General Dentistry Problem Solving


August 16, 2013

Gwinnett Center
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway  
Duluth, Georgia 30097



Augusta University Dental College of Georgia and Professional and Community Education



8:00 - 9:45 am          Impact of Oral Disease on the Restorative Treatment of the Elderly
10:00 - 11:45 am What is the Role of Occlusal Factors in the Development of TMD?
12:30 - 1:45 pm Occlusal Considerations for Esthetic Success
2:15 - 3:45 pm Management of the Common Medically Complex Dental Patients
3:45 - 4:00 pm Questions and Closing Remarks



The focus of this lecture will be to discuss and offer guidelines to address many of the challenges we face when treating this diverse group of patients, ranging from the medically compromised to the geriatric patient. Understanding medically challenged patients and how to safely manage their care can, at times, be confusing and complex. Additionally, many of these patients are keeping their teeth longer and often wanting esthetic restorations to rejuvenate their smiles. Towards that end, we will discuss some of the complicating occlusal factors and means by which to improve the odds for occlusal and restorative success, and the role of occlusal factors in TMD.



Following the completion of this program, the participants will be able to:
• Discuss management skills in order to safely treat medically-challenged patients
• Critically evaluate the literature and one’s own beliefs about the role of occlusion and the development of TMD based on the best scientific evidence available
• Identify occlusal risk factors and better manage them for restorative success in the more complex esthetic cases
• Discuss oral manifestations of diseases that affect our ability to deliver safe and effective care to geriatric patients


Dentists, auxiliaries and other dental professionals


Registration and Continental Breakfast



Welcome and Course Overview - Dr. Barry Hammond, Course Director/Moderator


Impact of Oral Disease on the Restorative Treatment of the Elderly –  Dr. Kathryn Ciarrocca

The aging population is an ever-growing segment of a dental practice. This presentation will examine an overview of oral manifestations in patients over 65 and how they impact the dental treatment provided. Common oral hard and soft tissue manifestations of systemic disease, xerostomia and its effects on restorative care, and treatments and palliative care options for xerostomia will be presented.

9:45 Break


What is Role of Occlusal Factors in the Development of TMD? – Dr. Scott De Rossi

The relationship between dental occlusion and TMD has been of great interest for the past 55 years. Unfortunately we have witnessed acrimonious and counterproductive discussions in academic and clinical arenas. During the past 15 years a mounting body of evidence has challenged past thinking about the role of dental occlusion in various TMDs. This course will review the current state of the literature and provide and evidence-based approach to supporting or rejecting the etiologic role of occlusion in TMDs.

11:45  Lunch


Occlusal Considerations for Esthetic Success – Dr. Barry Hammond

Occlusion is a critical factor in the modern era of esthetic treatment and it is crucial to identify which cases can be restored with relative predictability versus which patients are at higher risk for failure.   This course will offer clinically practical guidelines and tips for occlusal evaluation and management to improve the odds for long-term restorative and esthetic success.




Management of the Most Common Medically Complex Dental Patients – Dr. Michael Pruett

As general practitioners, we should be able to safely treat these groups of patients and avoid complications. This program will focus on prevention and management of medically involved patients that we commonly see in our practices, and provide guidelines for treatment and/or referrals as needed.


 Questions and Closing Remarks

 4:00  Adjourn


Augusta University Faculty

Dr. Barry Hammond


Barry D. Hammond, D.M.D., Course Director, earned his dental degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed a general practice residency in Chapel Hill, N.C. He maintained a private practice for 15 years, emphasizing restorative and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Hammond is an L.D. Pankey Institute alumnus and taught for several years with the Ross Nash Institute for Dental Learning in Charlotte, N.C. He joined the Augusta University faculty in 2006 and is an Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and serves as the Director of Dental Continuing Education for the Dental College of Georgia.

Dr. Katharine Ciarrocca


Katharine N. Ciarrocca, D.M.D., MSED, 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.

Dr. Scott DeRossi


Scott S. De Rossi, D.M.D., Augusta University Associate 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.
Dr. Michael Pruett Michael E. Pruett, D.M.D., Assistant Professor of Oral Rehabilitation, and Director of the General Practice Residency Program, received his D.M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed a two year General Practice Residency at the University of Virginia and then became the Director of Dentistry at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. While in Hartford he also served as the Assistant Program Director of the General Practice Residency at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He has placed and restored dental implants for the last 19 years. As well he maintains an active private practice with emphasis on hospital dentistry, management of medically compromised patients, implant placement and restoration and sedation dentistry. Dr. Pruett is a Fellow in the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and a Diplomate in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is also active in many dental organizations including the ADA, GDA, Hinman Dental Society, American Society of Dental Anesthesia, Academy of Osseointegration and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.



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The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University designates this activity for 7.0 continuing education credits.  01/01/10 – 12/31/13

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.


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Registration Fees Before Aug. 2 After Aug. 2
Delta Member $105 $145
Delta Member Staff $85 $125
Non Delta Dentist $245 $285
Non Delta Additional Staff $195 $235

The registration fee includes scientific sessions, continental breakfast, lunch, two breaks, and on-line access to course handouts two weeks prior to the course. The registration fee, less a $50 administrative charge, is refundable if notice of cancellation is received by August 2, 2013.




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Division of Continuing Education
Augusta University
919 15th Street
Augusta, Georgia 30912

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

Call the Division of Continuing Education at

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


The program will be held at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf
Parkway in Duluth, Georgia 30097. See the Gwinnett Convention
Center web site for details and map. Meeting will be held in Ballrooms 6ABC


Rooms have been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn for course
registrants at a special rate of $89 per night plus 13% tax, single
or double occupancy. The block of rooms will be open until
August 15, 2013.

The address is:
Hilton Garden Inn, 2040 Sugarloaf Circle, Duluth, GA 30097
770-495-7600 (phone)
770-495-7597 (fax)

The Augusta 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.

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 light wrap in case the room
is too cool for your comfort.
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