To Probe or Not to Probe? 

Implant Maintenance Demystified
  • General Dentist, Hygienist

  • Free

  • 1 CE Credit

  • Self-Instructional

  • June 9, 2022

  • June 9, 2023

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Course Description

Millions of patients have successfully been treated with dental implants but why is there is still so much confusion - to probe, or not to probe?

There are many significant differences between a natural tooth and a dental implant that must be considered. In this video, Jessica Woods, RDH reviews these differences and discuss the related required protocols for maintenance while demystifying the probe vs no probe dilemma. 

Learning Topics

  • Recognize important differences between natural teeth and dental implants, including soft tissue attachment to teeth and implant surfaces
  • Review etiology of periodontal disease and peri-implant disease
  • Understand proper periodontal evaluation and safe instrumentation of dental implants
  • Discuss treatment options for peri-implant diseases and when to refer patients
  • Evaluate the patient and practitioners’ roles maintaining implant health and providing evidence-based home care advice

Course Details

  • Course Fee: Free
  • Credits: Catapult Education designates this continuing education activity for 1 credit
  • Method: Self-Instructional
  • Audience: General Dentist, Hygienist
  • AGD Subject Code: 690

Meet the instructor

Jessica Woods, MPH, RDH

Jessica L Woods, MPH, RDH has spent the last two decades as a clinician, speaker, mentor, and public health advocate. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from West Coast University and master’s degree in Public Health from A.T. Still University. She received the Outstanding Student Service Award for her contributions to the field of public health during her time as a student. She is also a past President of the Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association, recognized as an Oral Health Champion, and the recipient of the Nevada Dental Hygienist of the Year Award for advocacy efforts in expanding opportunities for dental hygienists.

 Prior to becoming a dental hygienist, Jessica practiced as a Registered Dental Assistant in various areas of specialty, including as a certified oral and maxillofacial surgical assistant. She is currently the Clinical Affairs Manager at Implant Direct and consults as key expert for public health programs across the country. She is a nationally recognized speaker, staying on the cutting edge of topics ranging from implant dentistry, public health practice, and mental wellness. Most notably, she is an ardent mentor.

She has a strong passion for introducing others to the field and supporting them as they grow in the profession. She established the Nevada Public Dental Hygienists Collaborative which offers post-graduate training and a mentorship network to currently practicing and prospective public health dental hygienists and students. Additionally, she has traveled as far as Sri Lanka to provide mentorship, delivering much needed dental care to remote areas of the country and mentoring young women to become dental assistants to help improve their socio-economic status and quality of life.
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Catapult Education received commercial funding from Implant Direct for this event. Jessica Woods, MPH, RDH is an employee of Implant Direct. Catapult Education delivers clinically relevant continuing dental education programs which address the needs and preferences of our audience and provides them with the knowledge and confidence to integrate new techniques, practice management and treatment options into their respective practices. Catapult Education is committed to ensuring the content quality, objectivity and scientific integrity of all continuing education courses. Instructors are advised to support clinical recommendations with scientific research-supported data whenever possible and to disclose any conflict of interest between them and any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this CE activity. Instructors are advised, where appropriate and if relevant to the subject matter of the presentation, to mention a variety of different product choices so as to present a balanced view of all therapeutic options available and promote improvements in oral healthcare free from commercial bias.