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Department News

General Dentistry

A pilot project has begun in the comprehensive care program that tests two new minimally invasive dentistry tools. CariFree and Diagnodent will be used with patients to assess the percentage of decalcification on teeth and thus measure severity of cavities. These tools are often recommended as part of CAMBRA – caries management by risk assessment – an evidence-based approach in dentistry.

This summer all D4 students successfully trained on equipment and techniques available in the Advanced Technology Clinic, in preparation for their rotations this academic year. D4 students also attended external training on E4D and CEREC 3D, two new computer-aided design and manufacturing dental restorative systems.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


The following oral presentations were given at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons meeting Sept. 16-20 in Seattle (the presenter is underlined):

  • Triplett RG, Opperman LA. Successful research teams. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 66 (8, Suppl 1):7, 2008.
  • Cassano DS, Goncalves JR, Wolford LM, Araujo ML, Santos-Pinto A. Postsurgical outcomes using total joint prostheses for single-state reconstruction of the rheumatoid arthritis patient. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 66 (8, Suppl 1):63, 2008.
  • Cassano DS, Goncalves JR, Wolford LM, Araujo ML, Santos-Pinto A. Postsurgical stability of conservative condylectomy for treatment of osteochrondroma of the mandibular condyle. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 66 (8, Suppl 1):64, 2008.
  • Wolford LM. Orthognathic surgery: treatment planning and surgical techniques. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 66 (8, Suppl 1):137, 2008.
  • Wolford LM. Pre- and postsurgical patient management. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 66 (8, Suppl 1):160, 2008.
  • Marx RE, Triplett RG. Clinical applications of recombinant bone morphogenetic-2 (rhBMP-2). J Oral Maxillofac Surg 66 (8, Suppl 1):152, 2008.

Dr. Roger Alexander gave a presentation titled “Pretreatment evaluation and risk management of medically compromised dental patients” to the U.S. Army Dental Corps’ annual Oral Surgery Course for Dental Officers in San Antonio Sept. 9-12. Alexander has been a consultant and speaker for Army Dental Corps continuing education programs for 22 years.

Other News
seattle logoDepartment chair Dr. David M. Grogan attended multiple conferences and seminars in Seattle Sept. 16-20, including the Anesthesia Update for OMS, the 90th annual American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons meeting and scientific sessions, and the Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons annual fall meeting. At the TSOMS meeting, Grogan fulfilled his responsibilities as the organization’s president. During the AAOMS meeting, he was appointed to the committee on continuing education and professional development.

Dr. Michael L. Ellis attended the Council on Dental Accreditation workshop in Seattle. He also attended the scientific sessions of the AAOMS meeting and the combined military oral and maxillofacial surgery annual meeting.

Dr. Robert Miner, a fourth-year resident in oral surgery, attended scientific sessions of the AAOMS meeting. He also attended the Navy’s and the combined military oral and maxillofacial annual meetings.

Dr. David Grogan recently was appointed to serve as board examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.



Dr. Nancy Burkhart presented a seminar titled “Skin diseases and the extra oral exam” at the Oral Pathology Institute July 15-17 at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Burkhart also gave a presentation about mucosal diseases at the 2008 RDH magazine’s Under One Roof meeting in Chicago July 31-Aug. 2.

Other News

HDADr. Francisco Rivera-Hidalgo was featured in the inaugural column about Hispanic Dental Association past presidents in the summer issue of the HDA’s newsletter, News & Reports. Rivera was a founder of the organization, the first chair of its board of trustees and its first president.

Drs. Hallmon, Kerns, Rees and Rivera were each officially bestowed this summer the title of Profesor y Tutor Externo Del Programa Académico de la Especialidad de Periodoncia (professor and tutor in the academic specialty of periodontics) at the University of Guadalajara’s University Health Sciences Center’s Clinical Sciences Division and Department of Comprehensive Clinical Sciences.

Drs. Vianeth Martinez and Oscar Mejia Arias, periodontists from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, participated in clinics and departmental courses at the college as part of the International Fellowship Program in Periodontics during July and August.

Public Health Sciences

The public health sciences department participated in the following health fairs throughout the community:


  • 2 - Beckley-Saner Recreation Health Fair
  • 7 - Mayor Back to School Fair
  • 9 - Wylie Back to School Fair, Mission East Dallas Health Fair
  • 23 - DFW Expo for Educators, YMCA Health Fair
  • 28 - Brenson-Benefits Brookhollow Health Fair


  • 6 - Family Fiesta Health Fair
  • 27 - Feria de Salud