WOW! Lunch Rounds

Sat, 18 Mar
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Del Mar
CEUs: 1.5 Hours CE Credits Each

WOW! Lunch Rounds

Audience: Dentists, Students & Residents, Dental Auxiliaries & Dental Office Staff
Ticketed Event

WOW: Words of Wisdom – join us for lunch in tables of ten as you talk and learn from different professionals and companies that interest you.
The session will include a presentation with a 15 minutes Q & A portion.

Sponsored by yogg


Avoiding Legal Landmines in Private Practice

Ali Oromchian, JD, LL.M., Dental & Medical Counsel
As a practice owner, creating a plan for strategic business operations is key. This includes everything from employee management to contracts, and marketing to technology. Having this plan will allow you to have a strong business foundation and create a thriving practice. With every business decision made along your path to success, the legal ramifications that could result must be considered. During this seminar, Ali Oromchian, Esq. will present information that once implemented, will limit your legal abilities.

Attendees will learn:

  • To Incorporate or not to Incorporate? A Look at Business Entities.
  • Document, Document, Document: Key Tactics to Ensure Your Employee Files Are Current.
  • Top 10 HR and Legal Minefields to Avoid.
  • How to Legally use Social Media for Recruitment and Management of Team Members.

Interceptive Management of Oral Habit-Related Malocclusions

Sara Rosanna Arcari, DDS
Oral habits that are acquired during infancy can have adverse consequences as they apply forces to the dentoalveolar structures. Prolonged habits may lead to orthodontic problems which may persist into the permanent dentition. Habits of sufficient frequency, duration and intensity may be associated with dentoalveolar or skeletal deformations.

Early management of malocclusions can be the correct way to treat children with long term oral habits. Interceptive functional treatment aims to correct or reduce the malocclusion. In selected patients, applying simple devices can lead to amazing results. Non-nutritive sucking behaviors, appliances and cases will be shown and discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the various oral habits, focusing on non-nutritive sucking habits and how they can affect facial growth, dentoalveolar structures, arch development and teeth alignment.
  • Understand how malocclusions related to non-nutritive sucking habits, if left untreated, can lead to conditions that can be not only unattractive but also dysfunctional, and become much more difficult to manage.
  • Comprehend how to intercept successfully and select easy treatment  methods of oral habit-related malocclusions.
  • Discuss clinical cases.

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Simple and Easy Chairside Adjustments of Pediatric Appliances

Steven H. Gross C.D.T.
This simple, easy, up-close and personal presentation will focus on all aspect of chairside adjustments for fixed and removable pediatric appliances from band re-contouring and step-by-step hands on adjustments of:

  • Adams Clasps
  • Ball Clasps
  • Labial Bows
  • Expansion Screws
  • Band re-contouring
  • Finger Clasps
  • “C” Clasps
  • Micro Screws
  • Finger Springs
  • Proper Banding Procedures

When Laughing Gas is No Fun – a Blurred Line Between Use and Abuse

Yawen Peng, DMD
Nitrous oxide is commonly offered by pediatric dentists to assist in inducing amnesia, increasing analgesia, and producing relaxation and cooperation in young patients. It is also useful for prolonged dental procedures, as well as in patients with hyperresponsive gag reflexes. However, animal studies have shown that nitrous oxide can be associated with apoptosis in the developing brain, and the euphorogenic effects may encourage dependency on the gas. Although the effects of nitrous oxide on the developing human brain in children are still unknown, we as pediatric dentists are the guardians of our patient’s health and should be mindful of the effects caused by nitrous oxide exposure. The goal of this presentation is to bring awareness of issues associated with the increased usage of Nitrous Oxide in the pediatric dental offices.

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A Reasonable and Cost Effective Substitute for Buckley’s Formocresol

Ray Stewart, DMD, MS
Since the recent announcement by the manufacturer, Sirona Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Dentsply Corporation, that Buckley’s Formocresol would no longer be sold in California, there is an obvious need to find a reasonably priced and evidence based supported substitute for the performance of vital pulp therapy in primary teeth.

Formocresol has been the predominant material used by pediatric dentists to obtain hemostasis and fixation of the remaining vital pulp tissues when performing vital pulpotomies on primary teeth as treatment for reversible pulpitis caused by carious or traumatic exposure of the dental pulp. Do to the content of various agents in formocresol which have been labeled as “potentially toxic”, there has been a search for appropriate alternatives for the past two decades. These alternatives have included agents and techniques such as gluteraldehyde, calcium hydroxide, ferric sulfate, electrosurgery (electro fulguration), and more recently mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA).

The majority of these agents and techniques have resulted in clinical outcomes that have failed to equal or surpass the clinical success observed with formocresol. The exception to this is MTA which has been shown in several published studies, to have long term clinical success rates which are equal to or better than those observed for formocresol. Although MTA has been used for many years now as a very effective obturating agent and direct pulp capping agent in permanent tooth endodontic therapy, it has been slow to be adopted by pediatric dentists as the pulp capping agent in primary tooth pulp therapy. The primary reasons for the slow acceptance by pediatric dentists has been primarily due to the cost and handling properties of the MTA products recently available to them.

The recent introduction of NeoMTA has overcome these barriers and is now a very attractive and cost effective replacement to formocresol for the treatment of both primary and young permanent teeth requiring direct or indirect pulp capping. A comparison of cost and of handling properties with other MTA products currently available on the market will be given. The presentation will also give the preliminary results of clinical trials which we are conducting at UCSF and will demonstrate the familiar and user friendly handling characteristics of NeoMTA and will feature case studies and videos of the actual performance of vital pulpotomies in primary teeth and in Svek pulpotomies on young permanent teeth.

What Do I Tell Parents About the Risks of Dental Anesthesia?

Steve Yun, MD
There recently has been a tragic flurry of highly-publicized cases of death and brain damage in children due to anesthesia in the dental office setting. As a result, many parents are now especially fearful and anxious when it comes to the use of anesthesia in their children. However, anesthesia (when performed properly by trained personnel) is still extremely safe. Thus, my objectives are:

  • To review the data and the literature with regards to the actual risks of anesthesia.
  • To share strategies to help parents understand the benefits and safety of properly performed anesthesia, as well as understand the risks of anesthesia in the proper context.
  • To review the data and literature with regards to the neurocognitive risks of anesthesia in young children.