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Course Description

The Dental Team Implant Certification Program (DTICP)
A Certification Program Designed for Dental Assistants who Practice with
Enrolled in The 2017-2018 LSU Dental Implant Continuum
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Presented by Kathi Carlson, CDA, FADIA
Course #71-17-8
Saturday, April 7, 2018
This certification program is a concurrent full-day session (8 clinical CDE credit hours) that takes place during Session 7 on Saturday, April 7, 218 at The 2017-2018 LSU Dental Implant Continuum in Baton Rouge at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel located at 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810 (Google Map).

Registration Fee
(Dental Team Member)
This tuition covers one assistant's membership in the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries (ADIA) for one year.
The deadline to register is Friday, March 23, 2018.

To Register
Register Online - Course confirmation will be sent by e-mail to e-mail address provided at the time of registration.
For Questions or Further Information, Call: (504) 941-8193
Fax Registration Form with Payment to: (504) 941-8403
Mail Registration Form with Payment to: LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education
                                                                1100 Florida Avenue, Box 142-B, New Orleans, LA 70119-2799

Completion of The Dental Team Implant Certification Program (DTICP) provides membership into the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries (ADIA), the world's largest auxiliary implant society, and a component society of the ICOI, the world's largest dental implant organization. This certification program includes the following topics:

Surgical Preparation

Assistant in Implant Surgery
Implant Surgery Preparation

  • An overview of implant placement protocol
  • Creating the environment for implant placement
  • Preparing and helping the patient
  • Will you be scrubbing up? How to prepare the doctor and assistant(s)

Chair-side pearls for the restorative process

  • Pearls for tray set up
  • Understanding the restorative dynamic specific to implants
  • Cementation Do's and Don'ts
  • How assistants can help chair-side?
  • What kind of impression are you taking? What do you need to take the impression?

Who's responsible? I thought you called and ordered the supplies, materials, and implant hardware...

  • Do we have everything we need for this patient?
  • What system will we use to control and manage inventory

Talking with patients

  • Rationale for the treatment modality (i.e., both yours and the patient's)
  • Why is bone so important? How bone affects the treatment time and costs.
  • What are our restorative options?
  • What are the 4 things patients want to hear?
  • What are the hygiene protocols for the office and at home?
  • Much more with lots of discussion...

Learning Objectives
The purpose of this certification program is to help your dental assistant feel comfortable and confident with the practice and nuances of implant placement and restoration. After completing this program, participants should be better prepared to:

  • Setup for implant placement
  • Talk with patients about implants
  • Teach patients how to maintain their implants
  • Answer questions from patients concerning what implants cost and why
  • Explain why implants are better than bridges in many cases
  • Feel confident and competent about their knowledge of implant placement and restoration

About the Presenter

Kathi Carlson, CDA, FADIA

Kathi Carlson, CDA, FADIA
A Certified Dental Assistant, credentialed speaker, and co-creator of The Implant Consortium. For the past twenty-two years, she has focused on dental implant clinical and professional development training for dental auxiliaries. Ms. Carlson has trained dental implant teams nationally and internationally. She is a Fellow and a founding Certified Educator of the ADIA (Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries), a component society of the ICOI.

Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries (ADIA)
Because the ADIA is a component society of the ICOI, the ADIA's mission is to develop educational criteria and training for dental assistant certification. Dental assistants who are better trained increase office production, reduce stress in the workplace and enhance their own careers.

The ADIA offers full day certification programs dedicated to specific members of the dental implant team. The programs offered present the most up-to-date information and provide dental assistants with the confidence and knowledge required to advance their careers. Dental assistants receive a certificate of completion for each program they attend. Completion of all four programs will give assistants advanced cross training and make them indispensable team members. Completion of all four certification programs confers eligibility for ADIA Fellowship Credentialing.

The ADIA offers four certification programs:

  • Dental Assisting Certification Program
  • Dental Hygiene Certification Program
  • Practice Management Certification Program
  • Implant Coordinator Certification Program

For an in-depth description of the benefits of ADIA membership, go to the ADIA's website

LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry/The Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education, Inc. (d/b/a: LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education) is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP neither approves or nor endorses individual courses or instructors nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at

Cancellation & Refund Policy:
The Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education, Inc./ (d/b/a: LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education) reserves the right to cancel any course should circumstances warrant such action. In the event a course is cancelled, the Academy will refund the full tuition. If you cancel your registration for this course, the Academy will refund the tuition you paid (minus an administrative cancellation fee). We must receive your written cancellation request no later than March 31, 2018 by mail, fax at (504) 941-8403, or email at If LSU Health New Orleans CDE receives notification of your cancellation after March 31, 2018, this will result in forfeiture of the entire tuition.

Nonrefundable Airline Ticket, Flight Change, or Hotel Reservation:
The Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education, Inc./ (d/b/a: LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education) cannot be held responsible for the cost of a nonrefundable airline ticket, flight change, or hotel room reservation in the event a course is cancelled or rescheduled.

Please: No recording devices in lecture rooms or lab, and turn mobile phones off.


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