Caries Management by Risk Assessment

Course Description.

Effective management of dental caries is critical for the success of the pediatric dentist in achieving long-term oral health for their patients.  It is the underpinning of Minimal Intervention Dentistry.

This course will provide information on the science and practice of caries risk assessment and intervention that will enable participants to immediately implement “caries management by risk assessment” into their practices for children of all ages.

This workshop will briefly summarize the science behind the “caries balance” concept, which is the key to caries management by risk assessment in clinical practice, and the basis of minimal intervention dentistry.   If pathological factors prevail caries progresses.  If protective factors prevail the caries process is halted or reversed.

High and moderate caries risk patients require appropriate restorative work in conjunction with preventive therapy.

The workshop will describe in detail how to implement “caries management by risk assessment” in the dental office.  Participants will assess caries risk in case studies and design appropriate preventive and restorative care for each case studied.

Implementation in dental practice provides patients with genuine hope and success in the management of their oral health.  It is a practice builder.

Benefits.

1.  This course will provide the knowledge and skills to manage dental caries, especially in high-risk individuals who keep returning for further restorative work.

2.         This course will provide the scientific basis and evidence base to support the successful implementation of caries management by risk assessment into dental practice.

Educational Objectives.

1.  To understand the process of dental caries as an infectious and transmissible       disease with a multi-factorial process.

  1.  To learn about the pathological and protective factors related to caries initiation, progression and prevention.
  2.  To understand the principles of clinical intervention in the caries process, and how to put this into dental practice as the basis of minimal intervention dentistry.
  3. To have each attendee actively participate in assessing caries risk in case studies and design appropriate treatment plans.