Permission To Intercept

Dr. Michael K. DeLuke, Permission To Intercept
Speaker: Dr. Michael K. DeLuke
Category: Orthodontics
CE Credits: 1.5
Format: PDF
This first course in a 2-part series contrasts the current symptom-driven approach to interceptive orthodontic treatment with a new approach that focuses on diagnosing and treating the etiology of the...more
  • Released: 6/7/2023
  • Expiration Date: 6/7/2026
CE Details
Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 370.

There is no fee to view this course. There is a fee of $36 to take the exam and claim CE credits for this course.

For more than 100 years, orthodontists have debated the value of interceptive treatment, especially as it pertains to the management of crowding in preadolescent patients who present in the early mixed dentition. The existing, antiquated paradigm is one that focuses on treating the symptom, but it is time to shift that paradigm to one that is more proactive and less reactive—one that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of the etiology of the malocclusion. From an evolutionary perspective, dental crowding is a relatively new phenomenon that has largely emerged over the past 300 years. The dramatic increase in the prevalence and severity of dental crowding in preadolescent patients is the result not of increases in tooth size but the narrowing of the dental arches, secondary to environmental factors such as airway obstruction and a soft diet. As such, when we focus solely on addressing the crowding, we are incorrectly taking a symptom-based approach to treatment. Instead, we must first determine the underlying etiology of the malocclusion and then develop a treatment plan to address it. When we do, we can have a profound, life-changing impact on the physical and psychological health and well-being of our patients.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
  • Recognize the paradigm shift occurring in the diagnosis and treatment of malocclusion in preadolescent patients.
  • Describe the interconnectivity of the structures of the craniofacial complex as it pertains to the development of malocclusion.
  • Correctly identify the etiology of dental crowding in preadolescent patients.
  • Explain how airway obstruction can contribute to the development of malocclusion.
  • Recognize the clinical signs of airway obstruction in preadolescent patients.
  • Develop an etiology-based treatment plan for a preadolescent patient who presents with dental crowding in the early mixed dentition.
Description of Speaker:
Dr. Michael K. DeLuke is a board-certified orthodontist who received his specialty training at the University of Connecticut. DeLuke practiced for 18 years at DeLuke Orthodontics before retiring from private practice to teach full time. He has served as a faculty member at several hospitals and orthodontic residencies, including as the cleft-craniofacial orthodontist at Albany Medical Center in New York. DeLuke recently founded DeLuke Orthodontic Coaching (DOC), an ADA-CERP-recognized provider. He also created The DOC Podcast to help his colleagues attain the highest level of personal, professional and financial success. DeLuke is a fitness enthusiast and former boxer who still actively trains. He resides in Naples, Florida, with his wife and two teenage daughters.

Disclosure: The author declares that in the past 12 months, neither he nor any member of his family has had a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any commercial entities or been paid directly by dentists and other health professionals within the field of dentistry or health care.

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