Practical Oral Surgery for Older Patients

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With the baby boom generation reaching 65 years and beyond, this is the first generation of Americans to reach older adulthood with an almost intact natural dentition. While keeping our teeth as we age is a positive trend, increasing lifespans can also result in the onset of chronic conditions, long-term medication usage, and oral diseases that can create complex dental treatment needs and questions on the part of dental professionals on how to care for this population.

This course is targeted to general dentists to expand their expertise in delivering optimal dental care to this diverse, and growing, senior population. It will include patient cases and discussion to assess treatment options based on best practice guidelines, patient goals, financial circumstances, and health status. The course is designed to build confidence in treating older patients, understand patient care options, and increase access to dental care for older adults.
Practical Oral Surgery for Older Patients

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess patient’s health and medication status to avoid surgical problems
  • (apply information regarding health history to patients having oral surgery)
  •  Decision-making regarding when to extract versus when to retain
  • Considerations and techniques in simple exodontia
  • Prevention and management of bleeding
  • Prevention and management of infections
  • Determine when to refer to an oral & maxillofacial surgeon

Presenter:

O. Ross Beirne, DMD, PhD, University of Washington, School of Dentistry
Dr. Beirne is a Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington, School of Dentistry and Chief of Hospital Dentistry at the University of Washington Medical Center. He was formerly Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco from 1979-1985 and Associate Professor and Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Washington from 1985-1999. He served as Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2010. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He served on the Examination Committee of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from 1997-2001. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He is a founding member of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Content Expert: O. Ross Beirne, DMD, PhD, University of Washington, School of Dentistry

Arcora Foundation is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. 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. Arcora Foundation designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.

Target Audience: This course is designed for dental professionals.

If you have questions or would like more information about this course, please contact Karen Lewis at klewis@ArcoraFoundation.org or 206-528-7344.

Disclosures: There are no conflicts of interest or disclosures to report for this CDE offering.

Original Release Date: January 2021

Expiration Date: January 2024