Montana Dental Association

Continuing Education

The Montana Dental Association

Karen Baker, M.S.

"What’s New in Dental Pharmacotherapy"

Friday – March 4, 2005
Registration , 8 am – Class, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Hampton Inn
2301 14 th Street SW
Great Falls MT 59404 - 406/453-2675

Saturday – March 5, 2005
Registration, 8 am – Class, 8:30 am – 5pm
Best Inn Conference Center
3803 Brooks Street
Missoula MT 59804 - 406/251-2665

Professor Karen A. Baker has been on the Dental College faculty at the University of Iowa for 22 years and occupies a unique role in dental practice and education. She is a clinical pharmacist with a Master’s degree in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and is focused on patient-specific dental drug therapy. She has given nearly 500 programs nationally and internationally and holds memberships in the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association, the American Pharmaceutical Association, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Ms. Baker is on the editorial board of the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry. She directs the operation of an in-house pharmacy and drug consultation center that serves dental students, staff, faculty and patients every clinic day. She has authored more than 50 articles and abstracts and lectures 100 hours per academic year in 10 College of Dentistry courses.

7 Credit Hours

The range of drug therapy options available to dental practitioners has greatly expanded over the past ten years. This expansion has opened the door to unprecedented therapeutic successes as well as disastrous drug misadventures. This course will update the dental team on recent developments in dental pharmacotherapy while providing strategies for prescribing to ensure therapeutic success. Drug therapy and alternative medicine reference sources will be listed and critiqued as to usefulness in daily practice. Clinically relevant information about effectiveness, adverse effects, patient specific drug selection criteria, dosing, and cost will be presented for therapeutic agents commonly used in dentistry. Systemic antibiotics, analgesics, and mucosal disease agents will be evaluated and discussed. Special attention will be given to certain controversial areas including antibiotic premedication of patient conditions not specified in the current AHA guidelines. Potentially dangerous drug interactions important in clinical dentistry will be listed and reviewed with emphasis on avoidance and patient management strategies. Extensive and very current handouts will be provided to maximize the chairside value of this fast-paced and entertaining course.

Upon completion of this course and reviewing handouts, the participant should be able to:

  • Buy and easily use the best drug references for dental practices,
  • Choose the most cost effective antibiotic for a specific patient,
  • Prescribe antibiotic premedication for certain patients with a variety of implants based on screening criteria,
  • Prescribe innovative topical therapies for both inflammatory and infectious mucositis patients,
  • Choose an analgesic NSAID or COX-2 inhibitor based on relative adverse effects, drug interactions, efficacy for pain vs inflammation, and cost, and
  • Enhance the analgesic effects of narcotics while minimizing their adverse effects.


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Montana Dental Association
102nd Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 4-6, 2005


Thursday, May 5, 2005

Modern Dental Materials: A Practical Review – 6 CDE hours
Edward J. Swift, Jr., DMD, MS


Edward J. SwiftDr. Ed Swift received his D.M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and a master's degree in Operative Dentistry from the University of Iowa. He is currently professor and chairman of the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Swift is actively involved in dental materials research, particularly in the area of dentin bonding and other aspects of adhesive and esthetic dentistry. He also maintains a part-time intramural practice devoted to restorative and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Swift is a member of various professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the International Association for Dental Research, the Academy of Dental Materials, and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He serves on the editorial boards of Operative Dentistry, American Journal of Dentistry, Journal of Dentistry, and Practical Procedures and Aesthetic Dentistry, and is the associate editor for Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Swift has published over 175 journal articles and has written ten textbook chapters. He has also presented many scientific papers and continuing education courses regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has been an invited speaker at the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and the Academy of Operative Dentistry.


When we were in school, most of us found dental materials to be one of the most boring subjects we were forced to take! However, most practicing dentists have developed a great interest in this topic. Unfortunately, the development of new materials has proceeded so rapidly that many clinicians are left confused by the wealth of new products that are available in many different areas.

This course will present the latest information available on dentin bonding systems and composite resins, particularly those intended for posterior use. Newer categories of materials - such as self-etching adhesives, flowable composites, and micro-hybrid composites - will be included in the presentation.

