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Sports dentistry meeting June 25-27

May 11, 2015

By Michelle Manchir

Dentists interested in treating dental trauma and athletes can get insight from experts and hands-on continuing education at the Academy for Sports Dentistry’s 33rd Annual Symposium, June 25-27 in Chicago.

“There’s no better place to go and hang out with a group of dentists that want to interact and exchange ideas on how to prevent dental trauma,” said Dr. Jim Lovelace, ASD annual meeting chair, who has a general dentistry practice in Hinsdale, Ill.

The symposium kicks off with a Team Dentist course mediated by Dr. Stephen Mills, a pediatric dentist who is past president of the Academy for Sports Dentistry. The course will focus on issues related to being a dentist for a sports team, including details about the responsibilities of the role and tools required for it; dental trauma and concussion that can result from sports injuries and medications a team dentist can prescribe for athletes. During the hands-on workshop, participants will also learn how to make a custom pressure laminated mouthguard, according to Dr. Lovelace.

The final two days of the symposium includes several expert-led presentations, some of which will focus on evidence-based dentistry, including strategies for applying an evidence-based approach to dental care and the best strategies for overcoming barriers to full implementations of evidence-based practice.

“With regard to dental products, there are a lot of claims being made out there; there’s not a whole lot of proof.  Evidence-based principles need to be applied by all dentists to differentiate the various dental products that inundate our patients daily,” Dr. Lovelace said.

The symposium will also feature discussions and presentations with Dr. Russell Baer, team dentist for the Chicago Blackhawks, Dr. Chuck Bush-Joseph, team physician of the Chicago White Sox, and Dr. Peter Chemello, one of the members of the Chicago Bulls’ medical staff.

“This symposium is an opportunity for those with an interest in sports dentistry to come together and share their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm in the treatment and prevention of dentofacial trauma in our athletes,” Dr. Lovelace said.

The meeting will convene at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel in Chicago. A special group rate for hotel rooms is available for the meeting. For more details or to register, visit academyforsportsdentistry.org.