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2021 Annual Session Courses

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20th Annual Meeting & Scientific Session - 2021

Juan Carlos Ortiz Hugues. DDS, MAMED, CEAS

Advanced Ergonomics in Microscope Dentistry

Course Description:
Dentistry is one of the most demanding professions with high incidence of musculoskeletal disorders, many professionals are retiring early because of neck, back, shoulder, arm & wrist injuries. It’s also known that one of the greatest benefits of the dental operative microscope (DOM) use in dentistry is the increase of ergonomics. The microscope solves 2 of the major problems in dentistry, lack of vision (magnification and illumination) and posture (controlled focal distance) and that's why ideal neutral posture is generally not attainable while operating unless you use a microscope. It is also a reality that many dentists have the tool of excellence, but its use is inadequate, for which the knowledge of the fundamentals of ergonomics applied to our profession is of utmost importance for the achievement of an efficient dentistry and above all without pain for the operator.

Learning Objectives:
•  Know the fundamentals of ergonomics applied to dentistry under a dental microscope
•  Understand the biomechanics of the human body and how to prevent musculoskeletal disorders in dentistry
•  Understand how the application of a sequential positioning methodology can place the operator at an ergonomic advantage throughout the dental procedure using the dental microscope correctlly 100% of the working time.

Edward Lowe, DMD

Fine Tuning Your Esthetic Composite Restorations

Course Description:
With the advances in digital and ceramic technology, clinicians have come to share the responsibility of shade, material selection, and esthetic outcome with their dental ceramists when doing indirect restorations. This is not the case with direct composite restorations where the accountability for the final product rests solely in the hands of the clinician. There is an element of artistry combined with technique and an understanding of the science for consistent composite excellence. Regardless of your experience at composite artistry, this program will enhance your skills and enrich your knowledge by providing you with a system for achieving success in your day to day restorative routine. This presentation will focus on the step by step development of three restorations:
•  Anterior Class IV composite
•  Direct anterior composite veneer
•  Posterior Class II composite

Learning Objectives:
•  Understand how to layer composite material using dentin, enamel, and transparent shades to handcraft life-like restorations
•  Master using a PVS matrix to develop the lingual anatomy of your
anterior composite restorations
•  Create exquisite posterior restorations using matrix systems and incremental cusp buildup that require minimal finishing andocclusal adjustment

Israel Puterman, DMD MSD

Living in a 3D Perio World

Course Description:
Performing regenerative surgery requires meticulous technique. The use of microscopes offers significant benefits to the surgeon, primarily increased visualization and has been demonstrated to lead to improved surgical outcomes. 3D microscopes bring yet another level of improvement, offering several advantagesover traditional microscopy. This lecture will review the general advantages to using microscopes in a surgical practice, with an emphasis on 3D vision.

Learning Objectives:
•  The advantages of microscopes in surgical patient care
•  The added value that 3D microscopy provides
•  Non-clinical enhancements related to microscopes

Junichi Watahiki, DDS Ph.D.

Optimized Periodontal Regeneration for Orthodontics (O-Pro) Expands Indications for Orthodontic Treatment by Completely Regenerating The Gingival Recession

Course Description:
A previous report stated that adult orthodontics might induce complications in periodontal tissue. Further, another report demonstrated long-term progression of gingival recession after orthodontic treatment in adults. Root Coverage Procedure with connective tissue graft has been achieved excellent results for the Gingival recession. However, Root Coverage cannot bring about complete periodontal regeneration with hard tissue at the gingival recession site.So if the orthodontic
patients had already had a gingival recession, we could not take the effectual way. Therefore, I developed a new surgical procudure called “Optimized Periodontal Regeneration for Orthodontics (O-RO)” that enables complete periodontal regeneration with hard tissue in the Gingival recession and reported on International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry in 2019. I will show some interdisciplinary orthodontics cases with O-PRO using a microscope.

