Scientific Sessions Friday

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Dentistry Today, a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Friday, September 15th — 55 min presentations

8:30 am – Dr. Samson Ng, Abbotsford, BC

Title: Another way of looking at lumps and bumps in the mouth

Synopsis: Please join us for this interactive seminar designed to review oral lesions and dental therapeutics that oral care providers commonly encounters in a community practice. This seminar will reinforce the chair-side techniques for head & neck and intra-oral examinations.  Techniques for written and photo documentation of oral lesions will also be discussed.  The visual presentation and hands-on demonstrations of adjunctive evaluation tools will definitely make these topics interesting and educational.  Topics includes, common benign oral lesions, microbial infections, and oral pre-cancerous lesion.


  1. Consolidate the clinical technique of performing an extra-oral and intra-oral soft tissue examination
  2. Ability to diagnosis and treat non-odontogenic oral lesions  commonly identified in a community setting
  3. Recognize oral lesions/entities that should be ‘red flag’, and discuss the proper initial management
  4. Discuss the BC brewed technology used oral (pre-) cancer detection

Bio: Samson Ng, BSc(Pharm), DMD, MSc, FRCD(C), FDSRCSEd, Dip. ABOM., Dip. ABOMP is a Canadian and American Board certified oral medicine specialist and oral & maxillofacial pathologist. He is currently appointed as clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, attending staff at the Department of Dentistry of the Vancouver General Hospital, Regional Practice Leader in the Program of Oral Oncology/Dentistry in the BC Cancer Agency and pathology consultant at PMI pathology Lab. Dr. Ng also operates a private practice which provides comprehensive oral medicine and pathology consultations, with a special interest in oral mucosal and temporomandibular joint diseases.

9:30 am – Dr. Toby Bellamy, Coquitlam, BC

Title: Oral Surgery….Simplified

Synopsis: Oral surgery can be one of the most rewarding procedures a dental practitioner can perform.  It can also be the most stressful if complications are encountered.  This course will help the general practitioner navigate pre-operative diagnosis, procedures, and possible complications that can be encountered.    Complications including bleeding, sinus exposure, and dry sockets will be included.  Many more areas will be explored using real life examples.  The lecture is given in an open format and questions are encouraged. This course in intended for those who regularly perform oral surgery in their offices and those who would like to do more, but still have questions.  Extractions and ridge preservation prior to implant placement will also be covered.


  1. Discuss pre-operative issue that can affect the outcome of surgical procedures
  2. Discuss complications and their management
  3. Discuss hard and soft tissue grafting techniques

Bio:  Dr. Bellamy received his dental degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). After practicing general dentistry in the Vancouver area for 3 years, he completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC.  Currently he is a part time clinical faculty member at the UBC Oral Surgery Department. He is an international speaker on surgical aspects of implant dentistry and oral surgery aimed at the general practitioner. He maintains a private practice with emphasis on implant dentistry and tissue engineering in Coquitlam BC.  He also enjoys helping the profession and is past president of the BC Dental Specialist Society and  BC Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

11:00 am – Dr. Richard D. Tucker, Bellingham, WA

Title: Conservative Gold Castings; Simplicity and Longevity

Synopsis: Cast gold restorations offer the patient service extending many decades.  Careful attention to detail can result in these restorations being totally invisible, or in more extensive cases, still esthetically pleasing.  As the patient’s teeth wear overtime, the material wears as the patient’s teeth wear, adapting to the ever-changing occlusion of the natural dentition. The preservation of tooth structure will be stressed, at this is the key to success with this technique.  The step by step procedure for creating beautiful long lasting cast gold restorations will be covered, with attention to the reasons for the choice of the individual materials.  Additional techniques will also be presented to address problems often encountered in designing restorations to fit atypical situations.


  1. The attendee will understand the basic requirements for a good inlay preparation
  2. The steps for the finishing of a cast gold restoration will be understood
  3. The variations in cavity design will be covered in detail
  4. Material choices and underlying reasons for selection should be clear

Bio: Dick Tucker graduated from the university of Washington School of Dentistry in 1976, and has maintained a private dental practice in Bellingham Washington for the past 40 Years.  He is an operating member of one clinical study club, which meets monthly, and mentors three clinical study clubs in cast gold restorations also monthly.  Dick has lectured in Mexico, Canada, the United States, and Europe.  Other educational endeavors include teaching an elective course in cast gold restorations at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, and teaching the Tucker Institute course in Cast Gold Restorations.

He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and past president of the American Academy of Golf Foil Operators.  If he can’t be practicing dentistry, he enjoys fishing, sailing and mountain climbing, having climbed six peaks over 18,000 feet.

