Combined Course of Everyday Dentistry and Medications in a Nutshell

Chairman: Paul E. Klein, D.D.S., M.Ed., FAGD
Clinical Chairman:  John L. Tumminia D.M.D.

Dr. Paul Klein received his Bachelors of Science in 1969 from the University of Florida, his Masters in Education in 1971 from the
University of Miami and his D.D.S. from Meharry Medical College in 1975.  Dr. Klein has been practicing general dentistry in Boynton Beach for over 40 years. He is a member and a Fellow of both the Academy of General Dentistry and American College of Dentists.  He has served four times as President of the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic.  Dr. Klein has lectured extensively on the subject of Cosmetic and Adhesive Dentistry for over 35 years and dental pharmacology for over 13 years.  For the past 13 years, Dr. Klein has been an Adjunct Professor of Dental Pharmacology at Palm Beach State College in the Department of Dental Hygiene.  The semester courses he teaches are Dental Pharmacology and Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office.

This will be the sceond year that Dr. Klein will be teaching this combined course of Everyday Dentistry And Medications In A Nutshell.  The Medications in a Nutshell and the Everyday Dentistry portion the lecture give important information about the medications we use and our patients take every day as well as dental materials and techniques we do every day.  Dr. John Tumminia has graciously accepted chairing the afternoon clinic section, during which some of the dental materials and techniques that will be discussed in the morning Everyday Dentistry lectures can be used.

The Everyday Dentistry lectures will cover:  dental adhesives, composites, glass ionomer restoratives, silver diamine fluoride, local anesthetics, impression materials, ceramics, cements, (both temporary and permanent), and temporary crown and bridge materials.  Also to be discussed are techniques for doing anterior and posterior composites, crown alternative composite restorations, glass fiber posts and porcelain repair.

The Medications in a Nutshell lectures will cover:  why our patients might be taking a particular medication, the potential drug interactions with dental medications we might prescribe, and oral manifestations associated with those medications.  In this course, special attention will be given to the prescription and OTC drugs we use to manage our patients’ oral hard and soft tissue diseases, current recommendations and medications for preventing sub-acute bacterial endocarditis and orthopedic prosthesis prophylaxis and recommendations for our patient taking anti-resorptive medications.

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