Continuing Education

Grey Kantor D.D.S.

If you don’t use it, you lose it.  This page goes over my continuing education in order to show you how I keep myself up to date and keep my memory accurate.

Marin County Dental Society Meeting: Maxillofacial Prosthetics on December 6, 2016. This was a very interesting course going over cases (or should I say stories) about people with facial deformities or injuries.  The lecturer went over options for treatment as well as things to consider for people dealing with these facial deformities.  We went over facial esthetics as well which is always helpful to consider features and ratios of the face that humans consider esthetic.

We also reviewed some local anatomy as we do in most lectures.  Anatomical structures are very important to consider in any surgical setting. This is why we review anatomy at every meeting in order to maintain our knowledge of the human body.

AIC Implant Training on Bone Grafts on December 3, 2016I honestly can’t get enough of these courses.  Every course I take, I learn new gems about how to make treatment more efficient.  There are many types of bone grafts that can apply to a variety of situations.  No bone grafting situation is the same which is why a surgical dentist should have a variety of tools to complete a successful bone graft.  One of the most important things to ensure a successful graft is stability.  The bone graft and covering membrane should not be moved around during healing.  In this lecture we learned different ways to stabilize a graft in multiple situations.

What does this mean to the patient? Be very gentle with your graft after the procedure.  Don’t let your tongue play with the sutures or pull your cheek back to show your friends.  Make sure not to chew on the area and, if possible, chew on the opposite side. These things can disturb the graft causing slower healing, less bone recovery, or in the worst case, a recurrent infection.  The best ways to avoid bumping the graft is to eat soft foods, see the list below of the 50 Foods to Eat After Surgery. Also don’t brush the gums on the tooth/teeth adjacent to the bone graft.  A tooth brush is too uncontrolled to be used near a surgical area.  Try using dental floss and tooth picks instead.

The grafting can be the hardest part of the implant procedure but once it is done, you are over the hump and on your way to replacing your tooth / teeth!

Download our list of the Top 50 Foods to Eat After Dental Surgery.

Dentist and Physician Cooperation: Essential Trends in Medicine for Patient Care at McInnis Park Club Restaurant, San Rafael on December 8, 2015.  This monthly Marin County Dental Society meeting was very informative.  Dr. James Simonds reviewed all of the medical-dental links as well as ways to benefit the patient by keeping in contact with their doctor.  Sometimes there can be discord between dentists and MDs but this lecture will help cooperation run smoothly and ensure patient safety and well-being.

Practice on fire workshop in San Antonio Texas on November 6-7 2015. This workshop will be focused on learning more about insurance, practice management, and patient comfort in order to make our office a better environment for everyone.

HPV in oral and oropharyngeal cancer: An old foe in a new guise by Dr. Richard C.K. Jordan at the Marin County Dental Society meeting on September 15 2015.  This was an excellent update on a common oral lesion.  We received up to date information on how to diagnose and treat oral growths.  The pictures weren’t pretty, but it was necessary learning to save lives.

CDA Presents is a annual dental convention at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco on August 20-22 2015.  This is an annual event I always look forward to.  This is where I get to meet with all my colleagues and talk shop.  We show each other dental products, enjoy lectures together, and discuss common treatment complications and ways to make them more efficient and better for the patient.  Below is a picture from the CDA newspaper where you can see me with my colleagues enjoying time together while talking dentistry.  Some of the courses we took included implants, safely treating aging patients, root canals, and dentures.  These courses helped reinforce my previous training and gave me creative ideas on how to make my dentistry more efficient while keeping the same outstanding quality of work.  This equates to less time in the chair and more time smiling!

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3-Dimensional X-ray training with Sirona in Scottsdale Arizona on June 8-9 2015.  This was an excellent course for additional training on 3-D x-ray systems.  It was a great refresher on patient exposure and how to limit radiation received by the patient.  3-dimensional x-rays, also known as a CT scan, allows the dentist to see your facial structures with more accuracy and clarity, as seen in the picture below.  When talking with an implant patient about the necessity of a CT scan I like to use the analogy, “If I were to take a test, and the test was on your mouth, wouldn’t you want me to know all the answers”?  The course also went over all the different pathology (diseases) that can be seen in a CT scan reinforcing my knowledge of oral anatomy and oral pathology.

3d skeleton facial