Courses are listed in order by day, discipline and appearance. Simply click on the title of each presentation to learn more about that session.

Friday, January 29


Mohamed I. Fayad DDS, MS, PhD

A lack of consensus exists among dentists and endodontists regarding cracked teeth. Accurate clinical evaluation, imaging and diagnosis is paramount to properly treatment planning cracked teeth. With the resurgence of the philosophy of saving compromised teeth versus extraction, and our patients’ desire to save their teeth, the question remains: Which cracked teeth should be treated and which cracked teeth should be extracted? Applying the current understanding of the ultrastructure of teeth in conjunction with modern diagnostic technologies, materials, adhesive techniques, and restorative approaches, dentists can now use minimally invasive biomimetic techniques to provide restorations that come close to functionally and biomechanically mimicking the original, healthy state of a tooth. This evidence-based presentation will address the classification and diagnosis of different types of cracks and the role of CBCT imaging in these cases, as well as the prognosis and changes in treatment protocols and outcomes of cracked teeth.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Understand the different types and prognosis of longitudinal tooth fractures.
  • Understand the role of CBCT imaging in identifying cracked tooth types, extent of the fractures, and early bone pattern changes associated with cracked teeth.
  • Understand prognosis and outcomes studies concerning treatment and management of cracked teeth and vertical root fractures.
  • Apply the current understanding of the ultrastructure of teeth in conjunction with modern diagnostic technologies, materials, adhesive techniques, and restorative approaches for restoration of cracked teeth.

About Mohamed I. Fayad:

  • DDS, College of Dentistry, Cairo University, 1985
  • Master’s, oral sciences, University of Buffalo at NewYork, 1994
  • PhD, joint supervision between University of Buffalo at New York and Cairo University, 1996
  • Endodontic training, College of Dentistry, UIC
  • Director, endodontic research, College of Dentistry, UIC
  • Clinical associate professor, College of Dentistry, UIC
  • Scientific advisory and manuscript review panels, Journal of Endodontics, and Evidence Based Endodontics Journal
  • Co-editor, 3-D Imaging in Endodontics: A New Era in Diagnosis and Treatment, 2016
  • Private practice

Lecture, up to 60 minutes
Endodontics; AGD Subject Code 070


Robin Bethell, DDS

When treating our restorative patients with Aligners, understanding risk and predictability is paramount.  With the end in mind and the correct diagnosis, we can predict accurately where the teeth will end up.  Additionally, we can impress our patients with ortho success in the shortest amount of time and be retainable through the restorative process.  This can be achieved with some key principles and paradigms that you will learn here.  

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Learn how to logically approach orthodontic-restorative cases and manage risks.
  • Motivate patients to invest the time in orthodontic alignment and exceed their expectations with predictable outcomes. 

About Robin Bethell:

  • Founder and partner of five dental offices (Forest Family Dentistry and Blue Door Dental Designed) in Austin, Texas.
  • Graduated from University of the Pacific in San Francisco, 2007.
  • Invisalign faculty and a Top 1% Invisalign provider in Texas.
  • Completed training in Kois Education and Digital Smile Design.

The Future is Now Series


Drew Ferris, DDS

Drew will present on the advantages of using a digital platform in providing care to patients. As an orthodontist, clear aligner treatment has allowed him to transition his practice from an analog to a digital practice model. Whether virtual consults with new patients, digital treatment planning and communication with an interdisciplinary team, or virtual care during treatment, we can continue to grow our practices and maintain profitability during unprecedented times. This presentation will highlight different ways to utilize technology to your advantage in order to provide the highest quality treatment and exceptional patient experience.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Illustrate the capabilities and advantages of a digital versus analog approach in treating challenging interdisciplinary cases
  • Highlight digital approaches to communicating with your team to optimize quality care
  • Understand how virtual care can be used in your everyday practice

About Drew Ferris:

  • DDS, University of Missouri in Kansas City, with honors
  • Orthodontic residency, Loma Linda University
  • One of seven Align Master faculty members in North America
  • Adjunct faculty, Loma Linda University
  • Orthodontics practice, Santa Barbara, CA

Lecture, up to 60 minutes
Orthodontics; AGD Subject Code 370


Gustavo Giordani, DDS

In this new world we live in, pairing specialties with fast procedures has become something fundamental to the success of esthetic rehabilitation. When faced with an interdisciplinary case involving cosmetic surgery, the use of digital planning for a correct, fast and guided execution, combined with prosthetic rehabilitation, offers a more predictable, quick and less invasive treatment. During this presentation, we will review how to work with a fast and predictable digital workflow combining implants, surgical periodontics, and esthetic rehabilitation.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Combine interdisciplinary treatment in a fast and predictable workflow.
  • Apply predictable techniques for soft tissue donor sites. 

