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Registration: 8AM

Lecture: 8:30 AM - approximately 4:00 PM
Three course hot lunch is served.
Location: Lower level of Edmonton Convention Center, Salon 12

April 17, 2020

Dr Scott Froum - Etiology, Prevention and Treatment of Implant Complications
Co-Sponsored by NobelBiocare

The advent of dental implants to replace hopeless or missing teeth has been a financial boon for dental offices. Most specialty offices and over 55% of general dental offices are placing and restoring dental implants. Unfortunately proportional to the increase in dental implants being placed will be the percentage of peri-implant complications that need to be corrected. A recent review stated that over 30% of all litigation cases involving implants is affiliated with the failure to diagnose, treat, and/or refer cases of peri-implantitis. This presentation will review the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of peri-implant problems. Current soft and hard tissue augmentation procedures designed to correct defects associated with dental implants will be discussed.


  1. Discussed the multi factorial etiology behind implant disease.
  2. Learn how to recognize and diagnose ailing and failing implants.
  3. Realize the role occulsion plays in prosthetic failure.
  4. Provide the decision matrix for treating vs extracting ailing/failing implants.

Registration: 8AM

Lecture: 8:30 AM - approximately 4:00 PM
Three course hot lunch is served.
Location: Lower level of Edmonton Convention Center, Salon 12

March 20, 2020

Dr. William Martin - S.A.C. Classification in Implant Dentistry Selecting the Ideal Patient for Your Practice
Co-Sponsored by Straumann Canada

Will Martin, DMD, MS is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Florida's College of Dentistry. He received his DMD from the University of Florida and completed his MS and Certificate in Prosthodontics from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr Martin joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1999 and currently serves as the Director of the Center for Implant Dentistry. Dr Martin is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, International Team for Implantology and Associate Fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics. Dr Martin has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts. He has co-authored several textbooks on implant dentistry, specifically the ITI Treatment Guide Vol. 1. S.A.C. Classification in Implant Dentistry and most recently the ITI Treatment Guide Vol. 10. He is the Chairman of the Section USA of the ITI and maintains a part-time practice limited to Prosthodontics within the Center for Implant Dentistry. He lectures both nationally and internationally on esthetic and implant dentistry.

Brief Course Synopsis

Evidence-based and clinical success has resulted in increasing utilization of dental implants in the treatment of all forms of edentulism. This presentation will emphasize patient evaluation and selection for predictable success based upon clinical presentation and treatment factors. Digital forms of communication between the treatment 'TEAM' and patients and their effect of communication on treatment outcomes will be highlighted. Diagnosis and planning procedures utilizing the updated (2nd edition) SAC (Straightfoward-Advanced-Complex) and ERA (Esthetic Risk Assessment) patient classification systems will be the focal point of the presentation. The impact of these assessment systems (checklists) will be highlighted through patient presentations and evaluation of their outcomes.

Topics that will be covered in the presentations:

  • The use of templates based on a restoration-driven philosophy to guide tissue enhancement for implant patients will be discussed as well as new technology utilizing CT's and image guided technology to assist in highly accurate implant placement will be introduced.
  • Current trends with immediate implant placement and loading protocols will be detailed, highlighting the benefits of these procedures with regard to tissue response and treatment efficacy.
  • Restorative treatment including: provisional and impression procedures, abutment and material selection.
  • Incorporation of the digital workflow in the treatment of patients with dental implants.
  • Maintenance procedures for the partial and completely edentulous patient.

Registration: 8AM

Lecture: 8:30 AM - approximately 4:00 PM
Three course hot lunch is served.
Location: Lower level of Edmonton Convention Center, Salon 12

January 10, 2020

Dr. David Gratton - Digital Workflows for Everyday Dentistry
Co-Sponsored by Henry Schein and 3-Shape

Dr. David G. Gratton is Associate Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Director, Division of Maxillofacial Prosthodontics at the University of Iowa. Dr. Gratton received his DDS from the University of Michigan (1994), and his Certificate in Prosthodontics (1996) and Master's of Science (1997) from the University of Iowa. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Prosthodontics and the International Team for Implantology. Dr. Gratton's prosthodontic and maxillofacial prosthetics practice incorporates multiple digital technologies.


