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Dental professionals don’t have to be in Orlando for the annual session Oct. 9-12 to experience the meeting’s live patient education—they can just log on to an Education in the Round webcast to watch and learn.

2008 Education In the Round Courses at annual session in San Antonio
Operatory on-site: Participants get a close-up view as Dr. Edward Allen demonstrates root coverage and grafting in one of the 2008 inaugural Education In the Round Courses at annual session in San Antonio.

This year, all ADA members will be able to log on at to view the simulcast courses remotely or watch them for free during 30 days following annual session (through Nov. 8).

"Seeing new procedures demonstrated by the finest teachers gives every dentist the chance to learn," said Dr. Stephen Carstensen, chair, Council on ADA Sessions. "Live patient Education in the Round, the course format that the ADA first brought to our meeting in 2007, is now a benefit for every member. We know that many still cannot travel to the annual session, so this is a way to get some of the experience from home."

The six EIR courses present live-patient procedures in a fully functional dental operatory in real time, high-definition video images. On-site participants and online viewers can interact with speakers and submit questions during the courses. Courses will demonstrate procedures that include ultrasonic and laser periodontal therapy, digital impressions, implants and more.

"Learning is so much easier when you can view up-close high-definition images while the doctor performs a complex procedure," said Dr. Rise Martin, 2010 CAS program chair. "Interaction with the doctor during each phase of treatment enhances this experience."

Education in the Round live simulcasts and webinars are sponsored by Philips Sonicare and were developed in cooperation with the American Dental Education Association.

"Education in the Round is an excellent example of how technology will affect the future of education," said ADEA Executive Director Richard W. Valachovic. "ADEA is pleased to partner again with the ADA to bring this opportunity to academic dental institutions."

"Teaching and learning benefit from the active involvement of individuals across geographic and institutional boundaries," said ADEA President Sandra C. Andrieu, M.Ed., Ph.D. "Education in the Round is a great way to share ideas and information and build networks across the dental community."

The schedule for live simulcast courses is:

  • Saturday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EST, Managing the Periodontal Patient with Advanced Ultrasonic and Laser Therapy by Dr. Samuel Low—Dr. Low will demonstrate management of live periodontal patients, including manipulation of gingival esthetics with crown lengthening procedures. Participants will learn to determine indications for periodontal management considering risk assessment; incorporate micro-thin ultrasonics in managing periodontitis with advanced techniques; and differentiate laser systems for periodontitis and indications for crown lengthening.
  • Saturday, Oct. 9, 3-6 p.m. EST, Digital Impressioning: A Clinical Demonstration of a Single Crown Preparation and Digital Scan by Dr. Brian Schroder—Dr. Schroder will briefly discuss the systems currently available for taking digital impressions and present a live patient demonstration of a single crown prep and scan with a currently available digital system. Participants will learn to utilize a dental dam in the isolation and preparation of a single crown, understand ideal preparation techniques for fabricating a zirconia-based crown and understand the utilization of a digital scanner in the fabrication of a single crown.
  • Sunday, Oct. 10, 8:30-11:30 a.m. EST, A Team Approach to Implant Rehabilitation: How Digital Modeling Changes Everything by Drs. Stephen Schmitt and Benjamin Young—Drs. Schmitt and Young will use just two impressions—a CT scan using a simple positioning device and a digital smile picture—to plan and coordinate complex treatment. Participants will understand how cone beam computed tomography works and the problem of image scatter, how a general dentist and implant surgeon can co-rehab complex patients and learn how to receive and view 3-D data by e-mail using a downloadable freeware program.
  • Sunday, Oct. 10, 2-5 p.m. EST, Implant-Retained, Implant-Supported Overdentures by Dr. David Little—Dr. Little will place four implants in the edentulous mandible and then immediately load them using the patient’s existing denture in this live demonstration. Participants will learn to diagnose and develop treatment plans using cone beam scans, planning software and surgical guides; learn atraumatic and minimally invasive procedures for placement including CO2 laser use; and learn abutment selection and restorative techniques for implant-supported overdentures.
  • Monday, Oct. 11, 8:30-11:30 a.m. EST, Implementing Laser Fundamentals in Your Dental Practice: A Live-Patient Demonstration by Drs. Don Coluzzi, Charles Hoopingarner and David Roshkind—The doctors will present a short lecture about laser fundamentals and then perform sample procedures such as crown lengthening, carious lesion removal or frenectomy on live patients to demonstrate the utility and ease of lasers. Participants will learn basic laser principles, observe typical general dental laser procedures and appreciate the way lasers are used for treatment.
  • Monday, Oct. 11, 3-5 p.m. EST, Oral Appliance Delivery, Adjustment and Management of Side Effects by Dr. Richard Drake—Dr. Drake will demonstrate bite registration and delivery of two different types of mandibular repositioning devices, including the fitting, adjusting and in-lab modifications. He will also provide a review of portable sleep monitors. Participants will learn to take a protrusive bite registration, understand the processes to deliver two different types of MRDs and how to perform various modifications on MRDs to better treat sleep apnea patients. (This course is underwritten by a grant from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.)

EIR courses can also be viewed as webcasts at no charge through Nov. 8. ADA members can log in by entering their last name and ADA membership number. Viewers may earn continuing education credit by taking a test on ADA CE Online, There is a fee for taking the test. (Viewing members will also receive a $20 discount on an EIR course during the 2011 annual session in Las Vegas.)

Education in the Round live simulcasts and webinars are sponsored by Philips Sonicare and were developed in cooperation with the American Dental Education Association.