About Gustavo Giordani:

  • Graduate, specialization in maxillofacial and periodontal surgery and implantology, Universidade Paulista - UNIP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • In practice with Dr Marcelo Calamita and Dr Marcos Pitta, Sao Paulo
  • Surgeon at Atelie Oral, considered the most successful dental clinic of Brazil and South America 

Lecture, up to 50 minutes
Periodontics; AGD Subject Code 490


Drew McDonald, DDS, MS

Traditionally, the orthodontic community has advocated that every child should be seen by age 7 to evaluate for early signs of malocclusion. Recent advancements in technology and research, though, have allowed dentists to understand the role that underlying health conditions, such as airway and tongue dysfunction, play in development of malocclusion in young kids and that signs of these issues can be recognized much earlier than age 7. Armed with this knowledge, dentists and orthodontists have a unique opportunity to not only recognize the signs of airway and tongue issues early in life, but to also design interdisciplinary treatment plans aimed at intercepting these problems before they manifest into significant malocclusion and provide a larger benefit to our patients’ overall health. Through overview of research and case presentations, this lecture will provide an outline on how to identify airway and tongue issues in young patients and create an interdisciplinary approach to care that benefits more than just teeth.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Understand how airway and tongue issues contribute to the development and persistence of skeletal and dental malocclusion.
  • Recognize the signs of airway and tongue dysfunction in very young patients before they contribute to significant malocclusion.
  • Know what options are available as an interdisciplinary team to assess and treat young patients when airway or tongue issues are present.
  • Understand the benefits that early, airway directed treatment can provide for patient growth and development, as well as overall health.

About Drew McDonald:

  • Graduate, Creighton University
  • Recipient, Pierre Fauchard Academy Award for merit and scholarship
  • Orthodontic residency, University of Missouri-Kanas City
  • Master’s degree, University of Missouri-Kanas City: thesis on sports mouthguard design and effects on muscle forces and joint loading of the TMJ complex
  • President, New Mexico Association of Orthodontists
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • Private practice, Albuquerque, NM

Lecture, up to 60 minutes
Orthodontics; AGD Subject Code 370


Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD

As editorial director with Dental Economics magazine, Dr Joshua Austin authors the column Pearls for Your Practice and has personally worked with most new products and technologies that have entered the market. In this informative, fast moving course, Dr Austin will share the current trends in dental materials and technologies. Learn how materials have changed over the past few years and how those changes can affect your procedures and practice.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Illuminate growing trends and discover the best new restorative dental products on the market.
  • Analyze the impact new products/technologies have on the practice’s bottom line.
  • Explore many other products and items that can make your life easier and your dentistry faster.

About Joshua Austin:

  • Graduate, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Dental School
  • Editorial director and columnist, Dental Economics magazine
  • Private practice in restorative dentistry, San Antonio, Texas

Lecture, up to 30 minutes
Practice Management and Human Relations; AGD Subject Code 550

Saturday, January 30


Val Kanter, DMD, MS

Take your practice to the next level and join Dr Valerie Kanter as she presents the practical applications and science behind laser driven irrigation, using Fotona’s Lightwalker Dual-Wavelength laser and the new SkyPulse laser for Endodontics.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Review goals of root canal irrigation and summarize the properties and effects of various irrigating solutions.
  • Discuss how advanced irrigation with the Er:YAG wavelength will take your endo to the next level!
  • Review functionality and techniques: tip choice, tip placement, sequencing and final irrigation protocols.

About Valerie Kanter:

  • Board certified endodontist and naturopath, practicing Integrative and regenerative endodontics, Los Angeles, CA
  • DMD and MS, University of Florida College of Dentistry
  • Naturopath, American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry
  • Founder, IntegrativeEndodonticsTM, an educational platform for patients and practitioners to explore a functional and integrative approach to dentistry and whole-body health, 2018

Lecture, up to 30 minutes
Endodontics; AGD Subject Code 070


Eric D. Kukucka, DD

Currently one of the most trending and talked about topics in dentistry is digital dentures. Although the past is what we build on and the present is what we deal in, keeping ahead of what's in store for the future is vital to growth, and to staying relevant in an ever increasingly competitive market. This presentation will demonstrate how the Digital Denture process has created an unparalleled innovation to provide high quality removable prosthodontic treatment modalities. See how you can increase efficiency and predictability for the clinician, technician, and patient. Various workflows will be shown demonstrating both lab scanning technology as well as the current state of intra oral scanning devices.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Understand the digital denture process from both a clinical and technical perspective.
  • Understand digital communication and unparalleled efficiency of various Digital Denture workflows.
  • Understand the utilization of Smile Design and IvoSmile 
  • Understand the current software and hardware required for Digital Denture success. 

