“The Art and Science of Preserving the Natural Dentition”

 

Download ASM Program


Friday Speakers, September 23rd, 2022
30 & 55 Minute Presentations
(6 CE Credits for Friday Sessions)

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Dr. Timothy Hess – Auburn, WA

Title:  The “Gold Standard”: A Blueprint to Restorative Success

Synopsis:  The cast gold restoration is considered by many the “Gold Standard” that all restorations in dentistry are compared to. Unfortunately, because of concerns of material cost, strong aesthetic desires and heavy marketing of other materials by manufacturers, gold is requested and recommended less and less in dental practices. The skills and discipline acquired by performing cast gold restorations can positively influence success in other operative procedures.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Presentation of concepts from the Tucker Cast Gold Technique that lead to operative excellence.
  2. Application of cast gold restoration techniques to today’s materials such as pressed and milled restorative materials.
  3. Why offer gold in 2022?

 

Bio:  Dr. Hess is a graduate of the University of Alberta and completed his DDS degree from the University of Washington in 1994. He is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Restorative Dentistry, Affiliate Faculty in Oral Medicine and the Director of the Tucker Institute at the UW School of Dentistry. He currently lectures on implant failures due to restorative techniques, operative techniques, zirconia restorations as well as facial aesthetics including the topics of Botulinum toxin and dermal fillers.

Dr. Hess has been published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, IJOMI, CJRDP, Decisions in Dentistry and Operative Dentistry. He has presented at the ADA Annual Meeting, the AGD Annual Meeting, Pacific Northwest Dental Conference, International Academy of Gnathology, Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontics and the Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics.

He is a Past-President of the Seattle-King County Dental Society. Dr. Hess is a Member of Academy of Operative Dentistry, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentist and has received his Life Long Service Recognition from the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a Member of the International Academy of Gnathology and an Active Member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry.


9:00 am – 10:30 am

Dr. Gerard Chiche – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Title: Esthetic Full Mouth Rehabilitation: Parameters for Longevity

Synopsis:  This presentation will outline the management of risk factors in a step-by-step method in order to maximize long-term success of ceramic materials in extensive rehabilitations. Ceramics material selection will be discussed according to esthetics rendition, strength properties and available restorative thickness according to the state of attrition, the severity of the malocclusion and the cause of tooth wear.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Create a systematic protection strategy for medium and high-risk patients.
  2. Control the key factors for optimum esthetic, occlusal and gingival design in interdisciplinary treatment.
  3. Manage VDO options and rehabilitation sequence.
  4. Select ceramic materials for optimum esthetics and strength under various conditions.
  5. Use a simplified bonding method for all-ceramic restorations

 

Bio: Dr. Chiche is Clinical Professor at Augusta University, Dental College of Georgia where he recently completed his 10-year term as the Thomas P. Hinman Endowed Professor in Restorative Dentistry, and Director of the Center for Esthetic & Implant Dentistry. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and he has given over 1000 programs in Esthetic Dentistry nationally and internationally in 35 countries. He is the author of two textbooks in Esthetic Dentistry published by Quintessence Publishing Co.: “Esthetics of Anterior Fixed Restorations” with Alain Pinault and “Smile Design” with Hitoshi Aoshima. He is Emeritus Professor at Louisiana State University, and he became in 2009 the first recipient of the Endowed Chair sponsored by the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society.

Sponsored by Kuraray Noritake Dental


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Neil Starr – Washington, DC

Title:  Prolonging the Life of a Tooth

Synopsis: The confluence of esthetic dentistry, adhesive dentistry, osseointegration and now digital dentistry has resulted in the creation of more and more beautiful and functional tooth-supported and implant-supported restorations, but for how long?  In our efforts to achieve esthetic excellence, are we at times losing sight of our patients’ long-term functional needs?

