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


Martin Gollner, DMD, DDS

Digital workflow is on trend in the dental field, and digital technologies are an unstoppable boom. Is a fully digital workflow feasible, or does the dentist still need analog steps to produce predictable outcomes in esthetically and functionally reconstructive therapy? The application of new technologies in dentistry requires a confident team-approach between dentist and dental technician. Furthermore, an implementation of hardware and software in the dental lab and office necessitates learning how to utilize available features and functionality. Only then can performance and outcomes be optimized. Dr Gollner suggests analog understanding is an important foundation for digital work. A promising strategy includes the application of digital technology in single steps, but also the intelligent linking of analog and digital procedures in a comprehensive treatment workflow. Dr Gollner will cite recent cases in which digital workflow reached a limit functionally, which therefore affected treatment predictability. The lecture will point out the essential important analog steps in planning and implementation of functional and esthetic aspects. Discussion will include which digital technologies make the workflow easier and preferable, which analog processes are more superior to digital, and how we can combine analog and digital steps in a perfect and a workable way. Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Determine which therapy steps have to be done in the analog way.
  • Evaluate analog and digital individual clinical situation to develop a treatment strategy easily.
About Martin Gollner:
  • Graduate, dental medicine, University of Freiburg, Germany, 1998
  • Doctoral degree, Academy of Dental Education, Germany, 2000
  • Graduate, oral surgery, DDS, 2003
  • Supervisor implantology, German Society of Implantology, Bayreuth, 2010
  • Private practice in Bayreuth

Lecture, up to 50 minutes
Multi-Disciplinary Topics; AGD Subject Code 149


Galip Gürel, DDS, MSc

The unexpected surrender to the Covid-19 pandemic affected all of our personal and professional lives, but I believe everything happens for a reason. During quarantine I had the most expensive three months—though our practice was closed, I chose to still pay full salaries to my team (they’ve been with me for years). Though it was expensive, it was also the longest vacation of my life. My career today—I am living my peak years, treating the number of patients I want, charging what I believe I deserve, and this gap time made me realize having a life without dentistry was not as scary as I imagined. To the contrary, it was fun. Going back to work was extremely challenging with all the protective measures we had to apply. This not only made us aware of how to take better care of ourselves, but also forced us to change some protocols on treatment planning and execution of cases. We realized we don’t have the luxury of bringing patients back and forth to our office for minor corrections, and instead we added elements to our daily workflow. Better case selection, better time management, trying to make a couple of different procedures in one appointment as biologically possible as it can be, and perfecting some of our analog and digital approaches to speed us up. Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Determine the importance of creating balance in life.
  • Realize the importance of a flawless workflow and efficient treatment planning.
About Galip Gürel:
  • Graduated, University of Istanbul Dental School, 1981
  • MSc degree, Yeditepe University, Istanbul
  • Founder and honorary president, EDAD (Turkish Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry)
  • Visiting professor, New York University (USA), Marseille Dental University (France), and Istanbul Yeditepe University (Turkey)
  • Editor-in-chief, Quintessence Magazine, Turkey
  • Editorial boards, Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry and European Journal of Esthetic Dentistry
  • Private practice specializing in esthetic dentistry, Istanbul

Lecture, up to 50 minutes Practice Management and Human Relations; AGD Subject Code 550


Céline Higton, BDS Hons (KCL)

‘Rubberdamology’ is an exact science. Imagine trying to solve 6x2 + 11x – 15 = 20 without having been taught quadratics in school? Impossible. When the shift between mechanical and chemical retention in dentistry became more common place, dental schools around the world were only too keen to teach the new methodology. However, the ‘sideshow’ techniques that would facilitate this new way of providing dentistry were somewhat left by the wayside—the use of rubber dam being one of them. This square sheet of rubber strikes fear into the hearts of many dentists as ‘it just never works’, but it really is as simple as 1, 2, 3. The aim of this talk is to cover the foundation of all rubber dam techniques and to demystify the sorcery known as ‘Rubberdamology.’ Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Understand the importance of correct clamp selection.
  • Understand the difference between the primary stabilising clamp and the accessory retracting clamp or ligature.
About Céline Higton:
  • Leading associate dentist at Prodenta, London
  • Studied dentistry at King’s College London, graduating with honours and multiple accolades and awards
  • Completed three years of architecture
  • Leading expert in ‘rubberdamology’

