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2024 Speaker Series

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The Not So Hidden Epidemic:
Periodontitis & Peri-Implantitis

7L CE | AGD AGD 490 Periodontics

with Lawrence R. Page, DDS, PhD & Bruce P. Mandel, DDS

Friday, January 19, 2024
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Marriott College Park Conference Center
Cheasapeake Salon B
3501 University Blvd East | Hyattsville

Lunch is provided

In addition to destroying support for teeth, pathogenic periodontal microorganisms cause life-threatening systemic problems.  Two of the most aggressive red-complex microorganisms are found in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims.  At least one periodontal pathogen, Fusobacteria nucleatum, has been identified as a carcinogen for colon cancer.  There are many other systemic diseases correlated with the presence of periodontal pathogens including increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.


The absence or very low acceptable levels of periodontal pathogens is definitive for lack of periodontal destruction and appears to allow at least a degree of healing. Routine treatment for periodontitis ignores monitoring for pathogenic microorganisms to determine disease-control success at all at-risk sites.  In fact, our routine treatment recommendations of flossing, using spinning brushes, scrubbing techniques and polishing can cause significant damage to teeth, supporting bone, esthetics and will not prevent pathogenic periodontal infections.  


In the morning, we will cover effective methods for monitoring pathogenic infections as well as identify specific sites at high-risk.  We will also cover techniques for patients to effectively destroy pathogenic biofilms, even in deep pockets with minimum friction methods. 

In the afternoon, we'll examine the growing concern of per-implantitis.  Despite the success rates of dental implants, peri-implantitis presents as a more common complication. Understanding the prevalence, etiology, risk factors, and treatment options will advance the long term success of this modality for our patients.

Course Objectives:

Participants in this course will gain knowledge in the following areas:


  1. What is periodontis and peri-implantitis, it's prevalence and growing concern;

  2. Understanding ailing, failing and failed implants

  3. Understand the etiology of periodontis and peri-implantitis

  4. What are the risk factors for  periodontis and peri-implantitis

  5. How to diagnose periodontis and peri-implantitis; and

  6. What are the treatment options for periodontis and peri-implantitis.

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About our Speaker:

Dr. Larry Page is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.  After completing service in the Air Force, he completed a PhD (doctorate) in microbiology at the University of Maryland.  Concurrently he completed a residence in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.


While teaching Oral Pathology at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry he was offered the opportunity to take the Periodontology residence while continuing to teach.  He has been a tenured associate professor at both the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland.  More recently, he has been a part-time clinical professor in the Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry.  Dr. Page has been a full-time periodontist in Columbia and Ellicott City Maryland for the last 41 years.

About our Speaker:

Dr. Bruce Mandel  has been a practicing Periodontist for over 40 years. He is a caring and competent professional with a passion about offering and providing the best options to his patient's problems in a team approach. Dr. Mandel has perpetually been voted as one of Baltimore's Best Dentists and America's Top Dentist for Periodontics and Implants.

Dr. Mandel received his undergraduate degree at Loyola College of Baltimore and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland. He completed a General Practice residency at the University of Maryland. Dr. Mandel was on the staff at the University Of Maryland School Of Dentistry from 1979-1991.

Dr. Mandel remains committed to continuing education as a participant and presenter. Dr. Mandel emphasizes the incorporation of innovative and modern techniques in his practice to arrive at predictable solutions. He is dedicated to the TEAM approach in working with referring dentists, physicians, and dental labs.  Dr. Mandel retains active memberships in the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, and American Academy of Osseointegration.





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