Are we diagnosing the ailing and failing tooth properly?  Are there technical methodologies that we can employ in treatment to preserve the natural tooth for longer?  Put another way, are we sacrificing teeth for implants too soon in the lives of our patients, when maybe the tooth would still serve a useful function for many more years?  When implants are to be utilized, can certain distributions of implants help to slow the progression of peri-implantitis? 

Dr. Starr will share lessons learned from decades-long experience in a successful clinical practice focused on interdisciplinary dental therapeutics and he will share the philosophy he employs to keep his patients with intact, functioning dentitions for life.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how and when to consider preserving teeth for a longer time before the inevitable implant.
  2. Discuss what constitutes a long-term therapeutic occlusal scheme that will endure for the periodontally compromised dentition, for the implant-supported dentition and for the tooth and implant-supported dentition.
  3. Develop a philosophy of treatment to provide patients with a functioning intact dentition for the patient’s entire life.

 

Bio: Dr. Neil L. Starr was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and graduated from McGill University Dental School. After completion of a general dental residency program at the Jewish General Hospital, he attended the University of Pennsylvania wherein he received postdoctoral training in Periodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics.

Dr. Starr has been lecturing nationally and internationally to groups of surgeons and restorative dentists. He has authored a series of articles on treatment planning and sequencing therapy in the comprehensive treatment of the partially edentulous case, appearing in the inaugural issue of the Seattle Study Club Journal and the Scientific Issue of the Alpha Omegan. His clinical articles have appeared in the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, and Quintessence of Dental Technology 2005. Additionally, he contributed a textbook chapter for “Periodontics, Medicine, Surgery, and Implants”, Mosby, St. Louis 2004, titled “Restoration of the Periodontally Compromised Dentition and more recently “Therapeutic Occlusion for Ceramic Veneers and High-Strength Zirconia Restorations: Constructing Anterior Guidance”, Quintessence Dental Technology, 2005. In 2008, two chapters were written for the textbook “Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning – Principles, Design, Implementation” (Quintessence Publishing C., Inc.), titled “Establishing a Stable Occlusal Scheme” and” A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment With and Without Endosseous Implants”.; In 2012, he contributed a chapter in the textbook “Cosmesis of the Mouth, Face and Jaws”, (2012 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), titled “Optimal Use of Dental Implants for Cosmesis: Creating Aesthetic Outcomes with Dental Implant Restorations”; and most recently he contributed an article in the Scientific Journal, Alpha Omegan (Summer 2014) titled “The Extraction Socket and the Dental Implant Restoration”.

Dr. Starr maintains a private practice in Prosthodontics, in Washington, D.C.


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Dr. David Clark – Tacoma, WA

Title: The Epidemic of Cracked Teeth; Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention

Synopsis: Currently the diagnosis and treatment of cracked and fractured teeth is largely symptom based and is therefore often a sad, end stage diagnosis. The fracturing process in one of dentistry’s last great mysteries and is poorly understood throughout the generalist and specialist dental community.  In this engaging and entertaining lecture, you will learn to understand and diagnose pathologic cracks utilizing magnification and other modalities, and treat long before symptoms arise or the tooth becomes unsalvageable.  Dr. Clark will teach routine identification of early cracks and teach the Clark Class II saucer shaped nonretentive preparation and Fissurotomy Class I that are a significant departure from the G.V. Black preparations that are a leading cause of cracked teeth.  He will share his published approach to diagnosis based on 16X magnification, step by step predictable treatment, endodontic and periodontal implications, and when to extract.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Have confidence identifying early tooth fracturing based on high level magnification
  2. Learn why new Class II cavity preparations and other modalities are crucial to prevent eventual tooth fracture       
  3. Receive a blueprint for diagnosis and treatment of complete and incomplete fractures.
  4. Understand the Fissurotomy, Calla Lilly and Overlay preparations  for Class I restorations

 

Bio: Dr. David Clark is director of Bioclear Learning Centers International. He founded the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry, creates curriculum for dental schools, and has lectured in 25 countries. He developed the Bioclear Matrix System for placement of biologically appropriate, esthetically pleasing direct composite restorations for facilitating Injection Molding of the Clark Class I and Class II preparations, diastema closure and black triangle elimination combined with papilla regeneration. The Clark Class I and Clark Class II preparations and restorations are now being evaluated in in vivo and in vitro studies.  He owns several patents. He published the first guide to dentinal and enamel cracks based on clinical microscope dentistry (16X magnification).  Dr. Clark is a 1986 graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry.