The Future is Now Series


Mauro Fradeani, MD, DDS

Prosthetic rehabilitation is undergoing many changes thanks to some revolutionary clinical procedures and technologies. An innovative operative protocol allows us to face highly compromised clinical situations with a minimally invasive prosthetic procedure (MIPP) that – thanks to the maintenance of a maximum amount of enamel and the VDO modification – guarantees a remarkable, long-lasting resistance. Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Select the appropriate technique and ceramic material when approaching a full-mouth rehabilitation.
  • Learn innovative operative protocols with minimally invasive prosthetic procedures (MIPP) for a long-lasting esthetic result.
About Mauro Fradeani:
  • Associate editor, International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry
  • Member: American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
  • Member: American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Founder and director of both the ACE Institute and Mauro Fradeani Education.
  • Author, two-volume book Esthetic Rehabilitation in Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Private practice in prosthetics on natural dentition and implants, Pesaro, Italy

Lecture, up to 55 minutes Fixed Prosthodontics; AGD Subject Code 610

Saturday, January 30


Brian Baliwas, DDS

Dental manufacturers are required to produce and provide “Instructions for Use,” or “IFU,” documents with their products. IFUs detail critical information regarding the storage, handling, preparation, and proper use of specific dental materials, but how often are clinicians reading or reviewing this information? We operate in a world of micro metrics; seconds, millimeters, and microns matter. To achieve predictable and reproducible “success,” we depend on our materials to properly react/interact on a molecular level. How well do we understand the chemistry behind our products? And if we’re depending on the manufacturer’s understanding of the chemistry, how well are we following their instructions? Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Determine how well you understand the chemistry behind the products you use.
  • Recognize the importance of accurately following IFUs for products you use clinically.
About Brian Baliwas:
  • Private practice in San Francisco, California, with two fee-for-service locations near Downtown Union Square.
  • DDS, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, 2014.
  • Graduated with high honors and was elected to join both Omicron Kappa Upsilon and Tau Kappa Omega dental honor societies.

The Future is Now Series


Carlos de Carvalho, DDS, MSc, PhD

Adhesive dentistry has revolutionized the dental profession over the past few decades. With science and evidence-based information, we have a comprehensive understanding of the interactions between dental materials and the dental substrate. This presentation will cover the clinical challenges faced every day and how certain decisions impact the result. The importance of dental preparation parameters and adequate choice of adhesive restorative material is critical for predictable outcomes. Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Identify the goal of minimal invasive dentistry.
  • Determine whether you are able to predict longevity.
  • Understand how Dr Carvalho optimized his daily routine after Covid-19.
About Carlos de Carvalho:
  • Master of Science, biomaterials, University of Siena, Italy
  • PhD, University of São Paulo
  • Residency, prosthodontics, University of São Paulo
  • Private practice, Salvador/Bahia, Brazil

Lecture, up to 55 minutes Operative (Restorative) Dentistry; AGD Subject Code 250


Wael Garine, DDS

Seamless communication between the dentist and the lab technician enhances the patient experience and ultimately influences treatment outcomes. By leveraging available technologies, we are able to streamline the workflow and increase both our efficiency and effectiveness. Dr Garine will present digital techniques to simplify the transfer of information from the dentist to the lab technician for the benefit of the patient. Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Understand the benefits of face scans.
  • Present different digital impression techniques.
  • Use monolithic materials to decrease prosthetic complications.
About Wael Garine:
  • Cairo University School of Dentistry, Egypt, 1995
  • DDS, University of Western Ontario
  • Received the Dr Gerald Z. Wright Award for Excellence, University of Western Ontario
  • Completed implant fellowship, University of Rochester, for which he received the Dr Gerald N. Graser Fellowship Award
  • Clinical assistant professor, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • Private practice limited to prosthodontics and implant dentistry, Jupiter and West Palm Beach, FL

Lecture, up to 45 minutes Operative (Restorative) Dentistry; AGD Subject Code 550


Olumide Ojo, BDS, MFDS, RCS (Lond) and Thomas Sealey, BChD, MSc

Drs Thomas Sealey and Mide Ojo developed a novel solution to an issue many dentists experience—helping patients unhappy with their smile. The SmileFast direct stent enables dentists to place a custom-designed upper 3-to-3 composite veneer smile makeover in less than 90 minutes for most cases, which is less than half the time needed for traditional techniques. The simplified process makes it highly profitable for the dentist and more cost-effective for the average patient. Discussion will address how these simple protocols allow you to approach every patient with confidence and easy-to-perform techniques for smile enhancement, allowing you to predictably treat a larger range of patients with more control and less stress. Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate how SmileFast can fit in your everyday workflow.
  • Introduce adjunctive cosmetic dental treatments to patients to increase your uptake and profit.
About Olumide Ojo:
  • Head lecturer, CFAST Orthodontic Systems
  • Private practice with a focus on affordable smile makeovers, London
About Thomas Sealey:
  • Master’s degrees: Medical Education and Endodontic Practice
  • Awarded Best Aesthetic Dentist in the UK, FMC Aesthetic Dentistry Awards, 2019
  • Private practice in cosmetic dentistry, Essex, UK

