2019-2020 Faculty Focus Series

2019-2020 Faculty Series

This year we continue the series Dr. Harvey Weingarten created to showcase some of the incredible faculty we have here at IUSD.

Tuition for this year will be $69 for an individual course. Sign up for more than one course and any course you register for after the first will be discounted 35%!


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October 25, 2019Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health
November 15, 2019Periodontics
December 13, 2019Biomedical Sciences and Comprehensive Care
January 24, 2019Oral Pathology, Medicine and Radiology
April 17, 2020Endodontics
June 5, 2020Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry
TBDPediatric Dentistry


Continuing Education Credit
You will earn 3 CEUs for participating in the individual lectures
IUSD is an ADA CERP approved provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education.



Disclosure Statement

Speakers are required to disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationship with manufacturers of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services that are discussed in an educational activity. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by Indiana University School of Dentistry does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, procedure, or product.

October 15, 2019 Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health


What’s New in Posterior Resin Composites?
Oriana R. Capin, BDS, MSD
Clinical Assistant Professor


This presentation will review the latest advancements in posterior resin composite restorations.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the similarities and differences among incremental, bulk-fill, and injectable resin composites.
  • Discuss the indications and contraindications for the currently available materials.
  • Describe the placement techniques for each material.


An Update on Dental Ceramics
Kim E. Diefenderfer, DMD, MS, MS
Clinical Associate Professor
Division Director, Operative Dentistry


Dental ceramics enable us to create esthetic restorations of exceptional quality and longevity.  However, with the vast array of products available today, deciding which materials are most appropriate for specific clinical situations can be a daunting task.  This presentation will discuss currently available dental ceramics, with a focus on maximizing clinical success.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the composition and physical properties of currently available dental ceramics.
  • Discuss the clinical indications and contraindications for ceramic restorations.
  • Describe the clinical protocols for adequate preparation and delivery of ceramic restorations.


Clinical Decision-Making Using Esthetic Restorative Materials
N. Blaine Cook, DDS, MSD
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Graduate Operative Dentistry


This presentation will utilize clinical cases to stimulate discussion concerning the use of tooth-colored restorative materials.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss clinical indications for using tooth-colored restorative materials (glass ionomer, resin composite, ceramics).
  • Recommend treatment options for various clinical restorative situations.
  • Discuss novel restorative applications for direct resin composite.


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November 15, 2019 Periodontics


Review of the New Classification of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases
Daniel Shin, DDS, MSD
Director, Predoctoral Program


This CE will take an in-depth look on the consensus reached by the American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology on the classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions.   The updated classification system represents a novel, multi-dimensional staging and grading framework for the classification of periodontitis as well as the first classification for peri-implant diseases and conditions. 

Learning Objectives

On completion of the presentation, the learner will be able to

  • Understand the rationale and indications for utilizing the new classification system in a clinical setting
  • Explain the difference between an intact periodontium vs. a reduced periodontium
  • Define staging and grading as it applies to the diagnosis of periodontitis
  • Describe the criteria that differentiates peri-implant health, peri-implant mucositis, and peri-implantitis


Risk Assessment and Establishing a Prognosis in Patients with Periodontal Disease
Yusuke Hamada, DDS, MSD
Clinical Associate Professor


In dentistry, we start re-focusing again to preserve/maintain the natural dentition as long as we can. In order to achieve the goal, defining the periodontal prognosis is the one of the important factors to generate a treatment plan. In this lecture, I’d like to address the details of periodontal prognosis and what that means to us, and I’d like to discuss how periodontal treatment can improve the periodontal prognosis to achieve the long-term success.


Surgical Complications of Implant Dentistry
Vanchit John, DDS, MSD
Associate Professor & Chairperson, Periodontology


This presentation will highlight the importance of good planning prior to implant placement and restoration. The emphasis will be in avoiding complications in implant dentistry. Several case examples will be presented to highlight the importance of avoiding surgical complications with implant dentistry and also offer solutions to many of the complications presented.


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December 13, 2019 Biomedical Sciences and Comprehensive Care


Biomedical Sciences and Comprehensive Care - A New Perspective
Tim Treat, DDS
Visiting Clinical Fellow  & Interim Director of Clinic 5

Dominique Galli, PhD, MS
Associate Professor


Learning Objectives

  • Describe challenges with the current oral health care delivery system in the U.S.
  • Describe the current oral health workforce in Indiana
  • Describe the impact of scientific and technological advances on oral health care
  • Outline upcoming changes in dental education with regard to biomedical sciences and comprehensive care
  • Understand and demonstrate the importance of biomedical sciences knowledge to the provision of oral health care


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January 24, 2020 Oral Pathology, Medicine and Radiology


From CBCT to 3D Printing: Let's Discuss Options on How to Implement DIgital Technologies in your Dental Office
Vinicius Dutra, MA, DDS, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor


Digital Dentistry experienced linear and constant growth during the last 20 years; however, this era is coming to an end. The next few years will be of exponential growth. Virtual planning tools using CBCT, CAD-CAM, and implant planning software allow us predictable and cost-effective dentistry. The dramatic cost decrease of CBCT machines and 3D printers (even some excellent free software) are changing the way we practice Dentistry. Conversely, most practices have not joined this digital revolution. What else do need to have a 100% digital dental practice? Is it even possible? Please come and join us for a clinical and scientific discussion about Digital Dentistry and how you can implement it in your dental office. 


Learning Objectives

  • Understand how digital workflow is changing dentistry
  • Distinguish the characteristics between different equipment, 3D printers and software used in the digital workflow
  • Recognize different CBCT and 3D printing investment options according to your kind of practice


Salivary Hypofunction: Implications, Diagnosis and Management
Susan Zunt, DDS, MS
Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Chair of Oral Pathology, Medicine and Radiology


Salivary gland hypofunction can result in the sensation of dry mouth (xerostomia) and have profound effects on oral health.  Complications include dental caries, oral candidiasis, mouth ulcers, mouth malodor, alterations in taste, burning sensation, chronic cough, difficulty in speaking and swallowing.  The diagnosis of SGH includes measurement of salivary flow by sialometry or calibrated paper.  The treatment options of include salivary stimulant medications pilocarpine and cevimeline, medical devices for electrical stimulation (OTC TENS, RX Saliwell GenNarino, RX Salipen), prescription artificial saliva and OTC products for dry mouth. 



  • After this presentation, the participant will be able to:
  • Identify the complications of salivary gland hypofunction.
  • Review the methods to measure unstimulated and stimulated salivary flow rates.
  • Review the current treatment options for salivary gland hypofunction, including prescription medications, medical devices and over the counter options


Diagnosis and Management of Burning Mouth Syndrome
Angela Ritchie, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor


This lecture will cover new theories in etiology, diagnosis and treatment of BMS


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Cleaning and Shaping with the WaveOne system
Josef Bringas DMD, DDS, MS
Clinical Associate Professor


Learning Objectives

  • To be able to describe the mechanical “single-file reciprocating” technique
  • To learn the advantages and disadvantages of using WaveOne compared to a traditional rotary instrument. 


Regenerative Endodontics for the Immature Tooth with Pulpal Necrosis
Kenneth J. Spolnik, DDS, MSD
Samuel S Patterson Professor
Chair, Program Director Endodontic Department


Learning Objectives

  • Participant will learn the indications for Regenerative procedures.
  • Participants will be updated on the most recent AAE guidelines for RE.
  • Success rates for RE will be discussed.


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