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Perfect Alginate Impressions II: 1 CE / $19course

polingBy: Poling, Rebecca DDS, MSD
What could be more basic than taking an alginate impression? Impressions need to be accurate – that’s a given, but do we push ourselves (mainly our support staff), to produce the best quality impressions, or do we “make do” more often than we’d like? Using illustrative videos, Dr. Rebecca Poling provides the step-by-step criteria needed to produce perfect alginate impressions including: tray selection, how to insert the trays, use wax on the borders, properly mix alginate, load the trays, remove the set impressions and then interpret the final result.

Elegant in its simplicity, accurate in its information, this course is a must for those entering the dental profession as well as seasoned veterans, who could also pick up a valuable tip or two.
Course Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, Learners will:

  • Identify the qualities of a perfect alginate impression.
  • Identify defects in impressions, their causes, and how to correct for these defects.
  • Demonstrate the step-by-step process of producing perfect mandibular and maxillary alginate impressions and learn why each step is important.
  • Recognize the result of not performing a step correctly, the defect it causes and what should be done to correct the problem.

Perfect PVS Impressions for Invisalign® 1 CE / $59course

polingBy: Poling, Rebecca DDS, MSD
Increased costs? Annoyed patients? When it comes to Invisalign® there is no tolerance for an inaccurate PVS impressions. When impressions are off, aligners don’t fit and impressions need to be retaken. There are no shortcuts.

If accurate PVS impressions are what you want and need, using illustrative videos, Dr. Rebecca Poling can teach anyone how to take them. Here are her criteria:

• Impression is fully seated around the arch
• Impression captures the detail of ALL teeth and 2 mm beyond the gingival margin
• Gingival margins are crisp and clear, with no air bubbles
• Dental midline is at center of the impression
• Impression is centered on the arch, not shifted to one side
• 1/8” (3mm) thickness of wash extends over the entire impression
• Includes 1/8” (3mm) extension into all vestibular, palatal, and lingual areas
• Less than 1 sq mm of tray shows through
• Captures mesial ½ of terminal molar if it is NOT going to be moved, full molar if moving (orthodontically)
• No distortion, tray separation, material separation, drag areas, wrinkles, double imprints, or other defects
Course Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, Learners will:

  • List the criteria for acceptable maxillary and mandibular PVS impressions
  • List the materials needed for producing PVS impressions
  • List and describe each step in producing acceptable PVS impressions and a PVS bite registration
  • Recognize and distinguish acceptable PVS impressions from unacceptable impressions
  • Identify every defect of an unacceptable PVS impression and describe what steps should have been performed differently to correct the defect in the impression

Teaching Oral Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: 1 CE / $39course

Dr.StaufferDeborahRDH.Ed.DBy: Stauffer, Deborah RDH, Ed.D.
Biofilm. Pellicle. Plaque. Caries. Food groups. These and many other words and topics from the foundation of teaching our patients about oral disease and how to prevent it. No matter how sophisticated, no matter how cosmetic, no matter how simple dentistry is or could be, patients will always need to care for their oral health and the dentistry we perform for them. How we deliver that message and how we teach the fundamentals of prevention and maintaining our patients oral health is something each of us need to assess, relative to how we can better communicate these important life lessons.

Dr. Deb Stauffer has spent a lifetime teaching oral disease prevention and how best to promote good health. In clear, concise terms, with illustrative images, Deb shares how we assess patients needs, evaluate clinical data, and determine the patients levels of readiness and attitude for learning these invaluable skills.

This course is designed as a review for all dental professionals, but more specifically, it is a primer for our dental staff to effectively educate patients on how best to care for their oral and general health.
Course Objectives
Learners taking these courses will:

  • Describe a healthy mouth
  • Describe dental biofilm, gingivitis, periodontitis, demineralization, and decay
  • List the food groups in a healthy diet
  • Identify individuals who can benefit from oral health instruction
  • Identify what should be considered when making an instructional plan
  • Identify necessary materials for instruction
  • Explain oral hygiene techniques