Robert Fazio, DMD

 Robert Fazio, DMD

Robert Fazio, DMD

Friday, April 13, 2012
1. 9 – 12 pm
2. 2 - 5 pm
Saturday, April 14, 2012
3. 8 - 11 am
Recommended for: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants
ODA Courses
3 CE Credits each
Sponsored, in part, by Procter and Gamble.
1. Antibiotics in Dentistry
This course is for the clinician. It will discuss the changing antibiotic options in dentistry for acute infections and prophylaxis for old and new antibiotic categories and formulations.  The 2007 American Heart Association at-risk patients and the inconsistencies for the Orthopedic Surgeons’ 2009 Recommendations will be compared. What is recommended for patients already on, or recently on an antibiotic? New data and designs dictate a new approach to cardiac and vascular Stents. What is the bottom line on prophylaxis for VA vs.VP hydrocephalus Shunts, the four approaches to renal dialysis, vascular repairs, IVC Filters, Hickman catheters, portacaths will be reviewed.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Develop Algorithms for selecting antibiotics for localized and spreading infection in 2012
  • Recognize the essential drug-drug and disease interactions
  • Understand the subtleties of the AHA and AAOS  directives
  • Recognize the inconsistencies in national medical organization guidelines and recommendations
  • Understand the new approach to stents, the four approaches to dialysis  and other  medical devices


2. Medicine, Dentistry and Drugs

This CHAIRSIDE FRIENDLY course is for the clinician seeing patients on a daily basis. It is the follow up course to the morning session “Antibiotics in Dentistry”.  The dentist is faced with an aging population with a myriad of medical problems and physician prescribed medications. Medical problems like Diabetes Mellitus, bisphosphonate therapy for osteoporosis, anticoagulant therapy and the drugs for a myriad of Cardiovascular Diseases directly affect Dental Treatment Planning.  The purpose of this course, is to provide the dentist a framework for choosing Antibiotics, Analgesics, Anesthetics and other TOP 50 DENTAL PRESCRIPTIONS in the context of potential Drug-Drug Interactions and Disease related complications of the Medically Compromised Patient.   

3. Periodontitis & Peri-Implantitis: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly  

What must we know chairside every day to successfully treat periodontitis in both the compliant and non-compliant patient? Do the same principles apply to peri-implantitis? How do we choose between the periodontally compromised teeth, crown and bridge replacements or implants? Understand the “evidence based data” in the dental literature compared to the “promotional dentistry” of the manufacturers.  Does the soft tissue program in the dental office influence this decision?  Which cases are the winners and losers? What medical issues increase risk for dental failure? Learn specific protocols from curettes to toothbrushes, antibiotics to analgesics, medical disease and drugs, to mouthrinses and toothpaste.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the clinical “pearls” that maximize success
  • Recognize and avoid “the high risk failure” cases
  • Save many more teeth and implants than you thought you could
  • Improve dental treatment planning with evidence based data


Dr. Fazio is Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine.  He maintains a private practice limited to Oral Medicine, Implants and Periodontology in Norwalk, Connecticut. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, DENTISTRY TODAY named Dr. Fazio one of the Top 100 Clinicians in Continuing Education. His current books include, “The Ultimate Cheat Sheets – The Practical Guide for Dentists”, named by Christianson’s CRA Newsletter: Best Educational Product of 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and “Oral Medicine Secrets”. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Journals: Inside Dentistry and Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry.