2014 GDA Annual Meeting

Thursday, July 17

(1-5 PM) Lecture + Hands On Programme / "Endodontic Solutions: Strategies for Performing Endodontic Treatment Predictably Profitably and Painlessly." Gary Glassman, DDS (4 CEUs)
This  course addresses breakthrough concepts and details the skills necessary for acquiring the expertise and confidence to perform the highest quality endodontics. As a participant in our program, you will become familiar with the use of the “apex last” approach to canal shaping with nickel-titanium instrumentation using the TF™ (Twisted File) Adaptive System, using Adaptive Motion Technology, predictable irrigation protocols using Apical Negative Pressure, and vertical condensation of thermo-softened gutta percha using The Continuous Wave of vertical condensation and the Elements™ Obturation System. During this exciting fast paced presentation the attendee will experience Hands On sessions throughout the day. This program is taught digitally by combining KeynoteTM, FlashTM animations, and Quick Time™ video clips. Join us and Learn How To:

1) Assess the criteria for a successful endodontic procedure
2) Accurately locate the apical constriction.
3) Shape the root canal space using NiTi technology in a safe and efficient manner- canal negotiation, apical finishing techniques. The TF™ (Twisted File) Adaptive NiTi system will be discussed in detail. A NEW multi-setting motor utilizing Adaptive Motion Technology, will be introduced.
4) Remove the Smear layer and Biofilm using state of the art Irrigation Protocols. Apical Negative Pressure using the Endo Vac™ Irrigation System.
5) Obturate the root canal system in 3-D to capture the natural anatomy with the continuous wave of condensation using the Elements™ Obturation System.

Attendees must provide their own extracted pre-accessed fully developed teeth that are soaked in full strength bleach for 24 hours. The root canals must be negotiated to the apices with a #10 stainless steel hand file. Loupes and headlamps should also be brought for maximum visualization.

Friday, July 18

(10AM - Noon) "The FACE of Comprehensive Clinical Dental Care in 2024: Is There Room to SMILE?" Roger Kiesling, DDS, and David Preble, DDS (2 CEUs)
The delivery of optimal comprehensive clinical dental care has always faced many challenges. It is expensive. It is time consuming. It requires special expertize. It may require interdisciplinary coordination. Its’ value is questioned, especially by third party payers. That may in turn lead to the perception that optimal care is unattainable by the average person requiring such care. Dental benefits have increasingly been shifted to reduced or limited annual allowances. Conventional dental benefits may disappear altogether or be modified in their construction and oversight.      

Prevention of dental disease has reduced the need for complex care in younger adults. Demographic changes may further reduce need for complex dental care by 2024. To add to the confusion necessary comprehensive dental care could be confused or misinterpreted as overtreatment by the public and at times by the profession.

Dental education at the undergraduate and graduate level is expensive and student debt burdens have skyrocketed. Options for young practitioners may also be limited for those who seek to provide comprehensive care by the added burden of the cost of technology and the most current dental equipment. Major changes in the medical landscape have influenced how dental care is perceived and delivered. Solutions to reign in catastrophic medical costs have often been applied as methods to reduce or limit access to more complex dental care.

Course Objective:  Dr. Kiesling and Dr. Preble will present information and data that will serve to help dentists better understand current trends. Those trends will potentially have major impacts on the ability to deliver needed comprehensive clinical dental care in the future. Improved awareness of these trends will help comprehensive care dentists navigate through current and future obstacles to their ability to provide optimal care. Significant need and demand for comprehensive care exists now and will continue to be relevant for many dental patients in the future. Providing comprehensive dental care will remain an option for those dentists willing to understand and respond to these future trends.

(10 - 11:30AM) "I Love My Job-It’s the People I Can’t Stand!" Jody Urquhart (1.5 CEUs)
Join us in this hilariously interactive, practical and inspiring motivational speech that shows you how to develop healthy communication patterns with anyone. You can learn to handle the most difficult situations and the most challenging people by understanding more about personality styles and how to get through to others without giving in. Never again fall victim to those who love to make life miserable for the rest of us! Knowing how to deal with difficult people at work will allow you to approach your job with more enjoyment and your coworkers with greater confidence. Cooperation, collaboration, and compromise will improve workplace satisfaction ... and productivity! Build a more productive, enjoyable and efficient workplace for everyone. Learn the 4 basic personality styles, what they need and what they mean.

