AAP COVID-19 Webinar Series


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The following webinars were previously recorded and are available for AAP members to access on the e-Learning Center.

COVID 19: Managing Your Practice During Crisis

Moderator: Dr. Chris Richardson
Speakers: Dr. Greg Toback, Brent L. Saunier

As periodontal professionals, we are uniquely challenged to provide safe and effective patient care during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Join Drs. Greg Toback and Chris Richardson as well as certified public accountant Brent L. Saunier for the two-part live webinar “COVID-19: Managing Your Practice During Crisis” as they discuss ways to navigate this unprecedented healthcare crisis and how to safeguard your practice.

Part 1. Life Support of Escape Artist: Choosing Leadership in Uncertain Times

Part 2. CARES ACT: Breakdown of the COVID-19 Stimulus Measure In this live two-hour webinar, you will:

  • Explore the differences between a passive vs. active position during a crisis.
  • Strategize a game plan for making it through an extended clinical shutdown. How will we “survive?”
  • Identify ways to reduce the “metabolic rate” of your practice.
  • Organize your engagement plan with your team, referrals, patients, and the community.
  • Prepare for recovery by “ramping up.”
  • Gain more clarity on the CARES Act stimulus measure as it stands today.

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.


COVID-19: Using Science to Separate Fact from Fiction

Moderator: Dr. William Giannobile
Speaker: Dr. Purnima Kumar

The unprecedented COVID-19 epidemic and the wide-ranging response to it may be one of the most memorable events of the twentieth century. Most of the diversity in response is due to a lack of understanding about the virus, its origins, and the symptoms of the disease; as well as consistent information about how to best treat the disease and control spread. This lack of knowledge has spawned many myths, some of which are adversely affecting human health. The aim of this webinar presented by Dr. Purnima Kumar is to explain the biological underpinnings of this disease, and to dissect fact from fiction.

Educational Objectives:

  • Review the biology of viral infections, especially those of zoonotic origin
  • Explore the science behind creation of vaccines to combat viral diseases
  • Appreciate the rationale for containment and restriction-of-movement guidelines

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.



Moderator: Purnima Kumar, DDS, PhD
Speaker: Mia Giesinger, DDS, MS

With the rapid pandemic incited by SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, there has been a renewed interest in aerosols in the dental office. Dental procedures that employ handpieces, lasers, electrosurgery units, ultrasonic scalers, air polishers, prophy angles, hand instruments, or air/water syringes can create bioaerosols and spatter. Inhalation of airborne particles and aerosols produced during dental procedures may cause adverse respiratory health effects and bidirectional disease transmission.

This presentation will review current understanding regarding the SARS-CoV-2 virus, “invisible risks” within operatories, up-to-date infection control recommendations, and emerging evidence for ongoing infection control when delivering dental care.

Educational Objectives:

  • Assess risk factors and basic properties of aerosols generated during routine dental procedures
  • Identify pathogens and resultant illnesses associated with such aerosols
  • Differentiate between standard and transmission-based precautions and their utility in the dental office
  • Review infection control and aerosol mitigation techniques that may reduce the risk of cross-contamination to patients and providers.

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.


From the Perio Trenches During COVID-19: During and After, How Will We Survive?

Moderator: Dr. Chris Richardson
Speakers: Drs. Todd Scheyer and George Mandelaris

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a tremendous amount of stress and uncertainty for periodontists. Yet our practices and our profession must identify opportunities to become leaders using new technologies and interdisciplinary therapy for comprehensive treatment pathways. We can strive to provide compelling, evidence-based periodontal information for our study clubs and treatment teams that render the highest level of care. Now is the time to re-structure your vision and strategic plan and differentiate yourself from the rest in your community, while also strengthening relationships with those who support you, your team, and your practice.

This one-hour webinar will help periodontists face practice challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak, identify opportunities, and develop solutions that leverage strengths. Drs. Mandelaris and Scheyer will bring a passion for visioning and strategic planning to cope with today, tomorrow, and times post-COVID-19!

Educational Objectives:

  • Acquire strategies to address challenges with COVID-19 while maintaining your passion for the profession
  • Gain coping mechanisms during COVID-19
  • Identify tips on how to thrive with your practice post-COVID-19e

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.



