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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:

Topics in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Presented by: Rafik Abdelsayed, DDS, MS
Friday, August 22, 2014 | Athens, GA

Course Materials

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


Love Dentistry, Have Fun, and Prosper
A course for the entire office!

Friday, April 17th, 2015
Location: TBA

Would you like to learn the simple proven secrets that could easily and predictably take your dental practice to a level you never thought possible? Then don’t miss Dr. Richard Madow and Dr. David Madow, (The Madow Brothers) when they present their now famous "Love Dentistry, Have Fun, and Prosper" seminar!

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

pace AGDTrack Your Continued Education Credits through the Academy of General Dentistry. View your online CE Transcript. Continuing Education/Track CE

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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