Program Details

Thursday, May 4, 2017


6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Oral Pathology for the Dental Professional (2 CEUs)

Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS

The course will cover the seven diagnostic methods that contribute to a final diagnosis. They include the following features:  clinical, radiographic, historical, laboratory, surgical, therapeutic, and differential. Several lesions and conditions in each category will be discussed from etiology to prognosis.. The strength of the diagnosis for each lesion will come from one, two or more diagnostic methods. Clinical and radiographic features will be stressed. Lesions will include those associated with the inflammatory process, immunity, infectious disease, developmental disorders, genetics, neoplasia, and oral manifestations of systemic disease.  Documentation procedures, biopsy techniques and referral options will also be covered.  One patient dies every hour of every day from oral cancer. Every member of the dental team can help to reduce this dreadful statistic and this course promises to show you how!
• List the seven diagnostic methods presented.
• Give two examples of lesions/conditions that are diagnosed using one or two of the diagnostic methods presented.
• State characteristics of a benign lesion.
• State characteristics of a malignant lesion.
• Describe the oral cancer screening procedures discussed.
• State the “gold standard” in the diagnostic process. 
• Identify information on the medical history that can be contributory to the diagnosis of five conditions discussed under historical diagnosis.
• When is it appropriate to refer a patient to a specialist?
• List three variants of normal diagnosed through clinical diagnosis.
• Which diagnostic method is often most contributory to the differential diagnosis?  Why?
• Differentiate between Pleomorphic Adenoma and Ranula.
• Define leukoplakia and erythroplakia.  Which condition is seen most often? Which one has the greatest potential of malignancy?
• Define and describe a radicular cyst, residual cyst, dentigerous cyst and primordial cyst.
• Define and describe the following genetic conditions discussed under clinical or historical diagnosis:  Amelogenesis Imperfecta, Cyclic Neutropenia, Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome.
• Differentiate between Pemphigus Vulgaris and Benign Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid.


Friday, May 5, 2017


9:00 a.m. – Noon

Common and Unusual Pathologic Lesions (3 CEUs)

Olga A.C. Ibsen, RDH, MS

The course will cover multiple lesions encountered by the dental professional plus a variety of lesions rarely seen in the clinical setting. Alphabetically presented, the audience will be given a brief description of the lesion in question and asked:  “What is this?” Answers and detailed discussion will follow.  The diagnostic process will be applied to all lesions and conditions which will be taken from inflammatory, autoimmune and infectious diseases, genetic and developmental conditions, neoplasia, and oral manifestations of systemic disease.
• Define the following and describe the most significant oral clinical feature: acromegaly, agranulocytosis, alcoholic hepatitis.
• Recognize the clinical features of all types of amelogenesis imperfecta, dentinogenesis imperfecta, anorexia nervosa, hypohedrotic ectodermal dysplasia, and iron deficiency anemia.
• Define and describe the following lesions and state the most common location for each: ameloblastoma, dentigerous cyst, periapical cemento- osseous dysplasia, dens in dente, gingival cyst.
• What is the difference between internal and external resorption?
• Which diagnostic process contributes the most to the following: erythema multiforme, fibroma, fordyce granules, gemination, hemophilia.
• Define leokoplakia and erythroplakia . Which one is seen most often? Which one is most often malignant?
• Describe clinical features of all forms of lichen planus.
• List the names of five lesions or conditions commonly found on the tongue.
• What is the histologic difference between pemphigus and pemphigoid?
• Describe the clinical features and location for: ranula, necrotizing sialometaplasia and pleomorphic adenoma.


2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Providing Care in a Marijuana Legal World (2 CEUs)
Heather Rogers, RDH, BSDH

Have you thought about how medical and recreational marijuana use may impact you as a practitioner? This course will discuss your possible liabilities in the treatment of patients using this drug.  With states legalizing marijuana, it will be challenging to address just how to safely provide dentistry to our patients.  We’ll discuss how to make common sense decisions on a topic that may prove to be very challenging in the future.  We will also discuss the basic history, method of use, myths, and provide a general knowledge of this complex and ever-changing topic.
Course Objectives:
• Provide some of the history of marijuana.
• Describe marijuana and how it is used.
• Define physical implications of medical and recreational marijuana use.
• Discuss myths and truths of medical and recreational marijuana use.
• List the effects of marijuana use on the dentition and oral tissue.
• Discuss contraindications in providing dentistry to patients using marijuana in a medical or recreational manor. 
• Explore possible health care provider liabilities in regards to treating patients using marijuana for clinical or recreational purposes.


4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Student Table Clinic Awards


4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Reception and Exhibit Hall Open


5:10 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Coffee Chat with Anastasia

Anastasia Turchetta, RDH: Super power "hostess with the mostess" and soul of pure grade 4 titanium!

Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS: Super power "women's health"
Carol Roszel, RDH, BSDH: Super power "caring for the aging population"
Renee Cina-Acosta, RDH, HHC: Super power "whole body health and nutrition"

The Coffee Chat with Anastasia program is an innovative, informal, informative and indulgent way of adult learning. Targeted to dental hygiene professionals, the host Anastasia Turchetta, RDH will dialog three guest speakers over coffee in a relaxed setting (like a talk show) and facilitate a Q&A session for each panelist with the audience.  Each guest panelist will discuss a topic of their expertise. Focus is on inflammation and in-practice relevance and tips that the audience can take away and reapply in their dental practice.


View as Grid List
Sort by
Display per page

SSS Thursday & Friday Passes (Non-Member)

Registration for all sessions and events at Spring Scientific Session (includes luncheon pass on May 5)

SSS Friday Only Pass (Non-Member)

Registration for all sessions and events at on Friday, May 5 (includes luncheon pass on May 5)

SSS Thursday Only Pass (Non-Member)

Registration for the evening session on Thursday, May 4

SSS Friday Night Reception and Coffee Chat

Complimentary reception and Coffee Chat for hygienists.