Course Listing

MSDA CE Retreat

Sponsored by MSDA Member Perks


The course listing for 2019 will become available January 1, 2019. Please see last year's schedule below.

Friday, March 23, 2018 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM     Dental Cone Beam CT for Dental Implantology & Endodontics
                                     by: Dr. Jeffery Price
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM       Implants: A Review of Principals, Complications, Facts & Myths
                                     by: Dr. Shervin Tabeshfar

Saturday, March 24, 2018 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM     Silver Diamine Fluoride/SMART Restorations/Hall Crowns &                                                 Their Implications for Pediatric Dentistry & Beyond
                                     by: Dr. Andrew Horng
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM       Person-Centered Management of Dental Caries/Treatment of                                                Deep Dental Caries & Dental Emergencies in Children/                                                          Controversies in Fluoride Therapy
                                     by: Dr. Norman Tinanoff

Course Descriptions

Dental Cone Beam CT for Dental Implantology & Endodontics
by: Dr. Jeffery Price

Dental CBCT is becoming more commonly used each passing year with over 7,500 CBCT units now in use in the US. The two most common reasons for ordering CBCT examinations are now dental implant treatment planning and endodontic evaluations. During this course we will:

  • review Principles of CBCT, including radiation dosimetry of Dental CBCT examinations
  • present Dental CBCT Selection Criteria, including a discussion of when to order CBCT Examinations
  • review case presentations of implant and endodontic clinical cases
  • finish the morning with a Question & Answer session

Learning Objectives:

Attendees should understand the following aspects for use of Dental CBCT:

  • Attendees should be able to describe the basic principles of Dental CBCT
  • Attendees should be able to articulate a decision making approach on when to order Dental CBCT examinations
  • Attendees should appreciate the radiographic aspects of using Dental CBCT for implantology and endodontic treatment planning

Implants: A Review of Principals, Complications, Facts & Myths
by: Dr. Shervin Tabeshfar


  1. Review of general principals governing treatment planning process for implant restorations.
  2. Review of biomechanical considerations and restoration design concepts involved in achieving more predictable results when restoring implants including occlusal schemes.
  3. Review of the most common modes of failure concerning implant-supported restorations, determining common etiologies behind them and how to avoid these failures.
  4. Discuss the importance of load relief of implant supported overdentures and how different load mechanics on implants cause failure.

Objectives include:

  1. Review and discuss the diagnosis (when is an implant replacement ideal vs. when are other restorative non implant prosthetics used), treatment planning (discuss implant restoration material abutment design, and prosthetic design), and restorative principals in implant dentistry
  2. Learn biomechanical considerations concerning implants prosthetics - discuss biomechanics of different implant abutments and implant crowns and retention strengths of implant cements.
  3. Most common implant restoration complications and how to avoid them
  4. Learn decisions pertaining to occlusion in implant dentistry and which materials contribute to occlusion decisions.

Silver Diamine Fluoride/SMART Restorations/Hall Crowns & Their Implications for Pediatric Dentistry & Beyond
by: Dr. Andrew Horng

Silver Diamine Fluoride has been used around the world in countries like Japan, Australia, China, and Brazil since the 1960’s.  Since it’s approval by the FDA in 2014, there has been renewed interest in using SDF to arrest decay.  This lecture will review concepts of cariology, discuss the research showing how SDF arrests decay, and talk about how SDF can be incorporated into every practice whether in public health or private practice setting.  The attendee will also learn about how dentists are using SDF along with glass ionomer cement for Silver Modified Atraumatic Restorative Technique (SMART) fillings.  Additionally we will discuss the Hall technique, a minimal intervention treatment method to manage carious primary teeth.   

Course objectives:

  • Current events leading to consideration of SDF application
  • Review of Cariology
  • Silver use in dentistry and medicine
  • SDF studies making case for its use
  • Atraumatic Restorative Technique (ART) and SMART
  • How to incorporate SDF into your practice
  • Indications for Hall technique for management of carious teeth

Person-Centered Management of Dental Caries/Treatment of Deep Dental Caries & Dental Emergencies in Children/Controversies in Fluoride Therapy
by: Dr. Norman Tinanoff

Dr. Tinanoff’s lecture on Person-Centered Management of Dental Caries is based on the current concepts of decision making in caries treatment, including caries risk assessment.  Methods for individualizing and selecting preventive and restorative treatments that include dental caries risk assessment tools and dental caries care pathways will be presented.  The discussion on Controversies in Fluoride Therapy will address the controversies of mechanisms of actions, efficacy of various fluoride approaches, issues with the warning labels of fluoride tooth paste.  Also included will be a discussion about the evidence and efficacy of silver diamine fluoride.  Lastly, the discussion on Treatment of Deep Dental Caries and Dental Emergencies will include the importance of diagnosis and clinical evaluation of patients with deep caries.  Included will be explanations of interim therapeutic restorations; treatment of deep caries with indirect pulp cap vs. pulpotomy; and emergency treatment of patients that present with dental abscesses of cellulitis. 

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