Prashant Bhasin, BDS, MDS

Endodontics Vision to Execution

Course Description:
The lecture will focus on concepts of magnification and it application in fieldof
endodontics along with ergonomics in the field of dentistry with focus on the endodontic workflow beginningfrom examination & diagnosis, finding MB2 &
Ultrasonics, focussing on endodontic challenges at coronal, middle & apical third, post removal, perforation repairs, endodontic retreatment with case series.

Learning Objectives:
•  Learning the importance of magnification
•  Management of endodontic challenges
•  Difference between macro & micro dentistry

Robert J. Miller, DDS

New Surgical Strategies in the Treatment of Peri-Implantitis

Course Description:
Peri-Implantitis is a condition that is becoming more prevalent as implant dentistry has become the treatment of choice for dental reconstruction. Treatment of periimplant defects can be very unpredictable and many cases relapse after grafting procedures are completed. This lecture will present evidence that inorganic and organic contaminants remain attached to both titanium oxide and zirconia oxide surfaces following debridement procedures, and this contamination may prevent reintegration of the implant. Removal of trace contaminants on implant surfaces utilizing a concept known as photo functionalization creates a surgically clean and biologically active surface, attracting bone cells and creating an environment favorable for regeneration to occur.

Learning Objectives:
•  Understand the concept of aging of the implant surface
•  Demonstrate treatment protocols for creating a biologically active implant surface after contamination
•  Discuss how selection of appropriate graft materials can contribute to regenerative success

Yusuke Takayama, DDS

Prosthodontic Treatment Workflow Utilizing Microscope: A Case Report

Course Description:
In the workflow of prosthetic treatment, it is commonly starts from the examination and diagnosis, Periodontal soft tissue management, root canal treatment, preparation of abutment, adjustment of provisional restoration, impression, try-in of the restoration, cementation and removal of excess cement. And the speaker sees the good results in prognosis when the each step worked through both macro and micro viewpoints. In this lecture, from the standpoint of a general dentist uses a microscope on a daily basis, the speaker wishes to introduce the team approach when a microscope was used in a series of prosthodontic treatments through one clinical case.

Richard J. Miron, DDS, MSc, PhD

Understanding Platelet Rich Fibrin: From Biological Background to Clinical Indications

Course Description:
The use of platelet concentrates has had a long-history of use in various fields of medicine as an autologous source of growth factors fabricated utilizing centrifugation of blood under various conditions. While platelet rich plasma (PRP) was proposed as a first-generation platelet concentrate over 3 decades ago, over the
past 10 years, platelet rich fibrin (PRF) has seen a steady increase in utilization for a variety of medical procedures due to its lack of anti-coagulation factors favoring fibrin clot formation and faster wound healing. More recently, the development of a liquid PRF provides a new formulation of liquid PRF without using anti-coagulation factors that may specifically be combined with currently available bone biomaterials favoring particle stability, angiogenesis and tissue integration. This talk aims to highlight the recent advancements made with respect to the newest formulations of platelet concentrates including recent developments in horizontal centrifugation and liquid concentrated-PRF to further speed wound healing and tissue
regeneration for various clinical indications faced in routine daily dental practice.

Learning Objectives:
•  Provide the biological background and scientific rationale for why platelet concentrates speed wound healing
•  Introduce new protocols using horizontal centrifugation
•  Provide clinical indications when, where and why to use PRF (membranes and liquid) in regenerative dentistry and facial esthetics

Samuel B. Low, DDS, MS, M.Ed

Lasers - Approaching a New Standard of Care in Managing Periodontitis and Peri Implant Disease.

Course Description:
A recent landmark study demonstrates validity in managing periodontitis with all-tissue-lasers including clinical success with positive patient related outcomes and a concomitant decrease in recession. Similar data shows how Erbium laser wavelengths have been incorporated into procedures for treating peri implant disease with no adverse thermal events as to the integrity of implant surfaces. Dentistry is evolving into a minimally invasive culture with attention to positive patient perceptions and comfort.

