Root Caries: Proven Techniques for Frustrating Situations

Randy F. Huffines, DDS
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Code: T20 Cost: $20/$35 after Sept. 29 Date: Thursday, Oct. 27

CE Credits:  3 Hour Lecture  |  Subject: Restorative/Operative |  Recommended for: All Attendees | Prerequisite: Dr. Huffines morning lecture is recommended for this lecture, but not required.

Rarely mentioned a generation ago, root caries is now a common and often frustrating clinical problem. Dr. Huffines has given over 3 decades of his career to investigating and treating this condition. This presentation incorporates the latest research into step-by-step clinical techniques you can use with your most challenging patients. Learn practical tips on selecting restorative materials (including bioactives), exposing subgingival decay, preparation techniques, matrixing, finishing, and re-care strategies. Learn how to incorporate new insights about caries initiation and progression into protocols and techniques that increase your restorative success. Learn the value of discriminating between caries-infected and caries-affected dentin. Critique the controversial stepwise and “incomplete” caries removal protocols. Techniques are clearly explained by extensive use of clinical images and video clips so they can immediately be put into practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Properly select, place, and finish restorative materials for root caries.
  • Properly use cervical matrices and the passive wedge technique.
  • Discriminate between caries-infected and caries-affected dentin.

About the Speaker:

For over 35 years, Dr. Randy Huffines has treated older and medically complex adults in a traditional private practice, nursing homes, and hospitals. For 27 years he was Director of Geriatric Dentistry at the Quillen Medical Center in Johnson City, TN. Randy is recognized as one of the country’s leading experts on aging, medically complex patients, and oral health and is a frequent speaker at national conferences. He is a Past President and a Fellow of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, a Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland.  In 2004 he was appointed to the American Dental Association’s Elder Care Task Force. He has served on the Editorial Board of two major dental drug references. Randy has held faculty appointments in colleges of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and allied health sciences. Financial Relationship – none reported.

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