Live Webinar: 56th Annual Colonel Allyn D. Burke Memorial Dental Symposium

Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


This symposium will be a live webinar offered through Zoom, which enables you to participate in interactive, distance learning through your own computer or tablet. Live interactive webinars will count towards in-person instructional hours per the Dental Board of California. However, this may vary for license renewal in other states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her state licensing board(s).


The symposium features presentations by Ms. Amber Riley, MA, RDH and Dr. Jeff Brucia, DDS. The symposium will provide a wide variety of presentations on topics including Patient, Pills and Pathologies and Overcoming Clinical Challenges in Restorative Practice.


Patients, Pills & Pathologies: Why Medical History Clues are Critical to Dental Treatment
Amber D. Riley, MS, RDH

The number of Americans over the age of 65 exceeds 15% of the population and that number will increase by more than 20% over the next few decades. As patient life expectancy increases, so will the number of conditions, diseases and potential disabilities that these patients will present with in our dental chairs.

On a daily basis, we encounter medically compromised patients with age-related diseases such as cancer, lifestyle-associated factors such as drug use and obesity, and abnormal physical conditions that demand a sharpened focus during our treatment planning, delivery of care and periodontal maintenance in general dentistry. These patients require clinicians who have competent insight into medicine and pharmacotherapies, and are capable of deducing findings from patient medical histories and are willing to collaborate with patients' medical providers to provide optimal dental care.

You Will Learn:

  • Common medical disorders that general dentists encounter in their practice
  • How to recognize neurologic, behavioral and psychiatric disorders, including drug and alcohol abuse
  • Drug interactions that are significant to dentistry
  • A review of basic epidemiology and pathophysiology
  • Accepted medical therapy and specific dental management recommendations


Overcoming Clinical Challenges in Restorative Dental Practice—An Evidence-based and Pragmatic Approach
Jeff Brucia, DDS

Balancing a busy day in private practice with the many different materials and techniques we are all exposed to can be confusing, frustrating and overwhelming. Accurate diagnosis, proper material selection and great clinical skills are critical to manage teeth with failing restorations, deep caries and tooth cracks. Minimally invasive procedures have proven to provide predictable and long-lasting results when the best techniques are applied. During this fast-paced lecture, Dr. Brucia will use science to support the step-by-step clinical presentations of several cases. He will also introduce advanced restorative and adhesive concepts.


You Will Learn:

  • To understand the different adhesive systems and the indications/limitations for use
  • Considerations for complete vs. partial caries removal
  • Diagnosis and clinical technique for the treatment of cracked teeth


Who Should Attend:
This informative program is open to all dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.


University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry would like to acknowledge and thank SDI, Ultradent, and Bisco for their generous support of this program.

About Us

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years. The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care. The Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.



As a courtesy, please register in advance to receive presentation links, course material and other timely information. Registration will close at 6:00pm on Friday, June 25, 2021

CE Credit

CEU: Units - 6

This activity is designated for up to 6 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees


$245 for Dentists

$165 for Allied Dental Professionals


Amber Riley, MS, RDH is a forensic dental consultant for the San Diego County Office of the Medical Examiner. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners. She is a member of the California Dental Hygienists’ Association and American Society of Forensic Odontology, and an associate member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health. She serves as an RDH advisory board member to the Oral Cancer Foundation. She lectures internationally covering evidence-based, oral-systemic topics for dental professionals, forensic odontology, oral pathology and substance misuse and abuse.

Jeff Brucia, DDS, is a graduate of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry where he is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences. He practices aesthetic and restorative dentistry full-time in San Francisco. Dr. Brucia is the co-director of the FACE Occlusion Study Club and serves as the chair of clinical education. He is the 2011 recipient of the Gordon J. Christensen Recognition Lecturer Award. Dr. Brucia is a fellow of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and presently serves as academy vice president. He has also been selected by Dentistry Today as one of the top clinicians in dental continuing education.


Location and Accommodations

The interactive webinar will be hosted by Zoom

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