Saturday, July 19

(8:30-9:30 AM) "Teeth in a Day, Teeth in An Hour - What is THAT All About?" Gordon Brady, DMD (1 CEU)
This course is designed to give an overview of full-mouth rehabilitation with implants in a fixed hybrid immediate bridge that can be done the same day as full-mouth extractions.

Learning Objectives
1. Become familiar with the concepts of immediate full arch reconstruction with implants and immediate loading with a fixed hybrid prosthesis.
2. Become confident that this is a viable and valuable treatment option for many patients with end-stage dentition.

(9:40-10:40AM) "Pearls for Soft Tissue Grafting Around Natural Teeth and Dental Implants" Lee Silverstein, DDS (1 CEU)
A clinician with an arm for a hammer views the entire world as a nail. When evaluating and  placing restorations in the anterior region of the mouth there are many critical and vital clinical parameters that should be realized an addressed. This course will explain and  describe in a user friendly fashion these as it relates to soft tissue grafting in the aesthetic zone. Your learning objectives are:

1- Learn when is an Acellular dermal type graft material indicated and when is it not.
2- Understand the influence occlusion and Abfractions have on grafting.
3- Learn the tooth mobility issue.
4- Understand when it is or it is not predictable to obtain root coverage.
5- What to tell patients before a tissue grafting procedure about expected clinical outcomes.

(12:30-1:30 PM) "Cone Beam Computed Tomography in Endodontics: Uses and Abuses" Jeff Pafford, DMD (1 CEU)
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is revolutionizing the way we practice dentistry. This technology allows the interdisciplinary team to make more accurate diagnoses, administer treatment with more precision, and provide better recommendations for our patients. However, CBCT has its limitations, and this technology is prone to over-interpretation and over-diagnosis. Danger lies in wait for the lay user and our patients. In this course, we will discuss both the appropriate uses and major pitfalls of CBCT technology in endodontics.

Your learning objectives this course are:
1. Understand the uses of CBCT technology for endodontics.
2. Understand the existence of complexity of CBCT volumes and their limitations.

(1:40-2:40 PM) "The Future of Dentist-Technician Partnerships" Terry Fohey, CDT (1 CEU)
Mr. Fohey will share his views on the current outlook for dental technology and the effects on the future of dental practice. He will discuss current challenges and opportunities with the dental laboratory labor force, exciting new technologies, and a modern approach to implant dentistry. Clinical cases will demonstrate how bright the future can be for the dentist-technician partnership. Your learning objectives are:

1. Understand the value of high-level communication between the dentist and laboratory for excellent patient treatment outcomes.
2. Appreciate the current status of dental laboratory technology and how dentists can support the educational system for the future of our professions.
3. Recognize the current level of  interactive, high-tech diagnostic and treatment systems for implant dentistry utilizing new technology in the modern dental laboratory.

(2:50-3:50 PM) "CBVT In a General Practice: It Came, I Saw, We Conquered" Thom Kauffman, DDS (1 CEU)
This presentation will document the transition that occurred in this general practice from 2008 to 2014. The incorporation of the Sirona Compact CBVT was based on the decision to include implants but the path took a different direction when with increasing frequency routine scans revealed asymptomatic pathology of significance. Incorporation of CEREC CAD dentistry and subsequent upgrade to the large FOV Comfort brought even more changes. Currently, there are an increasing number of options for dentists to consider for their imaging needs, and questions abound regarding the investment necessary for implementing this technology, its versatility, usefulness, and application in a general practice. Cases of nonresolving chronic sinus disease with significant morbidity successfully diagnosed and treated in a general dental practice will be discussed and highlighted. Guidelines and practical suggestions will be offered for insuring a profitable and satisfying journey for your practice to benefit all players – dentist, staff, but most importantly, your patients.

Lecture Objectives
1. Demonstrate the treatment and diagnostic advantages of CBVT in a general practice.
2. Document the financial benefit of incorporating CBVT in a general practice.
3. Illustrate the practice expansion possible when CBVT is incorporated in a general practice.