Moderator: Dr. Purnima Kumar
Speaker: Brandon G. Coleman

Practicing periodontics was challenging even before the current pandemic. Clinicians face constant information overload, and must critically assess the data in order to deliver optimal care to patients. It can be difficult to make sense of all the different information sources while staying current with the state of the science and guarding against predatory or misleading scientific claims. And during this global pandemic, knowing what to believe as it relates to dentistry and how to maintain our role as subject matter experts in periodontics, is more important than ever.

This one-hour webinar aims to provide a lens to view and assimilate information for the busy clinician. The discussion will include practical tools, as well as cover the pearls and pitfalls common in integrating evidence into our practices. This course is oriented toward those who feel inundated with information, from the periodontal resident to the seasoned clinician alike.

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify and apply weaknesses in evidence-based dentistry as it applies to daily practice.
  • Review tips for protecting your patient population from “bad science.”
  • Discuss a framework for processing information in the context of COVID-19.

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.



Moderators: Drs. Bryan Frantz, AAP President, and Purnima Kumar, CEOC Chair
Panelists: Nico C. Geurs, DDS, Dimitris N. Tatakis, DDS, PhD, and Pinelopi Xenoudi, DDS, MSc

With the extension of shelter-in-place orders and stay-at-home and restriction of movement recommendations there is a huge amount of uncertainty among periodontal residents regarding their education and future. Drs. Tatakis, Geurs, and Xenoudi bring to this platform their wealth of expertise as periodontal program directors. They will share the steps they have instituted to address the challenges faced by residents, discuss their view of the future of periodontal education, and will answer questions posed by current, future, and former residents.

Educational Objectives:

  • Discuss the effects of COVID-19 on periodontal education.
  • Explore the various options available for alternate educational streams.
  • Provide insight into the timeline and nature of transitions for graduating and incoming periodontal residents

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.



Moderator: Dr. Bryan Frantz, AAP President 
Speaker: Dr. Barry Wagenberg

Surgical crown lengthening is one of the most misunderstood procedures in all of dentistry. The literature on this topic extends from one end of the spectrum to the other. The clinician must consider the amount of sound tooth structure that is present and determine whether it is better for a patient to have the tooth extracted or have an impland placed.

In this 1.25-hour webinar, Dr. Wagenberg will discuss the decision-making involved in evaluating a patient for surgical crown lengthening.

Educational Objectives:

  • Evaluate the amount of tooth structure that needs to be exposed.
  • Assess the available literature on this topic.
  • Identify a technique to help determine if an implant is a better choice for the patient.

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.



Moderator: Dr. Chris Richardson, AAP Vice President 
Speakers: Drs. Ashley Hoders and Nicole Olivares

The anterior mandibular, specifically the mandibular incisors, are the teeth most commonly affected by gingival recession. Diagnosis and treatment planning can be challenging in this area because several factors influence health and stability.

Dental hygienists play a role in identifying recession, encouraging patients to follow through with referral, and maintaing health following treatment. This one-hour webinar will extend understanding of how to evaluate recession, identify when referral is indicated, consider what is possible with soft tissue grafting procedures, and determine the most effective way to promote stability with maintenence and patient education.

AAP members are encouraged to register their dental hygiene team for this informative and educational webinar.

Educational Objectives:

  • Consider why the mandibular anterior segment is most commonly affected by recession.
  • Review how to evaluate recession and how to identify when a patient can benefit from referral.
  • Discover what treatment options are available and what the goals of treatment are to better understand and communicate expectations.
  • Discuss tips and tricks for promoting health and stability through maintenance and home care.

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.



Moderators: Dr. James G. Wilson, AAP President-Elect, and Purnima Kumar, CEOC Chair
Speaker: Dr. Oded Bahat

Facial changes in adult patients occur in all age groups, although the exact onset and magnitude of these changes and vectors vary and are not always predictable. These 3-dimensional changes influence the associated bone and soft tissue position relative to the static position of the implant, thus resulting in negative aesthetic and functional consequences.

This one-hour webinar will provide a new surgical protocol, including osteotomy modification and various grafting approaches to reduce these undesirable consequences.

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify potential vectors and risk factors.
  • Explore surgical planning and modification to reduce the impact of such changes.
  • Review surgical procedures for patients who have been treated to correct undesirable aesthetic results.

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.



Moderator: Dr. Dennis Tarnow 
Speakers: Drs. Ana Becil Giglio and Graziano Giglio

This 1.5-hour webinar will focus on improving the aesthetic results of dental implant therapy by using an organized team approach with collaboration between the surgeon, restorative dentist, and labratory technician. Treatment options, planning, and sequencing of care to reduce the number of visits will be presented in detail. The surgical and restorative therapies will range from a single tooth, to multiple teeth, to a complete arch utilizing both implants and natural teeth. Topics that will be discussed include: immediate implant placement and provisionalization; the use of digital dentistry in implant therapy; aesthetic restorative materials and cementation.