The presentation will also cover two of the less glamorous - but most important - areas of dental materials: cements and impressions. As most clinicians realize, getting these things right is important to the success of our routine indirect restorations and esthetic cases.

Finally, the presentation will provide an update and overview of tooth whitening. Although bleaching has become commonplace over the last dozen or more years, new information and products are constantly available as patient demand continues to increase.

Wherever possible, the information provided will be based on current research and scientific evidence. The clinical applications and use of all materials will be emphasized. The presentation is designed for dentists and dental assistants.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will understand:

  • How dentin bonding systems work, and why dentin bonding is not always totally successful.
  • The four current strategies for bonding to dentin, including the newer self-etch systems.
  • Wet bonding: why it is important for total-etch adhesives, and how to do it.
  • The best ways to use dentin bonding systems clinically.
  • The use of primers and adhesives for desensitization and pulp capping.
  • The various types of composite resin restorative materials that are available, and where they should and should not be used.
  • The benefits of the new generation of micro-hybrid composite materials.
  • The various types of cements that are available for luting indirect restorations, and when they should be used.
  • Know a variety of materials for achieving excellent crown and bridge impressions.
  • Know the various options for tooth whitening, including their effects, side effects, advantages, and disadvantages.


Friday, May 6, 2005

Drill ‘Em, Fill ‘Em & Thrill “Em – 6 CDE hours
Mark E. Hyman, DDS


Mark E. HymanMark Hyman, DDS, a native of Greensboro, received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his dental degree from the UNC School of Dentistry. Following a four month internship in Israel, he completed the two-year oral medicine/General Practice Residency at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. Dr. Hyman is on the surgical staff of Moses Cone Health System. He was elected President of the Guilford County Dental Society in 1991. He teaches at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida, is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the UNC School of Dentistry, and has lectured at many national and international dental meetings. He was honored by the North Carolina Dental Society as Young Dentist of the Year in 1995. He has received the Mastership Award of the Academy of General Dentistry. He and his wife, Anita, have three children.


Learn the skills determined “MOST CRITICAL” to know by experienced and highly successful dentists. This is a true “brass Tacks” seminar – a “here’s what to do and the best way to do it” course for dentists, assistants, hygienists and administrative staff wanting motivated patients who understand, appreciate and ask for treatment. If you find too many of your days very busy, yet not as profitable as you would like, the seminar is definitely for you and your staff.


  • Discover the critical issues involved in successful handling of the new patient
  • Make certain the time you devote to the new patient is worthwhile – and productive
  • Learn new techniques for keeping your team focused and enthused – even when things go wrong
  • Enjoy a fast paced and humorous program packed with clinical and management insights and pearls you can use immediately to guide your practice into the world of lower stress – higher productivity dentistry
  • Learn how to capitalize on the individual skills of each dental team member and how these skills can improve the productivity of your practice and improve the quality of the service your practice provides


Friday, May 6, 2005

Bioterrorism: An Update for Dental Healthcare Providers – 3 CDE hours
(This class is made possible through a grant awarded to Saint Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana, Bio-Terrorism Training Project)

Michael Glick, DMD


Michael GlickMichael Glick, DMD, is Professor and Chair Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He serves as the Associate Editor for the section on Dentistry and Medicine for The Journal of the American Dental Association, is a contributor and Editor for the American Dental Association’s Oral healthcare Guidelines, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine. Dr. Glick has authored numerous publications on the treatment of medically complex patients and has lectured extensively on this subject both nationally and internationally.


The tragic event of 9/11/01 propelled us into a new era of terrorism fought on our own soil. Worries about terror assaults with biologic agents quickly lead the federal government, together with both the medical and dental communities to proactively initiate educational campaigns to enable an appropriate response in case of an attack. Categories of potential agents were defined; literature was generated by professional organizations, federal agencies, and the military; and conferences were organized to gain and share information.

This seminar is designed to help dental healthcare workers to understand the effects of a biologic terror attack, the professional role of dentists during a potential attack, and how to prepare for such a scenario.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand how terrorism can affect our society
  • Describe the more common biologic agents used in bioterrorism
  • Understand the epidemiology, morbidity and mortality associated with these agents
  • Understand the role of vaccination against biological agents
  • Understand how to respond in case of a biologic terrorist attack

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