Understanding the Radiology of Dental and Maxillofacial Disease for Dental Hygienists

Date: 3/3/2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
ADA CERP: Credit Hours - 6
Location: UNC School of Dentistry
Map to Event: Click here for directions
Cost: Dentist $295; Team Member $195
Sponsor: Department of Diagnostic Sciences
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Course Description
The dental hygienist plays an invaluable part of the dental team by providing optimal dental hygiene patient care and the delivery of oral health promotion and disease prevention services. An important aspect of the hygienist is to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate treatment in the promotion of oral and systemic health using an evidence based approach. Included in all of these goals is a basic understanding of dental and oral and maxillofacial disease and how to recognize and understand the signs of these diseases. While hygienists do not provide diagnoses they can serve as a valuable adjunct to the dentist in finding and understanding dental and oral and maxillofacial disease as it appears in patient radiographs.  This course is designed to provide the participant with an understanding of theories and principles used in the systematic analysis of dental radiographic images for dentoalveolar diseases and diseases of the jaws. It is designed to enhance the understanding of dental and maxillofacial disease thus serving to improve patient care in the practice of dentistry. Topics will include identifying various types of dental lesions as well as understanding the efficacy of intraoral and panoramic imaging systems for evaluating the dentition and periodontal structures for both normal and diseased tissues. In addition, time will be spent on recognizing and understanding the radiographic signs of oral and maxillofacial diseases including, but not limited to benign and malignant tumors, cysts, fibro-osseous diseases, inflammation conditions and developmental and congenital anomalies of the dentition and jaws.  In short this course is designed to enrich the dental hygienist’s observational skills and understanding of radiographic findings of dental and maxillofacial disease thus increasing their value to the dental team and the enhancement of patient care.

Educational Objectives
At the completion of this course participants should be able to:

1. Describe and recognize the normal anatomic structures of the teeth, jaws and skull as they appear on intraoral, panoramic radiographs
2. Recognize and describe common radiographic signs of caries, periodontitis and periapical lesions
3. Recognize the radiographic signs of developmental and acquired abnormalities of the maxillofacial region
4. Explain the radiographic differences between benign and malignant conditions
5. Identify the radiographic differences between benign tumors and cysts 


8:30 – 9:00 AM       Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 AM       Dentoalveolar disease: Finding and Understanding Carious Lesions
9:45 – 10:30 AM     Dentoalveolar disease: Finding and Understanding Periodontal and Periapical Lesions
10:30 – 10:45 AM   Morning Break
10:45 – 12:00 PM   Dentoalveolar disease: Case based interactive learning using Turning Point
12:00 – 12:45 PM   Lunch
12:45 – 1:30 PM     Disease of the maxillofacial region: Radiographic signs of developmental, inflammatory and fibro-osseous conditions of the jaws
1:30 – 2:15 PM       Disease of the maxillofacial region: Radiographic signs of benign and malignant tumors and cysts of the jaws
2:15 – 2:30 PM       Afternoon Break
2:30 – 4:15 PM       Disease of the maxillofacial region: Case based interactive learning using Turning Point



The UNC Continuing Dental Education program is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. UNC CDE’s term of recognition is May 1, 2015 through June 30, 2019. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp.

The UNC School of Dentistry designates this course for up to 6.0
hours of Continuing Education credits.

Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational Course will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the Course. As a continuing education provider, UNC School of Dentistry is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.

Registration and Fees
The registration fee includes course materials, CE credit and all meals listed in the agenda. All registrations must be received by
Friday, February 24, 2017.

UNC CDE recommends that you do not make air travel arrangements prior to receiving a receipt of payment or confirmation. UNC CDE is not responsible for any travel-related costs.

Cancellations and Refunds
A registration refund, less a $50 fee, will be issued for cancellations received by Friday, February 24, 2017Cancellations must be received in writing either by fax 919-445-2110 or email to cde@dentistry.unc.edu by Friday, February 24, 2017. The cancellation request must include: the name of the course, name of the person registered, name of the person requesting the cancellation, and the reason for the cancellation. No refunds will be issued after Friday, February 24, 2017. The UNC School of Dentistry Continuing Dental Education Program cannot be responsible for the refund of any part of the registration fee as a result of emergencies, unforeseen circumstances, or events beyond its control after the cancellation date.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the University will fully refund registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, rental car or travel agencies.

Special dietary requirements will be honored whenever possible. Please be sure to notify our office in writing of your special need no later than Friday, February 24, 2017.






Activity Director, Don Tyndall, DDS, MSPH, PhD, FICD is a Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the UNC School of Dentistry and Director of Radiology. He received his D.D.S. in 1980, his M.S.P.H. in 1984 and his Ph.D. in 1988 from the UNC School of Public Health. Dr. Tyndall has been the Director of Radiology for the School of Dentistry from 1988 to the present. He was the creator and program director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Graduate Program at UNC from 1993 to 2006. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and was a Director and past President from 1995-1999. Dr. Tyndall has twice served as the Councillor for Scientific Affairs and Public Policy of the Executive Council of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. His research interests include: 3-D Digital Imaging, 2D and 3D Caries Detection, Implant Radiology and Applications of Cone Beam Computed Tomography in Dentistry. His work has been published in more than 110 journal articles.

Angela Broome, DDS
is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at UNC School of Dentistry. She received her DDS and MS degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has attained her fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, has completed the ADEA Leadership Institute Program and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. She currently serves as Chair of the American Dental Education Association’s Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and as Director for the UNC Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Graduate Program.

ADA Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation. If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability in order to participate fully in this continuing education Course, please call 919-537-3400 no later than Friday, February 24, 2017 or attach a note to your registration form.

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Dental education institutions have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In so doing, some presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references. Sponsorship of a continuing education course by the University of North Carolina does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, procedure, or product by this institution.

The University of North Carolina School of Dentistry cautions continuing dental education participants that there are potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating new techniques and procedures into the practice of dentistry, especially when the continuing education course has not provided supervised clinical experience and/or competency tests in the techniques or procedures.





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