Friday Morning Session
Prabu Raman, DDS teaches live patient and lecture courses on Aesthetics and TMD treatment. He served for 12 years as a Clinical Instructor & Featured speaker for the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies.
Dr. Raman has lectured on TMD treatment in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia and throughout the USA. He was selected by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs as a TMD expert to participate in the Science Forum at the 2011 ADA annual meeting. He was also selected by the Journal of the California Dental Association to be an invited TMD expert author to contribute to its August 2014 TMD issue.
Dr. Raman has achieved Mastership status of the International College of Cranio Mandibular Orthopedics and Mastership of Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies. He is also a Fellow of American College of Dentists and a Fellow of Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Raman served as President of the Missouri Dental Association (2016-17), Member ofthe ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure (2013-17), Chair of ADA Recognition of Dental Specialties and Interest Areas in General Dentistry Committee (2015-17) and continues to serve as a member of the ADA House of Delegates. He is also the Vice-President of the International College of Cranio Mandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO), Past President of the International Association for Comprehensive Aesthetics (IACA), and past President of the Greater Kansas City Dental Society.
Dr. Raman’s Kansas City practice, The Raman Center for Advanced Dentistry, focuses exclusively on four areas of excellence, including: cranio cervical mandibular dysfunction/temporo mandibular dysfunction, aesthetic dentistry/complex restorative dentistry, neuro-muscular functional orthodontics, and sleep breathing disorders / oral appliance therapy. Morning Session: “TMJ” – What is it? How does it apply to everyday dentistry? Attendees will learn from the perspective of a clinician who has exclusively devoted his practice to treating complex TMD / CCMD cases for 20 years, what exactly constitutes “TMJ”, Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction / Cranio Cervical Mandibular Dysfunction and how to recognize “asymptomatic” patients who may become symptomatic after routine restorative dental treatment or minor orthodontic treatment. It is recommended for dentists, dental hygienists and clinical dental assistants.
“TMJ” – What is it? How does it apply to everyday dentistry?
Attendees will learn from the perspective of a clinician who has exclusively devoted his practice to treating complex TMD / CCMD cases for 20 years, what exactly constitutes “TMJ”, Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction / Cranio Cervical Mandibular Dysfunction and how to recognize “asymptomatic” patients who may become symptomatic after routine restorative dental treatment or minor orthodontic treatment. It is recommended for dentists, dental hygienists and clinical dental assistants.
Upon completion of this course, attendees will have learned:
- A clear understanding of ”TMJ,”TMD / CCMD
- How to dispel the“TMJ”myths we may have learned as facts
- How to recognize the signs and symptoms of TMD…probably not what you learned in dental school
- How to inform patients before you perform even routine care
- How to implement strategies in daily practice to lessen occurrence of TMD
- How to avoid practices that could precipitate TMD symptoms
- About the connection between TMD and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
* Kettenbach and Myotronics are partial sponsors for this program.
Friday Afternoon Session:
John Flucke, DDS is in private practice in Lee’s Summit, MO where he spends four days per week in direct patient care. He also serves as Technology Editor for Dental Products Report magazine as well as Chief Dental Editor where he writes, edits, and does video demos of products featured in his Technology Evangelist columns.
Dr. Flucke has one of the most popular dental blogs on the Internet, “Ramblings of Dentistry’s Technology Evangelist” featuring daily updates on technology in healthcare and technology in general. He lectures extensively on all aspects of clinical dentistry as well as technology in dentistry and has been featured at every major dental meeting in the U.S. and international locations as well. Dr. Flucke uses technology in every aspect of his practice and and personal life; pushing himself to constantly be on the leading edge. He loves testing, and breaking, the latest gear he can get his hands on. He lives his life by the motto “you can’t have too many toys.” He consults with manufacturers helping with development of techniques, technologies, and products which allows him to see things from the“duct tape and zip tie stage”all the way through to the completed item.
He is a past president of the Greater Kansas City Dental Society as well as currently serves as the Missouri State Peer Review Chairman.
Day-to-Day Technology to Improve your Practice
This program will teach about the many technologies that can improve your efficiency and patient care. You will learn about the many benefits of digital operatories and high tech devices that will greatly improve patient outcomes. There are many pieces of the “technology puzzle” and although some technologies can be costly, not all require a huge investment in financial resources or staff training. Dr. Flucke will also cover digital drug databases, advances in restoratives, and insights into different products to decrease your stress level while raising your quality of care. Dr. Flucke has access to many cutting edge technologies and uses them daily in his private practice.
Upon completion of this course, attendees will have learned:
- Advantages of digital operatories and drug databases
- Cutting edge products and procedures options
- Affordable high tech“pearls”
Saturday Morning Workshop
1. Attendance of Friday morning lecture course
2. “TMJ questionnaire” completed for the ‘patient’ (doctor or a team member)
3. Trimmed maxillary and mandibular study models of the ‘patient’
This workshop covers the practical application of the PNMD principles discussed in the introductory lecture on Friday morning, to actually treat TMD cases at a basic level. It consists of lecture plus hands-on demonstrations on volunteers, as well as give attending doctors hands-on experience in evaluation and diagnosis of TMD cases. This micro-residency format would prepare the dentists to apply the knowledge gained, back in their practices ‘Monday morning.’ Symptomatic or asymptomatic TMD patients needing quadrant restorative care, partial dentures and complete dentures could be treated more confidently with this learning experience. Physiologic NMD occlusal principles can provide a simple, reproducible bite conducive to health, aesthetics and restorative predictability and longevity.
Recommended for dentists and two clinical team members per dentist. It is highly recommended to bring your team to support and implement the techniques learned in the course.
Upon completion of this workshop, the attendee will be able to:
Fee: Dentists: $150; Non-Dentist Team Members: $50
- Understand the important relationship of teeth, muscles and joints and its effect on facial structure and stomatognathic function.
- Perform a hands-on TMD examination
- Effectively diagnose and manage TMD patients
- Take a Physiologic NM bite for long term stability in restorative and TMD cases
Kettenbach and Myotronics are partial sponsors for this program.