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It's Alive! The Anatomical Basis of Dentistry Hands-On Head and Neck Dissection Workshop

Anatomy of a human head

July 19, 2014
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco

Event Category: Continuing Education

Now that you have some years of practice experience, have you ever wished you could go back and retake selected courses from your dental school education that are key to your work with patients? If your answer is "yes," then this human anatomy class is the course for you. Topics of head and neck anatomy that are of particular interest and fundamental to the daily practice of dentistry will be presented in a clinically applicable context. The topics will be approached from a functional perspective with emphasis on common anatomical variations, pertinent anomalies and important clinical applications. Brief lecture presentations will introduce dissection exercises in which the participants will work in pairs on cadaver specimens. The superficial structures of the face, the masticatory musculature, the temporomandibular joint, and the infratemporal fossa will be explored. Relationships to routine dental assessment and to clinical procedures, such as delivery of anesthetic injections, will be highlighted. The format of this course will provide plenty of opportunity for discussion and individual inquiry. The course is limited to 12 participants and includes continental breakfast and lunch. This course is currently full to capacity. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Continuing Dental Education at 415.929.6486.

You Will Learn

  • Basic anatomical relationships and landmarks which are key to accurate examination and evaluation of dental patient
  • Detailed anatomy of the superficial face, the masticatory musculature, the temporomandibular joint, the infratemporal fossa and the oral cavity, and how function and disease/injury conditions relate to the anatomy
  • Landmarks and anatomy for a wide range of local anesthesia injection techniques and a clearer understanding of potential complications of dental treatment

Who Should Attend
Dentists and allied dental professionals with an interest in expanding their knowledge of head and neck anatomy are encouraged to attend. Participants should bring personal eyewear (magnification loupes are recommended) and their preferred head and neck anatomy atlas or textbook (atlases and dissection instructions will be provided).

Tuition:  $825 by June 29; $905 after June 29
Deposit:  $275 (non-refundable)
Program:  8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Check-in:  8:00 am Friday
Credits:  This activity is designated for 7 continuing education credits.

Note: This course is currently full to capacity. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Continuing Dental Education at 415.929.6486.


Alan W. Budenz, MS, DDS, MBA, is professor and director of oral diagnosis and patient intake at Pacific. He has more than 25 years of general practice experience in San Francisco, and has served as clinical group practice administrator and chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Emergency Services at Pacific. He has extensive experience in head and neck anatomy, dissection and nerve tract identification, and has lectured internationally on local anesthesia topics.

Homer Asadi, DDS, is assistant professor and serves as course director of the advanced head and neck anatomy course at Pacific. He has been actively involved in academics, both lecturing and dissection, for 20 years. Dr. Asadi has been recognized and honored for distinguished merit in teaching by dental students. He maintains a private practice in San Jose, CA.