Dental Update for the General Practitioner

October 18-20, 2013brasstown

Brasstown Valley Resort
Young Harris, Georgia

Presented by
Georgia Health Sciences University
Dental College of Georgia and
Division of Professional and Community Education

Weekend at a Glance
Break at
10 a.m
7:45-8 am
8-10 am
10:15 am-12:15 pm
  • Introduction to Course
  • Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease
  • Endodontic Diagnosis
Break at
9:45 a.m

7:45-9:45 am
1:30-3:30 pm
(optional hands on 

  • Associateships: What I've Learned from Reading Contracts
  • Endodontic Instrumentation
  • Nickel-Titanium Rotary Instrumentation in Endodontic Therapy
    (Hands on Workshop; equipment provided)
Break at
9:45 a.m.
7:45-9:45 am
10-11:30 am
  • Older Adults and Oral Health
  • Update on Antibiotic Prophylaxis
Please check-out of resort during the 9:45 a.m. Sunday break.

A note from the course director...

It is with great pleasure that I take over as course director this year for my dear friend, Dr. R. Gary Holmes, who is now active duty in the Navy. I have attended and lectured at this course in the past and am excited to carry on the tradition started by Gary.

This year the Dental College of Georgia presents speakers on a variety of topics affecting the provision of dental care by dental professionals. The course will start with Dr. Scott De Rossi discussing the common oral manifestations of a variety of systemic diseases and close with him providing an update on the most current, evidence-based recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis. In addition, Dr. Steven Roberts will use his expertise to share the latest advances in endodontic diagnosis and instrumentation, Dr. Richard Callan will discuss various aspects of adding an associate, and I will discuss the ever-growing aging population and the management of their unique set of oral diseases. 

In addition to the regular program, Dr. Roberts will hold a hands-on workshop on using rotary instrumentation to perform endodontic therapy. 

Whether this is your first year attending the course, or you have been coming for years, there is no doubt that you will enjoy both the presentations offered by our speakers and also the gorgeous autumn scenery in the North Georgia Mountains.

-Dr. Kate Ciarrocca

Purpose and Objectives

This lecture/participation course updates the general practitioner on a variety of topics that affect the provisional of dental care on a daily basis. At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe new endodontic techniques and technology
  • Manage the dental needs of the geriatric patient
  • Choose the right practice associate
  • Identify oral manifestations of systemic diseases
  • List current antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines 

Target Audience
Dentists, auxiliaries and other dental professionals.

The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

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The Dental College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University designates this activity for 11.75 continuing education credits. 01/01/10 - 12/31/13 The optional hands-on workshop is an additional 2.0 continuing education credits.

The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship/Mastership credit. The current term of acceptance extends from 01/01/10 - 12/31/13.


Augusta University FACULTY


Katharine Ciarrocca, D.M.D., M.S.Ed., 
Course Director, Assistant Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation and the Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences Department. She received her D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed postdoctoral training in Oral Medicine and a master’s degree in education. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine. Prior to joining the Augusta University faculty, Dr. Ciarrocca served as an Adjunct/Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Oral Medicine and had a part-time private practice. She is the faculty advisor in the Geriatrics program as well as the “Dentists for Della” program at Augusta University, Dental College of Georgia.   




 Richard S. Callan, D.M.D., Ed.S., Associate Professor and Chair of the Augusta University Department of General Dentistry, co-directs the Dental College of Georgia practice management curriculum and supervises the Comprehensive Care Clinic. He maintains an intramural general dental practice and conducts research on practical applications of modern techniques and materials. He is a member of the American Dental Education Association’s Commission on Change and Innovation, the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentistry and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.








Scott S. De Rossi, D.M.D., Augusta University Professor of Oral Medicine and Chair of Diagnostic Sciences, received his dental degree and postdoctoral training in oral medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. De Rossi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine. He received an Earl Bank Hoyt Teaching Award from the University of Pennsylvania, where he held a faculty position before joining Augusta University. He is a co-author of Burket’s Oral Medicine textbook and teaches, has a clinical practice limited to Oral Medicine, and does research and publishes extensively on all aspects of oral medicine. He is the 2011 recipient of the IADR Innovation in Oral Care Award for his research in dry mouth.








Steven Roberts, D.D.S., Associate Professor, Predoctoral Program Director and Assistant Director of the Endodontic Postgraduate Program at Augusta University, earned his D.D.S. degree at New York University College of Dentistry and completed endodontic training in the U.S. Army. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Endodontics. He has a busy intramural practice and researches the use of new technology in clinical endodontic therapy.



