30th Annual Symposium on General Dentistry

30th Annual Symposium on General DentistrySt. Simons Island

June 29-July 5, 2015

Presented by
Augusta University Dental College of Georgia
and Division of Professional and Community Education
at St. Simons Island, Georgia

The Augusta University Symposium on General Dentistry offers the practicing dentist a comprehensive array of useful information in a structured, condensed format presented by speakers that were selected for their expertise in their subject matter.

The purpose is to present effective clinical techniques or practice management concepts of interest to the general dentist with a contemporary restorative practice. This week long course provides the opportunity to update clinical and practice management knowledge in a relaxed, productive setting.

Open registration makes it possible to customize your schedule with our half day format that provides ample opportunity to learn and relax at the beach. Dentists are encouraged to bring staff members to the course to enhance the transfer of new and applicable information from the course to the office.

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

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider  may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerpACDE

The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University designates this activity for 28.0 continuing education credits. 01/01/14 – 12/31/17

The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship/Mastership credit. The current term of acceptance extends from 01/01/14 – 12/31/17.


Monday, June 29
12:45 p.m. Welcome and Introduction to the Course – Frazier
1:00 p.m. Restorative Dentistry Update: Survey of North
American Dental Schools – Frazier
A summary of the Fall 2014 CODE annual survey of North American Dental Schools will be presented including: Materials, Techniques, and Devices used (e.g. lasers, digital imaging,  amalgam use, & electric handpieces). Curriculum, Clinical experiences, and Student Assessment (updating with literature, alternate teaching methods, critical thinking,  treatment planning, grading, clinical experiences, and remediation), and caries management.
2:15 p.m. Esthetic Dentistry Owner's Manual – Frazier
Esthetic dental procedures are an essential part of the range of restorative services that  contemporary dental practitioners have to offer patients. The patient and the hygienist can  have a significant influence on the appearance and durability of esthetic restorations. This presentation provides practical information regarding the effects of various in-office  and at-home procedures on resin-based and ceramic restorative materials. Information for  effective patient education will also be described.
3:30 p.m. Break
  Rehabilitation of Endodontically-treated Teeth: An Evidence-based Approach – Romero
In our daily practice we are confronted with the decision making about "How do we best restore an endodontically-treated tooth?" "Is a post always necessary?" "What kind of post system should I use?" "Composite resin or crowns?" All these questions and more will be answered according to what the literature supports. Clinical cases and "real life" clinical videos will be presented to support our findings and demonstrate recommended techniques.
Tuesday June 30, 2015 (8 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
8:00 a.m. Step-by-Step Clinical Technique Part I – Romero
These 2 presentations will provide the practitioner with all the info they need to be able to  routinely perform highly esthetic and natural looking anterior direct composite restorations. Topics include: materials and instrument selection, shade mapping, and a variety of techniques for several clinical scenarios will be discussed in detail to allow you as the practitioner to transform your patient's smile in ONE SINGLE VISIT
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 p.m. The Invisible Anterior Composite Restoration. Step-by-Step Clinical Technique Part II – Romero
Wednesday July 1, 2015 (8 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.) (break at 10 a.m.)
8:00 a.m. Sound Financial Principles & Innovative Management Concepts for the Business of Dentistry – Cain
As small business owners, dentists should be aware of more business concepts than the  usual enhanced marketing, practice efficiency and fee-manipulation strategies commonly  provided in typical practice management courses. Broader concepts of finance and business  management can assist practitioners plan more strategically as they position their  practices for growth and flexibility in our evolving economy.
Thursday July 2, 2015 (8 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
8:00 a.m. An Approach to Medically Complex Patients and
