Annual meeting of Midwest practitioners

Post-meeting summary

The Annual Midwest Region meeting of practitioners was held March 8 and 9, 2013 at the Westin Galleria Edina in Edina, Minnesota.  A total of 146 members attended and received continuing education credit. Attendance represented the diversity of the Midwest region, the dental team, and the broader profession. Included were many dentists, dental specialists, dental researchers and educators, and dental hygienists, as well as dental therapists and dental assistants.

Dr. Brad Rindal (Director of the Midwest Region) welcomed the group and introduced speakers for the morning's plenary session.  Dr. Dena Fischer (NIDCR Program Official) kicked off the day by recapping the investment of the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in practice-based research networks and illustrating how practitioners have and can continue to be involved in many ways. Dr. Gregg Gilbert (National Network Director) described many studies in the pipeline including:  

    - Cracked teeth registry

    - Isolation methods used during root canal therapy

    - Suspicious occlusal caries

    - Human papilloma virus and oral cancer

    - Patient satisfaction with dental treatment

    - Smoking cessation study

    - TMJD treatment methods

    - Social network and communication patterns analysis

    - Dentinal hypersensitivity

The second half of the morning was devoted to two keynote presentations followed by discussion. The first by Dr. Don Nixdorf and Dr. Alan Law discussed perioperative pain related to endodontic treatment and presented results from a practice-

based research study. Many participants in this study were present in the audience. Another study furthering work in this area is proposed in the new National Network. The second presentation by Dr. Maura Gillison was on the emerging science related to human papillomavirus (HPV) and oropharyngeal cancer risk and highlighted how new understanding of risk may affect current approaches to oral and pharyngeal cancer screening in dental practice. A study in this topic is under development in the new National Network.

The afternoon consisted of a variety of breakout sessions. Attendees selected four of the following ten topics.

  • Cracked teeth (results and new study concept)
    presented and facilitated by Dr. Tom Hilton

  • Oropharyngeal cancer and HPV (new study concept)
    presented and facilitated by Dr. Maura Gillison

  • Blood glucose testing and dental practice (results)
    presented and facilitated by Dr. Andrei Barasch

  • Osteonecrosis of the jaw (results)
    presented and facilitated by Dr. Andrei Barasch

  • Innovative and time efficient nutritional counseling for pediatric patients (new study concept) presented and facilitated by Dr. Rob Jones and Dr. Nancy Sherwood

  • Perioperative pain and endodontic treatment (results and new study concept)
    presented and facilitated by Dr. Alan Law and Dr. Don Nixdorf

  • Patient satisfaction (study results and new study concept)
    presented and facilitated by Dr. Don Worley

  • Questionable occlusal caries and diagnostic aides (study results and proposed study concept) presented and facilitated by Dr. Doug Shamp

  • Current oral hygiene habits: What are your patients really doing? (special clinical interest with potential for future study concept) presented and facilitated by Ms. Sarah Basile and Ms. Kimberly Johnson

  • Orthodontic small group discussion (special clinical interest with potential for future study concept) facilitated by Dr. Alisa Madsen and Dr. Brad Rindal

  • Training for studies in my practice presented and facilitated by Ms. Sarah Basile and Ms. Kimberly Johnson

Following short presentations, members participated in round table discussions with colleagues from across the Midwest and discussed questions that might lead to new study ideas.  The large group convened for the closing session to recap themes that emerged from discussion groups. Dr. Vanessa Burton, network Executive Committee member, spoke about her experiences on the Executive Committee which selects and helps inform the studies that are ultimately conducted in the Network.  Thank you to all who attended and helped to facilitate this informative and enjoyable inaugural meeting.