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Perio techniques courses drew Massachusetts dentist to his first ADA annual meeting

May 29, 2015

By Jean Williams

Westborough, Mass. — Dr. Martin “Marty” Urban had never attended the ADA annual meeting. But when he did last fall, he finally learned techniques he’d long wanted to master to provide his perio patients more treatment options.

Dr. Urban, who works with a number of dental offices in Massachusetts, signed up for continuing education courses that significantly enhanced his surgical skills and provided other essential knowledge.

“I learned some suturing techniques with respect to gingival grafting and [a] tunneling technique for gum grafting,” he said. “I also received hands-on training with respect to suturing that I currently use in my practices throughout Massachusetts.”

Dr. Martin Urban
Dr. Urban
And, finally, he got to see one of his dental heroes in action: Dr. Edward “Pat” Allen.

“He was a very informative presenter with years of experience and was very humble,” Dr. Urban said. “I highly recommend his lectures to anyone looking to advance their surgical skills in periodontics and gingival grafting.”

Dr. Urban took Dr. Allen’s course Root Coverage Grafting of Multiple Teeth in the Maxillary Arch. Taking the course gave Dr. Urban a stronger frame of reference for the procedure, to which he had been tangentially exposed. “I had tried it to some extent,” he said. “I had heard of it from the literature, and I was excited to see how it was done — how he taught it.”

“That was probably one of the best periodontal courses that I’ve taken in a while.”

Dr. Urban planned his CE strategy at ADA 2014 specifically to gain knowledge and hands-on exposure to techniques so he could offer his patients choices in planning their periodontal treatments, surgery and implants. To that end, he signed up for When and How to Graft Cervical Lesions and The Key Essentials of Predictable Bone Grafting. He also took The Nuts and Bolts of Drug Interactions.

When he wasn’t taking courses at the meeting, Dr. Urban took advantage of the social aspects the ADA annual meeting offered in San Antonio. “It was fantastic,” he said. “The Riverwalk was nearby, so we ate at some good restaurants. The Alamo was nearby, so we did a tour of that. It was just a great experience.”

Dr. Urban is looking forward to future participation in the ADA annual meeting. “I’m definitely interested in returning for more courses,” he said. “I recommend the ADA annual meeting, as the course prices were fair and the conference was very well organized and attended.”

Registration for ADA 2015 opens in May. This year, the annual meeting will take place in Washington, D.C. from Nov. 5-10. For a list of CE courses planned, visit ADA.org/meeting. Search for #ADADC on Twitter and Facebook for more on ADA 2015.