Courses are listed in order by day 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


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

Saturday, January 30


Florin Cofar, DDS and Eric Van Dooren, DDS

The presentation will explore the use of guides and library-based design in esthetic perio-pros scenarios to achieve optimal results.

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

  • Plan using libraries to replicate natural morphology.
  • Choose and sequence crown lengthening and grafting procedures in relation to design and biology.

About Florin Cofar:

  • Degree in dentistry, University of Victor Babes, Timisoara, 2007
  • Post-graduate, NYU College of Dentistry
  • Attendee, Harvard business school

About Eric Van Dooren:

  • Degree in dentistry, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 1982
  • Private practice limited to periodontics, fixed prosthodontics, and implants in Antwerp, Belgium Visiting professor, University of Liege (Belgium) and University of Marseille (France)
  • Member of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry

Lecture, up to 65 minutes
Esthetics/Cosmetic Dentistry; AGD Subject Code 780


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



The basic building blocks in digital workflow will be discussed and then illustrated with case examples. These concepts are essential in determining ideal position, choice of implant type, implant length, and when to choose between an All on 4 format vs. axial bridge placement. Dr MacLean will help you work through the process necessary to ensure predictable long-term success.

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

  • Explore the machines and training you will need to do digital implant planning and placement with both templates and XGuide.
  • Review cases with digital planning to understand the strength of prosthesis (as a risk for the surgeon and the prosthetic dentist).
  • Look at space planning to idealize the single implant as well as multiple implant designs, including planning full arch. 

About Scott MacLean:

  • Graduated, Dalhousie Dental School, 1991, valedictorian
  • Educator, Dalhousie Dental School clinic
  • Member, International College of Oral Implantologists
  • Member, Canadian Academy of Restorative Prosthodontics
  • Member, Canadian Academy of Esthetic Dentistry
  • Associate fellow, Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics
  • Practices general dentistry in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lecture, up to 90 minutes
Implants; AGD Subject Code 690


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


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 invasive restorations. 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

Sunday, January 31


Victor Clavijo, DDS, MSc, PhD

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