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Six (6) hours of continuing education credit will be provided.


Saturday, October 7, 2023
Registration & Exhibits
7:30 am - 8:00 am
Tom Kepic
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Break & Exhibits
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Tricia Osuna
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch & Exhibits
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Susan Wingrove
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Six (6) hours of continuing education credit will be provided.

When, Why, and How to Refer to a Periodontist

Dr. Thomas J. Kepic


There are many misconceptions today regarding the referral of a patient to a specialist. In this presentation, Dr. Kepic will clarify when it is reasonable to treat and keep the patient in the general dentist’s office. He will also review the process as to when it is appropriate to seek the advice of a periodontist.


  • List the clinical findings that are key to arriving at a definitive diagnosis.
  • Review the important intraoral radiographic findings and cone beam images.
  • After determining an accurate diagnosis, describe the etiology and prognosis.
  • List all treatment options and then arrive at the best treatment approach.
  • Are you the one with the clinical expertise to deliver this treatment?
  • Once treatment is rendered, how does one determine if the results were satisfactory?
  • How does one tailor the maintenance phase?
  • How to determine the philosophy of the periodontist and how to develop rapport?


Dr. Thomas J. Kepic is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and is a former Director of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Kepic was president of the California Society of Periodontists in 2011 and is past president of the WSP. He is a guest lecturer at several universities in the U.S. and abroad and has published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Kepic practices in Upland, California.

CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS AND IMPROVE YOUR OUTCOMES An Update on Protocols, Products and Treatment Options



Updated protocols assist us in determining our patient’s specific needs. As we move towards a more collaborative profession, we need to embrace these updates to identify those needs. We are presented with continuous challenges of new advances in products and technology and their use in dentistry and are in need of information to determine when and how to add them into our armamentaria. As professionals providing health services, our perception of product use along with protocols needs to be discussed with our team, as well as the interdisciplinary referrals we have. The process of care (assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation) requires a comprehension of protocols, products, and treatment options and how they are to be utilized.


  • Modify diagnosis assistance with the team and rationale for changes in assessment forms and diagnostic tools.
  • Distinguish which new-to-market products should be brought into your practice.
  • Integrate materials and products for a variety of uses in the dental office from infection control, dental hygiene therapy, oral cancer screening, patient communication, and instrumentation.
  • Develop effective communication with patients and assist in the business of the dental practice.
  • Formulate strategies that incorporate efficiency in patient treatment for more productive scheduling.


Tricia Osuna is a University of Southern California graduate, past president of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene and California Dental Hygienists’ Association. Tricia is in her 44th year as a dental hygienist, with many of those as a clinician. She shares her experiences with her audiences in a humorous and enlightening presentation experience. Ms. Osuna is a lifelong CDHA/ADHA member and a previous Member of the Dental Board of California. She is a founding member of the American Board of Facial Esthetics. Licensed in both California and New York, her experiences traverse the dental hygiene arena in a unique way spanning a variety of roles including consultant, clinician, educator, international presenter, author, mentor, as well as owner of Professional Insights.

Peri-Implantitis Prevention: Implant Maintenance, Home-Care & Disease Treatment

Susan S Wingrove


Learn what doctors and hygienists need to know to prevent peri-implant complications based on Susan’s textbook: Peri-Implant Therapy for the Dental Hygienist: 2nd Edition. This course will provide clinicians the procedures to detect early signs of peri-implant disease, diagnose any implant complications, and be able to provide treatment. Peri Implant prevention starts with providing professional in office assessment, maintenance, and home-care recommendations, vital for long-term implant success!


  • Detect: Put into practice assessment and monitor protocols for all forms of implant-borne restorations/prosthesis patients.
  • Diagnose: Understand the major risk factors for peri-implantitis for early intervention based on American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) peri-implant soft and hard deficiencies classification.
  • Treatment: Be able to perform in-office professional implant maintenance, disease treatment, and personalize home-care strategies for more predictable outcomes, peri-implantitis prevention.


Susan Wingrove BS, RDH. Dynamic innovator, international speaker, researcher, writer, and consultant. 2016 RDH Award of Distinction and 2022 Western Society of Periodontology Hygiene Educator of the year recipient. Instrument co-designer of the Wingrove Titanium Implant Series, ACE probes, and Queen of Hearts instruments for PDT. Susan has 40+ years in dentistry and now specializes in sorting through the science to develop protocols for healthy teeth, implants, & disease treatment. Published author; American and International journals on periimplant therapy, regeneration, advanced instrumentation, and Textbook: Peri-Implant Therapy for the Dental Hygienist: 2nd Edition 2022, Wiley Oxford UK. Susan resides in Missoula, Montana to enjoy fly fishing, hiking, and snowshoeing.


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Six (6) hours of continuing education credit will be provided