About Eric D. Kukucka:

  • Graduate, George Brown College, dean’s honor list, valedictorian of the Center for Health Sciences, 2010
  • President and owner, The Denture Center
  • First denturist in North America to beta test digital dentures
  • Editorial Committee for Denturism Canada/Denturologie Canada, official publication of the Denturists Association of Canada
  • Clinical practice

Lecture, up to 45 minutes
Removable Prosthodontics; AGD Subject Code 670


Nelson Rego, CDT

This lecture will cover how to blend digital scanning, designing and CAD/CAM systemswith traditional restorative methods in order to create conservative and minimally invasiverestorations. An innovative approach for matching natural dentition will also bedemonstrated.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Plan and communicate digitally with your restorative partners in a more efficient manner.
  • Use a calibrated grey card for shade determination.

About Nelson Rego:

  • Owner/Operator Smile Designs by Rego, a progressive dental
    laboratory specializing in ceramics, Santa Fe Springs, California
  • Certified dental technician
  • Accredited member, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the first technician to serve as the chair of accreditation
  • Co-creator, Microthin Veneers, a prep-less approach to cosmetic dentistry

Lecture, up to 60 minutes
Esthetics/Cosmetic Dentistry; AGD Subject Code 780


Allison Lacoursiere, RDA, OA, CPC, ELI-MP

Clear aligners offer both patients and the practice many benefits, yet most practices do not maximize their potential. Create a high performing team to help your patients improve their quality of life and become raving fans. Make it easy for patients to say YES to treatment and keep more production in-house.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the opportunity clear aligners represent in transforming patients, careers and the practice.
  • Define the characteristics of a strong clear aligner leader and the associated job processes.
  • Learn how to nurture and develop a team of high performing professionals.
  • Create a culture that encourages a collaborative, whole team approach and celebration.
  • Discover how to start more clear aligner cases by building trust and connection through social media marketing.
  • Explore how and why to diversify your clinical offerings through teledentistry.
  • Gain systems for maximizing resources and production while serving patient needs remotely through virtual care.

About Allison Lacoursiere:

  • Created the Clear Aligner Systemization methodology
  • Incorporated a system that generated $80,000/month in clear aligner production
  • Member, International Coaches Federation
  • Certified Transformational Trainer, LionSpeak
  • Team member and competitor on the Bermuda National Beach Volleyball Team
  • Certified personal trainer and yoga instructor

Lecture, up to 40 minutes
Practice Management and Human Relations; AGD Subject Code 550

*Team Pass add-on 


Robert Carvalho da Silva, DDS, PhD

The objective of this lecture is to provide the criteria to be observed before indicating bone ridge augmentation procedures; ie. anatomical landmarks and soft tissue characteristics. Moreover, the main aspects of the surgical procedure (incision, flap management, membrane and biomaterials selection, fixation of the membranes, and suture) will be highlighted to encourage an uneventful healing, leading to the recreation of a bone anatomy conducive to an ideal prosthetically-driven-implant placement. A complete clinical case will be shown to describe the decision-making process and clinical steps toward successful and predictable outcomes.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Understand the limits of bone augmentation according to the anatomical landmarks.
  • Understand the most critical aspects of timelines to predictably obtain successful regeneration outcomes.

About Robert Carvalho da Silva:

  • Dental degree from Uberlândia Federal University, 994
  • Board certified in periodontics at the Brazilian Dental Association/Brasília section, 1997
  • Completed his master’s (2002) and PhD (2004) programs at Piracicaba Dental School, Campinas University
  • First recipient of the first edition of the Bud Tarson award granted by the AAP, 2005
  • Professor. ImplantePerio Institute—research and advanced dental training, São Paulo
  • One of the authors of the books Reconstrução Tecidual Estética (2009) published in Portuguese, Spanish and Italian, and PerioImplantodontia Estética (2016) published in Portuguese, English and Spanish

Lecture, up to 50 minutes
Implants; AGD Subject Code 690


Tracey Nguyen, DDS

The restorative dentist’s role in early detection, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders is becoming increasingly important. Dr. Nguyen will emphasize the importance of the team approach and highlight the leading role that the restorative dentist plays to achieve the best patient outcome. 

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

  • Review of the anatomical considerations and sites of obstruction associated with sleep disordered breathing.
  • Understand the goals behind various dental intervention strategies. 

About Tracey Nguyen:

  • Maintains a private practice 30 minutes outside of Washington, DC in Northern Virginia. Accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 2015.  
  • Top 25 Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Magazine, 2016.
  • Completed graduate training at Kois Center in Seattle, Washington, 2016
  • Key opinion leader in the Wellness Dentistry Network.
  • In 2016, she developed the Sleep and Airway Group, a local interdisciplinary group of doctors of various specialties.
  • Co-founded ASAP, Airway, Sleep and Pediatric Pathway, 2020.  ASAP is an online mini-residency for pediatric dental sleep medicine.

The Future is Now Series

Sunday, January 31