August 14, 2009

Dental hygiene symposium will focus on implants

by Ashley McRaven

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Dental Hygiene Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is sponsoring a one-day seminar for dental professionals on Oct. 9.

The seminar runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Student Center Auditorium. The focus is on implant dentistry, including patient selection and assessment, treatment planning and implant maintenance. Essentially, it’s about dental implants for the general dentistry office.

Featured speakers are Dr. Joseph A. Favia, a 1993 graduate of the Loyola University School of Dentistry, and Lynn D. Terracciano-Mortilla, a graduate of the State University of New York at Farmingdale’s dental hygiene program. Both have extensive dentistry and implant experience. They will discuss various theories of implant management and will offer a comprehensive view of current clinical implantology procedures.

Favia, of Arlington Heights, has more than four years experience placing implants, along with extensive training including an advanced bone grafting mentorship with Dr. Joel Rosenlicht of Connecticut that includes performing sinus lifts and block grafts.

Terracciano-Mortilla has more than two decades of dentistry experience and is an adjunct clinic instructor at Temple University and a member of the implant preceptorship educational faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. She is a practicing hygienist who is also active in various dental organizations and publishes internationally about dental implants.

The registration fee is $100 for professionals, $80 for current American Dental Hygienists’ Association members and $40 for current SIUC dental hygiene students and 2009 program graduates. The registration deadline is Oct. 2.

For more information or to register, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the Web site at