Dental Professions

Beyond the Traditional Railroad Tracks
Today’s orthodontic practice consists of not only children but also adults. While the traditional fixed appliances are still readily used, the orthodontic hardware has evolved to include self-ligating brackets and aesthetic options like Invisalign and Incognito (Lingual) Hidden Braces. An overview of these techniques will enable dental assistants and hygienists to better inform their patients of the options available to them.

This course will cover:
• What is the Damon bracket?
• What is Invisalign?
• What are Incognito Hidden Braces?
• How do these appliances compare to the traditional twin bracket?
• Who are candidates for each of these appliances?

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
20194 HLTH DP224 A3A) Dr. Julia Ng, 1 session, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $75. Apr 2

Dental Care and Wellness
Learn about treatments that may be available for patients with dental anxiety or dental phobias, including mind-body intervention such as meditation, imagery, relaxation, etc. Stress and anxiety are common in the dental practice (for both dental professionals and patients).

Dr. Rahmany will share his own realizations in his personal attempts to manage anxiety through overall wellness, including exercise and diet. He will discuss the importance of balance to the body and balance to the mind. He will also review the concerns of TMJ dysfunction and the relationship to the spine. He will present treatment options in addition to the standards commonly used such as muscle relaxant drugs, painkillers, oral appliances, etc. The role of herbs, foods, vitamins, minerals, supplements, and natural therapies in a person’s overall health will also be discussed.

Ergonomics in the dental practice will be examined and participants are encouraged to ask specific questions about their workplace environment in relation to a clearly functioning nervous system.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(20195 HLTH DP24 A3A) Dr. Nima Rahmany, 1 session, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $75. Apr 9

Endodontic Advances
Endodontics has come a long ways since its origins as a specialty in the 1960s. Advances in micro-biology, electron microscopy, and digital imaging with the cone beam CT have forever altered our understanding of the root canal system and our abilities to treat both conventionally and surgically what we can now see like never before. From a biological standpoint, the goal of endodontic therapy is to maintain a healthy pulp whenever possible, remove irreversibly inflamed pulps and the sources of irritation, and disinfect the canal system if contaminated. In cases of trauma or with incomplete tooth development, the goal shifts to re-establishing a healthy pulp or inducing growth of a new pulp complex capable of continued dentin development.

With regenerative procedures emerging in all aspects of dental practice, this lecture will address advances in understanding of this pulpal regeneration, rationale behind current techniques and protocols, as well as case selection and expectations.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(40169 HLTH DP225 A3A) Dr. Howard Bittner and Dr. Jason Conn, 1 session, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $75. May 7

Thumb-sucking: When Does It Become a Concern?
If a child has a habit of thumb-sucking, how do we know when or if it has consequences? What is the etiology of thumb-sucking? How do you
stop a child from thumb-sucking? This course will give the participants an insight into the origin and possible causes of thumb-sucking and an
understanding of the comorbidities and concerns of this condition. A better understanding of the etiology will help the practitioner find the
proper route for treatment.

You will learn:
• How to ask the proper questions
• How to determine if treatment is necessary
• How to monitor if treatment is helping
• How to get a “guaranteed” result

This course is suitable for dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, health practitioners, parents, grandparents, and anyone interested in the

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(40170 HLTH DP223 A3A) Dr. Edmund Liem, 1 session, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $75. May 14

Soft Tissue and Dental Injuries in Children
We all love to see our kids being active or playing sports. At the same time, we know that more than half of children suffer some kind of soft tissue or dental injuries during their childhood. The outcome of traumatic injuries, especially when an adult tooth is hurt, is largely based upon
timely and immediate management of the traumatized teeth. You can make a difference if you know what to do at the right moment. The
information will not only benefit your patients, but also your beloved children, friends, or relatives. The objectives of this seminar are to provide
updates on evidence based dental trauma prevention and management.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(40171 HLTH DP226 A3A) Dr. Phoebe Tsang , 1 session, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $75. May 21

WHMIS for the Dental Professional
The dental employer is responsible to provide WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) instruction to employees who work in contact with materials defined as “hazardous”. In the dental office there are a wide range of materials and products that can be hazardous to
a person’s health if they are not stored, handled and disposed of properly. This course will provide an opportunity to review some of the common
hazardous materials found in a typical dental office. Participants are encouraged to bring Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for products they
have questions about. An updated MSDS record is important for every dental practice. The instructor will review the important information that
should be available for dental office employees and options available to store this information so that it is readily accessible at all times.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(40172 HLTH DP122 A3A) Anna Slazkiewicz, 1 session, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $75. May 28

Prosthodontic Theory
This course is for licensed practising CDAs and hygienists who have a minimum of one year’s experience in clinical practice. It covers the
following services under the supervision of a dentist:

• Fabrication and trying in provisional restorations intra-orally, including intra-coronal direct provisionals, and adjusting occlusion extra-orally   followed by assessment by a dentist before cementation
• Temporary cementation of provisional restorations and removal of temporary cement followed by assessment by a dentist
• Performing non-surgical gingival retraction techniques excluding the use of epinephrine
• Removing temporary and permanent cements using appropriate hand instruments excluding the use of dental handpieces
• Removing provisional restorations.

CDAs who have successfully completed the theory and clinical course, and have been recognized by the College of Dental Surgeons, may legally perform these procedures under the supervision of a dentist. This theory component of the course is offered via correspondence. Instructor is Cathy Larson. Please note seats are limited. The clinical component will be offered in the spring at the UFV Chilliwack campus at Canada Education Park.

For complete details, contact Heather Chapman at 604-864-4626, or 1-888-504-7441, local 4626, or

Last updated December 2013

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