Lecture, up to 45 minutes Esthetics/Cosmetic Dentistry; AGD Subject Code 780


Marcos Vargas, DDS, MS

Patients are looking for conservative and affordable solutions for their functional and esthetic concerns. Resin composites provide a great solution while providing longevity and highly esthetic results. This demonstration will teach participants how to obtain great results using resin composites for fabrication of direct resin composite veneers. Shade selection, opacity selection, single vs. multiple layer, cavity preparation, resin manipulation, layering, contouring and polishing will be demonstrated. Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Describe the shade selection and layering method selection process.
  • Manipulate resin veneers to build resin veneers.
  • Contour and polish resin composites.
About Marcos Vargas:
  • Graduate, Cayetano Heredia University School of Dentistry, Lima, Peru, 1985
  • AEGD program, Eastman Dental Center, Rochester, New York, 1990-92
  • Certificate and master’s degree, operative dentistry, University of Iowa, 1994
  • Professor, department of family dentistry, University of Iowa
  • Private practice limited to restorative dentistry

Lecture, up to 90 minutes Operative (Restorative) Dentistry; AGD Subject Code 250


Chad C. Duplantis, DDS, FAGD

Restorative success is dependent on multiple factors, but it all begins with a good preparation design. Additionally, several new materials are available that allow for productive, efficient and profitable workflows in the dental setting. This presentation will focus on techniques and materials that can positively impact your bottom line when incorporated into your clinical practice. Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Realize the importance of a good preparation design for multiple restorations and materials.
  • Explore the benefit of onlays vs. full coverage for minimally invasive indirect restorative dentistry.
  • Have a keen insight into some of the indirect materials used in the chairside and laboratory setting.
About Chad C. Duplantis:
  • DDS, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1999
  • Post-doctorate training, Baylor College of Dentistry, 2000
  • Fellowship, Academy of General Dentistry
  • Member, Catapult Educations Speakers Bureau
  • Member, Seattle Study Club affiliate DFW Study Club
  • Private practice, North Fort Worth, Texas

Lecture, up to 45 minutes Operative (Restorative) Dentistry; AGD Subject Code 250


Michael D. Scherer, DMD, MS

This program will provide a clinically based approach aimed at helping clinicians with treatment planning and the decision-making process for edentulous and partially edentulous patients with fixed and removable prostheses. Since the choice of fixed versus removable options for both provisional and definitive prostheses is often the most difficult step in treatment planning, special attention will be given to considerations for both. The presentation will focus on diagnosis, treatment planning and evidence-based dentistry, while illustrating specific clinical procedures including clinical and laboratory techniques. Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Learn the overall process for treating the edentulous patient with an implant-retained overdenture.
  • Process tips and tricks to simplify the process from provisional to the final restoration.
About Michael Scherer
  • Assistant clinical professor, Loma Linda University
  • Clinical instructor, University of Nevada – Las Vegas
  • Private practice limited to prosthodontics and implant dentistry, Sonora, California
  • Fellow, American College of Prosthodontists

Lecture, up to 30 minutes Fixed Prosthodontics; AGD Subject Code 610


Nathaniel Lawson, DMD, PhD

The ability to bond dental ceramics allows the practitioner to perform more conservative tooth preparations. As there are many different types of dental ceramics available (zirconia, lithium disilicate, porcelain, processed composite, etc), determining the correct protocol for each type of ceramic can be confusing. This lecture aims to simplify the process of bonding ceramics and provide the clinician with a protocol that can be used to bond any type of dental ceramic. Each detail of the bonding procedure is based on research performed at the UAB School of Dentistry. Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Identify the clinical situations in which bonding a ceramic is beneficial.
  • Perform the steps for bonding a lithium disilicate and zirconia restorations.
About Nathaniel Lawson:
  • Director, division of biomaterials, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
  • Director, biomaterials residency program, UAB School of Dentistry
  • Graduated, UAB School of Dentistry, 2011
  • PhD, biomedical engineering, University of Alabama, 2012
  • Recipient, Stanford New Investigator Award, 2016
  • Recipient, 3M Innovative Research Fellowship, 2017
  • General dentist, UAB Faculty Practice

