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


Stefano Gracis, DMD, MSD

Treating Clinicians:

Stefano Gracis, DMD, MSD - restorative dentistry and prosthetic rehabilitation

Matteo Capelli, DMD - endodontic treatment, periodontal and implant surgeries

David J. De Franco, DMD, DMedSc - orthodontic treatment

Luca Vailati, CDT - prosthetic laboratory work


Age at initial presentation: 16 years and 10 months

Initial presentation date: February 2015

Treatment completion date: work in progress


This challenging clinical case concerns a young female who, at the time of presentation, was almost 16 years old. About two years earlier, she was hit by a car as she was crossing a street near home. As a consequence of the impact, her right central incisor was luxated buccally while the right lateral incisor and left central were fractured in the cervical area. At the hospital, the luxated tooth was repositioned, but in a more buccal position, and the broken teeth reconstructed. By the time she came to my attention, the right central incisor had become ankylosed and displayed some signs of external resorption, the lateral incisor was clearly fractured and, thus, not maintainable, and the left central incisor appeared disproportionate. The esthetic consequences due to the loss of two (or three) anterior teeth in a young growing individual can be devastating not only for her psyche, but also when considering the difficulties encountered in replacing these teeth in a reliable way with a fixed solution. How would you treat her?


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

  • Exploit horizontal tooth movement to decrease the degree of difficulty when dealing with multiple teeth loss in the esthetic area.
  • Identify the possible consequences of orthodontic tooth movement when hard tissue regenerative procedures are carried out with materials that do not respond in the same way to the biological processes initiated by the movement itself.


About Stefano Gracis:

  • DMD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Certificate, prosthodontics with an MSD, University of Washington
  • Member, Italian Academy of Prosthetic Dentistry (president 2007-2008) 
  • Member, European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (president 2016-2018)
  • Editorial board, International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry 
  • Editorial board, International Journal of Prosthodontics
  • Private practice focusing on prosthodontics and restorative dentistry, Milan, Italy

Lecture, up to 60 minutes
Multi-Disciplinary Topics; AGD Subject Code 149


Adamo Notarantonio, DDS, FAACD, FICOI

During this course we will dive into the powerful world of editing as well as patient and laboratory communication utilizing Keynote. Lab communication will focus on shade matching utilizing both conventional techniques and via the eLab protocol. You will also learn basic techniques to show patients treatment possibilities and options with low cost software. Furthermore; you will be able to apply the techniques you learn through this course to increase your direct-to-patient marketing efforts via digital and print media.

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

  • Learn techniques for proper laboratory communication including shade and texture.
  • Understand how photography can be utilized for enhanced marketing efforts.

About Adamo Notarantonio:

  • Graduate, State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, 2002
  • Accredited, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 2011
  • Fellowship, AACD--80th person worldwide to achieve this honor
  • Fellowship, International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Recipient, AACD’s Rising Star Award, 2016
  • Accreditation Chairman, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Lecture, up to 60 minutes
Dental Photography; AGD Subject Code 138


Dania Tamimi, BDS, DMSc

The dental patient may present with a chief complaint of "my teeth don't fit like they used to" or "there is a gap between my front teeth that wasn't there before." This talk will radiographically explore some of the etiologies for changing bites, ranging from habits, TMJ disorders, and sleep-disordered breathing. The clinician will walk away understanding how the occlusion is related to the TMJ, the airway, and the rest of the craniofacial complex, laying the groundwork for a whole patient approach to dentistry. After all, to treat our dental patients we should be able to diagnose their condition accurately and comprehensively. 

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

  • Evaluate TMJ radiographically in light of an acquired occlusal change.
  • Understand how the occlusion, TMJ and airway are linked. 

About Dania Tamimi:

  • Graduate, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Doctorate of medical science and certificate of fellowship in oral and maxillofacial radiology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 2005
  • Editorial board member, Oral Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine and Oral Radiology (OOOO)
  • Lead author: Specialty Imaging: Dental Implants (translated to Portuguese and Russian) and Specialty Imaging: Temporomandibular Joint (translated to Spanish)
  • Co-lead author, Diagnostic Imaging, Oral and Maxillofacial (translated to Spanish)
  • Oral and maxillofacial radiology private practice in Orlando, Florida

Lecture, up to 60 minutes
Multi-Disciplinary Topics (Oral Radiology, TMJ, and Orthodontics); AGD Subject Code 149


Gerry Chiche, DDS

This presentation will illustrate management of gingival levels through a case presentation. Discussion will address the options and the decision process leading to the final interdisciplinary treatment. It will be a direct continuation of the systematic esthetic checklist we routinely advocate for simplicity and predictability. In addition, we’ll talk about ceramic restoration,deciding on minimally invasive dentistry or not, and how it all pertains to the most appropriate treatment for the patient. 

