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Course Name: Esthetic Crown Lengthing

Speaker: Dr. Clara Kim

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 (see flyer for additional details)

Presentation Summary: 

This course will review esthetic crown lengthening and its Indications and contraindications. Causes of “gummy smiles” are discussed as well as proper diagnosis and treatment planning. Surgical techniques are discussed including: how to handle hard and soft tissues; proper surgical techniques; preservation of esthetics in the final tissue contours.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand indications and contraindications of esthetic crown lengthening procedure
  2. Understand the causes of “gummy smiles”
  3. Describe altered passive eruption
  4. Recall proper diagnosis and treatment planning
  5. Recall preparation needed prior to surgical procedure

About Dr. Kim

Dr. Clara Kim is a native of Southern California. She attended UC Berkeley for undergraduate studies where she received Bachelor of Art in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology. Dr. Kim graduated from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. She was active at the HSDM representing the graduate student body and was elected as the president of many student organizations. She received the outstanding student in periodontology award from American Academy of Periodontology. Dr. Kim then attended the University of Southern California, Advanced Periodontology Program where she received her Certificate in Periodontology and Masters of Science in Craniofacial Biology. During her residency, Dr. Kim was extensively involved in research on teeth with periodontal involvement. She presented her research findings at USC Research Symposium and CSP annual meeting. Dr. Kim received her board certification in Periodontology in 2011.


Course Name: Radiographic Interpretation for Dental Faculty

Speaker: Dr. Bruno Azevedo

Date: Monday, May 19, 2014 (see flyer for additional details)

Presentation Summary: 

Learn to use radiographic interpretation skills to recognize a disease or condition by its outward signs and symptoms and use this information as a basis for a successful outcome.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand basic imaging concepts
  2.  Panoramic and CBCT technology
  3. Guidelines for panoramic and CBCT based on FOV and exposure
  4. Applications in dentistry
  5. Artifacts
  6. Viewing software


About Dr. Azevedo

Dr. Bruno Azevedo received his DDS from Gama Filho University in Brazil in 2000. Upon graduating, he completed a two year residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at APCD in Bauru, Sao Paulo. In 2004, he managed the first dental imaging lab in Latin America to employ the use of a high resolution, small volume Cone Beam Computer Tomography in his hometown, Brasilia. Seeking a more in-depth understanding of 3D imaging, Dr. Azevedo became a preceptor in 2005 at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, in the Department of Dental Diagnostic Science. Then in 2006, he was accepted into UTHSCSA’s Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Residency Program. He finished his residency in 2008, received his Master’s Degree in Dental Diagnostic Science in 2009 and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Maxillofacial Radiology in 2010. Bruno has presented at over 25 national and international scientific meetings and has published in a number of national and international dental journals about dental 3D technology. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine.


Course Name: Diet, Reflux and Dental Erosion

Speaker: Dr. David Lazarchik

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 (see flyer for additional details)

Presentation Summary: 

Dental erosion is an increasingly prevalent condition in the adolescent and adult population. Numerous acidic foods in the modern diet coupled with chronic consumption can have a dramatically destructive affect on the dentition. In addition, acid reflux disease, also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a common condition in the general population, with approximately 20% reporting weekly episodes of heartburn/acid reflux. The profound effects of stomach acid on the oral cavity have only come to be appreciated in the last 20 years. This presentation will help you fully appreciate the dental implications of this prevalent disease, and will increase your awareness about diagnosis and prevention of dental erosion.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Differentiate amongst the most common noncarious lesions which cause loss of tooth structure.
  2. Recognize common features of erosion lesions.
  3. List several dietary causes of dental erosion.
  4. Predict the location of erosion on a tooth by the source of acid.
  5. Briefly describe the major characteristics of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  6. List some esophageal and extra-esophageal signs and symptoms of GERD.
  7. State the connection between dental erosion and acid reflux disease.
  8. Diagnose GERD induced erosion.
  9. Describe preventive strategies designed for patients with dental erosion.


About Dr. Lazarchik

Dr. Lazarchik received his dental degree at the University of Florida in 1984 and then a GPR certificate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has 19 years of experience in academic dentistry including serving as the GPR Program Director at UAB. His primary practice focus has been hospital dentistry. Currently, as Assistant Dean, Dr. Lazarchik is responsible for the clinical education program and the operations of The Dental Center at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. His research/clinical interests include medically complex patients, dental erosion and GERD, and the plaque control potential of carbamide peroxide.