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Georgia Academy of General Dentistry
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Continuing Education

The Georgia Academy of General Dentistry’s mission is to provide quality continuing education in the spirit of lifelong learning and commitment to the best possible patient care. Georgia's Goals for Continuing Education:

  • Keep patient care and safety as the top priority by delivering continuing education programs and constituent communications that consistently promote and adhere to the highest clinical and ethical standards in dentistry.
  • Continuously monitor changes in regulations and recommendations that would require dental professionals to obtain continuing education in specific areas, and provide high quality, comprehensive educational programs to address these needs.
  • Become the leading dental professional organization in Georgia by providing exceptional, sought-after educational activities and continuously seeking to improve quality and professional relevance of these programs.

Upcoming Continuing Education Courses & Events:

Athens Regional Meeting

Friday, August 22, 2014 | 8:30am - 4:00pm
The Classic Center, Athens GA

Topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Rafik Abdelsayed, DDS, MS

Course Information/Schedulepdf

Course Description
Topic 1:   Common and Challenging Oral Mucosal Lesions
Topic 2:   Vesiculo-erosive Disorders
Topic 3:   Selected Radiographic Lesions of the Jaws & Maxillofacial Complex

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify neoplastic processes and oral precancerous and cancerous lesions
  • Make appropriate diagnostic and/or referral for definitive diagnosis
  • Create a differential diagnosis for the various mucosal lesions, immune-mediated processes, vesiculobullous disorders, the common lucent and opaque jaw lesions
  • Establish a definitive diagnosis and provide adequate management plan

6 hours lecture credit

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Early Career Dentist Symposium

Friday, September 12, 2014
Registration begins at 7:30am
Program 8:30am - 4:15pm

Early Career Dentist Symposium Agenda

Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina
4000 Summit Boulevard
Atlanta, Georgia, 30319

Wayne E. Kerr, DDS, MAGD
Elise Nussbaumer & Troy Walton
Stuart Oberman
6 hours lecture credit

GAGD Early Career Refer-a-Colleague Contest
Refer a colleague to register and attend the GAGD Early Career Dentist Symposium on Friday, September 12th and be entered for a chance to win a gift certificate to Buckhead Life Restaurants!

Tell your friend to mention you in the "Referred by" section of their registration to be entered! The attendee with the most referrals wins! Good Luck!

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Stuff Worth Knowin' About Business, Practice and Life
Wayne E. Kerr, DDS, MAGD

Course Description
It has been said that "Growing old is a given, but growing wise is an option!" This presentation is filled with contemporary, pertinent, and useful information regarding money, practice, and life. Consider life's challenges, and benefit from Dr. Kerr's personal experiences - both good and bad!

Examine stress management and life planning techniques. Learn ways to improve your chance for financial success, and consider the needs of loved ones (spouses, children, and parents) as the years pass. Explore fifteen ways to love your life more!!

These serious topics, presented with humor, will give attendees a great deal to think about (and a good bit of homework!) This inspiring and informative presentation will absolutely change your life!

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Marketing concepts that work
  • New and useful products and devices
  • Strategies and formulas for financial success - and the cost of procrastination
  • Tips for avoiding identity theft
  • And many more!

Optimizing Your Practice Potential
A Presentation on Dental Practice Management and Marketing
Elise Nussbaumer & Troy Walton

Course Description:
A discussion of...

  • Which practice numbers are important to analyze each month
  • What these numbers mean regarding the growth of your practice
  • How new patient flow greatly affects your practice revenue
  • What marketing strategies give you the greatest return

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discover and capture the hidden potential in your practice
  • Maximize your marketing investment through Best Practice retention strategies
  • Implement authentic marketing campaigns

2014 Legal Trends and Updates: How to Avoid a Risk Management Nightmare
Stuart Oberman, Esq.

Stuart J. Oberman will provide information regarding the latest legal trends and updates including intellectual property, U.S. Department of Labor Audit, dental office employment law, and risk management.