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

  • Systematically select between crown lengthening and orthodontic intrusion.
  • Understand the impact of minimally invasive dentistry on the final interdisciplinary treatment.

About Gerry Chiche:

  • Clinical professor, Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta, GA
  • Co-author: Esthetics of Anterior Fixed Restorations and Smile Design—A Guide for Clinician, Ceramist and Patient
  • Recipient, 2003 LSU Alumni Award, 2003 Educational Community Achievement Award of the Seattle Study Club for best dental educator of the year, and 2007 Distinguished Lecturer Award of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics
  • Recipient, first Restorative Chair endowed by the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society, 2009

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


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


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


Marco A. Brindis, DDS

The introduction of predictable adhesive technologies has led to interest in minimally invasive dentistry (MID). Contemporary indirect restorations should be based on this approach. However, MID does not mean partial restorations are the only choice. During this treatment plan session, I will start with a brief introduction of when and where to use full vs. partial coverage restorations maximizing the respect for the original tissue. Then I will provide you with a case with detailed information about the patient. I will give you time to come up with treatment options. I will then, show you the treatment plan I chose, why I chose it, the immediate and long-term outcome, and things that I would have done differently. We will wrap up with Q&A.

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

  • Recognize when the use of full coverage crown in the MID era is still indicated.
  • Identify what type of materials are more suitable for MID.

About Marco Brindis:

  • DDS, Universidad Intercontinental, Mexico City, 1998
  • Surgical implant fellowship, Biotechnology Institute, Vitoria, Spain, 2003
  • Certificate in prosthodontics, Louisiana State University, 2007
  • Member: American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, Academy of Osseointegration, American Dental Association, American College of Prosthodontics, and Pierre Fauchard Academy
  • Professor, department of prosthodontics, Louisiana State University
  • Intramural restorative practice devoted to esthetics and implants

Lecture, up to 60 minutes
Multi-Disciplinary Topics; AGD Subject Code 149

Saturday, January 30



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


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


Ashleigh Briody, DDS, MS

This course offers an up-close view into the most common entities in clinical oral pathology, as well as the more serious. After a review of how to perform a thorough head and neck exam, we will discuss how to identify precancerous and cancerous lesions, how to differentiate from reactive processes, when to refer and to whom, and the important steps after diagnosis. 

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

  • Confidently perform a thorough head and neck exam.
  • Review common oral lesions.
  • Recognize the difference between benign, premalignant and malignant entities.

About Ashleigh Briody:

  • DDS, LSU School of Dentistry, New Orleans
  • Residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology, Ohio State University
  • Certificate and master’s degree, Ohio State University
  • Fellow, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Private oral pathology practice, Westerville, OH

The Future is Now Series
Lecture, up to 60 minutes
Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology; AGD Subject Code 730

Sunday, January 31


Parag R. Kachalia, DDS

On any given day approximately 1 billion health questions are Googled and in many ways the primary care provider for a significant portion of the world has become Dr. Google. At the same time, while patients are willing to modify their care based on non-scientific searches, they do not trust vetted artificial intelligence platforms. They believe these platforms simply apply a law of averages and they do not take the uniqueness of each individual patient into account. The irony is recent studies actually demonstrate that healthcare professionals tend to have biases based on how they were trained as well as an unconscious bias that is rooted in their upbringing and life experiences. As healthcare professionals we must start to think of AI as a colleague and not as an advisory. In fact, AI and other digital advances may start to become part of our team allowing us to deliver more patient-specific care that takes into account the latest evidence. Furthermore, these technologies have the ability to mine and analyze data at a much faster clip than humanly possible. These technologies have the potential to raise patient care to a new level if we and our patients are willing to embrace them rather than fear them.

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

  • Give an overview of the advances in digital health as it relates to oral health.
  • Understand how AI will help improve the delivery of care.

About Parag R. Kachalia:

  • Private practice, San Ramon, CA
  • Director, educational development and industry relations, Seattle Study Club
  • Former vice chair of simulation, technology and research, University of the Pacific
  • Selected as one of the Top 10 Young Educators in Dentistry in the United States, 2017

Lecture, up to 30 minutes
Basic Sciences; AGD Subject Code 010