Friday, October 18, 2013 

7:15 Continental Breakfast 

7:45 Welcome and Introduction to Course – Dr. Katharine Ciarrocca 

8:00 Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease – Dr. Scott De Rossi 
The presentation will summarize known and reveal some newly described oral manifestations of several systemic disorders including bisphosphonate associated osteonecrosis. Lesions of the oral mucosa, tongue, gingival, dentition, periodontium, and salivary glands will be highlighted.

10:00 Break

10:15 Endodontic Diagnosis – Dr. Steven Roberts 
The most current diagnostic categories will be discussed as well as the most effective modalities of testing a tooth. In addition, differential diagnosis of several non odontogenic pathologies mimicking toothache will be presented.

12:15 Adjourn 

Saturday, October 19, 2013 

7:15 Continental Breakfast 

7:45 Associateships: What I’ve Learned from Reading Contracts – Dr. Richard Callan 
The purpose of this presentation is to make dental practitioners aware of the current demographic trends in the dental profession and how these trends may affect their plans as they prepare for an associate. 

9:45 Break

10:00 Endodontic Instrumentation – Dr. Steven Roberts 
The most effective ways of performing non-surgical root canal therapy and getting to the apex of the tooth will be discussed. The following topics will be presented: root canal anatomy; hand files; nickel titanium rotary instrumentation; the apex locator and irrigation.

12:00 Adjourn

1:30 Hands-On Workshop: Endodontic Treatment using Nickel Titanium Rotary Instrumentation – Dr. Steven Roberts 

Space is limited, register early! Equipment will be provided. Please bring 4 accessed extracted teeth. 

3:30 Adjourn from workshop

Sunday, October 20, 2013 

7:15 Continental Breakfast 

7:45 Older Adults and Oral Health – Dr. Katharine Ciarrocca
Among the elderly, oral health can greatly impact their quality of life. This presentation will review common diseases among the elderly as well as delineate the process of connecting with and delivering basic treatment to nursing home facility patients. 

9:45 Break (please check-out of resort at this time)

10:00 An Update on Antibiotic Prophylaxis – Dr. Scott De Rossi 
The course will describe the new recommendations for the prevention of infectious endocarditis and LPJI in adults and children, and provide a practical summary of clinical case scenarios useful to daily dental practice.

11:30 Adjourn


REGISTRATION FEES Before Sept. 18 After Sept. 18
Dentist $545 $595
Hygienist or Auxiliary $245 $295

Optional Saturday afternoon
workshop (limited to 15)






Print the

and mail it
with payment to:
Division of Professional and
Community Education

Georgia Health Sciences University
919 15th Street
Augusta, Georgia 30912

with payment by credit card
to 706-721-4642.

Call the Division of Professional
Community Education at

706-721-3967 or
1- 800-221-6437


Location and Lodging-Brasstown Valley Resort
The course will be held at the Brasstown Valley Resort, located in Young Harris, Georgia, offering mountain elegance for all ages, moderate climate for heavenly outdoor escapes in the surrounding forests of
 the Blue Ridge Mountains and year-round championship golf. From the end of September until the first week of November, Brasstown Valley Resort and the North Georgia Mountains play host to visitors who come to view the awe-inspiring color palate that Mother Nature spreads upon the mountains. The coloring of the leaves begins at the summits of the mountains and flows down their sides to the valley floors. A truly spiritual time, fall in the mountains is a perfect way to begin the busy holiday season. Take this time to, as our motto says, “leave your worries at our door.”

Brasstown Valley Resort  
Young Harris, Georgia  

Room Rates: $204 per night single/double occupancy, plus 12% tax. Contact Brasstown Valley Reservations for suite or cottage information. Reservations must be guaranteed by an advance deposit equal to one night's lodging. You may guarantee by check, payable to Brasstown Valley Resort or by credit card (American Express, VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card or Diners Club.) Deposits are refundable if cancelled within 48 hours of arrival. Contact Brasstown Valley Resort (800-201-3205) to make your lodging reservations or print and mail the LODGING FORM. Early lodging reservations are recommended.

Special Needs
The Georgia Health Sciences University Division of Continuing Education complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act. If you require special services, facilities or dietary
considerations (vegetarian or otherwise) to support your participation in this continuing education program, contact the conference coordinator at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967.

Comfort Zone
Although every effort will be made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting room, we realize that everyone's comfort zone is different. Please bring a jacket or sweater in case the room is too cool for your comfort.