, disadvantages, and clinical applications. By familiarizing themselves with the specifics of each type of dental luting agent, dental professionals will be better prepared to make effective decisions regarding the application and longevity of their patients’ restorations.


    AGD Subject Code: 017

     
    Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

    Contemporary Management of Traumatic Dental Injuries, Updated 1st Edition

    Price: $29.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
    Item # L0715  

    Original Release Date: November 2, 2012 

    Review Date: October 22, 2015
    Expiration Date: October 21, 2018


    Traumatic dental injuries (TDI) are commonly encountered in dental practice. In fact, 25% of school-aged children and 33% of adults have experienced TDI to their permanent dentition. These injuries can result in pain, psychological problems, and significant economic implications. 

    The entire dental staff should understand basic concepts regarding TDI management in order to triage, treat, and provide appropriate follow-up care for these injuries. Providing a structured presentation of the patient’s clinical appearance and identifying issues that require immediate treatment can not only help the dentist but also significantly improve the treatment outcomes.  In order to properly treat patients who have experienced TDI, it is imperative that the dentist be compassionate, be able to control pain, help heal wounds rather than fix teeth, and be available to these patients by being on call during non-office hours. Approaching an emergent situation confidently can help the patient and/or parent feel at ease and thus allow for optimal treatment. 

    The treating dentist must be willing to be a member of a team, which may include specialists such as endodontists, prosthodontists, periodontists, orthodontists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons. These specialists are often needed for consultation regarding treatment of the acute injury and may also be needed to provide specific services and/or comprehensive long-term care.  

    Topics presented in this course include the epidemiology, prevention, general treatment considerations, and protocols for management of the full array of TDI. The sequelae of injuries to primary and permanent teeth are also addressed. This basic-level course is appropriate for dentists and for dental auxiliaries with some prior exposure to TDI.

    AGD Subject Code: 314

    Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.


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