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Continuing Dental Education

How Low Should You Go? Treatment of the Deep Caries Lesion – a live webinar

John Maggio, DDS

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This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series.


This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series*

Course Description

What’s the best way to approach a large carious lesion? Can we avoid exposure of the pulp and endodontic therapy if the tooth is vital and asymptomatic? What will happen if we leave some soft dentin under a well-sealed restoration? What does the scientific evidence tell us?

The “medical model” requires that dentists understand the caries disease process, and use that knowledge to treat affected teeth appropriately. In this course, Dr. Maggio provides a literature review as a framework for rethinking our approach to caries as a disease.

Specific guidelines will be developed for treatment of very deep lesions, small carious lesions, and recurrent caries. Many clinical cases will be presented, to directly apply this information to the dentist’s daily routine.

Course Objectives

After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • see caries as a disease process and treat lesions using the “medical model”
  • understand the nature of soft dentin, and its ability to be remineralized
  • be able to choose between indirect pulp caps, “stepwise excavation”, and “ultraconservative caries removal”
  • know the indications for, and advantages of, glass ionomer materials, including the “open sandwich technique”
  • be familiar with “atraumatic” caries removal


Dr. John Maggio is assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, where he supervises students in the predoctoral dental clinic. He directs the third year Cariology and Direct Restorations lecture courses. He has developed protocols for caries management and operative dentistry in the school’s dental clinics. He is chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Dr. Maggio is a member of the CAMBRA Coalition and the American Academy of Cariology. He reviews articles for submission to the Journal of the American Dental Association. He teaches fast-paced, evidence-based continuing education courses in restorative dentistry and caries management to dentists and their teams.

Dr. Maggio is a 1989 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He has a private general practice in Tonawanda, New York. He lives with his wife and daughter in Amherst, New York.


Course Logistics

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Online Webinar

All dental professionals

5:00pm – 7:00pm Pacific Standard time


2 hours


*The University of Washington in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE), along with 30 of its member schools jointly presents the “ACDE Webinar Series”

This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental health care professional’s schedule and interests.

Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the course.

As a continuing education provider, University of Washington Continuing Dental Education is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.

Cancellation and Refunds
For this live webinar, a registration refund will be issued for cancellations received by Wednesday, November 29, 2023. Registration will remain open until the webinar begins – NO REFUNDS will be accepted once the webinar has begun. Cancellations must be received in email to The cancellation request must include: the name of the course, name of the person registered, name of the person requesting the cancellation, and the reason for the cancellation.

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Dental education institutions have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In so doing, some presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references. Sponsorship of a continuing education course by the University of Washington does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, procedure, or product by this institution.

The University of Washington Continuing Dental Education cautions continuing dental education participants that there are potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating new techniques and procedures into the practice of dentistry, especially when the continuing education course has not provided supervised clinical experience and/or competency tests in the techniques or procedures.

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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and ACDE member schools.

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University of Washington designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.