1:30 pm – Dr. Bobby Birdi, Vancouver, BC

Title: Today’s Teeth in One Day – Immediate Loading of Partial & Full-Arch Cases

Synopsis: The course is designed to help the clinician understand immediate implant placement and immediate provisionalization concepts and their benefits. It will focus on the factors and techniques involved in providing an anterior or posterior “Tooth in One Day”, as well as providing “Teeth in One Day” as a full-arch protocol utilizing a team approach.  The utilization of current digital, biologic (PRF/ PRP), and restorative modalities will be highlighted. Use of new restorative designs and materials will be demonstrated.


  1. Benefits of immediate implant placement & provisionalization
  2. Factors to consider during immediate loading
  3. Utilization of Cone-beam technology and digital workflow

Bio:  Dr. Birdi received his dental degree from the University of Saskatchewan and his post-graduate specialty training in both periodontics and prosthodontics from the University of Minnesota.  He is a Fellow and Examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a Diplomate of both the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Prosthodontics.

Dr. Birdi is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota and the University of British Columbia where he is involved in research projects and clinical trials. Dr. Birdi also lectures internationally on perio-prosthetic implant therapy. Dr. Birdi is presently the director of the Pacific Institute for Advanced Dental Education which is a learning academy for fellow dentists.  He currently practices at the BC Perio Dental Health & Implant Centers in Vancouver & Coquitlam.  His practice focuses on comprehensive periodontal and prosthetic treatment with a major focus on esthetics and implant dentistry.

2:30 pm – Dr. Carlos Sabrosa, Brazil

Title: Success Simplified in Modern Restorative Dentistry.  Part I

Synopsis: Aesthetics in dentistry today is an all-encompassing multidisciplinary treatment process that dentists provide for patients. The array of treatment options is wide and each clinical procedure varies. While some cases may have obvious solutions, many can leave us indecisive on the best treatment options.  The main objective of this lecture is to show evidence-based requirements and conceptual bases, such as tooth preparation design and tooth surface topography, core build- ups, provisional restorations, impression materials and techniques, cements and adhesive cementation to optimize and efficiently achieve results in modern restorative and implant dentistry.


  1. Tooth preparation design
  2. Provisional restorations
  3. Impression materials and techniques
  4. Cementation and bonding

Bio:  Carlos Eduardo Sabrosa CD, MSD, DScD – Dr. Sabrosa is an Associate Professor of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and the Director of the Center for Technology Development at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro Dental School, Brazil. He received his DDS in 1992 from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro Dental School and the Clinical Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) Degree in Prosthodontics from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, USA, in 1996. Dr. Sabrosa also received his Master of Science and Doctor of Science Degrees in Prosthodontics/Biomaterials from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, USA, in 1997 and 1999 consecutively. He received the Steven Gordon Research/Clinical Award in 1995 and 1996 and the Tylman Research Grant Award in 1993 from the American College of Prosthodontics. He has a private practice, focused in Oral Rehabilitation and Implantology, in Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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4:00 pm – Dr. Jonathan Ng, Vancouver, BC

Title: What you need to know about Digital Impressions

Synopsis: Dental impressions are used in almost every corner of dentistry. This crucial first step must be accurate and effective. The recent resurgence of digital impressions is revolutionary, but the multitude of choices and options leads to more confusion then conversion. This session addresses common misunderstandings and evaluates evidence regarding accuracy and reliability. This technology increases efficiency and productivity, and will dramatically improve outcomes benefiting both the clinician and the patient. As technology evolves, knowledge of this topic is not only important, but essential.


  1. Compare and contrast the use of conventional impressions and digital impression
  2. What is the technology that exists and how does it work
  3. What is the digital workflow and how does this improve clinical practice
  4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using technology and where can it be used
  5. How does this type of technology improve communication with patients and improve case acceptance?

Bio:  Dr. Jonathan A. Ng, BMedSc, DDS, MSc, Dip. Pros., FRCD(C) is a Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics. He earned his specialist training at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and his Bachelor of Medical Sciences and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees at the University of Alberta.

Following completion of a general practice residency, he continued at the University of Alberta Hospital as a staff dentist treating medically compromised patients in a clinical and operating room setting. He also managed a rural practice in Elk Point, Alberta. Dr. Ng is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UBC Department of Dentistry and is also on staff as a clinical Prosthodontist at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver delivering multifaceted prosthodontic care and oral and facial rehabilitation to medically complex patients.

Dr. Ng’s private practice is on West Broadway in Vancouver, Canada. He focuses his private practice on esthetic and functional reconstruction ranging from the single tooth situation to complex prosthodontics. His practice includes the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants. He has a passion for the area of digital dentistry such as digital impressions and the digital workflow and has been invited to speak both nationally and internationally on these topics. He has published articles on the subject area.
Dr. Ng has been involved in international aid missions with a strong desire to help those in underdeveloped countries. When not practicing dentistry, he enjoys photography, playing the guitar and snowboarding.