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Dr. Michael Fling – Oklahoma City, OK

Title: Intermediate Shell Overlay Crown Technique

Synopsis:  Without question, implants provide a remarkable service when properly placed in an appropriate treatment plan. However, it is reasonable to consider that their implementation into treatment planning could create a scenario where potentially restorable teeth are prematurely extracted.  This raises the question as to what materials and techniques could be used to evaluate a tooth from a structural and aesthetic perspective before a commitment is made to permanently restore the tooth. This presentation considers an Intermediate Shell Overlay Provisional Crown Fabrication Technique.

Learning Objectives:

  1. You will learn a unique and fast process for developing a diagnostic wax up for stent fabrication.
  2. Then you will learn how to create a shell from an intermediate restorative material, Luxacrown. The technique for relining, trimming and polishing a beautiful intermediate restoration will be presented. This same Shell Overlay Technique is also used to drastically improve restoration contours and aesthetic outcomes when fabricating large composite restorations.  It will dramatically reduce fabrication time while enhancing aesthetics.
  3. You will also learn how to use this technique to create beautiful core fillings that resemble the desired aesthetic and functional outcome. This allows the creation of a restoration so evaluation can be made as to restorative prognosis, before an inordinate amount of time and money is spent on a final restoration just to see it fail.
  4. The bottom line is that this clinical technique and intermediate material allows for fast and predictable fabrication of composites, cores and provisional restorations in an effort to determine potential restorability before significant time and money is wasted. 

 

Bio: With 34 years of dental experience and extensive training, Dr. Michael C. Fling has been recognized as a premier dentist in the Oklahoma City area.  Dr. Fling has been actively participating in dentistry since 1976 as a laboratory technician. He soon discovered a passion for dentistry and entered dental school.

He graduated from Oklahoma University College of Dentistry in 1984 and went into private practice in Oklahoma City. In 1988, only four short years after entering the profession, he received the “Young Dentist of the Year Award” from the Oklahoma Dental Association. His private practice focuses on restorative and cosmetic dentistry, as well as TMJ treatment. As a renowned clinical instructor and guest lecturer, he is consistently on the leading edge of dentistry, and incorporates the latest in dental innovation, technology and techniques into his practice.

He has been named by his peers as one of the Best Dentists in Oklahoma and as one of the Nation’s best dentists.


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dr. Effrat Habsha – Toronto, ON

Title: Digital Dentistry in Contemporary Prosthodontics: Is it Practical?

Synopsis: Digital technology has had a dramatic impact on all disciplines of dentistry, particularly in the fields of Prosthodontics and Surgery. The evolution of digital technologies has provided dental professionals with the possibility of following a complete digital workflow beginning from diagnostic treatment planning to prosthesis fabrication. Clinical data acquisition using intra oral scanners has bridged the digital gap between the clinical practice and the dental laboratory.  While these latest digital tools offer new and different workflows compared to conventional techniques, it is imperative that clinical efficiency and restoration accuracy not be compromised.   

