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Continuing Education Program—April 2012

Article 1: The performance of conventional and fluorescence-based methods for occlusal caries detection: An in vivo study with histologic validation

1. Which one of the following caries detection methods correctly identified all of the sound, noncarious sites?

2. Which one of these caries detection methods correctly identified the largest percentage of enamel carious lesions?

3. Of the following caries detection methods, which one correctly identified the smallest percentage of dentin carious lesions?

4. Of the following caries detection methods, which one had the lowest overall performance in helping to detect lesions at the D1 and D3 thresholds?

Article 2: Coronectomy: A surgical option for impacted third molars in close proximity to the inferior alveolar nerve

1. In how many coronectomy cases did the authors observe neurological deficits to the inferior alveolar nerve or the lingual nerve?

2. In how many cases was the dosage of the anti-inflammatory agent prescribed during the postoperative week increased?

3. How many cases of alveolitis were reported?

4. How many of the cases had increased periodontal probing depth and bleeding on probing at three months after surgery?

Article 3: Dentin caries activity in early occlusal lesions selected to receive operative treatment: findings from the Practitioners Engaged in Applied Research and Learning (PEARL) Network

1. What was the least common dentin caries activity score given to lesions in the study?

2. What percentage of the lesions was classified as soft, dry and granular by the investigators?

3. What percentage of all lesions in the study was not visible on radiographs?

4. Which one of the following correctly summarizes the findings regarding patient-reported sensitivity and dentin caries activity?

Article 4: A practitioner’s guide to developing critical appraisal skills: translating research into clinical practice

1. What did the authors propose as the best definition of the evidence needed for a practice-related issue?

2. Which one of the following is the term used to describe a series of short abstracts of reviews presented with brief commentaries by content experts?

3. Which one of the following is the term used to describe a report from an expert panel issued after review and consideration of available information on a clinical topic?

4. Which one of the following best describes a practice-based research network?

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