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Penn Concepts Virtual Symposium

CE Credits: 4.0 Hour(s)
Intended Audience: Dentists, Specialists, Expanded Function Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students
Date Course Online: August 1, 2020
Last Revision Date: N/A
Course Expiration Date: August 1, 2021
Cost: FREE to view (does not include continuing education credits); Registration is still required.
To receive continuing education credits:
Dentist, $100.00
Penn Dental Medicine Alumni, $75.00
Military, $75.00
Method: Self-instructed
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Our own experts across disciplines present clinically relevant perspectives in Penn Dental Medicine’s 1st Penn Concepts Virtual Symposium. The program will focus on topics like Ceramics and Bonding, CAD/CAM Technologies, Periodontal Soft Tissue Management, Periodontal Prosthesis, Anterior Implant Considerations, Fluorescence Enhanced Theragnosis, CBCT Use in Endodontics and Early Orthodontic Treatment Update.

Featured Speakers
Markus Blatz, DMD, PhD
Julián Conejo, DDS, MS
Hyeran Helen Jeon, DDS, MSD, DScD
Bekir Karabucak, DMD, MS
Brian Kasten, DMD
Rodrigo Neiva, DDS, MS
Liviu Steier, Dr. med. dent. Prof.

Refund, Substitution and Cancellation Policy
Virtual attendance: No refunds will be issued.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 4.0 continuing education credits.

12:05 PM | Fluorescence Enhanced Theragnosis

Course Description

Making invisible disease and infection visible could change the course of dentistry. Even beyond the mouth, fluorescent light has been used in oncology and dermatology. In dentistry to-date, the use of LED-generated blue light is still limited to resin photo polymerization, i.e. the hardening of composite fillings. Science breaks these barriers and shows that LEDs alone or in combination with photosensitizers can be used for fluorescence diagnosis, therapy guidance, and therapy performance. Specifically, the scientific evidence is well established and supports the many used of Fluorescence Enhanced Theragnosis (FET), such as in cariology, periodontology, implantology, and endodontics. Beyond dentistry, FET is applicable in tumor diagnosis, during resection, and for treatment guidance. Additionally, the current Covid-19 pandemic drives the worldwide search for innovative disinfection methodologies. Evidenced by its success-to-date, LED emitting at 405nm responds to both the need for disinfection for treatment and disinfection for hygienic purposes. The antimicrobial activity of blue light LED whether it is used in combination with photosensitizers or not is known photoactivated disinfection. This form of disinfection also applies in the many disciplines of dentistry, including cariology, periodontology, endodontics, and implantology. A new and approved magnification device was specially designed and equipped with such a UV light source, which can be used in diagnosis, treatment, and disinfection.

The overall goal of this course is to provide an introduction to fluorescence-enhanced therapy and diagnosis in the patients’ best interest. The tool, called Reveal, is a loupe and light combination that shines fluorescent light onto teeth and soft tissue under a specified magnification to enhance diagnosis, treatment supervision, treatment goal achievement and disinfection.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the difference between “classic” diagnosis and fluorescence-enhanced therapy and diagnosis.
  • Conceptualize minimally invasive caries management and caries therapy combined with diagnosis (theragnosis)
  • Become aware with an evidence based step-by-step protocol for diagnosis, subsequent differential diagnosis, and then treatment option selection, execution.


Liviu Steier, Dr. med. dent. Prof. has been practicing dentistry in Germany for over thirty-five years. He is a specialist in prosthodontics and in endodontics with a host of both research and practice experience spanning over thirty years in both the US and in Europe. As part of his work, he has served as Clinical and Course Director at Warwick University in Coventry, England, as Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland, as Course Leader MsC program at the University of Manchester, England, and as Visiting Professor at University of Florence, School of Dental Medicine, Italy, and at the Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA.

In the US, he was appointed Scientific Advisory Board Member for the Journal of Endodontics, and he has served as Editor, Editor-in-Chief and Reviewer of a multitude of peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Dental Education. He has also been a long-standing member of the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Association of Endodontists. Dr. Steier is an internationally recognized lecturer known for his hands-on teaching style, innovative spirit, and both breadth and depth of knowledge.

He has co-developed several breakthrough technologies in caries detection, prevention, and therapy. His award-winning work and numerous publications have been distinguished by authorities in the field around the globe and he continues to make outstanding contributions in both practice and scholarship.

