Douglas Benn DDS, PhD
Dental Cone Beam CT (CBCT) can include anatomy of most of the head and upper neck revealing unexpected diseases besides common dental disorders. CBCT can provide better detail than intraoral or panoramic regarding the presence of common conditions such as periodontal disease and apical pathology increasing detection of the latter by about 30%.
Chronic dental infections are strongly associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. CBCT provides information that can not only affect the planning of complex dental treatment (such as implants) but also involve medical colleagues to manage unsuspected cardiovascular disease. Specialist dental radiologists can help dentists with their interpretation of CBCTs by viewing remotely the images and providing a detailed report of diseases found. This program will describe the benefits of collaborating with specialist radiologists in producing a treatment plan on complex patients.
Topics to be discussed:
• Common dental diseases seen in CBCT images
• Common mild non-dental diseases
• Serious non-dental diseases
• The association between chronic dental diseases and cardiovascular disease (CVD)
• How to communicate with physicians about the probable CVD dental risk factors you have detected.
Dinner and registration 5:30pm • Course 6-8pm • 2 CE • RSVP by 10/18/18 • Register online at yourdentalimplants.com/events
Douglas Benn, DDS, PhD. trained as a dentist at the London Hospital Medical College and worked for 10 years as a general dentist specializing in minor oral surgery and treatment of the severely handicapped. During this time, he completed a master’s degree in computer science. He then spent six years in the Department of General Dentistry and Public Health, University College London and was awarded a Ph.D. for investigating new methods for diagnosing caries and periodontal diseases. Following this, Dr. Benn trained as an oral and maxillofacial radiologist at Guy’s Hospital London and the Royal College of Radiologists (Diploma in Dental Radiology, Royal College of Radiologists, England).
In 1992, he was appointed a professor at the University of Florida. From 2000-2002 he was Editor-in-Chief of the peer reviewed journal Dentomaxillofacial Radiology. During 1996-2002, he led a team developing an automated caries risk assessment and treatment planning system based upon an electronic patient record.
In 2009 Dr. Benn was appointed professor of oral and maxillofacial radiology at Creighton University School of Dentistry, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Between 2011-16 he developed a method for distinguishing non-cavitated from cavitated caries in bitewing radiographs. He has published over 50 peer reviewed research papers. He is the inventor on several patents.
He has a part-time radiology practice of reporting CBCT radiographs www.ReadCTs.com
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