Technology is deeply engrained in our personal and social lives, but what about our professional lives as dentists? Clinical dentistry (well, at least the dental laboratory industry) is embracing the application of digitial technologies to replace the analog techniques with which we are so comfortable. While this is especially true in the realm of impression making procedures and chair side prosthesis manufacturing, processes can be digitized at each phase of restorative and implant treatment, resulting in the virtulization of the patient from diagnosis through prosthesis delivery. These digital dentistry technologies will be explored to generate familiarity with their capabilities, advantages, disadvantages, and limitations. With the adoption of these technologies the roster of the care team may change, the role of some players may be enhanced, while others may be minimized, and ultimately new members will be recruited. Are these technologies jeopardizing the role of the digital technologist as a member of the team?

Critically, the clinician is correct to ask: Does the scientific evidence support the routine clinical use of these emerging technologies for the evolving virtual dental patient? And what impact does the adoption of digital dentistry have on patient care? These clinical outcomes should always be a primary consideration.

This course will trace the integration of digital dentistry into the everyday restorative practice.

Registration: 8AM

Lecture: 8:30 AM - approximately 4:00 PM
Three course hot lunch is served.
Location: Lower level of Edmonton Convention Center, Salon 12

November 29, 2019

Day of Local Specialists:

In conjunction with the Alberta Society of Dental Specialists


Dr. Saljae Aurora - Explore and Discuss the Newly Updated Classification of Periodontal Diseases and Conditions

Dr. Cheryl Cable - Communication Between Specialists and General Dentists in Alberta: looking at patient cases, documentation and how to ensure bad things don't happen to good people.

Dr. Karen Cheng - Guided Implant Placement

Dr. Kenneth Dick - CBCT, Cracks, Post Treatment Pain Management and Other Pearls in Endodontic Practice

Dr. Brian Kucey - Mandibular Dental Implant Fixed Prothesis: Classic vs NOVUM vs All-on-4-vs Trefoil, Which one do we recommend for our patient? A checklist of implementation

Dr. Carl Young - Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for the Non-Surgeon

Dr. Jessica Yu - Early Intervention: facemask/headgear, expander, lower lip bumper

Dr. Leon Yu - Soft Tissue Surgery Techniques in the Treatment of Gingival Recession

Registration: 8AM

Lecture: 8:30 AM - approximately 4:00 PM
Three course hot lunch is served.
Location: Lower level of Edmonton Convention Center, Salon 12

October 18, 2019

Dr. Terry Donovan – Practical Pearls for Clinical Dentistry Controversies in Restorative Dentistry
Co-Sponsored by 3M

Dr. Terry Donovan graduated with his DDS from the University of Alberta in 1967. Following graduation, he was in private practice in Canada for 13 years then obtained his certificate in Prosthodontics from USC in 1981. Dr. Donovan was the Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Director of the Advanced Education in Prosthodontics Program USC for many years. He is currently the intern chair of the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry Chapel Hill.


The contemporary restorative dentist has an increasing evidence base to consult when making both treatment planning and therapeutic decisions. However, there are numerous areas of controversy where the evidence does not provide a clear answer without interpretation. This presentation will discuss several controversial topics related to restorative dentistry and attempt to provide guidance based on the best available evidence.

Topics to be discussed include:

  1. An Evaluation of Current Ceramic Materials
  2. Diagnosis and Management of Dental Erosion
  3. Current Controversies in Restorative Dentistry
    1. Amalgam vs. Composite Resin
    2. Tooth reinforcement with adhesive materials
    3. Contemporary Cement Selection
    4. Etiology and Management of Non-carious Cervical Lesions
    5. Bonding of Zirconia Resorations
    6. Direct Pulp Capping: MTA vs. Calcium Hydroxide
    7. Metal vs. Flexible Endodontic Dowels
    8. Implants vs. Endodontics
    9. Cemented vs. Screw-Retained Implant Supported Restorations
    10. Cordless Gingival Displacement
    11. Occlusal Vertical Dimension
    12. Silver diamine fluoride

Learning Objectives

After attending this presentation, participants will:

  1. Understand the differences in presenting signs of intrinsic and extrinsic erosion.
  2. Understand which ceramic systems work and where they should be used.
  3. Understand when and how NCCLs should be restored.
  4. Understand when direct pulp capping should be accomplished and what materials to use.
  5. Understand when to use an endodontic post and what type of post to use.
  6. Understand the important role silver diamine flouride will play in the management of root caries.

Thank you to our distinguished sponsors