Total Comfort in Dental Hygiene and Periodontal Treatment:
Procedural and Post-Procedural Considerations

A number of common dental procedures, such as tooth scaling with an ultrasonic instrument can result in severe pain. This pain may be a reason patients avoid needed treatment. Post-treatment tooth sensitivity may also be a distressing side effect of periodontal and hygiene procedures. This course is designed to help dentists and dental hygienists understand and manage the symptoms accompanying periodontal therapy. A detailed discussion will be held of how most cases of procedural pain can be managed without using nerve blocks.

Topics to be covered:

  • Sources of pain in periodontal procedures.
    • Differentiating periodontal from tooth derived pain.
    • Understanding why tooth roots are sensitive.
    • Identification of patient factors that may predispose to pain and sensitivity.
  • Management of pain during periodontal procedure.
    • Use of topical anesthetics.
    • Use of topical dentin desensitizers.
  • Local anesthesia techniques in periodontal pain control.
    • Infiltration verse block injections.
    • Choice of anesthetic agents that allow most patients to be manages with infiltration.
  • Post treatment sensitivity.
    • Treatment options: sensitivity home care products and professional treatments.


KENNETH MARKOWITZ, DDS, MSD – Associate Professor
Departments of Oral Biology and Restorative Dentistry

Friday, October 11, 2019
9 a.m. to 12 noon (earn 3 credit hours)
at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
$105 for All Registrants
Code: 20D0302

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