927 Real World Implementation of the Medical Model in CAMBRA
Apr 27, 2013
from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The current understanding and professional consensus regarding dental caries (tooth decay) is that it represents an infectious process via a biofilm composed of various bacteria and bacterial bio-products that infect and demineralize the dentition. There are two currently accepted approaches to manage this disease process: 1) The traditional or surgical approach which addresses the effects of the infection by focusing on restoring the teeth as they present with decay and 2) The medical or preventive approach which addresses the underlying infection prior or concurrent with the restorative phase of treatment in a minimally invasive approach. The primary advantage to the medical (CAMBRA) approach is that it greatly decreases the risk for the expression of disease and its effects while permitting non-operative or minimally invasive intervention. However, it does not necessarily eliminate the need for major dental restorative intervention.
Unbeknownst to most dentists, in the very near future, practitioners will be obliged to implement caries assessment prior to any restorative intervention for reimbursement by the third party payer. Practitioners who are early adopters of this medical approach will find practice building opportunities and increased patient trust while eliminating the frustration of recurrent disease.
This lecture and hands-on course will review state-of-the-art cariology concepts, and outline effective caries assessment and management strategies as well as minimally restorative techniques in the context of the CAMBRA approach for the pediatric, adult, geriatric, and head and neck cancer/high risk patient. The exam assessment, salivary diagnostics and caries management strategies will be covered both in the lecture and in the Clinic Hands-on portion of the seminar. This seminar will be different than any CAMBRA seminar because it goes beyond theoretical concepts and focuses on actual Real-World implementation.
- Current cariology concepts
- Caries assessment and management strategies
- for all patients
- Real-world implementation/office set-up of the CAMBRA system
- How to track outcomes in a meaningful way
- Patient acceptance and Insurance billing
- Minimally Invasive restorative techniques and materials
Mark A. Cruz, DDS
Lecturer, Division of Restorative Dentistry, UCLA School of Dentistry, and full time private practice
Richard G. Stevenson III, DDS
Professor of Clinical Dentistry and Chair, Division of Restorative Dentistry, UCLA School of Dentistry