Medical Risk Assessment – De Rossi
An ever-growing number of patients with complex medical disorders which affect the  provision of dental care are seeking dental treatment in outpatient dental offices. This  informative program discusses important points of the many medical disorders commonly  encountered in dental practice and reviews a simple and efficient approach to the  successful management of medically complex patients.
10: a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Oral Health and Older Adults – 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.
Friday July 3, 2015 (8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
8:00 a.m. Office Emergencies: Are You Ready? – Ferguson
A thorough review of the important considerations of the physical office space, essential emergency equipment, and minimum staff training that is needed for your staff to be able to successfully respond to the most common medical emergencies in dental offices will be presented.
9:45 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. Pharmacology of Basic Emergency Medications – Ferguson
A review of common drugs used for emergency treatment in the dental office will be  presented including a summary of relevant drug classes, dosing, delivery methods,  side-effects & precautions.
 11:15 a.m. Health Literacy: An Easy Approach to Enhance Treatment Outcomes – Ciarrocca
Many people have trouble understanding information about their health. About 9 out of 10 American adults have some problems with health literacy or the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. It is imperative that oral health professionals consider our patients’ health  literacy level to provide the most comprehensive and patient centered care.
  Saturday July 4, 2015 (8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
 8:00 a.m. Complex Exodontia for the General Practitioner – Ferguson
A systematic approach to patient assessment, treatment planning, and surgical execution for complex exodontia cases will be presented. Routine and alternate strategies will be discussed to enable the clinician to have more predictable results with a wide range of extraction treatment scenarios in their own practices.
 9:30 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. Oral Care of the Cancer Patient – Ciarrocca
Patients with head and neck cancer can have significant oral complications due to the cancer and its’ treatment. Radiation therapy and cytotoxic medications can cause immunosuppression, debilitating and painful effects on the oral mucosa, can increase the risk of infection, and can have devastating effects on the teeth and jaw bone. Medically necessary oral care before, during, and after cancer treatment can prevent and reduce the incidence and severity of oral complications, improve quality of life, patient compliance which would be translated into more successful cancer eradication and improvement in survival.
11:00 a.m. Top Ten Oral Mucosal Lesions – De Rossi
Patients presenting with oral mucosal disease can be challenging to diagnose and manage and several disorders can present with similar clinical signs and symptoms. This informative program will review many of the oral lesions commonly encountered in dental practice including ulcerative, vesicular, and bullous lesions, red, white, and pigmented lesions of the oral cavity. A deeper knowledge of each disease will guide the clinician toward proper management. Special attention will be paid to the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of these diseases.
Sunday July 5, 2015 (8:00 - 11:45 a.m.)
8:00 a.m. Non-Odontogenic Toothache – De Rossi
The clinician should never automatically assume that all toothaches are caused by pulpal or periodontal disease. There are numerous non-odontogenic sources responsible for pain felt in  the teeth. The most important step towards proper identification and management is the suspicion that the origin of tooth pain is not in fact in the pulp or supporting tissues. This course will review the clinical features of many sources of non-odontogenic toothache and discuss their diagnostic and management challenges.
9:30 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. Pre-prosthetic Surgery for the General Practitioner – Ferguson
Many patients have irregular or hypertrophic contours affecting their gingival or dento-alveolar tissues that inhibit or limit their planned restorative treatment. Surgical interventions will be described that can be performed in a general practice and provide more satisfying outcomes for patients and clinicians. Flap design, elevation, and  reapproximation and suturing will be discussed as it relates to a variety of surgical interventions for several common oral conditions that can be routinely corrected prior to restorative treatment.



