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Implant track, hands-on laser courses highlight CE at ADA annual meeting

June 10, 2015
Dr. Barry Cohen
Dr. Barry Cohen

Dentists and their teams and spouses can all look forward to a continuing education course relevant to them at ADA 2015 — American’s Dental Meeting, Nov 5-10 in Washington. D.C.

From hands-on cadaver workshops to a comprehensive line-up of implant courses to tips for juggling work and one’s personal health, there’s a “little bit of everything” in the 2015 ADA course catalog, said Dr. Barry Cohen, 2015 Continuing Education Program Chair and member of the Council on ADA Sessions.

Dr. Cohen, who practices in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, said he is especially enthused about a new CE track on implants available this year, having put together a program that he describes as “everything implants.”

“From site preparation to placement to restoration, we have it all,” Dr. Cohen said.

Among the offerings are two live patient implant surgeries, which include one by Dr. Gordon Christensen covering mini implants with immediate loading and one with Dr. Samuel Lee covering immediate implant placement with an internal sinus lift.

Furthermore, “Follow Bob” will culminate an 18-month journey followed by ADA News for Robert “Bob” Hartman, when he receives his implant-supported final prosthesis. Drs. David Little and Joseph Massad will lead this three-hour Education-in-the-Round course.

Implant lecture topics include implants in the esthetic zone and complications, while hands-on workshops will tackle ridge preservation, implant placement and restoration, soft tissue grafting, ridge splitting and sinus lifts.

Other CE highlights, according to Dr. Cohen, include:

  • Education in the Round courses will all be in 3-D this year. This will include a live 3-D clinical demonstration showing the procedures and tools Dr. Stephen Buchanan, a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, uses on a patient’s first upper molar. In this course, participants will understand how CT imaging and 3-D printing can be used for procedural endodontic education, use CT imaging for endodontic diagnosis and treatment planning and appreciate how intra-procedural CT imaging can be used to resolve clinical challenges.
  • Two cadaver courses featuring laser technology that will cover laser applications, safety and physics. These hands-on courses will allow participants to use lasers on human cadavers for both soft and hard tissue applications.
  • Non-clinical class offerings like “Juggling Life’s Demands and Coming Out on Top,” which will focus on maintaining optimal physical and mental well-being and understanding the role of nutrition, exercise and laughter in overall health. Also offered is “Peak Performance for Professionals, Golfers and Tennis Players” which will discuss overcoming psychological forces that limit productivity and quality of work and an overview of advanced psychological methods that can increase performance at work and sports.

A complete CE course line-up including speakers, descriptions and times is included in the June Journal of the American Dental Association.

CE information can also be found online at ADA.org/ADA2015CE. Furthermore, those interested can build their CE schedule online at eventscribe.com/2015/ADA and register for courses at ADA.org/meeting.

Registration is now open at ADA.org/meeting. For more information, contact annualmeeting@ada.org. Search for #ADADC on Twitter and Facebook for more on ADA 2015.