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Practical Periodontics: A Hands-on Nonsurgical Program

Practical Periodontics: A Hands-On Nonsurgical Program

Offered every other year in June. (Next offering: 2015)

DENTAL HYGIENISTS: Would you appreciate fresh information and more clinical experience with challenging periodontal patients?

This solid, university-based course will give you the latest information in all areas relevant to the treatment of patients with moderate to advanced periodontal disease. In addition, you will benefit from personalized faculty guidance in the non-surgical instrumentation of patients with more advanced periodontitis. You will want to take advantage of this rare opportunity to try several new instruments and procedures without having to rush through the appointment or purchase new equipment. All patients, supplies and instruments will be provided. You will also enjoy the camaraderie of shared learning among fellow dental hygienists.

Benefits/Objectives

You will learn how to:

  • utilize contemporary assessment techniques to classify and chart periodontal disease status.
  • determine periodontal appointment plans for initial scaling and root planing, re-evaluation and recall appointments including local delivery applications when needed.
  • select instruments according to clinical problems, i.e. furcations, deep pockets, heavy deposits.
  • provide ultrasonic instrumentation in periodontally involved sites.
  • apply instrumentation skills to clinically stable end points.
  • maintain sharp instruments throughout the appointment.
  • select individualized home care products as adjuncts for your patients.
  • discuss and resolve ethical dilemmas in practice.
  • integrate non-surgical periodontal treatment into your daily practice.
Instruments

In addition to traditional gracey curettes, instrument choices will include periodontal and diamond files, nevi scalers, and curettes with apically positioned tips, scoop designs and universal shank and blade designs.

Who Should Attend

This is an advanced, clinical program designed for dental hygienists who want to increase their clinical understanding and skills with patients who have moderate to advanced periodontal disease. Clinical command with gracey curettes is essential for course participation.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, demonstrations, laboratory exercises, discussion, clinical participation.

Testimonials

“Nice way to try new instruments.”

“The hands-on clinical practice. New instruments. Friendliness of staff. Peer advice. Brandi Ejnik, Bowler, WI

“The clinical experience and all topics covered. It was a lot more info than I expected.”

“Comprehensive coverage of materials needed.”

“One-on-one instruction with instrumentation and techniques.” Chelsi Hambleton, Bloomington, IL

Instructors

Jeanne Anderson, R.D.H., M.P.A., Clinical Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Primary Dental Care, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota.

Roger G. Ettel, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Periodontology, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota; Consulting faculty, Hennepin County Medical Center. Dr. Ettel is currently in full-time clinical practice limited to periodontology in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Kimberly S. Johnson, G.D.H., M.D.H., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Primary Dental Care, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota.

Jill Stoltenberg, G.D.H., M.A., R.F., Associate Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Primary Dental Care, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota. Ms. Stoltenberg is the Course Director.

Cynthia L. Stull, B.S.D.H., M.D.H., Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, Department of Primary Dental Care, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota.

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