Top five reasons to attend CDA Presents in Anaheim

CDA dentists and their staffs have a lot to look forward to at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim next year.

The May 15-17, 2014 event at the Anaheim Convention Center will continue the longstanding tradition of being engaging and inspiring.

“We often hear from members that CDA Presents ignites that spark in them that allows them to go back to their practices with a new energy about the profession,” said Del Brunner, DDS, CDA Presents Board of Managers chair.

CDA Presents in Anaheim is expected to be the most comprehensive show to date, with the following “Top Five” attractions being just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the event offers attendees.

Continuing Education

CDA Presents attendees can earn C.E. units for specified courses. Below are just a few of those courses and speakers that will provide valuable and engaging information.

Oral Biopsy Techniques Lecture and Cadaver Workshop (Led by Robert James Achterberg, DDS, MS, and Mark C. Paxton, DDS)

This workshop will focus on soft tissue lesions that are commonly observed and are either “watched” or referred to a specialist. Dentists will become more comfortable with pathology terminology and performing biopsies, indications, contraindications and potential complications of completing biopsy procedures in the oral cavity and maxillofacial complex. The morning presentation and lecture will review basic terminology and biopsy procedures. The afternoon session will provide the opportunity to complete multiple intraoral and maxillofacial complex biopsy procedures on fresh cadaver heads.

Anatomy of the Masticatory System: Clinical Application and Dissection (Henry A. Gremillion, DDS, and Mel Hawkins, DDS, BScD (AN))

This full-day program will be a limited-attendance, detailed dissection of the superficial structures of the face, the masticatory musculature and the temporomandibular joint. Relationships to routine dental assessment and clinical procedures will be highlighted. Participants in the dissection workshop will work in two- to three-member groups, with each group dissecting a half of a cadaver specimen.

Advanced Local Anesthesia: Oral Cavity/Maxillofacial Complex with Human Cadaver Dissection  (Led by Mel Hawkins, DDS, BScD (AN), and Mark C. Paxton, DDS)

Participants will learn and perform local anesthesia techniques for the maxillofacial complex and oral cavity, highlighting the infratemporal fossa and the pterygomandibular triangle. A lecture and lab format will offer the opportunity for light, site specific hands-on human cadaver demi-head dissection, isolation, pathway tracing and identification of anatomical structures. Indications, contraindications, complications of second and third division trigeminal nerve blocks are discussed.

Restorative Dentistry — International Symposia Speakers

Learn how restorative dentistry is done around the world from these speakers, and earn C.E. at the same time.

Miguel Angel Diez Gurtubay, MsC, Mexico — Gurtubay is in private practice dedicated to oral rehabilitation, esthetics and implantology in Mexico City and Puebla, Mexico.

Norbert Krämer, PhD, Germany — Krämer is the director of the Policlinic of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Gießen of Germany and past president of the European Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Trade show floor

CDA Presents is one of the most anticipated dental trade shows in the U.S. Attendees of CDA Presents in Anaheim are treated to 135,000 square feet of dental innovation. The Exhibit Hall is packed with hundreds of companies that spotlight several innovative products — it’s the place to discover the latest innovations in dentistry. The floor features new product launches and technology from some of the biggest companies in the profession.  

Stop by the CDA Member Benefits Center on the exhibit floor to learn about everything CDA is doing to help its members succeed in their practices, including detailed information on the resources available through the Practice Support Center.

Headlining Speakers


Clifford J. Ruddle, DDS, FACD, FICD — Ruddle lectures on endodontic education. He is a graduate of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and completed postgraduate work in endodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.


Lee Ann Brady, DMD — Brady is president and education director at Lee Ann Brady LLC, and is a nationally recognized writer and educator. She maintains a private practice in Glendale, Ariz.

Restorative Dentistry

Jeff J. Brucia, DDS — Brucia practices esthetic and restorative dentistry in San Francisco and is the co-director of the FACE institute where he chairs the Department of Esthetics and Adhesive Material Science.

Gerard J. Chiche, DDS — Chiche is the Thomas P. Hinman Endowed Chair of Restorative Dentistry and the director of the Center for Esthetic and Implant Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry in Augusta, Ga. He has hosted numerous programs nationally and internationally.

Pascal Magne, DMD, PhD — Magne is the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation Professor of Esthetic Dentistry in the Division of Restorative Sciences at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. He is the author of numerous clinical and research articles in esthetic and adhesive dentistry.

Location, location, location

In addition to the informative lectures and exciting new dental products on display, Anaheim makes for an exciting setting to mingle with colleagues in the evenings. CDA hosts a number of social events, including the Member Party and Wine Fundamentals. Plus, the Anaheim Convention Center is within walking distance to Disneyland.

There also are 16 hotels within easy distance. The Hilton Anaheim Hotel is adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center and offers amenities for people of all ages. The Mix Restaurant, inside the Hilton, features an extensive variety of imaginative dishes created from some of the finest organic and natural ingredients available in the region. The Mix Lounge also provides a gathering place to enjoy signature cocktails and an extensive wine list.

The Anaheim Marriott is also adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center. Inside the hotel is JW’s Steakhouse, which offers prime meats and world-class wines.

Engage and Inspire Your Staff

The CDA Presents Board of Managers strives to make sure all attendees, including staff, have the opportunity to learn from the most successful names in dentistry. At CDA Presents in Anaheim, office staff will be able to glean some key takeaways on subjects such as nutrition, team bonding, leadership skills, business administration, patient case acceptance and more.

Dentists can have their staff attend profession-specific lectures and workshops (the dental assistants attend dental assistant-geared courses, the office manager attends office manager-geared courses, etc.).

Staff members also enjoy having the time getting to know their colleagues outside of the traditional office setting.

Registration for CDA Presents in Anaheim will open in December at cdapresents.com.