A number of states have a regulatory environment that allows dental hygienists to place Interim Therapeutic Restorations (ITR). This presentation will provide background about the value of having dental hygienists place ITRs in community-based delivery systems. It will also present information about training systems, criteria for ITR placement buy dental hygienists and data showing the safety and efficacy of dental hygienists placing ITRs.
• Objective 1: Describe Interim Therapeutic Restorations.
• Objective 2: Discuss ways that an ITR can improve oral health in community-based delivery systems.
• Objective 3: Explain the data that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of dental hygienists placing ITR’s.
Dr. Paul Glassman is the Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement at the College of Dental Medicine at California Northstate University in Elk Grove, CA and Professor Emeritus at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni, School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. He has served on many national panels including the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Oral Health Access to Services which produced the IOM report on Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations. Dr. Glassman is a pioneer and has led the national movement to improve oral health using telehealth-connected teams and Virtual Dental Homes. Finally Dr. Glassman has been prominent in advocacy efforts on a state and national level for health system reform to improve oral health systems for a wide variety of underserved groups.