Learning Objectives:
•  Develop an understanding of the Erbium wavelength as related to the effects on target tissue in both the periodontium and implants
•  Review the rationale for managing periodontitis as related to laser therapy.
•  Explore the effect of Erbium lasers on various titanium surfaces as part of a de
toxification process in managing peri implantitis.
•  Demonstrate how the integration-of a Er, Cr: YSGG laser into a practice of periodontics creates a positive niche for patient acceptance and value-added revenue stream

Bruno Azevedo, DDS MS

LECTURE AND HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Advanced 3D Imaging - Full Day Course

Course Description:
CBCT has significantly influenced how clinicians diagnose, treatment plan and manage cases in modern endodontic practice. This case-based presentation will highlight the principles, advantages and clinical applications of CBCT in endodontics. Lectures and cases will cover evidence-based practice techniques, focusing on advanced 3D navigation of small high resolution CBCT volumes.

Learning Objectives:
•  Justify the use of 3D imaging in Endodontics
•  Explain how the benefits of CBCT imaging overcome any potential risks associated with radiation dose
•  Be familiar with current technical advances in CBCT hardware and software
•  Use contemporary 3D imaging navigation techniques to minimize interpretation time and maximize diagnosis;
•  Recognize advanced 3D anatomy of the mouth
•  Develop differential diagnosis for lesions associated with endodontic scans

Dr. William Paveletz, DMD

A Clinical View on Advancements to Today’s Restorative Technologies and How They Impact Your Restorations

Course Description:
Patients have exceedingly high expectations when it comes to their dentist, especially on how they approach restoring their dentition. They demand results that look, feel, and perform like what they have lost and in the vast number of situations they would like it done quickly. This lecture discusses the ever-evolving developments in dental adhesives, flowable and universal composites; and how the implementation of these advancements and modalities create a more natural, stronger, and superior restoration.

Learning Objetives:
•  Attendees will be briefly educated on the history of Nano, ORMOCER®, and Thermal Viscous Technology and how they impact current universal composites.
•  Review case presentations using universal biocompatible materials and understand
how to place restorations with ease for successful long-lasting results.
•  Multiple practical recommendations to improve chairside strategies for creating more natural restorations using Nano, ORMOCER® and Thermal Viscous Technology based materials and the variables to be considered.

Hands-on Workshops

Bruno Azevedo, DDS MS • FRIDAY, 9/10/21

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Next Level CBCT Imaging - Perio-Implants Hands-on Course - 4 hrs

Course Description:
Cone-beam computed tomography or Cone Beam (CBCT) is an indispensable tool for diagnostic imaging in modern dental implantology. CBCT imaging’s challenge is the users’ lack of training and understanding of basic and advanced imaging principles. After all, when reading a scan, there are known knowns; there are imaging patterns that we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things regarding 3D imaging that we know that we don’t know, and there are the unknown unknowns or 3D imaging things that we do not know we don’t know. Understanding the imaging principles behind high-resolution 3D imaging volumes should enable professionals to plan and execute dental implant procedures appropriately and safely, ensuring a predictable clinical and prosthetic outcome. The jaws’ CBCT scans provide dentists with greater diagnostic precision of dental and bone morphologies and related pathologies than the conventional 2D intraoral digital image. The CBCT image is also essential for recently developed dynamic navigation and other advanced technologies, such as virtual planning and 3D printing of surgical guides. As CBCT imaging provides the clinician with a greater degree of confidence in detecting anatomical variations and pathologies, it acts as an essential tool to support the clinical decision. It offers valuable information on when to treat, how to treat, and, as needed, when not to treat. This course will discuss the importance of 3D imaging in dental implantology in the 3 phases of therapy with dental implants: pre-surgical evaluation and planning, intraoperative evaluation, and postoperative follow-up.