This presentation will provide a practical and pragmatic overview of the digital tools and technologies used in a modern prosthodontic practice. A comprehensive overview of digital technology used in diagnosis, treatment planning, surgical treatment planning, guided implant surgery and prosthodontics will be covered. The use of intra oral scanners and the workflow required for simple reconstructions to comprehensive full arch rehabilitations in both conventional and implant based applications will be presented.  Some of the challenges, limitations and inefficiencies encountered utilizing new technologies will be described. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate the utilization of digital technology in Implant Surgery and Prosthodontics
  2. Demonstrate the use of intra oral scanners with conventional crown and bridgework and implant dentistry
  3. Review accuracy, benefits and limitations of intra-oral scanners
  4. Provide an overview of the digital workflow required in comprehensive fixed reconstructions

 

Bio: Effrat (Effie) Habsha, BSc, DDS, Dip. Prostho., MSc, FRCDC

Dr. Effie Habsha received her Bachelor of Science degree and earned her DDS degree from the University of Toronto.  Upon graduation, she completed a one-year General Practice Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, ON.  Dr. Habsha received her Diploma in Prosthodontics and Master of Science degree, both from the University of Toronto.  She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC) and is an examiner and Section Head for the Oral Examination in Prosthodontics for the RCDC. 

Dr. Habsha is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Dentistry, Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She has served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and currently instructs both at the undergraduate and graduate level in Prosthodontics at U of T.  Dr. Habsha is a Professor at George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology and is the On-staff Prosthodontist at MedCan clinic in Toronto. She holds an appointment as Staff Prosthodontist at Mount Sinai Hospital where she instructs the dental residents and is involved in various clinical research projects.

Dr. Habsha is an Associate Fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics and Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, a Fellow of The Pierre Fauchard Academy and holds memberships in numerous Prosthodontic organizations and societies.  She lectures both nationally and internationally on various Prosthodontic topics and maintains a private practice limited to Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry in Toronto.


Saturday Speakers, September 24th, 2022

20 Minute, 40 Minute and One Hour Presentations

(6 CE Credits for Saturday Sessions)


8:20 am – 8:40 am

Dr. Pio Modi – Brantford, ON

Title:  Hopeful Treatment for Hopeless Teeth

Synopsis: Are all teeth that are deemed hopeless truly hopeless? This presentation will look at a clinical case for a patient who presented with a severely worn dentition that was previously evaluated as being mostly terminal.  We will look at a step by step breakdown of the evaluation, treatment planning and the staged treatment for this case with clinical tips throughout. 

Learning Objectives:  

  1. Treatment Planning and Sequencing for a Rehabilitation Worn Dentition
  2. Considerations When Opening Vertical Dimension
  3. Esthetic and Occlusal Guidelines to Focus on when Finishing a Case

 

Bio: Dr. Modi graduated from the University of Toronto in 2001 and completed a General Practice Residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton Ohio in 2002. He has attended hundreds of hours of continuing education with a focus on functional, cosmetic and implant dentistry. He is proud member of CARDP since 2012 and is also a member of the AACD, AGD and ODA. He is on the teaching faculty of The Dawson Academy and maintains a private practice in Brantford, Ontario.


8:40 am – 9:00 am

Dr. Brittany Flood – Halifax, NS                                     

Title: Part 1: When to Save Teeth from a Periodontal Perspective

Synopsis:  During these two related and consecutive talks, Drs. Flood and Mirbod will discuss the rationale for saving vs extracting natural teeth. Dr. Flood will discuss when saving teeth is reasonable and possible whereas Dr. Mirbod will discuss when extraction and replacement is indicated. The talks will concentrate on periodontally compromised teeth, teeth with external root resorption, and teeth with restorative challenges. Different treatment options will be presented to save and prolong the life of such teeth. Implants will be presented as an alternative when saving natural teeth is not possible. These two presentations will be heavily case-based with examples from each presenter’s personal repertoire.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the Periodontal support needed to maintain teeth in health and function.
  2. Expected prognosis for teeth with inadequate periodontal support.
  3. Options for dealing with teeth which lack adequate periodontal support.

 

Bio:  Dr. Brittany Flood graduated from Dalhousie University with Masters of Dentistry in Periodontics in the Spring of 2017. As a board-certified Periodontist, Dr. Flood will concentrate on management of hard and soft tissues surrounding the teeth and will perform surgical procedures such as crown lengthening, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, implant placement and biopsies.

