Special Services

Special Services

In addition to providing countless academic opportunities, the School of Dentistry extends a variety of services to dental professionals.

Special Services
  • Educational Resources

    These two services maintain a core collection of journals, text, references and audiovisual materials that are available during school hours. Loans can be arranged under special circumstances. Reference services, literature searches, and referrals for specialized library and learning resources are also available.

    For more information contact:
    Bonita Falkingham
    Executive Assistant
    Phone: (612) 625-4994
    Email: falki001@umn.edu

  • Hard Tissue Research

    At the Hard Tissue Research Laboratory we investigate bone by using the Donath/EXAKT technique of undecalcified histotechnology. The majority of the research with which we're concerned involves implants. We also study various bone grafting materials and techniques. A new area of research is bone augmentation and growth enhancement using various bone promoting peptides and other natural or genetically engineered chemicals.

    Bone specimens are dehydrated, infiltrated, and then embedded in a light curing resin. Very thin sections are possible and we generally use 355m to 505m sections for the final examination. The primary focus of many of our research projects is the implant/tissue interface. In this way, we are able to assess the osseointegration of the bone and metal surface. Final specimens are stained with various stains that emphasize the relative maturity of the bone as well as differentiate between vital, non-vital, calcified, and non-calcified bone elements. Computer assisted image analysis allows us to obtain histomorphometric information. This is especially useful in analyzing bone cores to determine the percentage of vital bone, non-vital grafted bone, and non-bone materials such as various types of hydroxyapatite (HA). Fluorescence microphotography of fluorochrome labelled bone specimens is also common.

    For more information contact:
    Dr. Michael D. Rohrer
    Professor, Oral Sciences
    Phone: (612)624-5478
    E-Mail: rohre008@umn.edu

  • Hygiene Career Guidance

    A series of workshops and resources are available to help dental hygiene graduates identify and achieve career goals, manage the career development process, and improve and maintain job and career satisfaction.

    For more information contact:
    Tina Jalivay
    Phone: (612) 625-9121
    E-Mail: jaliv003@umn.edu

  • Hygiene Re-entry Program

    Have you been thinking about re-entering dental hygiene practice? This series of courses is designed for updating information, giving clinical experience and increasing confidence for those wishing to re-enter the practice of dental hygiene.

    Course 1 - Refresher Course This course is designed for updating information on:

    Dental Hygiene Assessment-Documentation includes medical history-taking dental charting, taking vital signs, intra-extra oral exams, dental radiology

    Dental Hygiene Treatment Planning periodontal disease and prevention, dental caries prevention

    Dental Hygiene Treatment Implementation asepsis/infection control, basic instrumentation, instrument sharpening, and 4-5 patient treatment experiences

    Dental Hygiene Treatment Evaluation evaluation of treatment outcomes

    Course 2 - Extended Clinical Experiences - Time Individually Arranged

    Dental Hygiene Treatment Experience follow-up course to Refresher for those seeking more clinical patient experiences

    Course 3 - Board Preparation Course For those with recent education wishing clinical experience in preparation for taking regional Dental Board Examinations.

    For information contact:
    Tina Jalivay
    Phone: 612-625-9121
    E-mail: jaliv003@umn.edu

  • Independent Study

    Independent study courses on various topics are offered through Continuing Dental Education as an alternative method to earning continuing education credit. They have been approved by the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry to fulfill continuing dental education requirements for dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

    For more information contact:
    Marie Baudek, Director
    Phone: (612) 625-1418
    E-Mail: baude001@umn.edu

  • Infection Control

    The School of Dentistry Infection Control Committee assures effective control in the clinics by (1) evaluating the latest scientific information and (2) monitoring infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Information about the infection control practice is provided.