Educational Objectives:

  • Evaluate the patient's aesthetic and functional needs
  • Formulate a suitable treatment plan and sequence
  • Coordinate treatment efficiently
  • Improve patient comfort and care

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.



Moderator: Dr. Bryan Frantz, AAP President
Speakers: Drs. Marcelo Araujo, Chief Science Officer, ADA, and Dr. Marko Vujicic, Chief Economist and Vice President of the Health Policy Institute, ADA

This one-hour webinar will discuss how dentistry is changing in response to COVID-19, focusing on data related to the economic impact, and new, ongoing, guidance from the ADA related to clinical practice. Economic data specific to periodontists will be highlighted where it is available, including what percent of periodontists have closed their practices and how patient volume has changed in recent weeks. We will also discuss future prospects, including how clinical dentistry will be changed as well as the long-term economic impact.

Educational Objectives:

  • Review new ADA guidelines related to personal protective equipment (PPE) clinical practice protocols.
  • Describe the economic impact for the periodontal practice due to COVID-19.
  • Discuss long-term changes that are likely to persist in dentistry as consumers and providers adjust to a “new normal”.

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.



Moderator: Dr. Rachel Sinacola
Speakers: Drs. Bryan Frantz, AAP President, Kristen Frantz, and Jeremiah Whetman

The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 outbreak has affected all periodontists, but those newer to practice may be especially impacted. Join Task Force on New Periodontists members Drs. Kristen Frantz, Rachel Sinacola, and Jeremiah Whetman as they have an interactive “town hall” conversation with AAP President Bryan Frantz about how early career periodontists can navigate practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. The last 15 minutes will be devoted to questions and answers from attendees.

Educational Objectives:

  • Discuss the effects of COVID-19 on periodontists new to practice.
  • Adopt best practices for how to effectively communicate with patients.
  • Obtain insight into how to safely and efficiently return to practice.
  • Discover strategies to reengage with staff and referring colleagues.

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.



Moderator: Dr. Purnima Kumar, CEOC Chair
Speakers: Drs. Bryan J. Frantz, AAP President; Purnima Kumar, CEOC Chair; Chris R. Richardson, AAP Vice President; and James G. Wilson, AAP President-Elect

Fears that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can spread through aerosol transmission have led to world-wide closure of dental offices. In the United States, as we begin to re-open our offices to our patients, we are aware that we do not return to a COVID-free world, but to one where we will be treating potential carriers and asymptomatic transmitters. We have received guidance and guidelines on reducing aerosols at source and mitigating transmission of infective agents from several groups. These guidelines vary widely, and yet all of them recommend that dental practitioners use professional judgment in assessing risk within their office environment and employ these guidelines accordingly. In this 2-hour webinar, AAP officers Drs. Bryan Frantz, Chris Richardson, and James Wilson will discuss strategies they have employed in their practices for risk mitigation. They will be joined by Dr. Purnima Kumar, Chair of CEOC, who will critically examine the evidence on microbial payload in dental aerosols, methods of reducing bioload at source, mitigating aerosol spread, and decreasing microbial contamination.

Educational Objectives:

  • Examine the evidence on the source of microbiota in dental offices.
  • Consider the science behind herd immunity and how it impacts the future of periodontal practice.
  • Examine the evidence that supports the use of several aerosol reduction and mitigation methods.
  • Review the science behind selecting the appropriate PPE based on level of risk.

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.




Moderator: Dr. Purnima Kumar, CEOC Chair
Speaker: Ms. Peggy Luebbert, MS, CIC, CHSP, CBSPD

Epidemics are not new! In our changing world we should be prepared to expect more epidemics and even more pandemics like COVID-19. This one-hour live webinar will discuss methods to prepare your facility for these events by implementing back-to-basics infection control measures using the Hierarchy of Controls model.

Educational Objectives:

  • Discuss why we will be seeing more epidemics and pandemics in the future.
  • Explain why dental facilities should be considered high risk healthcare facilities.
  • Describe how dental facilities can prepare for outbreaks by implementing back-to-basics infection control measures using the Hierarchy of Controls model.

Continuing education credit will be administered within one week of the webinar.

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