Hands-on Oral Surgery Skills for Female Dentists: Adapting Your Tools and Techniques

The ever-changing landscape of oral surgery procedures is demanding, particularly for women. With tools, techniques, and surgical suites designed for larger bodies and bigger hands, adapting strategies to meet women’s physical size and style of care is essential. Learn from a team of leading women, all oral and maxillofacial surgeons, during this extended day, hands-on workshop. During this program, you will learn how to update your surgical toolbox, consider suturing techniques that work for smaller hands and tools, complete flaps, prepare extraction sites, and consider the skills needed to finesse and not force the removal of teeth.
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December 11, 2021

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University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Course Number: CF2876

Enrollment is limited to 30

Description

Learn How To

My Three Favorite Surgical Tools and Why
  • Consider what makes an effective tool for smaller hands
  • Discuss what tools allow for greater finesse and less force
  • Determine the most appropriate tools for common surgical procedures 
Suturing Demonstration and Hands-on Activity
  • Determine the most effective suture technique for specific surgical procedures
  • Select the most effective suture materials
  • Attempt new suturing techniques and tool usage, based on instructors’ recommendations
Skill Station: Extraction
  • Analyze instruments and techniques suitable for smaller hands, less force
  • Consider body positioning and instrument handling techniques
  • Address root tips and common occurrences during extraction
Skill Station: Flaps
  • Use instrumentation common to the envelope flap
  • Tissue handling techniques
  • Focus on suturing techniques and tips
Skill Station: Grafting
  • Consider the importance of grafting procedures and clinical considerations
  • Discuss the tooth removal techniques and their impact
  • Evaluate the grafting materials, membranes, and suturing involved in grafting

Training Methods

Illustrated presentations, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and discussion.

Credits and Fees

$795

Credits

8.75 hours

Minnesota Credits

8.75 Fundamental Credit Hours

Schedule

Time

8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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Presenters

Meet our Course Director

Rachel Uppgaard, DDS, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Uppgaard received her Bachelor of Arts, dental degree and completed her Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Minnesota.  She has taught at both the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Minnesota.  She is an active volunteer within the community.  Dr. Uppgaard is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Meet our Experts

Angela Rake, DDS, completed her dental degree and advanced training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She completed a maxillofacial surgery internship at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Rake practices at Dakota Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She lectures on numerous topics and has gained national attention for her innovative approaches to responsible opioid prescribing. Dr. Rake is a Diplomate with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. She is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, and Minneapolis District Dental Society. She is a past president of the Minnesota Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and serves as President of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.

Cassandra Stacy, DMD, completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree. She entered dental school at the University of Kentucky and received her DMD degree in 2001. She came to Minnesota to begin her Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Minnesota, completing it in 2005. Dr. Stacy has received numerous awards and honors both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, is board certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a member of the American Dental Association and Minnesota Dental Association.

 

Disclosure Summary

It is the policy of the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Dental Education to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its sponsored educational activities. All participating speakers, course directors, and planning committee members are required to disclose to the program audience any financial relationships related to the subject matter of this program. Relationships of spouse/partner with proprietary entities producing health care goods or services should be disclosed if they are of a nature that may influence the objectivity of the individual in a position to control the content of the CDE activity. Disclosure information is reviewed in advance in order to manage and resolve any possible conflicts of interest. Specific disclosure information for each speaker, course director, and planning committee member will be shared with the audience prior to the speaker’s presentation.

Continuing Dental Education Staff members have nothing to disclose.

The following information was received from our speakers for this course. It is not assumed these financial interests or affiliations will have an adverse impact on course presentations. They simply are noted here to fully inform course participants.

Angela Rake, DDS
Indicated no relevant affiliations or financial interests. Speaker does not intend to discuss an off-label/investigative use of a commercial product/device. 

Cassandra Stacy, DMD
Indicated no relevant affiliations or financial interests. Speaker does not intend to discuss an off-label/investigative use of a commercial product/device.

Rachel Uppgaard, DDS
Indicated no relevant affiliations or financial interests. Speaker does not intend to discuss an off-label/investigative use of a commercial product/device.

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Schedule

  • Final registration will begin at 7:30 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Lunch is included. If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Refund Policy

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Additional Details

During the welcome session, participants will divided into three groups of 10 dentists each. You will rotate throughout the three skill sessions with the same group.

Between each station rotation, a 30-minute break will allow time for sanitation and workshop resetting.

Each hands-on skills station will feature a practicing oral surgeon and oral surgery resident.

During the bench-top and skills training, you will utilize animal products.

Tool vendors will be on-site to to distribute various equipment for your use throughout the day. The University of Minnesota does not endorse specific surgical equipment.

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