Brittany graduated with distinction from McGill University’s dental program in 2013. At her graduation she was fortunate enough to be recognized as the recipient of the Marvin and Mandy Werbitt Award in Dentistry, the 3M ESPE Clinical Award, the Canadian Academy of Periodontology Book Prize and the Dr. Morton & Dr. Jonathan Lang Prize in Dentistry. While in dental school, she participated on multiple sports teams, practiced her French, and discovered that her heart lay in the field of periodontology and implantology. Brittany’s passion for this field developed due to her love of helping people, both to maintain their natural smiles for as long as possible and to offer them the best replacement options when needed. Following graduation, Brittany attended the University of Connecticut for one year where she received a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. During that year, Brittany focused her training on extractions, implant placement and periodontal surgeries.


9:00 am – 9:20 am

Dr. Sayed Mirbod – Halifax, NS

Title: Part 2: When Not to Save Teeth from a Periodontal Perspective

Synopsis:  During these two related and consecutive talks, Drs. Flood and Mirbod will discuss the rationale for saving vs extracting natural teeth. Dr. Flood will discuss when saving teeth is reasonable and possible whereas Dr. Mirbod will discuss when extraction and replacement is indicated. The talks will concentrate on periodontally compromised teeth, teeth with external root resorption, and teeth with restorative challenges. Different treatment options will be presented to save and prolong the life of such teeth. Implants will be presented as an alternative when saving natural teeth is not possible. These two presentations will be heavily case-based with examples from each presenter’s personal repertoire.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the Periodontal support needed to maintain teeth in health and function.
  2. Expected prognosis for teeth with inadequate periodontal support.
  3. Options for dealing with teeth which lack adequate periodontal support.

 

Bio: Dr. Sayed Mirbod attended the University of Toronto for his undergraduate studies where he earned a Bachelor of Applied Science, followed by a Master of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering. He then went on to study Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1993. After practising General Dentistry for five years he attended the University of Manitoba and completed the Masters of Dentistry in Periodontics program in 2001. He is Past President of the Canadian Academy of Periodontology and the Atlantic Society of Periodontists and he is a Fellow of Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Dr. Mirbod practices Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. In addition to a busy practice schedule he enjoys teaching in the Graduate Periodontics program at Dalhousie University where he is an Associate Professor.


9:20 am – 9:40 am

Dr. Isabel Mello – Dartmouth, NS

Title:  Worth Saving?

Synopsis: The presentation will stress the importance of saving one’s natural teeth and bring awareness of what endodontists can offer our patients to preserve the natural dentition.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Importance of natural dentition will be discussed
  2. Options to preserve natural teeth will be presented
  3. Team approach and the role of the Endodontist.

 

Bio: Dr. Mello received her DDS degree from the Federal University of Alfenas, Brazil in 1996. In 2000, she completed her residency and Master of Sciences in Endodontics at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and in 2008 she defended her PhD in Dental Sciences in a joint program between the University of Sao Paulo and the University of British Columbia.

She moved to Nova Scotia in the summer of 2014 when she accepted the position as Division Head of Endodontics at Dalhousie University, after having taught at the University of Manitoba for 5 years. She has a passion for teaching and has received 3 teaching awards, one being the prestigious W.W. Wood award, a national award for excellence in dental education, in 2017. Dr. Mello is an active researcher and has published over 30 papers in peer review journals.

She is a Board Certified Endodontist and a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. She is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, Canadian Academy of Endodontics and is a guest mentor for the East Coast Endodontic Study Club. She serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Endodontics, the journal with the highest impact factor in the specialty.

She serves as consulting staff at the IWK hospital and practices in Dartmouth NS.  She lives in Bedford with her husband and daughter.


