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You’re Not Getting Older, You’re Getting Better: Treating the Older Adult Dental Patient

Sherri Lukes RDH, MS, FAADH

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time:  6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Parkell Corporate Headquarters, 300 Executive Drive, Edgewood, NY 11717
CE Credits: 3 (ADA CERP | Provider: Dental Learning Systems, LLC)
Cost: $30.00
To Register: Contact Tree Mainella at Parkell through her direct line at 631-389-1532 or by email at Tmainella@parkell.com. Please provide your full name, address, email and phone number in order to confirm your registration.


As the population grows older, more adult patients are visiting dental offices in order to retain their natural teeth. As this older demographic present with many medical and dental issues, the dental professional must stay abreast of conditions and pathologies that these patients may present with and know how to provide the best care. This course presents current information about conditions relevant to this older population, specifically women and the implications for their dental care. Ms. Lukes presents examples of pathologies from her personal collection of images exposed at senior adult oral cancer screening events. Further, oral hygiene techniques for both dentate and non-dentate patients will be discussed.

Upon completion, participants will be proficient to:

  • Describe key trends in demographics of the aging population.
  • Explain additional assessment procedures required for treating older adults.
  • Compare/contrast age-related and pathology induced systems changes and disorders in older adults.
  • Explain options for managing xerostomia in older patients.
  • List systemic diseases experienced by older adults and manage oral symptoms.
  • Explain common oral conditions/pathologies in the older demographic.
  • Describe various oral hygiene techniques for the dentate and edentulous patient.




Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH has 38 years of experience in dentistry, 28 spent in academia. In 2014 she retired as associate professor from Southern Illinois University Dental Hygiene Program where she taught oral pathology, community oral health, multicultural dental hygiene and advanced periodontics clinic. Her research concentration was in oral pathology, migrant farm worker oral health, and challenges of other underserved groups, resulting in multiple peer-reviewed publications. A Pathology Fellow and approved speaker of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Sherri enjoys integrating her expertise from years of teaching and research into CE courses to empower hygienists in the delivery of care. Ms. Lukes is a Past President of the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Community service projects include biannual mission trips to central Mexico, where accompanied by SIU dental hygiene students, she provides oral health care in an orphanage and remote villages. She received Community Service, Teacher of the Year, and Research Paper of the Year awards while at SIU, was named an Oral Health Champion by the IFLOSS Coalition and the Illinois Department of Public Health and is a past recipient of the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction.


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Bioactive Restorative Materials in Dentistry

Dr. Deepak Mehta

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time:  6:00pm - 9:00pm
CE Credits: 3 (ADA CERP | Provider: Dental Learning Systems, LLC)

Composite resin restorations account for a high number of failures compared to many other restorative materials. The presence of secondary caries at the interface between the tooth and the restoration, particularly at the margins, is the number one reason for failure. Recently, there has been an insurgence of bioactive restorative materials in dentistry.

The rationale behind these “bioactive” materials is to inhibit the demineralization process before extensive damage occurs and potentially compromises the overall health of the tooth. It is also believed that the use of bioactive regenerative materials will assist in reducing the number of composite restorations needing replacement due to bacterial invasion at the restoration/tooth interface.

This course will define what constitutes as bioactive and how it translates to dentistry. The hands-on portion of the course will allow the attendees to work with a bioactive restorative bulk filling material as well as a bioactive core material.

The Stress Mess: The Impact of Stress on Overall Health

Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time:  9:00am - 12:00pm
CE Credits: 3 (ADA CERP | Provider: Dental Learning Systems, LLC)

Following the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the physiology of the stress response
  • Recognize the impact chronic stress has on healing dynamic
  • Develop stress reduction protocols in the healthcare setting
  • Differentiate male and female stress responses

The Edentulous Challenge: How to Restore Proper Form and Function for the Exacting Dental Patient

Thomas Bilski, DDS, Clinical Co-director at the Midwest Implant Institute

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Time:  9:00am - 4:00pm
CE Credits: 6 (ADA CERP | Provider: Keystone Dental)

Course participants will be able to:

  • Soft and hard tissues assessment and availability.
  • Implant placement for optimum esthetics “Pink Collar”.
  • Awareness for new innovations in digital dentistry.
  • Laser and electro-surgery for soft tissue procedures in restorative dentistry.
  • Impression material and soft tissue manipulation in implant dentistry.
  • How to work smart. Work less.
  • Fundamentals of inflammation: the mouth and body connection for optimum overall health and dental wellness.

