Disciplines: Dentists
Hours: 15 Contact Hours
Item#: LST15


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Restorative Dentistry Bundle

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Item # LST15
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This bundle of six continuing education courses for dentists provides 15 credit hours of foundational knowledge related to restorative dentistry. Professionals in nearly all general dentistry and specialized dentistry practices will encounter patients requiring restorative dental work, and it is imperative for professionals to follow current best practices in procedures involving metals, lasers, dental cements, and implants.

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

Price: $29.95 
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.


Lasers in Dentistry: From Fundamentals to Clinical Procedures, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
Item # L0884  

Review Date: January 10, 2018

Expiration Date: January 9, 2021

Original Release Date: January 13, 2012

This is a basic laser operations course for every member of the dental team. This course provides outlines for safety regulations, discusses varying laser instruments, and the unique effects of laser energy on oral tissue. It also compares benefits and drawbacks of laser use. Several different clinical procedures are included with raw photo documentation. Every laser device is especially designed for a unique dental condition. A practicing clinician must understand each these devices and their power to interact with their target tissues. Whether the laser is removing decay, reshaping the gingiva, removing lesions or used in a whitening procedure, the same underlying principle of laser use apply. In this course, the fundamental principle taught is that the least amount of energy or power should be used to reach the specific treatment outcome.


AGD Subject Code: 752

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Allergic Reactions to Metals in the Mouth, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 
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 
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 
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.


Dental Implants: Complications and Peri-Implant Diseases, 2nd edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # L0893  

Review Date: July 11, 2018

Expiration Date: July 11, 2021

Original Release Date: June 26, 2015

Dental implants are an established treatment modality in dentistry with a high rate of success and few complications. However, complications do occur despite careful treatment planning and meticulous execution of clinical procedures. Surgical complications that can occur include infection, bleeding, wound dehiscence, primary instability of the implant, neurosensory changes, and tissue emphysema. After the implant is osseointegrated, other complications may arise, including inflammatory peri-implant lesions. All these conditions increase the risk of poor outcomes, including implant loss. This intermediate-level course addresses complications associated with dental implants and reviews selective options for their management.


AGD Subject Code: 690

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

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