Savannah Regional Meeting

Friday, October 10, 2014
Hilton DeSoto

New Dimensions in Endodontics
Jerome Cymerman, DMD

Course Description: Full-Day Presentation (Lecture and Hands-On)
The lecture segment of this two part presentation will concentrate on two areas. 1) How to incorporate new material science, such as bioceramic technology and efficient rotary instrumentation into your clinical practice, and 2) How to perform root canal therapy in such a manner that you actually enhance the long-term prognosis of the tooth. The goal of this program is to have all dentists learn how to perform endodontics in such a manner that they can offer their patients a predictable way of preserving their natural dentition in the long run. Included in the lecture component will be a thorough discussion concerning access, non- surgical ultrasonic use, instrumentation techniques, and a new bioceramic obturation method. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing endodontic synchronicity between a machined preparation and a laser verified master bioceramic coated cone. Additionally, a new instrumentation and obturation technique (ESX® NiTi rotary instrumentation and Synchronized Hydraulic Condensation) will be introduced. All participants will have the opportunity to validate these concepts during the hands-on session. The hands-on session provides the participants the opportunity to use "Real World" techniques and to witness first-hand, how they will change the way they practice endodontics. Time will also be dedicated to "Preventing the Separation of Rotary Files" and the use of piezo electric ultrasonics will be available at all times.

During this lecture/hands-on participants will learn:

  1. How endodontics can be precision-based.
  2. The importance of preserving coronal radicular dentin.
  3. The multiple benefits of developing "endodontic synchronicity" between a machined preparation and a master cone.
  4. The multiple advantages of performing a constant .04 taper preparation.
  5. The new synchronized hydraulic condensation? technique featuring the use of bioceramic technology.
  6. How the use of bioceramics can improve your surgical and non-surgical results.
  7. How to properly use the ESX® NiTi rotary file and instrumentation system.
  8. The correct way to use an ultrasonic, in the pursuit of hidden canals.
  9. The ease of use associated with synchronized hydraulic condensation? technique compared to the traditional obturation methods.
  10. Most importantly of all, how to perform endodontics in such a manner that you do not compromise the long-term retention of the tooth. In fact, learn how to do endodontics so that you actually enhance the long-term prognosis of the tooth.

Attendees are encouraged to bring two to four accessed, extracted teeth that are patent to the apex with a size 10 hand file.

Sponsored by Real World Endo®

6 hours participation credit

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Albany Regional Meeting

Friday, October 31, 2014
Darton State College

Christopher Cutler, DDS, PhD
Cristiano Susin, DDS, MSD, PhD

6 hours lecture credit

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Antibiotic Use in the Adjunctive Treatment of Periodontal Diseases:
Why the Controversy?
(3 hr)
Christopher Cutler, DDS, PhD

Course Description
Periodontal diseases are chronic low- grade infections that stimulate an inflammatory response. The inflammation causes loss of alveolar bone, attachment and if untreated, tooth loss. The infection however, can spread to distant sites in the body and invade cardiac vasculature, brain, placenta, lungs and joints in rheumatoid arthritis. Clinical evidence supports a role for periodontal disease in risk for many systemic diseases, although a causative role has not yet been established. Why then, the controversy over the use of antibiotics in periodontal therapy if it helps to control infection and inflammation? This seminar will discuss the evidence for and against the efficacy of local/systemic antibiotic use in periodontal therapy, with regards to clinical indices of disease and systemic responses. Patterns of resistance will be addressed, as will non-antimicrobial dose antibiotics. A treatment rationale will be developed.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to understand:

  • The role of oral microbes in local inflammation and systemic disease risk
  • The efficacy of local and systemic antibiotic therapy in clinical outcomes of periodontal therapy
  • The downside to antibiotic therapy (i.e the "pitfalls")
  • Clinical protocols to avoid the "pitfalls"

Peri-Implant Infections: Threats and Opportunities (3 hr)
Cristiano Susin, DDS, MSD, PhD

Course Description
Dental implants have achieved great popularity in recent years and have become the de facto standard intervention to treat patients with missing teeth. Whereas long-term survival rates of 90% or more have been reported for modern dental implants, two types of peri-implant infections have been recognized. Peri-implant mucositis is defined as the presence of a reversible inflammatory response in the mucosa surrounding an implant and peri-implantitis is characterized by alveolar bone loss that in its final stages may lead to complete loss of osseointegration. The epidemiology of peri-implantitis is largely unknown but recent literature suggests that an important percentage of subjects and dental implants might be affected. Studies have identified few factors that increase the likelihood of peri-implantitis and risk-based preventive measures have been proposed. This course will review the current knowledge on peri-implant diseases including the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, clinical consequences and possible treatment options for peri-implant infections.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will have:

  • A comprehensive review of the epidemiology and risk factors for peri-implant infections
  • An evidence-basedreview ofpreventive strategies and treatment options for peri-implantitis

Thank you to all attendees and participants of the 2013 Early Career Dentist Symposium!

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The Georgia Academy of General Dentistry is designated as an approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 11/1/2011 to 10/31/2015. Provider #219296.


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