February 28, 2003 - Dr. Dennis Tarnow
To be held at: Crown Plaza, Ann Arbor, MI.

Controversies and Innovations in Implant Dentistry

Implant dentistry is continuously evolving into a more predictable form of therapy. New and innovative techniques now allow for better esthetics and greater patient comfort. This course will present the most up-to-date information available as it relates to the following questions: Should osseointegrated implants be splinted to natural teeth? How to attain esthetic single tooth restorations: What type of temporization is best before and after implant placement? When do we extract a tooth and place an implant? Absorbable vs. Non-absorbable Membranes: Is age or osteoporosis a risk factor for implants? Can we use transitional implants for fixed provisionals? and many other questions. Dr. Tarnow is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. He is also Professor of Periodontics and Prosthodontics at New York University.

Dr. Tarnow has a certificate in Periodontics and Prosthodontics and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology. He has a private practice in New York in periodontics and implant dentistry and has lectured both in the United States and abroad.

May 2, 2003 - Dr. Bobby Butler
To be held at: Crowne Plaza, Ann Arbor, MI

Periodontal Therapy Today - Treating Esthetic Dilemmas and New Approaches to Disease Concerns

Clinicians are currently deluged with new treatment advances from microsurgery, grafting techniques to new implant advances. The past techniques of non-surgical periodontal treatment have also been challenged with systemic antibiotics, host modulating medications, and localized chemotherapeutics agents. Many of these claims are overdone while some have merit. This course will present these new changes combined with a new approach to some old mainstays to periodontal treatment. Esthetic microsurgical procedures will demonstrate which would help with treatment planning in today's esthetic driven environment. Traditional periodontal therapy including new chemotherapeutic applications will also be discussed. The attendee will be able to better decide when and if certain procedures apply to their patients and when they should be pursued.

Dr. Butler received his DDS from the University of Oklahoma in 1987. He has maintained a periodontal practice in downtown Seattle and has been as Affiliate Clinical Faculty member at the University of Washington since 1993. Dr. Butler is board certified by the American Board of Periodontology. He has lectured to the American Dental Association, International Association of Dental Research and numerous other dental societies. He has published articles in the Journal of the American Dental Association and the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Butler was President of the Washington State Society of Periodontists (1997-1998) and President of the Western Society of Periodontology (2000-2001).

October 10, 2003 - Dr. Sebastian Ciancio
To be held at: Crowne Plaza, Ann Arbor, MI

Periochemotherapeutics: The 21st. Century

In the 21st century every general practitioner and hygienist will be treating more elderly patients than ever before. Dentists will be spending more time making diagnostic decisions and writing prescriptions. Advances in pharmacology will modify current methods of therapy. Dental professionals must prepare for major changes in patient management focusing on advanced therapeutics to treat and manage patients with chronic illnesses who are living longer. Allied health professional must cooperate in an effort to meet the health care needs of tomorrow.

This program will provide the practitioner with a clinical understanding of both beneficial and adverse effects associated with medications the patient is already taking, as well as, medications prescribed by the dentist. Another objective is to provide the practitioner with a clinical understanding of the various medications both topical and subgingival and systemic, currently suggested as adjuncts to periodontal therapy.

The course will include topics - Principles of Pharmacology Relevant to Treatment Planning Oral Manifestations of Systemic Medications: Patients Requiring Antibiotic Prophylaxis: Mouthrinses, Dentifrices, Irrigants: Principles of Periochemotherapeutics: Antibiotics and Periodontal Therapy: Root Surface Modifications: and Controlled Delivery of Antibiotics.

Dr. Ciancio received his degree in Dentistry from the School of Dentistry of SUNY where he also completed a NIH Research Fellowship in the Department of Physiology. His postdoctoral work included studies in Biostatistics at the Univ. of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and Radio-isotope Technique at Western New York Nuclear Center.

Dr. Ciancio is Vice-Chair of the United States Pharmacopeia Convention, Past President of the American Academy of Periodontology, President of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, and a member of the International and American Association for Dental Research. He has authored or co-authored over 100 articles on periodontal disease. Dr. Ciancio is Editor of Biological therapies in Dentistry and a Consultant for the Journal of Periodontology.