Learning Objectives:
During this Hands-On – CBCT Imaging Interpretation Course, you will learn practical techniques and secrets that will make you a better clinician and diagnostician. Here are a few topics you will be taught:
•  Be familiar with current technological advances in CBCT hardware and software.
•  Understand Imaging Artifacts and how to overcome them.
•  Use contemporary 3D imaging navigation techniques to minimize interpretation time and maximize diagnosis.
•  Recognize advanced 3D anatomy and pathologies of the jaws and paranasal sinuses.
•  Integrate information presented in this course into efforts to improve the imaging
skills of the participants.

Bruno Azevedo, DDS MS • SATURDAY 9/11/21

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Next Level CBCT Imaging CBCT Imaging for Dental Assistants - 2 hrs

Course Description:
Dental Assistants are typically responsible for the acquisition of Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans. However, due to the lack of specific training on the nuances of the clinical and technical parameters of CBCT imaging, most of the dental staff does not have formal training on how to use the CBCT scanners they operate correctly. This systematic problem affects most dental practices regardless of the CBCT scanner they use and results in low image quality. This practical and dynamic course will guide dental professionals through all the specific steps to better acquire CBCT scans and maximize image quality and improve the acquisition workflow.

Learning Objectives:
After this course, the participants should be able to:
•  Understand the proper acquisition parameters to enhance CBCT imaging
•  Answer Dose-related questions to patients
•  Understand how to better position patients on any CBCT scanner to maximize
image quality
•  Improve the CBCT acquisition protocols and workflow

Bruno Azevedo, DDS MS • SUNDAY 9/12/21

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Next Level CBCT Imaging: Restorative- Endodontics Hands-on Course - 4 hrs

Course Description:
Cone-beam computed tomography or Cone Beam (CBCT) is an indispensable tool for diagnostic imaging in modern dental practice. Understanding the imaging principles behind high-resolution 3D image volumes and the differences between the field of view (FOV) applications for endodontics and restorative purposes is a must. A significant change has recently occurred in the interpretation of CBCT images. CBCT imaging of the jaws provides dentists with greater diagnostic accuracy for dental and root morphology and pathology related to teeth and bones than conventional 2D intraoral digital imaging. As the use of the CBCT image provides the clinician with a greater degree of confidence in detecting anatomical variations and pathologies, it acts as an essential tool to support the clinical decision, as it offers valuable information about when to treat, how to treat and, as important when not to treat. Restorative Dentistry is one of the main beneficiaries of newly developed Filters for reducing CBCT artifacts allowing for evaluation of adaptation in prosthetic crowns, veneers, and restorations. This practical and dynamic course will guide dental professionals through all the specific steps to better use CBCT imaging in their daily practice and explain basic to advanced principles regarding 3D imaging interpretation. This Hands-On course will provide you with the essential tools to take full advantage of the critical benefits offered by CBCT imaging.

Learning Objectives:
During this Hands-On – CBCT Imaging Interpretation Course, you will learn practical techniques and secrets that will make you a better clinician and diagnostician. Here are a few topics you will be taught:
•  Be familiar with current technological advances in CBCT hardware and software.
•  Understand Beam Hardening and Blooming Artifacts and how to overcome them.
•  CBCT assessment of enamel and gum thickness: what’s new?
•  Understand the application of Cinematographic Rendering (a technique that generates photorealistic 3D images from CBCT scans) in Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry

Edward Lowe, DMD

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Anterior All-Ceramic Restorations: Concept to Cementation

Course Description:
Unlike the posterior, restoring teeth in the anterior part of the mouth is challenging as your artistry is on display every time the patient smiles. This hands-on workshop enhances your knowledge of when to use all-ceramic veneers and crowns to create esthetic solutions. Focus is on preparation design, easy provisional restorations, material selection, and step-by-step instruction for bonding and cementation. The hands-on portion of the program will give you the experience of preparing, provisionalizing and cementing anterior veneers or crowns on a study model.