    For more information contact:
    Teresa Ludwig
    Environmental Health Specialist
    Phone: (612) 625-5116
    Fax: (612) 625-9680
    E-Mail: ludwi001@umn.edu

  • Oral Medicine

    Oral medicine is that specialty area of dentistry based upon a sound understanding of the pathophysiology of oral disease and medical-dental relationships. Oral medicine and secondary oropharyngeal mucosal diseases as well as paraoral diseases. It involves physical and medical evaluation, head neck examination, oral diagnosis and other therapeutics for such conditions as : vesiculobullous, ulcerative mucosal diseases, painful, burning mucosa, infections oral diseases, oral manifestations of systemic diseases and salivary gland dysfunction.

    For more information contact:
    Dr. Nelson Rhodus, Director
    Professor, Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences
    Diplomate, American Board of Oral Medicine
    Phone: (612) 625-0693
    Appointments: (612) 626-3233 or (612) 625-8418
    E-Mail: rhodu001@umn.edu

  • Oral Pathology

    The laboratory of the division of Oral Pathology is a licensed independent laboratory and processes surgical and other human, diagnostic specimens for the purpose of diagnosis. Clinical and other consultative services for patients, physicians, and dentists are also available.

    For more information contact:
    Dr. Michael D. Rohrer
    Professor, Oral Pathology
    Phone: (612)624-5478
    E-Mail: rohre008@umn.edu

    Oral Pathology will also host the 2012 Gorlin Conference on October 18-20 at the Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis, MN.

  • Oral Radiology

    Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology clinic provides radiographic services and interpretation of laterally corrected and frontal TMJ tomograms, cross-sectional/lateral views fro implant site assessment with computer controlled Tomax Ultrascan and tomographic facial bone projections. This clinic can provide such radiographic services as laterally corrected TMJ tomograms, cross sectional implant tomograms, cephalometric and other external radiographs.

    For more information contact:
    Mansur Ahmad
    Associate Professor
    Division of Oral Medicine and Diagnosis
    Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences
    Phone: 612-625-6147
    E-Mail: ahmad005@umn.edu

  • Sterilizer Monitoring

    Why Enroll?

    • It's recommended. Both the CDC and the ADA advise weekly sterilizer monitoring.
    • Patients. Today, dental patients are demanding more information and assurances concerning infection control. patients want to know that precautions are being taken to prevent the spreading of harmful infectious agents such as HIV, Herpes and Hepatitis B.
    • Documentation. Records proving that your sterilizer is operating properly will be sent directly to your office.

    Our Sterilizer Monitoring Service can assist you in the following ways:

    • evaluating and monitoring the effectiveness of your instrument sterilization procedure;
    • providing you with documentation of compliance with professional standards;
    • making professionals available to field your sterilizer monitoring questions. 

    How the Monitoring Service Works:

    For verifying sterilization, biological indicators prove to be the best. Evaluations can be made on the mechanical function and operator technique for steam, chemical vapor and dry heat sterilizers. The biological indicators come in the form of prepackaged test kits.

    Each test has two cellophane envelopes containing a spore strip. Spores from two non-pathogenic bacteria, Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus stearothermophilus, are placed onto paper indicator strips. One strip is run through a sterilizer cycle under normal sterilization conditions. The other envelope serves as a positive control. Both the test and control samples are placed in the provided envelope and mailed to Cottrell, Ltd. for evaluation within 72 hours.

    If growth occurs from the processed strip you will immediately be notified by telephone and instructed to repeat the procedure. A simple call to our office supplies you with a complimentary test kit. A second positive test signals you to immediately have your sterilization system serviced by the manufacturer. If the tests are negative, a laboratory report will be mailed to you for your files.

    A year's supply of biological monitoring strips will be sent to you when you enroll in the program. Please note the expiration dates on the strips.

    For more information contact:
    Doug Magney
    Phone: (612) 626-0683
    E-Mail: magne002@umn.edu

  • Head and Neck Anatomy on CD-ROM

    Available for purchase online, the Head and Neck Anatomy on CD-ROM

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