We are very proud to present our 19th Annual Leaders in Continuing Education in this edition of Dentistry Today. As we have mentioned previously, this listing is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of leaders in North America, but it certainly includes many of the top professionals involved in teaching and consulting within the profession. As a leading clinical and news source in dentistry, we strive to be the “clinicians’ magazine,” so it is no accident that we focus the spotlight on those who teach and mentor others in the field as a major part of their professional commitment. Many of the Leaders included have taken precious time in their busy schedules to write and submit articles for publication in Dentistry Today, and we sincerely thank them for their contributions!
As the editor-in-chief, I would also like to thank and commend our editorial and graphics teams at Dentistry Today who create this important annual section. They work on this project throughout the year, and their attention to detail and efforts required to make contact with so many Leaders is much appreciated. Our digital team has seen to it that the Leaders section is also available online (dentistrytoday.com), and for quite a few of the lecturers listed, the digital version includes a sampling of their upcoming lectures for review. We hope that this annual section helps you, our clinical practitioners, as well as the manufacturers and meeting planners, stay informed as to who is currently involved in CE activities in dentistry.
Also in this month’s issue of Dentistry Today, Dr. Stephen Buchanan, as a very well-known and highly respected endodontist, demonstrates his support of general practitioners who want to learn how to start placing and restoring dental implants in their own office; Dr. Ted Croll, a practicing pediatric dentist, discusses the use of a recently introduced thermoplastic tooth protector and impact deflector as an efficient and less costly alternative to custom mouthguards for young athletes; Patti DiGangi, in our Viewpoint selection, talks about a new insurance code for gingivitis and its potential impact for patients; Dr. Randy Resnik, highlighted in our popular Implants Today section, shares a case involving a guided implant surgical application; Dr. Edward Schubert et al describe how they combined modern restorative materials and techniques for excellent results with posterior composite resin restorations; and Dr. John West makes a case for a single file use protocol to increase efficiency and decrease stress for the clinician.
In our formally peer-reviewed selection, available for 2 FAGD/MAGD CEUs, Dr. Jason Flores covers the importance of our patients’ vital signs in the dental setting.
Please enjoy this exciting issue of Dentistry Today!