CE Lessons

Here you’ll find our catalog of continuing education courses with the newest courses listed first. The “Categories” menu (to the left) can help you quickly find courses by clinical category, or you can type a keyword into the search box below.

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Creating Beauty With Burs?

CE Contact Hours: 3
An often overlooked part of our daily dental armamentarium is our burs which, if chosen and used correctly, can make our work excavating decay and sculpting tooth structure more efficient with an improved end result. Many of us use just a few select burs that we may have learned to use in dental school, or have become accustomed to over years of practice. In this day of hard tissue ......

Advantages of Operative Laser Dentistry

CE Contact Hours: 3
Light-based procedures are becoming increasingly prevalent in almost all aspects of medicine. As the interaction of light with other materials is better understood and manufacturers are better able to control the production of specific light sources, doctors are becoming better able to exploit the inherent advantages of using light in their fields. Perhaps the best example of this is in ......

Clinical Considerations of Hybrid & Microhybrid Composites


Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2
The use and application of modern composite resins for restorative and esthetic dentistry has evolved over a twenty-year period of clinical trials and research. Improvements in glass filler technology, resin color, and hardness now allows an expanded range of clinical uses for composite resins. Today’s composite materials afford the dental practitioner the convenience of good clinical ......

Developing the Modern Chartless Practice

CE Contact Hours: 2
The modern dental practice has evolved significantly over the past 15 years. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the advent of both Windows-based practicemanagement software and intraoral cameras helped to usher in the new era of modern dentistry. However, the transition has not been as quick or as comprehensive as originally predicted. There are a number of reasons for this. The cost of ......

The Role of OralCDx in Dental Practice


Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2
Does this sound familiar? “If I see anything at all suspicious, I refer it directly to the dental surgeon.” This was and continues to be the correct approach when a suspiciouslooking lesion is identified. What changed in 2000 with the availability of the oral brush biopsy was not the management of the suspicious oral lesion (Figures 1, 2) that dentists may see only several times a ......

Occlusion for Hygienists

Categories Occlusion
Author(s): Vicki McManus, RDH

Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2
The scope of dental hygiene duties continues to expand. With this, our knowledge of functional restoration and comprehensive oral care must expand. This course serves as an introduction to occlusion and the role proper occlusion plays in maintaining a functionally healthy mouth....

A New Look at an Old Problem

CE Contact Hours: 2
The use of today’s impression materials has made the art of capturing clinical detail much easier than systems of the past. However, dental offices find confusion sorting out the hype between various manufacturers’ claims. Following a few basic guidelines can help ensure results that are predictable and repeatable nearly 100% of the time. This article is meant to illustrate a simple ......

Articaine, Local Anesthetics, and Paresthesia

CE Contact Hours: 2
Articaine HCl with epinephrine 1:100,000 is the first U.S.-approved dental anesthetic in over 40 years. In April 2000, the Food and Drug Administration granted approval of articaine for sale and distribution as a 4% solution with epinephrine 1:100,000 under the brand name Septocaine. This U.S. approval follows a long history of articaine use in dentistry. Articaine was originally ......

Choosing and Using Permanent Luting Cements

CE Contact Hours: 2
Fifty years ago dentists had a relatively simple time choosing permanent luting cements and indirect restorative materials—gold crowns and zinc phosphate cement! How complicated things have become in the intervening years. Dental manufacturers have responded to the demands of the market by providing more natural looking, esthetic, and metal-free restorative materials. Although zinc ......

Electric Handpieces - A Renaissance in Dentistry


Author(s): Jeff

Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2

Panoramic Radiography


Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2
Panoramic radiography has been an important component of dental diagnostic radiology for over 40 years. It is a technique that produces an image of the teeth and jaws on a single film, but it also depicts a somewhat bewildering array of hard and soft tissues in the head and neck. Some of these structures are also seen on intraoral radiographs but appear different on panoramic films, ......

One Path to Excellent Endodontics

Categories Endodontics
Author(s): Dr. Richard Mounce

Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2
The objective of root canal therapy is the three-dimensional cleansing, shaping, and obturation of the root canal system from the canal orifice to the minor constriction of the apical foramen. Endodontics should duplicate extraction. Extraction heals because the entire diseased pulp is removed from the body. The closer the clinician can duplicate extraction through endodontic treatment, ......

