This course qualifies the enrollee for 3.5 CE credit hours and the cost is $75. Register for the course Managing Hypoplastic Molars here. (log-in with CE ID is required)

Course Description

Young permanent molars that display chalky, incomplete, or missing enamel are a challenge to treat for a host of reasons. This course will discuss how to identify molars that are hypoplastic and how to provide optimal restorative care in a minimally invasive fashion. For those molars that are more severely affected, we will discuss pulpal therapy options as well as when it may be a good idea to extract first permanent molars to allow for second molar substitution.


Part I

Treatment Decisions for Hypoplastic Permanent Molars

Presenter: Dr. Matt Geneser

Participants should be able to:

  • Define and recognize Molar Incisor Hypomineralization (MIH);
  • Discuss how to be prepared to prevent problems and manage this condition at a young age;
  • Outline how to restore hypoplastic teeth and understand material limitations; and
  • Explain pulp therapy options for severely affected first permanent molars, including immature permanent molars.

Part II

Considering the Extraction of First Permanent Molars

Presenter: Dr. Mike Kanellis

Participants should be able to:

  • Summarize first molar extractions from an historical perspective;
  • Discuss factors to take into consideration when contemplating first molar extraction; and
  • Explain the importance of timing when considering first molar extraction.

Course issued: 2/2021; expires 2/2024


Matt Geneser

Dr. Matthew Geneser, D.D.S., is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He is better known to his patients as Dr. Matt, in large part because nobody can pronounce Geneser. He is a 2006 graduate of the UI College of Dentistry and completed his pediatric dentistry residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, in 2008. Dr. Geneser maintains an active faculty practice and is the director of the pediatric student clinic. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD), where he serves as a board examiner and sits on the ABPD’s Exam Committee. Dr. Geneser serves the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) as the Public Policy Advocate for the State of Iowa and sits on the AAPD’s Council on Government Affairs. He is on staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and is a member of the UIHC Craniofacial Team, treating young patients with cleft lip and palate. He also has three young kids of his own, in case you wonder why he always looks tired.



Dr. Michael Kanellis, D.D.S., M.S., is Associate Dean for Patient Care at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Prior to his appointment to this position on March 1, 2005 he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Kanellis holds three advanced degrees from the University of Iowa including Doctor of Dental Surgery (1979), MS in Pediatric Dentistry (1982) and MS in Dental Public Health (1995). Dr. Kanellis spent thirteen years in private practice before joining the faculty at the University of Iowa on a full time basis in 1994.