Alumni Speaker Series
Fri., Nov. 4, 2022
Time TBD (3 CE hrs)
Speakers: Elizabeth Kapral, DDS ’13, MS and Courtney Peterson, DMD
Recommended for: Everyone
Persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD) experience dental disease at a higher rate than their nondisabled counterparts. Unfortunately, this population also reports significant barriers to receiving dental care. With hospital emergency rooms fielding dental complaints at much higher costs, it is imperative that all dentists are comfortable meeting the routine needs of this vulnerable population. Significant data supports that while dentists desire to treat individuals with IDD, many feel that they do not have sufficient training to provide care. Along with some basic tips and tricks, an open mind to finding case specific innovative methods is all that is needed.
- Describe the impact of common intellectual disabilities on oral health
- Determine appropriate behavior guidance techniques on a case dependent basis
- Recognize adjunctive techniques and equipment that are helpful for patients with special needs
- Discuss various treatment plans on a case dependent basis
Elizabeth Kapral, DDS ’13, MS, is a general dentist in Western New York whose practice is focused on the treatment of patients with intellectual/developmental disabilities and complex medical histories. She earned her DDS at the SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 2013. She completed General Practice Residency (GPR) Programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2014) and the Erie County Medical Center (2015). Dr. Kapral joined the dental faculty at Erie County Medical Center’s Department of Dental & Oral Oncology as their Director of Special Needs Dentistry. She is also Assistant Clinical Professor at the SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine where she teaches pre-doctoral students.
Courtney Peterson, DMD, is a pediatric dentist in Western New York who also treats adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. She earned her DMD at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2015. She completed a two-year General Practice Residency (GPR) Program at Erie County Medical Center (2017) and a Pediatric Residency at the University of Rochester (2019). Dr. Peterson works full time in private practice. She became part-time faculty at Erie County Medical Center’s Department of Dental & Oral Oncology in 2019. Dr. Peterson is also part-time faculty at Erie Community College for Dental Hygiene.
Dr. Kapral and Dr. Peterson are not associated with, employed by, nor consult for any manufacturer, supplier, or retailer of dental instruments or materials.