The Quest for the Ultimate Dental Adhesive: Are We There Yet?


Author(s): Jeff

Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2

Dental Operatory Ergonomics or Saving Your Skeleton


Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2
Why should you be concerned with ergonomics of the operatory? Ergonomics is a great buzzword, but not many doctors are energized by it....

Diabetes Mellitus: Strategies for Providing Comprehensive Care


Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disorder that has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. The disease affects 18.2 million Americans, yet approximately one-third of these individuals remains undiagnosed. An additional 41 million individuals have prediabetes. It is estimated that one in three who were born in the year 2000 will have diabetes, and that diabetes will ......

New CDC Guidelines for Selected Infection-Control Procedures

Categories Infection Prevention
Author(s): Dr. Chris Miller

Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2
The success of infection control cannot always be monitored on a routine basis in a dental office; mistakes and oversights can go unnoticed. Thus it is very important that infection-control procedures are performed correctly and that appropriate products and equipment involved are selected and used as directed by the manufacturers....

Inflammation: Its Role in Health and its Mediation by Chemotherapeutic Agents


Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2
Recently, the public has been inundated with information regarding the role of systemic inflammation in relation to total health and well being. Healthcare providers are being asked questions by their patients related to this information, with dentistry being no exception. The relationship of oral inflammation to systemic inflammation, as well as the association of oral inflammation to ......

New and Better Materials Make a New and Better Smile

CE Contact Hours: 2
The opportunity to transform disfigured dentition into a natural winning smile can be a source of immense gratification for a dentist. Even better is when the combination of restorative and cosmetic dentistry can, at the same time, restore and improve the health and integrity of such a patient’s teeth....

Stress: Empowering Clinicians to Address its Role in Periodontal Disease

Categories Periodontics
Author(s): Casey Hein

Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2
One hundred years of experimental research have provided us with proof that there is a statistically significant association between stress and the onset, course, and outcome of certain human diseases.1 We have long since known about the threat stress poses to health—and that stress may contribute to the onset of human opportunistic infections; however, for many dental professionals, ......

Why Every Office Needs to Be Digital

CE Contact Hours: 2
There is little doubt that the look and feel of the modern dental practice has evolved dramatically over the past 15–20 years. Back in the late 1980s, the very first digital radiography systems and intraoral cameras were released onto the market. Although adoption of these systems was slower than expected, there have been numerous other changes as well. The vast majority ......

Posture-Directed vs. Image-Directed Dentistry: Ergonomic and Economic Advantages Through Dental Microscope Use


Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2
The modern dental practice incorporates office designs that create an "at-home" atmosphere while using "high-tech" equipment to promote improved efficiency and increased productivity. The purpose of this article is to analyze the ergonomic and economic advantages of the dental microscope over the now obsolete dental loupes. In order to appreciate the benefits of this ......

Practical Cosmetic Solutions Mastering Adhesive Dentistry


Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2
To be part of this adhesive revolution, it is imperative that a dentist becomes a continuous student of dental materials, making choices that best fit the restorative need as well as following meticulous protocol in applying the materials to the teeth. Doing so creates predictable and profitable results, while improper use and application of materials can result in greatly diminished ......

Lasers in Dentistry

Categories Lasers, Lasers
Author(s): Donald J. Coluzzi, DDS

Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 2
This article describes how laser instruments can be used for a variety of dental procedures. The fundamentals of laser physics and tissue interaction are explained and an overview of the different characteristics of individual instrument types is given. Some examples of clinical treatment cases are shown....

Fluoride Varnish for the Senior Patient: A small step for hygienists; a giant leap for oral health care!

CE Contact Hours: 2
At the completion of this article, the reader will become more familiar with the changing trends in the prevention and treatment of dental caries. The focus of therapy will outline the emerging technologies in enamel protection through remineralization....

Level I, Orthodontics for General Practitioners

Categories Orthodontics
Author(s): Dr. Brock Rondeau

Cost: $0.00
CE Contact Hours: 16
The purpose of this comprehensive 4 session, 8 day program is to teach general and pediatric dentists how to diagnose and treat simple orthodontic cases. Emphasis will be placed on thorough records and diagnosis. Treatment will involve using a combination of functional appliances mainly in mixed dentition and fixed orthodontic braces (straight wire technique) in permanent dentition. Dr. ......