Disclosure: Dr. Steier has a trademark on Fluorescence Enhanced Theragnosis™ and receives royalties from the use of this name.

12:45 PM | CBCT use in Endodontics

Course Description

Dental radiographs provide essential information for every aspect of endodontics. They are the basis for reviewing root anatomy; however, they are a two-dimensional representation of a three-dimensional structure. Cone-beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) has revolutionized dental imaging enabling clinicians to easily view areas of interest in any plane and not be restricted by two-dimensional conventional radiography. CBCT has become a standard for evaluating endodontic cases with unusual anatomy, previously treated cases, and assessing treatment outcomes. This presentation will review CBCT literature and will discuss how CBCT is changing Endodontic treatment with relevant clinical cases.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the use of CBCT in Endodontics.
  • Understand the advantages and the limitations of CBCT.
  • Understand the radiation exposure with CBCT.


Bekir Karabucak, DMD, MS, is Director of the Postdoctoral Endodontics Program and Chair of the Department of Endodontics. After earning his dental degree from Istanbul University School of Dental Medicine in 1993, Dr. Karabucak completed his endodontic postgraduate training at the Department of Endodontics at Penn, where he also received his Masters in Oral Biology in 1998. He later earned his DMD degree from Penn Dental Medicine in 2002. Dr. Karabucak lectures at national and international conferences, has published in peer-reviewed journals. He serves on the editorial advisory board of several international peer-reviewed dental journals. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Karabucak has been the attending endodontist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 2005.

Disclosure: Dr. Karabucak has no relevant financial relationships to report.

1:25 PM | Early Orthodontic Treatment of Class III Patients: When and How?

Course Description

The pattern of facial growth is established early in life and rarely changes significantly without treatment. For the early treatment of Cl III patients, differential diagnosis and treatment timing is critical. In addition, we will review the short- and long-term change from Cl III early treatment.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basic concepts of craniofacial growth and development: maxilla and mandible.
  • Understand the best treatment timing of Cl III patients.
  • Understand the different treatment modalities of Cl III patients
  • Understand the short-term and long-term follow up of Cl III early treatment


Hyeran Helen Jeon, DDS, MSD, DScD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Immediately after her graduation from the Doctor of Science in Dentistry (DScD) and certificate program in Orthodontics at Penn, Dr. Jeon joined the faculty at Penn. Her main research interests are: (1) bone remodeling, (2) wound healing, and (3) maxillary expansion using temporary anchorage devices (TADs). Since her DScD, Dr. Jeon has been strongly involved in student research mentoring including 1 MSOB student, 4 Orthodontic residents, 5 dental students and 3 undergraduate students. With her clinical background in both Orthodontics and Periodontics, she teaches both predoctoral and postdoctoral students at Penn. Dr. Jeon currently practices Orthodontics at the Penn Dental Family Practice at Locust Walk.

Disclosure: Dr. Jeon has no relevant financial relationships to report.

2:05 PM | CAD/CAM Technologies in 2020

Course Description

The main objective of this lecture is to show how treatment time optimization and better clinical outcomes are possible with the implementation of digital tools in 2020.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide an update on the latest materials, software and hardware for 2020.
  • Provide a step by step digital workflow to improve success rates on single and multiple-unit tooth and implant restorations with CEREC will be presented.


Julián Conejo, DDS, MSD, obtained his DDS from the Universidad Latina in Costa Rica, and then completed training as a specialist in Prosthodontics at the Universidad Intercontinental, Mexico City. Dr. Conejo is the Clinical CAD/CAM Director at the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Philadelphia PA, USA. He conducts research and has multiple publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals on CAD/CAM technology, prosthodontics and implant dentistry. Dr. Conejo has been the recipient of several awards in his field, including the ICP Research Fellowship in Dental Restorative Materials in 2016 and has lectured in over 35 countries.

Disclosure: Dr. Conejo has no relevant financial relationships to report.

2:45 PM | Contour and Emergence Profile: Concepts and Techniques in the Digital Era

Course Description

One of the most important factors in achieving ideal outcomes with implant restorations in the esthetic zone is management of the peri-implant soft tissue architecture. As restorative dentists, the way that we can control the peri-implant soft tissues is through management of the emergence profile contours. While it is possible to achieve successful results with traditional techniques, digital technology can greatly improve predictability.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the concepts of the critical and subcritical contour areas and their influence of the peri-implant soft tissues.
  • Discussion of several traditional and digital implant provisionalization techniques.


