A Near Collision With Benefits for Many

Damon Adams, DDS


November arrives like a cosmic “big bang” from a continuing education (CE) standpoint! In what turned out to be a near collision on the calendar between 2 major meetings, the ADA’s 2015 Annual Session kicks off its outstanding dental festivities on the fifth of this month in Washington, DC. According to the ADA, “Dental professionals view the ADA annual meeting as the leading source of continuing education and purchasing information in the United States.”

Later in November, beginning on the 27th, the Greater New York Dental Meeting, sponsored by the Second District and New York County Dental Societies, is being held in Manhattan. The organizers claim this to be “the largest dental meeting in the United States,” expecting about 53,000 in attendance, including a good-sized contingent of international attendees who will be there for the meeting and, just perhaps, some great holiday shopping opportunities.

No matter which meeting you attend, there are wonderful opportunities for building professional friendships, great live CE lecture and hands-on courses, and hands-on demonstrations of equipment and supplies from the many exhibitors, all with the potential to positively impact patient care!

We are proud to have Dr. Gordon Christensen gracing our cover again, candidly discussing current controversies in dentistry. His insights, stemming from a lifetime of dedication to the profession, always shine through in his articles and interviews.

Also this month, Dr. Payam Ataii outlines a way to shorten orthodontic treatment times, when indicated; Dr. Randall Cohen describes a conservative and biomimetic restorative protocol; Dr. Marvin Fier uses recently introduced dental materials to optimize long-term success; Dr. Gregori Kurtzman, in part 5 of a 6-part article series, discusses how clinicians are able to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients better than ever before; Dr. Kenneth Malament talks about controversies related to current all-ceramic materials; Dr. Barry Musikant discusses safer and more efficient ways to shape canals; Dr. Randy Resnik covers the pros and cons of the different bone grafting choices available today; and Dr. Rick Winter demonstrates the treatment planning required for the rehabilitation of a severely atrophic mandible using an implant-retained prosthesis.

In our peer-reviewed CE selection, available for 2 MAGD/FAGD CEUs, Drs. Iris Morton and Ronald Brown review vitamin B12 as it relates to clinical dentistry and patient care issues.

Please enjoy this issue of Dentistry Today!