A complete listing of currently available online programs is provided below. To access course materials and claim CE credits you must be registered and logged-in and courses of interest must be selected and purchased. Once purchased, course material links are provided from within the User Records section of this website. Courses are Peer Reviewed and approved for ADA CERP continuing education credits.
Medical Errors in Dentistry
Richard Nagelberg, DDS
Expiration Date: April 01, 2020
CE Credit Hours:
Medical errors leading to adverse events can occur in dentistry. The literature indicates that such errors broadly include: er¬rors related to the prescription of medication, errors based on neglecting current scientific evidence regarding treatment, errors occurring during treatment or associated with improper maintenance of equipment, errors based on failure to properly maintain patient records, errors arising from the failure to ac¬quire informed consent, the failure to establish and maintain appropriate infection control measures, the failure to properly diagnose, the failure to prevent accidents or complications as¬sociated with care or to pursue appropriate follow-up care when they occur, and the failure to follow authoritative dictates re¬flecting current standard of care or practice rules or regulations established by individual state laws. This course reviews the most common medical errors likely to occur in the practice of dentistry.
Occlusion, Function, and Parafunction: Understanding the Dynamics of a Healthy Stomatagnathic System
Steven D. Bender, DDS
Expiration Date: November 18, 2020
CE Credit Hours:
Parafunction in dentistry refers to those activities of the stomatagnathic system that would be considered to fall outside of functional activities. Much focus in dentistry has been given to teeth grinding, or bruxism, as a parafunctional activity. Bruxism can be classified as awake or sleep bruxism. Patients with sleep bruxism are three to four times more likely to experience jaw pain and limitation of movement than people who do not experience sleep bruxism. Up to 65% of sleep Bruxism patients report frequent headaches.
The greatest maximum voluntary clenching force has been measured to be 975 pounds per square inch. It is of little wonder that we witness tooth destruction in the Parafunctioning population. Sensitive and sore teeth abfractions, fractures, and unexplained tooth mobility can be apparent in patients with parafunctional occlusion.
Parafunctional activity may result in various oral and TMJ pain presentations including migraines and headaches. It is important to identify signs and symptoms of parafunction and to investigate the patient’s health complaints that may be related to it. The course will provide this information in addition to the following:
Define parafunction and its associated activities
Identify the signs and symptoms of parafunctional activity
Identify the considerations and steps involved in diagnosing parafunctional activity
Identify the types of appliances that can be used to manage parafunction, their advantages and disadvantages, and considerations in selecting an appliance for individual patients