9:40 am – 10:00 am

Dr. Ian Tester – St. Catharines, ON

Title:  Provisionalization of Cases Requiring Verticalization

Synopsis: Reconstructive cases requiring verticalization are complicated by the need to go “All In” during the Provisionalization phase.  Accurate transfer from the diagnostic wax up is essential to success.  This presentation will review three techniques to accomplish this challenging restorative phase.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn two direct composite techniques to accurately transfer information from the diagnostic wax up to the mouth.
  2. Review   indirect provisionalization techniques for verticalization cases that maintain the anatomy and VDO of the diagnostic wax up 
  3. Discuss staging of treatment using provisionalization phases

 

Bio: Ian W Tester DDS, MSc is a Fellow and Past President of CARDP and a member of numerous dental organizations including the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry.  He practices general dentistry in St. Catharines, ON with a focus on treating the complex patient.  in 2004 he received a Master’s Degree in Dental Sciences from Donau University in Krem’s Austria, studying with Dr. Rudolf Slavicek.  Dr. Tester lectures on the topics of complex treatment planning, function, dysfunction and reconstruction of the complex patient. He and Wife Nancy have six children and three grandchildren


10:30 am – 11:00 am

Dr. Michael Gillis – Halifax, NS

Title: Restoration Design as an Influence on the Development of Peri-implant Disease

Synopsis: Recent studies have shown a direct correlation between certain features of implant restorations and the likelihood of peri-implant disease. Among these influences are emergence, abutment/implant connection type, restoration surface properties, occlusion, and others. This presentation will review these factors in light of the latest literature and provide strategies for optimizing prosthetic outcomes while minimizing the risk of peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. The interdependent relationship between surgical and restorative planning will be covered. Participants will recognize the value of restoratively driven care.
  2. The importance of emergence profile as a determinant of peri-implant health will be reviewed. Participants will gain information that will aid in choosing abutments thoughtfully.
  3. The role of other teeth on implant success will be covered. Participants will see the importance of proximal contour and occlusal management on long term stability.

 

Bio:  Michael began his dental career in 1994 after graduating from the Dalhousie University Dental School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He holds an MSc in Implant Dentistry from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany (2015). He has been involved in implant dentistry for over 20 years and uses emerging technologies extensively.  Michael works within the industry to optimize the use of CAD/CAM processes in implantology. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, and a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.  He is a clinical supervisor of MSc students at Goethe University in Frankfurt and a guest lecturer at Dalhousie. Dr Gillis has a practice limited to implant dentistry in Halifax. He and his wife, Jane enjoy sailing and skiing with their three daughters.


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Richard Price – Halifax, NS

Title: How to Double Your Bond Strength and Save Your Eyes! 

Synopsis: The choice and use of your curing light becomes even more important when you attempt to light cure bulk fill resins that are 4 or 5 mm thick. Now the emission spectrum, active tip size and power output all become important factors that should consider. The manufacturers of personal electronic devices and computer monitors are well aware of the potential dangers of exposing the eye to blue light, yet few dentists consider the ‘blue light hazard’ in the dental office. This lecture will cover the basics of light curing and how you can safely improve your bond strengths.

Learning Objectives: PENDING

Bio: Dr. Price is the Director for Digital Dentistry at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada where he also works as a Prosthodontist within the Faculty Practice at Dalhousie University. He received his BDS from the University of London, England in 1979 and his DDS from Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry in 1988. He completed his specialty training in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Michigan in 1984 and in 2001 he completed his Doctorate in Oral Technology and Dental Materials at the University of Malmö, Sweden.

He worked at Dalhousie University since October 1984 and is actively involved in research on dental implants, dental resins, curing lights, and teaching light curing.  He has hosted students from Brazil, Germany and the USA to work in his laboratory as part of their graduate training. He has made numerous presentations, authored more than 160 peer-reviewed articles, and co-authored the chapter on ‘Light Curing’ in the 7th.  edition of Sturdevant’s textbook  ‘Art and Science of Operative Dentistry’. His publications have been cited over 3600 times and his h-index is 36.

He has organized six symposia on Light Curing in Dentistry that were attended by Key Opinion Leaders from academia and industry. Consensus statements based on these meetings have been published in English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese that help dentists deliver the best dental restorations for their patients.  


