John Shaner

John W. Shaner, DMD, MS
Associate Professor Emeritus

Dr. Shaner joined the faculty at Creighton University in 1999 following a career in the USAF Dental Corps, retiring as a colonel. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, he completed a two-year residency in general dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, earning a M.S. in biomedical science. 

He has lectured nationally and internationally on preventive dentistry, TMD, orofacial pain and oral medicine. A Fellow of the International College of Dentists, he is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of Operative Dentistry, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, and President of the Southwestern Society of Oral Medicine.

In 2016, he was promoted to associate professor emeritus.

  • B.S., Chemistry, Grove City College, 1969
  • D.M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, 1973
  • M.S., Biomedical Science, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, 1978
  • Transitory paresis of the lateral pterygoid muscle during a posterior superior alveolar nerve block–a case report. Shaner JW, Saini TS, Kimmes NS, Norton NS, Edwards PC. Gen Dent. 2007 Nov-Dec;55(6):532-6.
  • “Meth mouth”: rampant caries in methamphetamine abusers. Shaner JW, Kimmes N, Saini T, Edwards P. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2006 Mar;20(3):146-50.
  • Etiology of xerostomia and dental caries among methamphetamine abusers. Saini T, Edwards PC, Kimmes NS, Carroll LR, Shaner JW, Dowd FJ. Oral Health Prev Dent. 2005;3(3):189-95.
  • Caries associated with methamphetamine abuse. Shaner JW. J Mich Dent Assoc. 2002 Sep;84(9):42-7.
  • Effect of a stannous fluoride cavity wash on postoperative thermal sensitivity. Peterzen RM, Shaner JW, Stoffers KW, Legan JJ. Gen Dent. 1990 Sep-Oct;38(5):347-9.
  • Stellate central incisors. Hagarty TJ, Shaner JW. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol. 1984 Jan;57(1):112.
  • Diplomate, Federal Services Board of General Dentistry
  • Fellow of the International College of Dentists
  • Executive Committee
  • Standards of Care
  • Patient Management Advisor
  • Reviewer, Journal of Operative Dentistry
  • President, Southwestern Society of Oral Medicine

2000

  • March 2000: Competency-Based Curriculum Creighton University School of Dentistry faculty
  • April 2000: Mandibular Advancement Appliances: Dental Side Effects (1.5 hours) Spring Dental Assembly, Creighton University School of Dentistry
  • Sept. 2000: Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea, Omaha District Dental Society Meeting

2001

  • May 2001: Dental Health Record - Patient Assessment and Risk Management  (2 hours), General Dentistry Department, Creighton University School of Dentistry
  • Sept. 2001: Methamphetamine Associated Caries, Omaha District Dental Society Meeting

2003

  • March 2003: What Dental Auxiliaries Need to Know About TMD (2 hours), Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, IA
  • Mar 2003: Meth, Mouth and More (2 hours), Northwest Component of Iowa Dental Hygienist’s Association, Council Bluffs, IA
  • May 2003: Caries Risk Assessment, Creighton University School of Dentistry General Dentistry faculty
  • Sept. 2003: Caries Risk Assessment, Iowa Western Community College Dental Hygiene Program / Senior Class Creighton University School of Dentistry
  • Dec. 2003: Methamphetamine Abuse, Omaha Dental Hygiene Association

2004

  • April 2004: Modern Management of Caries: Risk Assessment, Dental Faculty In-Service Seminar, Creighton University School of Dentistry
  • June 2004: Dental Office Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, (2 hours) Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, IA

2005

  • Jan. 2005: Xylitol -The Silver Bullet for Cavity Fighters, Omaha District Dental Society
  • Jan. 2005: Xylitol - The Silver Bullet for Cavity Fighters, Omaha Dental Hygiene Association

2006

  • April 2006: Methamphetamine Abuse: A Global Epidemic (2 hours), Iowa Western Community College
  • April 2006: Methamphetamine Abuse: A Global Epidemic, Spring Dental Assembly, Creighton University School of Dentistry
  • Oct. 2006: Methamphetamine Abuse: A Global Epidemic, Faculty In-Service, Creighton University School of Dentistry
  • Oct. 2006: Dental Consequences of Methamphetamine Abuse (2.5 hours), American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Scientific Session, Las Vegas, NV

2007

  • May 2007:  TMD - The Great Pretender, Creighton University Medical Center, Neurology Department Grand Rounds, Omaha, NE
  • Sept. 2007: Doomsday Decay - Methamphetamine-Induced Caries (2.5 hours), American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Scientific Session, San Francisco, CA
  • Sept. 2007: Sugar-free Gum: The Silver Bullet for Cavity Fighters (2.5 hours), American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Scientific Session, San Francisco, CA
  • Nov. 2007: Oral Health Benefits of Chewing Sugar Free Gum, Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Epsilon Chapter

2008

  • April 2008:  Germ Warfare: The New West Coast Offense, Spring Dental Assembly, Creighton University School of Dentistry
  • Nov. 2008: Caries Management Update (6 hours), G.V. Black Dental Study Club, Des Moines, Iowa

2009

  • Feb. 2009: Germ Warfare:  The Midwest Caries Offense, Faculty In-Service, Creighton University School of Dentistry
  • March 2009: Germ Warfare:  The Midwest Caries Offense, Specialty Dental Care Study Club (Dr. McVaney)
  • April 2009: Doomsday Decay:  Oral Consequences of Methamphetamine Abuse, Spring Dental Assembly, Creighton University School of Dentistry
  • Sept. 2009: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Provision of Healthcare. Ninth Annual Pain Management Conference, Creighton University School of Medicine

2010

  • April 2010: Implementing a Tobacco Cessation Program for the Dental Office Team, Southwest District Iowa Dental Association, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • April 2010: Oral Manifestations of Methamphetamine Abuse (3 hours), Nebraska Dental Association Annual Meeting, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • May 2010:  Impact of Methamphetamine Abuse, The Society of American Indian Dentists, 20th Annual Conference, Creighton University School of Dentistry
  • Aug. 2010:   Evidenced-Based Dentistry:  Search Strategies. Creighton University School of Dentistry Faculty Retreat
  • Sept. 2010: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Provision of Healthcare, Tenth Annual Pain Management Conference, Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Sept. 2010: Tobacco Cessation in the Dental Office, Faculty In-Service, Creighton University School of Dentistry
  • Nov. 2010   Tobacco Cessation for Oral Cancer Prevention, Head and Neck Cancer Course, Omaha, Nebraska

2011

  • Feb. 2011: Oral Cancer Screening, Creighton Dental Update Course
  • March 2011: Head and Neck Cancer Screening Course (2 hours). Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • June 2011: Head and Neck Cancer Workshop, H. Schein & Specialty Dental. How to Conduct an Oral Cancer Screening Exam, LaVista, Nebraska
  • Sept. 2011: Oral Cancer Screening Exam, Omaha District Dental Hygiene Association
  • Sept. 2011: Head and Neck Cancer (1.5 hours), Creighton University School of Dentistry Fall Dental Assembly

2012

  • May 2012: Meth Myths & Misconceptions, Omaha District Dental Assistant Association
  • Oct. 2012: Head and Neck Screening Examination - Head & Neck Cancer: Detection, Treatment & Management Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education Consortium

2015

  • Jan. 2015    Caries:  What Do You See and What Do You Do? Creighton University School of Dentistry Faculty In-Service
  • Feb. 2015 - International Caries Detection, Assessment and Management System, Tri-Valley Dental Study Club, Fremont, Nebraska