Date: Tuesday, April 27
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Speaker: Daniela Rodrigues Silva, DDS, MS
Dental caries in children remains the most prevalent chronic condition among US children and the most unmet health care need of poor children across the country. As much as 80% of caries incidence is experienced by only 20-25% of the population. Understanding the infectious nature of dental caries and the transmission of cariogenic microorganisms provides new insight to potential prevention strategies and restorative approaches.
As oral health care providers, we aim at preventing and alleviating the complications of dental caries, like pulpal infection, relieving associated symptomatology and ultimately, preserving the tooth. However, specific challenges and considerations exist when managing children. Generally, pediatric patients are poor historians, sensibility testing can be unreliable and chairside cooperation may be compromised. In addition, primary and young permanent teeth have anatomical differences that mandate specific treatment strategies.
Through the presentation of numerous clinical cases, participants will understand the multifactorial nature of dental caries and be exposed to developing preventive and restorative treatment approaches based on the individual patient’s risk.
- Review the evidence-based knowledge behind our understanding of the cause and treatment of dental caries in children;
- Recognize the need for individual preventive measurements associated with restorative approaches;
- Understand the guiding principles used during assessment and removal of carious tissue;
- Determine the most recommended minimally invasive treatment for teeth with deep carious lesions: Indirect Pulp Treatment (IPT), Stepwise Excavation, Intermediate Therapeutic Restoration (ITR), Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
Daniela Rodrigues Silva, DDS, MS
Chair & Dr. Thomas K. Barber Endowed Chair; Director
Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program
Associate Clinical Professor
Section of Pediatric Dentistry
UCLA School of Dentistry
Dr. Daniela Rodrigues Silva is originally from Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil. Earned her D.D.S. degree at the Federal University of Goiás in 1986. She completed her first residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Castelo Branco, São Paulo, Brazil in 1989. Dr. Silva owned a pediatric dentistry private practice in Goiânia, Brazil, from 1987 to 2000 and had a part-time faculty position in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the School of Dentistry of Anápolis, Goiás, Brazil from 1990-2000, where she was awarded the “Teacher of the Year” for 3 consecutive years. In 2000 she moved to US and completed a Certificate and Master Degree in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Silva joined the University of Florida College of Dentistry in August 2004 and was the Residency Program Director of the Gainesville and the Naples programs until July 2011; when she joined the UCLA School of Dentistry as an Associate Clinical Professor, Chair and Residency Program Director in the Section of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Silva practices at UCLA Faculty Practice Dental Group and loves her moments with her pediatric patients. Dr. Silva has taught innumerous CE courses in Pediatric Dentistry and those courses always receive superb evaluations. Dr. Silva is the Course Director for the CMEInfo/Oakstone Foundations in Pediatric Dentistry: Evidence-Based Decision in Everyday Practice. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and serve as Consultant for the ABPD Oral Clinical Examination. She was recently inducted as Fellow of the American College of Dentists.