Riding the Silver Tsunami: A Guide to Creating an Oral-Systemic Practice
With Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS
7.5 Category 1 Continuing Education Credits
Meet Patti DiGangi
Patti believes dentistry is no longer just about fixing teeth; dentistry is oral medicine. Her work helps dental professionals embrace the
opportunities and understand the metrics that accurate insurance coding provides. This increases practice profitability while improving the oralsystemic health of the patients we serve.
Her efforts have assisted thousands of professionals to code more
accurately and efficiently. In fact, the American Dental Association
recognized her expertise by inviting her to write a chapter in its CDT
2017 Companion book and again for CDT 2018 Companion. Patti holds publishing and speaking licenses with ADA for Current Dental Terminology ©2017 and a license for SNODENT©2017 diagnostic coding.
She demystifies coding with workshops and little books of easily digestible stories about
patients like we see every day. ROMA Manual on Dentistry A Lighthearted yet Deadly Serious Look at our Profession is the 7th book in her DentalCodeology series is of easy-to-read bitesize books. Patti can be reached at Patti@DentalCodeology.com.
Every day starting in 2011, ten-thousand (10,000) people turn age 65 daily and will continue for many more years! This unprecedented phenomenon is termed The Silver Tsunami. Medical advances have enabled people to live longer and healthier lives, dental advances have resulted in the preservation of healthy dentition in these later years. You already know that many oral symptoms can be a key indicator of a more serious health condition. This fact has particularly serious implications for Baby Boomers, many of whom cease their routine oral care visits with retirement. Reasons include a loss of dental benefits at retirement and a failure to recognize the value that maintaining oral health has for one's overall health, well-being, and longevity. Dental professionals can prepare themselves to meet these demands with a thorough knowledge of the needs and treatments specific to this demographic.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
• Describe lifespan vs. health-span
• Merge the latest oral-systemic information into treatment decisions
• Manage age-related disorders and physiological changes associated with periodontal
disease, caries and oral cancer
• Know how to correctly and satisfactorily answer the question "Will Medicare cover it?“
• 5 Simple Action Steps to make it work
"Development of a Novel Mineral-Organic Bone Adhesive with Osteopromotive Potential for Implant Dentistry" with Brian Hess & George Kay
Development of a Novel Mineral-Organic Bone Adhesive with Osteopromotive Potential for Implant Dentistry
LaunchPad Medical is developing a high-strength, injectable bone adhesive called TetraniteÒ, which was co-invented by the Company Founders, CEO (Brian Hess) and CSO (George Kay, DMD, MMSc). This material is synthetically made from a mineral-organic composite, self-setting, non-exothermic, and develops high strength bonds to living bone and metal surfaces within a few minutes. Not only does this technology have immediate and persistent load-bearing strength, bonding to the bone as well as to metal, but it also is resorbed and replaced one-for-one with new bone over the course of several months. The use of this novel and unique material will open the field of regenerative and restorative dentistry to much improved options. It will reduce the duration and complexity of dental implant procedures, allow for less invasive surgeries, will allow to combine procedures within a single visit, and will improve patient outcomes by reducing pain, recovery time, and the overall cost of care. The Company has initiated clinical trials for its lead indication, which is to provide instant implant stabilization for the immediate placement and possibly early loading of dental implants into bony sites that otherwise lack mechanical support. The second product will be formulated to more quickly resorb while maintaining volume and will be indicated for complicated and larger volume of bone grafting cases, initially in dentistry and oral surgery and later for orthopedics. The Company plans to introduce its first products to implant dentists through training events with known and respected dental speakers which the company has started to identify.
Key Learning Objectives:
- Review of current bone grafting technology exploring key features and differentiated attributes,
- Pre-clinical evidence of the clinically desirable characteristics of Tetranite.
- Proposed clinical utility and testing,
- Future implant dentistry products and indications (ridge augmentation, sinus lift, other bone augmentation and fracture fixation)
"Cone Beam CT: Joint the revolution! Understanding how CBCT can help enhance the diagnosis of dental infection" with Dr. Dania Tamimi
"Cone Beam CT: Joint the revolution! Understanding how CBCT can help enhance the diagnosis of dental infection"
3 CEU Available
Dr. Dania Tamimi graduated with a dental degree from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She trained at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and earned a doctorate of medical science (DMSc) and certificate of fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in 2005. She is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (ABOMR).
She is a reviewer and an Editorial Board member for Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology (OOOO), as well as a reviewer for DMFR, Oral Radiology, Head and Neck, Angle Orthodontist and AJO-DO. She is the lead author on two textbooks: “Specialty Imaging: Dental Implants” and “Specialty Imaging: Temporomandibular Joint” and a co-lead author on “Diagnostic Imaging, Oral and Maxillofacial”. She lectures nationally and internationally. She currently runs her oral and maxillofacial radiology private practice in Orlando, Florida.
- Understanding how 3D imaging aids in the localization of dental inflammatory pathology that cannot be seen on plain film radiography.
- Exploring the pathogenesis of infection radiographically.
- Learning the radiographic anatomy of the maxilla and mandible and how this ties into the investigation of infection.