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

Course Description

This course will address the unique and complex challenges the general practitioner faces when treating the Geriatric Patient. These issues will be discussed, complemented with evidence based research, techniques and case histories. Information on preventive and restorative and prosthetic techniques and materials, as well as common medical considerations encountered when treating the medically compromised frail and older adult patient, will be discussed.


Participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the concept of “medical and dental clearance”: including the controversial use of antibiotics and safely managing patients on “bisphosphonate type” medication;
  • Discuss new evidence-based restorative concepts and techniques that are useful in these populations;
  • Identify preventive, restorative and prosthetic techniques and circumstances which have been found to be clinically successful; and
  • Summarize the clinical significance of the topics with the presentation of case studies.

Course issued: 3/2020; reviewed 3/2023; expires 3/2026



Dr. Howard J. Cowen, D.D.S., M.S., D.A.B.S.C.D., spent four years in the US Navy and four years in private practice before joining the College of Dentistry in 1982. He obtained a Master’s in Public Health Dentistry and has been Director of the Geriatric and Special Needs Dental Program for more than 30 years. He developed and is currently the Director of the Geriatric and Special Needs Postgraduate Certificate Program and clinical professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry. Dr. Cowen treats private patients at the College of Dentistry, with an emphasis on geriatric, medically, physically and cognitively impaired adults. He is a fellow of the American Society of Geriatric Dentistry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry and is the inaugural recipient of the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Professorship in Geriatric & Special Needs Dentistry