Learning Objectives:
•  Diagnose, treatment plan, and select materials for anterior all-ceramic restorations
•  Design and prepare a tooth on a model to receive an anterior veneer or crown
•  Guidelines on which cement to select when seating the final all-ceramic restoration

Marc Lazare, DDS, MAGD

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: The Biomimetic Smile Makeover: Conserving and Strengthening Tooth Structure While Transforming A Smile

Course Description:
Although the least-invasive procedures most often result in the most successful dentistry sound tooth structure is often sacrificed to achieve a patient’s desire for ideal esthetics. As an interdisciplinary material science, biomimetic dentistry not only creates the strongest restoration, it creates one that is highly compatible with the structural, functional, and bio- logical properties of underlying dental tissues. This seminar explores how to work up, stage, and execute a smile makeover that closely adheres to the principles and fundamentals of the biomimetic philosophy without compromising the esthetic result.

Learning Objectives:
•  Explaining the 6 principles and 3 fundamentals of Biomimetic Dentistry
•  Learn the 8 techniques to increase bond strength
•  Learn the 8 techniques to Minimize Polymerization Stresses
•  How to work-up, stage an execute a smile makeover using the Biomimetic principles (which conserves more pulps, removes pathology, leaves maximum tooth structure, and strengthens teeth)
•  Understand and be comfortable to introduce these techniques into your practice right away
•  Practice at a level you didn’t even know existed

Robert J. Miller, DDS

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Flap Design and Suturing

Course Description:
Surgical outcomes are dependent on many variables. Early complications or failures can often be traced to inadequate flap design and suturing techniques. This workshop is focused on cre- ating the most ideal environment for surgical access and ensuring that flap margins remain closed and vascularized after surgery. Utilizing surgical microscopes, procedure-based criteria for flap design, suture technique, suture material and needle selection will be presented. Par- ticipants will have an opportunity to perform both model and animal jaw surgery under mag- nification, and have a better understanding of the biologic imperative in early wound healing

Learning Objectives:
•  Compare and contrast flap designs for a variety of surgical procedures.
•  Select suture materials and needle size based on type of surgery
•  Demonstrate techniques to ensure passive closure and vascularity of flaps

Bertrand Khayat, DDS & Guillaume Jouanny, DDA

LECTURE & HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Microsurgical Endodontics: From Theory to Practice

Course Description:
This course on Endodontic Microsurgery offers interactive lectures, demonstrations
and hands-on training. Participants will be able topractice incisions, osteotomy, retrograde preparation, obturation and sutures on realistic 3D models. The general dentist willing to implement endodontic surgery, and the experiencedendodontic surgeon will both acquire the appropriate knowledge to achieve betterand predictable results in their daily practice.

Learning Objectives:
•  Be able to integrate efficiently the operating microscope in Endodontic Microsurgery
•  Understand the concept of retrograde root canal treatment with long ultrasonic tips
•  Master the different steps of the surgical procedure including soft and hard tissue
management and hemostasis

Richard J. Miron, DDS, MSc, PhD

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: New Trends in PRF Therapy

Course Description:
This hands-on course will cover all the new advancements made with respect to the new- est formulations of platelet concentrates. These will cover how to make custom-shaped PRF grafts, how to better concentrate liquid-PRF and will provide a better understanding for optimization of the protocols utilized in every day dental practice. Thereafter, the Bio-Heat technology will be presented. This will cover the heating steps necessary to extend the work- ing properties of PRF from a fast-resorbing 2-3 week membrane towards a membrane that lasts 4-6 months. Various protocols will be demonstrated whereby clinicians will learn how to make an extended-PRF membrane that lasts 4-6 months, as well as how to make a novel sticky bone that contains an outer e-PRF membrane that may be utilized for ridge augmen- tation procedures.

