Course Details

Instrumentation Reloaded: Hands-On Edition

Joy Void-Holmes, RDH, BSDH, MHSc


Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Code: Cost: $125 | $150 after 9/28 Date: Thursday, Oct 24

Subject:  Periodontal Instrumentation |  Audience: Hygienists |  CE Credits: 3 hours Participation

Limited to: 30 Attendees

Course Description:

Through a blend of interactive sessions, hands-on practice, and multimedia resources, this course aims to empower participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for clinical excellence in periodontal instrumentation. It addresses both the basics and the nuances of advanced techniques, fostering an environment where tradition meets innovation. Participants will leave the course equipped to apply basic and advanced principles, analyze the impact of technological advancements on treatment outcomes, and compare innovative hand instrument and ultrasonic tip designs, ultimately elevating their practice and enhancing patient care. The curriculum begins with a deep dive into the essentials—grasps, micro ergonomics, time-clock positions, fulcrums—and progresses to sophisticated instrumentation techniques that align with modern clinical practice, including the strategic use of sharpen-free instruments. Participants will engage in an interactive exploration of:

  • Impact of Glove Fit on Instrumentation (emphasizing how glove fit affects periodontal instrumentation efficacy)
  • Grasp
  • Precise Use of the 11/12 Explorer
  • Efficient Handling of Anterior and Posterior Sickle Scalers
  • Advanced Techniques with Universal Curets and Gracey’s (focusing on instrument selection tailored to specific calculus deposits and locations).
  • Innovative Strategies for Mandibular Furcation Scaling and Deep Palatal Scaling, comparing techniques for different anatomical challenges.
  • Exploration of Alternative Fulcrums, including Extraoral, Reinforced, Opposite Arch, and Cross Arch, with a focus on innovative adaptation techniques.
  • Ultrasonic Tip Design and Function

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess how glove fit affects instrumentation and make necessary adjustments for enhanced performance.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform precise and efficient periodontal instrumentation techniques, through hands-on practice and interactive sessions.
  • Select and implement effective scaling strategies for various dental conditions using innovative techniques.
  • Integrate ultrasonic tip technology into treatment plans to elevate patient care quality.

About the Speaker: Dr. Joy is the founder of Dr. Joy, RDH, where she advances the art and science of dental hygiene through continuing education, research, content creation and product testing. She is co-founder of JELL-ED, an educational consultancy designed to bridge the gap between education and the educator. She is the creator of the Dental Hygiene Student Planner™. She is also a skilled technical writer and enjoys writing on all things related to dentistry! Dr. Joy serves as a consultant examiner for the CDCA-WREB-CITA examination board, board member for the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners, and editorial advisory board member for Inside Dental Hygiene. Dr. Joy is an active member of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene. She is also a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Maryland Dental Action Coalition. Dr. Joy received her certificate in dental hygiene from Howard University, her Bachelor of Science Degree in dental hygiene from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and earned two advanced degrees from Nova Southeastern University: a Master of Health Science with a forensic investigative science concentration and a Doctor of Health Science.

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