Brian Kasten, DMD, lives in Philadelphia and is in private practice with the Amsterdam Dental Group. He received his DMD from Penn Dental Medicine and went on to complete a 4-year combined residency in Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis at Penn. In addition to being an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis at Penn, he is also a Clinical Affiliate in the Division of Dentistry at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Disclosure: Dr. Kasten has no relevant financial relationships to report.

3:25 PM | Soft Tissue: Not Always the Issue

Course Description

Orthodontic treatment in the absence of adequate amounts of gingival tissue has been associated with increased probability of development of gingival recession as a result of orthodontic movement. Historically, periodontists have augmented gingival tissues with palatal epithelial grafts to prevent/minimize gingival recession during orthodontic treatment. However, the lack of alveolar bone facial to the involved teeth is not addressed with this approach. The goal of this presentation is to discuss the importance of Periodontal Phenotype Modification (PhenoMod) for orthodontic patients.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, clinicians should be able to understand:

  • The importance of Phenotype Modification
  • The indications for Phenotype Modification
  • The advantages of a regenerative approach for Phenotype Modification


Rodrigo Neiva, DDS, MS, earned his Certificate and Master’s degree in Periodontics from the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. Dr. Neiva serves as Chairman of the Department of Periodontics, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He is active in clinical research related to bone and soft tissue augmentation, as well as novel techniques in Implant and Periodontal Therapy. Dr. Neiva has published many scientific papers and book chapters in the fields of Periodontics and Oral Implantology. He also lectures frequently both nationally and internationally.

Disclosure: Dr. Neiva has no relevant financial relationships to report.

4:05 PM | Ceramics and Bonding

Course Description

The recent evolution in ceramic, adhesive, and CAD/CAM technologies is breathtaking and offers a whole new range of aesthetic, less invasive, and long-lasting treatment options in restorative dentistry. However, there are many open questions and straight answers are hard to find. Most of these are circling around proper cementation and adhesive bonding protocols for the variety of ceramic materials that are available today: from silica-based and hybrid ceramics to new high-translucent zirconium dioxide ceramics, acknowledging that all these material groups require significantly different bonding protocols for long-term clinical success. This presentation will answer questions about how to bond to contemporary ceramics in an unbiased manner and provide a scientific and clinical update on aesthetic, less invasive, and long-term functional treatment options with bonded ceramics, based on decades of research and the latest scientific evidence.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate modern ceramic and hybrid materials and their indications.
  • Learn about CAD/CAM technology and its applications for ceramic restorations.
  • Comprehend current adhesive bonding and cementation protocols for current ceramic materials.


Markus B. Blatz, DMD, PhD, is Professor of Restorative Dentistry, Chairman of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, and Assistant Dean for Digital Innovation and Professional Development at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also founded the Penn Dental Medicine CAD/CAM Ceramic Center. Dr. Blatz graduated from Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, and was awarded additional Doctorate Degrees, a Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics, and a Professorship from the same University. Dr. Blatz is co-founder and immediate past President of the International Academy for Adhesive Dentistry (IAAD). He is a Board-certified Diplomat in the German Society for Prosthodontics and Biomaterials (DGPro) and a member of multiple other professional organizations, including the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the International College of Prosthodontists, the American College of Prosthodontists (honorary member), Academy of Osseointegration, and O.K.U. Honor Dental Society. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous recognized scientific dental journals and is Associate Editor of Quintessence International and the International Journal of Prosthodontics. He is coauthor of the international bestseller “evolution – contemporary protocols for anterior single-tooth implants”. Dr. Blatz is the recipient of multiple teaching and research awards and has published and lectured extensively on dental esthetics, restorative materials, and implant dentistry. He was recently named one of the “World’s Top 100 Doctors in Dentistry”.

Disclosure: Dr. Blatz received honoraria from Nobel Biocare and Kuraray; Noritake Research Gants from Ivoclar Vivadent, DMG, GC, 3M, VITA, Shofu, Dentsply Sirona, Straumann

4:45 PM Discussion
5:00 PM Adjourn

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 5.0 continuing education credits.


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