Ultrasonics: Understanding the Whys Behind the Wows

Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time:  8:30am - 12:00pm
CE Credits: 3 (ADA CERP | Provider: Dental Learning Systems, LLC)

Course participants will be able to:

  • Understand how ultrasonic instrumentation evolved into a periodontal debridement therapy option.
  • Recognize the differences between ultrasonic scaling devices and how those traits impact instrumentation strategies.
  • Comprehend the necessity of preserving cementum during debridement.
  • Discuss how repair of periodontal tissues differs from regeneration of connective tissue attachment.
  • Relate microbial dynamics to instrumentation strategies.

What’s New: Exploring Technological Advancements in Dental Hygiene Instrumentation

Dr. Joy Void-Holmes, BSDH, MHSc, RDH, AADH

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time:  12:00pm - 3:30pm
CE Credits: 3 (ADA CERP | Provider: Dental Learning Systems, LLC)

Course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the fundamental skills of basic dental hygiene instrumentation.
  • Identify the uses of dental hygiene instruments.
  • Describe how instrument design and classification impact the delivery of hygiene therapy.
  • Design budget friendly hygiene set-ups that contain instruments that ensure the best treatment outcomes.
  • Develop a system that allows for continuous replacement of worn dental hygiene instruments.


Getting The Edge on Removables: Protocol, Procedure and Patient Satisfaction

Dennis Urban, CDT

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (registration and dinner begin at 5:30pm)
CE Credits: 3 (ADA CERP | Provider: Dental Learning Systems, LLC)


Upon completion, each attendee will be able to:

  • Material science and selection
  • Digital dentures
  • Printed dentures
  • Occlusion
  • Attachment systems
  • Aesthetic metal-free partials
  • Protocol and procedure on denture chairside conversions
  • Milled bar design



What Are We Really Looking For? Oral Pathology Cases & Concepts

Ms. Sherri Lukes, RDH

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (registration and dinner begin at 5:30pm)
CE Credits: 3 (ADA CERP | Provider: Dental Learning Systems, LLC)


Upon completion, each attendee will be able to:

  • Explain the etiology of various oral pathologic conditions
  • Describe the clinical appearance of various oral pathologic conditions
  • List treatment options for various oral pathologic conditions
  • Explain the importance of current oral pathology knowledge when conducting intra/extra-oral exams
  • Compare/contrast lesions that can be considered in a differential diagnosis for each pathologic entity
  • Describe oral symptoms of various systemic conditions as presented in cases



Minimally Invasive Periodontal Therapy: Microsurgery and Endoscopy for the Periodontal Practice

John Y. Kwan, DDS

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm (registration and breakfast begin at 8:00am)
CE Credits: 3 (ADA CERP | Provider: Dental Learning Systems, LLC)


Upon completion, each attendee will be able to:

  • Learn how the operating microscope enhances visualization for surgical procedures.
  • Learn how endoscopy can be applied to dentistry, particularly for the treatment of periodontal disease.
  • Become familiar with endoscopic image interpretation.



Bioactives: Making Restorative Dentistry, Regenerative Dentistry

Gregg A. Helvey, DDS, MAGD, CDT

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
CE Credits: 3 (ADA CERP | Provider: Dental Learning Systems, LLC)


Upon completion, each attendee will learn:

  • The definition of bioactive restoratives
  • The history of bioactive materials
  • The various types and how they work
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using bioactives
  • Indications and contra-indications for use
  • How bioactives effect dental implants
  • Become familiar with endoscopic image interpretation.