Course Objectives (4 CE Credits)
The growth of technology and advanced techniques in the dental profession has created new challenges and opportunities. With the rapid spread of information — both accurate and inaccurate — over the internet and through advertisements, patients now look to their dentists with increased expectations. Fortunately, technological breakthroughs have created helpful, straightforward options for meeting these desires. From placing implants to fabricating monolithic crowns in-office, myriad solutions expand the range of possible treatments able to be performed by today’s general practitioners. This course also addresses some of the legal issues currently facing clinicians. A legal professional provides guidance for clinicians looking to stay up-to-date in their standard of care and keep aware of the pitfalls in signing or enforcing non-compete agreements. Dental professionals would also be wise to refresh their knowledge on the rules of HIPAA for the legal benefit of their practices. Participants who view this presentation will acquire useful clinical and practical information on various related topics, including:
- Legally defining standard of care for dental professionals
- The definition of learned treatise
- The basics of a straightforward implant placement
- Case selection when beginning with implants
- Placing a parallel pin to gauge the direction of an implant
- Non-compete agreements
- Replacing posterior PFMs with monolithic zirconia restorations fabricated in-office
- Understanding HIPAA audits
- Objective testing of dental tools and materials
- Using composite bonding to enhance the esthetic zone
- Avoiding contamination during bonding procedures
When dentists learn about implant placement, CAD/CAM dentistry, composite bonding and more, they can rest easy knowing that they are keeping up with an ever-changing industry. In this presentation, different professionals share their techniques for essential dental procedures and knowledge of legal issues that impact dental practices in the modern era.
CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.
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