Lecture, up to 60 minutes Operative (Restorative) Dentistry; AGD Subject Code 250

Sunday, Janaury 31


Irena Sailer, DMD

The prosthetic rehabilitation of patients with fixed restorations traditionally encompassed single crowns and/or bridges, cemented onto prepared abutment teeth with aid of conventional cements. In case of a lack of tooth substance, the abutment teeth had to be built-up to deliver the geometrically desired shape, conicity and size to retain the restorations. The preparation requirements were mostly material-related, based on the needs of metal-ceramic restorations and later also adapted to the needs of all-ceramic restorations. These traditional treatment concepts are supported by a strong body of evidence, as numerous studies were published over the last 20 to 30 years on the outcomes of full crown and bridgework. Recent systematic reviews of the literature demonstrate excellent survival rates of both metal-ceramic and all-ceramic restorations. Yet, reviews also highlight that loss of abutment tooth vitality is one predominant biologic complication of the traditional fixed restorations, mostly caused by the invasive tooth preparation, hence iatrogenic. Yet, significant improvements to adhesive cementation technology and restorative materials (composite and ceramics) open-up a new, less invasive treatment approach. Instead of preparing teeth to deliver retention to restorations, the current minimally invasive treatment concepts focus on adhesively bonding them to the substrate and enabling defect-oriented restorations. New restoration types like additional/non-prep veneers, onlays, overlays, and overlay-veneers are increasingly being used for prosthetic rehabilitation today. This lecture will elaborate the actual possibilities of the non- and minimally invasive restorations for full mouth rehabilitations and will discuss their indications and current limitations for the rehabilitation of vital and non-vital teeth. Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Learn about the different minimally invasive treatment options.
  • Discuss the Geneva 3-step concept for full mouth rehabilitations of patients with wear.
  • Learn about the long-term outcomes and the pros and cons of these types of rehabilitations.
About Irena Sailer:
  • Dental education and degrees, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tübingen, Germany, 1997/1998.
  • Head, Division of Fixed Prosthodontics and Biomaterials, University of Geneva
  • Adjunct associate professor, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Honorary professor, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Board of directors, Swiss Society of Reconstructive Dentistry
  • Member, European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
  • Fellow, Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Prosthodontics

Lecture, up to 45 minutes Fixed Prosthodontics; AGD Subject Code 610


Victor Clavijo, DDS

In the last decade, intra oral scanners have become a powerful tool for many dentists, but the change from an analog routine to digital flow has been difficult for many of us because it requires stepping out of our comfort zone and away from the familiarity of diagnostic casts, wax-ups and impressions. The focus of this presentation is to demonstrate the benefits of implementing a digital workflow in multidisciplinary treatment planning and how this tool can enhance your outcomes. Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
  • Understand the benefits of digital workflow in the decision-making process concerning transmucosal abutment.
  • Map digital workflow and facilitate the decision-making process in the oral scanning sequence of treatment flow.
  • Implement a digital workflow and learn how to have predictable impressions of emergence profiles.
About Victor Clavijo:
  • Graduate, dentistry, Paulista University UNIP
  • Specialization, restorative dentistry, Sao Paulo State University
  • Professor, advanced program in implantology and restorative dentistry, Implante-Perio Institute, Sao Paulo
  • More than 40 articles and book chapters published in Portuguese, English and Spanish
  • Lecturing internationally on aesthetic dentistry
  • Practicing in Brazil and Europe, in collaboration with Eric van Dooren and Florin Cofar

Lecture, up to 50 minutes Operative (Restorative) Dentistry; AGD Subject Code 250


Goth Siu, BHSc, DMD, MSc, Cert Prostho, FRCD(C), FACP

Full mouth rehabilitation supported by dental implants has become a predictable treatment modality for edentulous patients and patients with terminal dentition. Several restorative materials have been used with varying degrees of success. It has been reported in the literature that the fracture rate of some materials can be as high as 40 percent. Dr Siu will present ways to minimize the prosthetic complications, and strategies to efficiently address fractures.

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

  • Discuss the most common prosthetic complication that is encountered in full arch restorations.
  • Present different material applications, design, and repair techniques.

About Goth Siu:

  • Bachelor’s degree, health sciences, McMaster University
  • Inductee: Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honor Society and Matthew Cryer Honor Society, the highest academic honor awarded to the top ten students in each class
  • Specialty program: surgical and prosthetic aspects of implant treatment, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, University of Illinois, Chicago 
  • DMD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Board certified, prosthodontics, in both Canada and the U.S.
  • Private practice in prosthodontics and aesthetic dentistry, Toronto 

The Future is Now Series