Head and Neck Cancer

Head and Neck Cancer (HNC1)

Short Course: 7 ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits (EXPIRES 8/30/20); for CE/CPD (Code 750) or 10 for California Board of Dental Examiners (CBDE) for CD/CPD Credits

Courses are appropriate for:  General Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Endodontists, Geriatric Dental Specialists, Dental Implant Surgeons, Prosthodontists, Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists

Head and Neck Cancer, Series 1 (HNC1) Topics Include: HPV related head and neck cancer, Radiation/Chemo Therapy Impact, Discussion of Events Management, Management and Rehabilitation with a Focus on Innovation,  and more.

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Instructor Bio

Dr. Matilda Dhima DMD, MS

Matilda Dhima obtained her doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She is a prosthodontist and maxillofacial prosthodontist trained at the Mayo Clinic where she also obtained a Master’s degree in biomedical science with a focus on ceramic materials. During her time at the Mayo Clinic, she was recognized for her contributions to patient care, education and research with an appointment as Assistant Professor.Dr. Dhima has been recognized with several international awards for her contributions to the science and teaching of prosthodontics. She has written several articles on modern ceramic materials and restoration design research which has been supported by several international organizations and recognized with several awards. She is an expert in ceramic material selections and designs focusing on predictable treatment outcomes and bridging bench studies with clinical applications. Dr. Dhima’s clinical and research work also focuses on her expertise on quality-of-life improvement and treatment outcomes for patients with acquired and congenital head and neck defects. She has published several landmark articles on modern multidisciplinary management of head and neck defects including several book chapters on novel and modern treatments for head and neck cancer patients. Her work and collaborations continue to change how dentistry and medicine integrate to improve patients’ lives. She lectures on these topics in national and international venues.She is a member of several international organizations and an editorial board member of, among others, the Journal of Prosthodontics and Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.Dr. Dhima has received several honors including the Tylman Research Award and the Colgate Research Award. She also has been awarded research grants from the Academy of Prosthodontists and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None reported


Overview of the Current Presentation of Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Overview of new etiologies, at risk population(s); Discussion of advancement in management including challenges and new technologies; Discussion of HPV related head and neck cancer including at risk population characteristics, social issues; Overview of importance and role of dentists and staff as an integral part of care; Discussion of HPV vaccination.

Classification System and the Routine Yearly Exam

Review of new classification system and assessment of patient risk; Review of low risk patient characteristics; Discussion and review of yearly routine examination with examples of patient presentations; Discussion of early and late toxicities; Review of literature on oral cancer and public health.

Dental Examination

Discussion of dental pre-treatment examination with dentist as part of a multi-disciplinary team; Clinical case review; Review of caries management, radiation/chemo therapy impact and importance of fluoride treatment.

Maintenance and Management of Treatment Sequela

Discussion of events management including: extractions, The immunosuppressed patient, mucositis, Xerostomia; A review of ORN, literature and clinical evidence for management.

Presentation of a Clinical Case

Discussion and review of a clinical case from diagnoses to surgical, oncological, prosthetic, toxicities as well as management and
rehabilitation with a focus on innovation, multidisciplinary treatment.

Late Complications of Radiation Therapy and a Reflection on Challenges

Review of advancements and changes in delivery of radiation therapy; Brief discussion of head and neck cancer in pediatric patient; Discussion of implant therapy and radiation therapy; Review of long term complications, management, quality of life and a look into the future of supporting head and neck cancer patients.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will have a better understanding and working knowledge of:
  1. Guidelines to manage patients long term and successfully in the dental office.
  2. Common and new therapies for management and treatment of head and neck cancer.
  3. Step-by-step guide for the dentist and dental team with special focus on how to predictablyprovide dental clearance for treatment, fluoride treatment protocols, caries risk, methods toimprove denture wear, reduce symptoms of xerostomia, and hygiene care.
  4. Developments in disease presentation, new etiology(ies), co-morbidities, characteristics ofnew at-risk population(s) and changes in care with special focus on HPV-related disease.


American Seminar Institute is an approved provider of ADA-CERP, AGD-PACE and the California Board of Dental Examiners.


California Board of Dental Examiners (CBDE)

American Seminar Institute is an approved provider for the California Board of Dental Examiners, License# 2068, Original Issuance Date:  01/27/88; Expiration Date:  01/31/20. Credits satisfy California Dental Education Requirements, as well as most State and Dental Academy requirements.


Because each individual agency/academy/state has specific requirements, it is necessary that you consult with the appropriate agency/academy/state regarding final approval of continuing education credits.

Produced:  8/31/2017      Expires for ADA/AGD Credit: 8/30/2020

Additional Information

Additional Dental Continuing Education (CE/CPD) options available:

Other courses of interest may include:  Foundations in Pediatric DentistryConquering Difficult Cases, Modern Restorations and Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorder

For up-coming courses, please visit: Dental Courses Coming Soon There you will find abbreviated listings of additional courses that are soon to be released.