OAGD Study Club Announced for 2014

OAGD Study Club Page PhotoI’m thrilled to announce a new study club that I will be offering in partnership with the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry beginning in October 2014. Early Orthodontic Intervention with Functional Appliances will offer hands-on instruction in the use of functional appliances for guided eruption of the secondary dentition. Orthopedic health, airway and tongue issues, and early growth problems can all be supported and improved with the proper use of functional appliances during this critical phase of secondary eruption.

This four-session course will teach you how to examine, assess, prepare, and finish cases in a small group setting. Hands-on sections of the course will focus on taking proper records, impressions and bite registrations for optimal appliance construction, adjustment, delivery, and repair. Support and supervision of actual case work within your practice is also available and encouraged during this study club.

So many of the functional disorders of the jaw that adults experience can be prevented in childhood through the use of functional appliances to support natural growth and development. Airway development is also extremely important at this age, and research is demonstrating more and more that interceptive orthodontic treatment may actually help reduce the development of oral sleep apnea in adulthood. I hope that you will join me for this unique opportunity to learn how to help your youngest patients avoid or reduce the development of joint disorders, permanent tooth extraction, and other extensive orthodontic treatments as teenagers or adults.

For more information and to register for the course, please visit the Early Orthodontic Intervention with Functional Appliances page. Course space is limited to 10 dentists and their staff, so please register early.