University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Delta Dental of California are pleased to present our 13th collaborative program designed to provide you with the best in continuing dental education. This year’s program will focus on endodontics, oral ulcerative conditions and erosive tooth wear. The three speakers will discuss the latest concepts, techniques and methodologies in their fields of expertise. Our goal is to offer you practical, useful and clinically relevant information that can be easily incorporated into your practice.
3D Endodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Adham Azim, BDS, DDS
Advanced 3D imaging such as cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is rapidly becoming a more common tool in dentistry, particularly in endodontics. CBCT is now used in more than 50% of endodontic practices and is utilized to assist in the diagnosis of complex clinical cases that are often misdiagnosed using periapical radiographs. It also plays an important role in treatment planning and outcome assessment. In this lecture, Dr. Azim will present several clinical scenarios in which CBCT was instrumental in properly diagnosing and executing the treatment. He will also present the most current literature supporting the use of CBCT in everyday practice.
You Will Learn
- To understand the limitations of 2D radiographs in endodontic treatment
- To recognize the value of integrating CBCT into your day-to-day practice
- To utilize CBCT imaging for diagnosis and treatment planning
A Systematic Approach to the Evaluation, Diagnosis and Treatment of Oral Ulcerative Conditions
Darren Cox, DDS, MBA
Although many different oral ulcerative conditions and diseases have similar clinical appearances, etiologies are many and include: traumatic, reactive, infectious, immunologic or neoplastic scenarios. Some ulcerative conditions are always preceded by a blister, while others characteristically are not. During this lecture, Dr. Cox will discuss how to best evaluate, diagnose and treat these conditions. He will cover the key factors for narrowing a differential diagnosis and determining an appropriate course of action for attaining a definitive diagnosis and treatment for your patients.
You Will Learn
- To recognize oral ulcerative lesions and oral vesiculobullous diseases
- To prepare a differential diagnosis based on clinical findings
- To develop a differential diagnosis based on systemic correlations, medical and medication history and additional patient demographic information
- To understand appropriate treatment options for oral ulcerative conditions once a definitive diagnosis has been obtained
Acid Attack: How to Diagnose and Manage Erosive Tooth Wear
Rebecca Moazzez, BDS, MSc, PhD
This lecture program will focus on erosive tooth wear (ETW), its prevalence and why it is important to diagnose and treat. Dr. Moazzez will discuss the etiology, source of acids, methods of detection and diagnosis of the conditions. She will also examine the risk factors and introduce the basic ETW index. Participants will learn how to use the index in their practices. There will be a discussion about various medical conditions associated with ETW and the function of saliva and pellicle. Lastly, the presentation will include the concept of minimally invasive management of ETW.
You Will Learn
- To recognize the etiology of erosive tooth wear
- To detect and diagnose ETW and to use the basic ETW index
- To analyze the role of saliva and pellicle in ETW
- To understand the role of medical conditions in ETW
- How to integrate minimally invasive management of ETW into patient care
Who Should Attend
This informative program is designed for dentists and all team members in the office. View brochure (PDF)
Program: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Check-in: 8:30 am
Credits: This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit.
Program includes lunch and morning coffee/tea service
*Delta Dental members should enter the discount code you received from Delta Dental.
University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry would like to acknowledge and thank Delta Dental of California for their generous support of this program.
Adham Azim, BDS, DDS, is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Endodontics at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. He maintains a private endodontics practice and is also the founder and CEO of Endolit. He earned his BDS from Cairo University, where he also did his endodontic training. He later completed his endodontic certificate at Columbia University, and since then, he has been a full-time educator and part-time private practitioner. He also served as the division head and the director of the endodontic postgraduate program at University at Buffalo. Dr. Azim is a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. He has lectured all over the world and has received several awards for his research work. He has more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and several textbook chapter contributions, such as Ingle Endodontics and Endodontics: Principles and Practices.
Darren Cox, DDS, MBA, is a professor of diagnostic sciences at the Dugoni School of Dentistry and director of the Pacific Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Laboratory. He is a graduate of the LSU School of Dentistry. After a general practice residency at Loyola of Chicago Medical Center, he practiced general dentistry in New Orleans. Dr. Cox completed his residency in oral, head and neck pathology at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial pathologist (OMP). He is currently the secretary-treasurer of the AAOMP. He serves on the editorial board of Head and Neck Pathology Journal and as a reviewer of many professional journals. He is currently a CODA site visitor for OMP specialty programs. He has authored 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and has worked extensively in the area of Sjogren’s syndrome.
Rebecca Moazzez, BDS, MSc, PhD, earned a BDS, master’s and PhD from University of London. She is a prosthodontist and one of 16 international experts in the field of erosive tooth wear. She joined the Dugoni School of Dentistry as chair of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry in 2021. Previously, she was a professor of prosthodontics and oral clinical research at King’s College London where she began teaching in 1998. In 2013, she became the college’s founding director of the Oral Clinical Research Unit. Dr. Moazzez has more than 60 publications and grants totaling $4 million to help fund her research. She serves as the founding director of the Dugoni School’s Center for Innovation and Translation.