12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Dr. Michael Fling – Oklahoma City, OK

Title:  4 Cornerstones of Restorative Predictability

Synopsis:  There are 4 considerations to treatment that will contribute to restorative success.  

This presentation will evaluate how these factors help preserve outcomes:  The importance of developing the “Big Picture”.  How using “Global Diagnosis” contributes to restorative success.

Why we must consider Methods, Materials and Madness in determining our choice of treatment.  The role our technician plays in our success.

Learning Objectives:   

  1. Developing the “Big Picture”.
  2. How using “Global Diagnosis” contributes to restorative success.
  3. Why we must consider Methods, Materials and Madness in determining choice of treatment.

 

Bio: With 34 years of dental experience and extensive training, Dr. Michael C. Fling has been recognized as a premier dentist in the Oklahoma City area.  Dr. Fling has been actively participating in dentistry since 1976 as a laboratory technician. He soon discovered a passion for dentistry and entered dental school.

He graduated from Oklahoma University College of Dentistry in 1984 and went into private practice in Oklahoma City. In 1988, only four short years after entering the profession, he received the “Young Dentist of the Year Award” from the Oklahoma Dental Association. His private practice focuses on restorative and cosmetic dentistry, as well as TMJ treatment. As a renowned clinical instructor and guest lecturer, he is consistently on the leading edge of dentistry, and incorporates the latest in dental innovation, technology and techniques into his practice.

He has been named by his peers as one of the Best Dentists in Oklahoma and as one of the Nation’s best dentists.


2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dr. Bill Robbins – San Antonio, TX

Title:  The 6 Tools – Putting the Teeth in the Middle of the Smile

(3 Hour Presentation)

Synopsis:  Providers of anterior restorative dentistry can no longer depend solely on the skills of the dental laboratory technician to insure a beautiful esthetic result.  The dentist must be responsible for preparing the “landscape” to accept the beautiful restorations.  This may involve lengthening or shortening incisal edge position and moving the gingival position coronally or incisally.  This lecture will demonstrate how to dynamically transform the periodontium to insure the most esthetic restorative result. Subjects presented will include root coverage, crown lengthening, orthodontic intrusion, and black triangles.

Topics to be Discussed:

            Review of Global Diagnosis System

             Crown Lengthening

            *Functional crown lengthening

            *Esthetic crown lengthening

Root Coverage

            *Connective tissue graft

Orthodontic Intrusion

            *For Dentoalveolar Extrusion

            *To aid in restoration of worn anterior teeth

 Black Triangles

            *3 Etiologies and treatments

Learning Objectives:   

  1. Diagnose the need for both functional and esthetic crown lengthening surgery.
  2. Prescribe orthodontic intrusion.
  3. Discuss indications for connective tissue grafting
  4. Describe the 3 main etiologies of black triangles

 

Bio: J. William Robbins, D.D.S., M.A., maintains a full-time private practice and is Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School.  He graduated from the University of Tennessee Dental School in l973.  He completed a rotating internship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas and a 2-year General Practice Residency at the V.A. Hospital in San Diego, California.  Dr. Robbins has published over 80 articles, abstracts, and chapters on a wide range of dental subjects and has lectured in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Middle East, China, and Africa.  He coauthored a textbook, Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry – A Contemporary Approach, which is published by Quintessence, and is in its 4th  edition. 

He recently co-authored a new textbook, Global Diagnosis – A New Vision of Dental Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, which is also published by Quintessence.  He has won several awards including the Presidential Teaching Award at the University Of Texas Health Science Center, the 2002 Texas Dentist of the Year Award, the 2003 Honorary Thaddeus V. Weclew Fellowship Award from the Academy of General Dentistry, the 2010 Saul Schluger Award given by the Seattle Study Club, the Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry 2015 President’s Award, and the 2016 Academy of Operative Dentistry Award of Excellence.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry. He is past president of the American Board of General Dentistry, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry.