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Prof. Jessica Lee


Dr. Lee is the Demeritt Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Chair of the Division of Pediatric and Public Health at the University of North Carolina. She is also a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr Lee received her MPH and DDS degrees from Columbia University and her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and PhD in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was also a NIDCR National Research Service Award recipient. She is board certified Pediatric Dentist and an active member of the medical staff at UNC Hospitals and practices in the Dental Faculty Practice in the School of Dentistry. She has authored over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and held several grants from NIH and HRSA. She is involved in teaching, clinical practice and research. Her primary research interests are in infant oral health, access to dental care for young children, health literacy and health disparities. Dr Lee has been very active in national leadership positions and served as the President for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) from 2020-2021. She is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards including the 2008 AAPD Jerome Miller “For the Kids” Award. In 2010, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers from President Barack Obama. In 2011, Dr Lee was named the ‘Pediatric Dentist of the Year” by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.


Lecture 1

Title: “New Concepts in Pulp Therapy”

Description: This presentation will present emerging evidence-based information on pulp

therapy in the primary dentition and young permanent teeth. The American Academy of

Pediatric Dentistry clinical practice guidelines will be reviewed and practical case scenarios will

be presented. Vital and non-vital treatment approaches will be covered.


Lecture 2

Title: “The Spectrum of Pediatric Sedation: Nitrous Oxide to General Anesthesia”

Description: Sedation of a pre-cooperative or anxious child patient is often the most

compassionate approach. This presentation will discuss the spectrum of pharmacological

behavior guidance techniques often needed to provide safe and effective dental care. We will

review administration of nitrous oxide, common oral sedation medications and indications for

use of general anesthesia. Practice and safety guidelines will also be discussed.


Speaker: Drs. Jessica Lee, Scott Cashion and Amr Moursi

Title: “Emerging Clinical Techniques in Pediatric Dentistry”

Description: Autotransplantation and Frenectomies

In this workshop, two emerging clinical techniques will be presented. The first will be on tooth autotransplantation. In children and adolescents, the management of missing permanent teeth can be challenging. Treatment options include prosthodontic replacement, orthodontic space closure or tooth autotransplantation. The workshop will provide instruction in the area of tooth auto-transplantation as an adjunct to trauma management. The second technique discussed will be the often contentious area of frenectomies. The evidence base for the risks and benefits of frenectomies will be presented and various diagnostic scales and criteria will be addressed. In addition, conservative surgical techniques will be reviewed.