Learning Objectives:
•  Optimization of protocols for any centrifugation device
•  Update on Bio-Heat technology and the ability to extend the working properties of
PRF from 2-3 weeks to 4-6 months
•  Improve cell and growth factor release using concentrated-PRF (C-PRF) protocols when compared to traditional injectable-PRF (i-PRF) on any centrifugation device
•  Launch of the Bio-Cool technology
•  Importance of PRF tubes for the fabrication of PRF

Samuel B. Low, DDS, MS, M.Ed
CORPORATE SESSION - Sponsored by Biolase

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Utilize Today’s Dental Lasers in Managing Periodontal/Implant Disease

Course Description:
Give your practice a boost by harnessing laser technology with a positive result that man- ages effectively day to day periodontal soft tissue patient conditions. We provide the practi- tioner with how to chose the right laser and apply simple techniques that result in precision, controlled bleeding, accelerated healing, reduced post-operative issues, shorter procedure time, and a more relaxed experience for the patient. Procedures include non-surgical (Laser bacterial reduction and curettage) surgical periodontics, frenectomy, gingivectomy, implant uncovering, implantitis, are presented considering coding and patient acceptance. You experi- ence direct hands on activity with various lasers on a variety of models including the hog jaw.

Learning Objectives:
•  Understand indications for using laser in crown lengthening and pre-orthodontic procedures including esthetics
•  Consider case reports demonstrating success along with clear contraindications.
•  Develop techniques for incorporating laser into a dental practice considering patient acceptance, third party coding • Differentiate laser technologies for periodontal indications (surgical and non-surgical)
•  Develop post-operative evaluation protocols assessing wound healing

Juan Carlos Ortiz Hugues. DDS, MAMED, CEAS SUNDAY 9/12/21

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Ergonomics for the Microscope

Facts and Applications:
•  Introduction to ergonomics in dentistry/hands-on Introduction to dental ergonomics
•  Operator Stool analysis. Different models and brands if possible.
•  Microscope Ergonomic devices.

Hands On:
•  Operator Stool- Microscope- Patient Chair (Positions)
•  Operator Stool- Microscope- Patient Chair- Assistant (Positions)
•  Stretching and recommendations

Course Description:
Ergonomics, also known as human factors, is a multidisciplinary science concerned with find- ing ways to keep people productive, efficient, safe, and comfortable while they perform a task. The basic premise is to make the task fit the person, rather than making the person adjust to the task. Dentistry is one of the most demanding professions with a high incidence of mus- culoskeletal disorders. Many professionals are retiring early because of neck, back, shoulder, arm, wrist injuries. This course will outline the ergonomic benefits of the surgical microscope in dentistry, it will address appropriate posture while working with the microscope, how to position the microscope, how to position the patient and how to perform four-handed den- tistry in order to work pain free, efficiently, and without stress. The course will also outline different stools available in the market, the properties of each and how to sit properly.

Learning Objectives:
•  Learn and apply the principles of ergonomics in dentistry
•  Learn about the most ergonomic stools in the market and test them.
•  Learn how to sit properly with good available stools in the operatory in different positions.
•  Learn the ergonomic benefits of the microscope in dentistry
•  Learn how to sit the patient in the operatory chair in order to achieve better
ergonomic position. • Learn about four handed dentistry
•  Learn how to prevent musculoskeletal disorders & the benefits of microbreaks
and stretching during the work day.

Janet Press, RDH

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Diode Laser Certification in the US

Course Description:
Working with hands–on simulation exercises, detailed instrumentation photography and
video, these programs are designed to build new clinical skills, confidence, and clinical under- standing in the delivery of periodontal treatment protocols by using Soft Tissue Dental Lasers.

Learning Objetives:
•  Expand your existing Hygiene treatment model through the adjunctive use of lasers.
•  Interpret laser tissue interaction, power settings and the various techniques used to obtain optimal clinical outcome with periodontal therapy, recall, medically compromised patients, and difficult tomanage areas.
•  Learn the specifics of initiated and bare fiber tip applications.
•  Practice the clinical technique and methods associated with laser sulcular debridement and disinfection.
•  Successfully Increase the Number of Hygiene Laser periodontal therapy, laser recall
management, and laser surgical procedures per day, and profit from your patients saying “YES” to the incorporation of laser technology.

For complete information on this or other seminars, call Todd Goldman at
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