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American Dental Association Introduces New, Innovative Learning Concept at 149th Annual Session

New Learning Environment Bridges Gap Between Education and Exhibits

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SAN ANTONIO, October 14, 2008—The American Dental Association (ADA) introduces the Live Operatory Center (LOC), an innovative new learning environment for dental professionals, at this year’s Annual Session, October 16–19 in San Antonio.

Designed to bring continuing education to the exhibit floor, the Live Operatory Center offers continuing education units outside of the traditional classroom setting as attendees experience the latest dental technologies on the market. The LOC features three interactive areas that explore cutting-edge topics in dentistry: The Laser Pavilion, the CAD/CAM Stage, and the 3-D Imaging Center.

The Laser Pavilion was developed by the ADA in partnership with the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD). At the Laser Pavilion, attendees can see, touch and compare dental lasers from leading manufacturers. Joel White, DDS and Donald Coluzzi, DDS direct this hands-on workshop. The course repeats four times daily (twice Wednesday).

At the CAD/CAM Stage, attendees will see a 45-minute, live-patient demonstration from two exhibiting companies, including the making of a dental crown through their computerized design and manufacturing systems.

At the 3-D Imaging Center, attendees can view and compare six of the latest offerings in imaging technology through consecutive, 25-minute presentations.

"The Live Operatory Center is a breakthrough in dental-meeting education,” said Dr. Chip Mohme, program chairperson, ADA 2008 Annual Session. “Without leaving the exhibit floor, dental professionals can receive continuing education credit in three of the highest tech areas of a dental practice. The ADA Annual Session is the only place where you can see live demonstrations of 3-D imaging and CAD/CAM dentistry, and work hands-on with multiple dental lasers. The LOC will change attendee expectations of what they should see at large dental meetings."

Dental professionals also can learn more about ADA365, the ADA’s education-based online community, at the Live Operatory Center when they visit Café365. Launched in June 2008, ADA365 offers Annual Session registrants the opportunity to expand their learning when they log on to, create a profile, and begin sharing research, related readings and other information related to the course topic.

The Live Operatory Center is located in Hall A of the World Marketplace Exhibition, adjacent to the Annual Session registration area in Ballroom A. It is open on Wednesday, October 15 from 11am until 5:45pm, and Thursday, October 16 through Saturday, October 18 from 8am until 5:45pm.

More than 30,000 dental professionals from throughout the United States and around the world are expected to attend the 149th ADA Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition, held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The World Marketplace Exhibition will feature more than 650 exhibitors occupying over 350,000 square feet of exhibition space, which is equivalent to about six football fields. Visit or call 800-232-1432 for more information.

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website