Kevin B. Frazier, DMD, EdS, Course Director, Vice Dean and Professor of Oral Rehabilitation at Augusta University Dental College of Georgia (Augusta University). He received his DMD and General Practice Residency training at the University of Florida. He teaches clinical restorative dentistry, maintains an intramural general dental practice and researches restorative materials and dental education. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Consortium of Operative Dentistry Educators and the Academy of Operative Dentistry.

Katharine Ciarrocca, DMD, MSEd, Assistant Professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Oral Rehabilitation and Diagnostic Sciences at Augusta University. She received her DMD and Oral Medicine training from the University of Pennsylvania where she also earned a master’s degree in education. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and a 2014 Fellow of the UAB Geriatric Faculty Scholars program, an author in Burket’s Oral Medicine textbook and a reviewer for Special Care in Dentistry. She is the 2010 winner of the GDA/ASDA Outstanding Faculty Award, the 2012 recipient of the American College of Dentists Outstanding Faculty Award, and the 2013 Pierre Fauchard Academy Excellence in Dental Education Award.

Scott S. De Rossi, DMD, Professor of Oral Medicine and Chairman of Oral Health Diagnostic Sciences, received his dental degree and postdoctoral training in Oral Medicine from the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. De Rossi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine. He received the Earl Bank Hoyt Teaching Award from the University of Pennsylvania and the Judson C. Hickey Award from Augusta University for excellence in teaching. He is a co-author of Burket’s Oral Medicine textbook and teaches, has a clinical practice limited to Oral Medicine, does research and publishes extensively on all aspects of oral medicine.

Henry W. Ferguson, DMD, Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Augusta University Dental College of Georgia received his dental degree from The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and his OMFS training at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA. After retiring from the Army in 2004, he joined Augusta University and serves as the Vice Chair and Director of Residency Training, Department of OMFS, with a joint appointment in the Augusta University Medical Center Department of Surgery. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a fellow of the American Association of OMFS, the National Society of OMFS, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Kevin Cain, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Management in the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta University. He completed his PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Management in the Terry College of Business at UGA. Prior to that, he earned his MBA from Wake Forest and his BA in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill. In the late 2000s, he began consulting with dental practices, which led him to co-found a couple of companies focused on the dental industry. He is currently collaborating with the GDA on the development of a cooperative buying program for its membership.

Mario Romero, DDS, Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at Augusta University Dental College of Georgia received his DDS from the University of Guayaquil (Ecuador) School of Dentistry in 1995. He completed a two year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at the University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health where he was granted the Handleman Award for Excellence. He maintained a private practice with emphasis in Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry for 15 years prior to joining Augusta University in 2013.


The registration fee, less a $75 administrative charge, is refundable if notice of cancellation is received prior to June 15, 2015.

FEES Entire Conference Partial (1-4 days)
Dentist $865 $665
Dentist and One Auxiliary $995 $775
Additional Auxiliary $195 $175


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  • Fax the   REGISTRATION FORM>>  with credit card payment to 706-721-4642.
  • Call the Division of Professional and Community Education at 706-721-3967 or 1- 800-221-6437

This course is presented at the King and Prince Beach Resort, St. Simons Island, Georgia, a comfortable and relaxing setting for attendees and their families. All sessions will be held in the Ballroom of the King and Prince Beach Resort. The course schedule allows ample time for exploring the many  attractions of the Golden Isles. St. Simons Island is a charming island community offering a variety of art galleries, shops, dining, night life, historical attractions and recreational opportunities. St. Simons Island contains lovely residential areas and numerous historic sites. The King and Prince offers a variety of accommodations, including some oceanfront villas. Weekly rates are available for villas.King and Prince

The Golden Isles of Georgia
The islands separating the mainland of Georgia from the Atlantic Ocean are picturesquely named the Golden Isles. Golfing, tennis, sailing, bicycling and wind-surfing are popular activities on the islands. Boat cruises, nature tours and fishing expeditions offer opportunities for exploring the teeming saltmarsh environment. St. Simons Island contains lovely residential areas and numerous historic sites.

The King and Prince Beach Resort
St. Simons Island is a charming island community offering a variety of art galleries, shops, dining, night life, historical attractions and recreational opportunities. The King and Prince offers a variety of accommodations, including some oceanfront villas. Weekly rates are available for villas. For information about reservations, please call 800-342–0212 or 912-638–3631.

The King and Prince Beach ResortKing and Prince
The cut-off date is May 26, 2015.
Friday and Saturday stay required on weekends.
Oceanfront room  ($312 per night)
Oceanview room  ($296 per night)
Resort view room  ($281 per night)
Two-bedroom oceanfront villa  ($515 per night)
Two-bedroom oceanview villa  ($463 per night)
Three-bedroom oceanview villa  ($581 per night)
Three-bedroom oceanfront villa  ($637 per night)

St. Simons Island is located near Brunswick, Georgia, midway between Jacksonville and Savannah. Both cities are served by major airlines as well as Amtrak, and Atlantic Southeast Airlines serves Brunswick/Glynco Airport (14 miles).

By Car: From north and south via I–95 and U.S. 17. From west via U.S. 25, 84, 341. Enter causeway off U.S. 17 at Brunswick.

Limousine service to and from Jacksonville (70 miles) is available by reservation from Golden Isles Shuttle, 912-264–1221; from Brunswick/Glynco Airport, shuttle service is provided by the King and Prince, 912-638–3631.

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.

Special Needs
The Augusta University Division of Professional and Community 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.