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World-class speakers at CDA Presents offer courses on occlusion, restorative dentistry, oral pathology and more

Over 200 in-person lectures and workshops open to dentists and their teams in Anaheim

April 21, 2022 1777
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Art + Science of Dentistry
May 12-14, 2022
Anaheim Convention Center

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Headlining speakers will present courses in restorative dentistry, occlusion, forensic dentistry, implants, oral pathology and prosthetic dentistry, while other courses explore hot topics like green dentistry and TMJ. A workshop will demonstrate an examination for oral cancer, and a unique mock trial will illustrate just how difficult it can be to defend against an accusation of dental malpractice. Read on for a preview of headlining speakers and some of their courses.

CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry is back in Anaheim May 12-14 with more than 200 in-person continuing education courses for dentists and their teams plus a sprawling exhibit hall offering opportunities to shop and save on the latest dental technology. 

The CDA party at the Grand Plaza also makes a return, and other special events are planned for all three days of the convention. 

Headlining speakers will present courses in restorative dentistry, occlusion, forensic dentistry, implants, oral pathology and prosthetic dentistry, while other courses explore hot topics like green dentistry and TMJ.

A workshop will demonstrate an examination for oral cancer, and a unique mock trial led by experienced courtroom lawyers with dental expertise will illustrate just how difficult it can be to defend against an accusation of dental malpractice.

Welcoming back members, vendors, auxiliaries and friends

“CDA and the CDA Presents Board of Managers is excited to welcome back our members, vendors, auxiliaries and friends to our first in-person event in Anaheim since 2019!” said Valerie Harada, DDS, program chair for Anaheim 2022.

“The board of managers has been working hard to put together an exciting lineup of courses for Anaheim, including by many world-renowned speakers,” Dr. Harada added. “As always, we will have a wide variety of courses as both lectures and workshops for attendees to refresh and expand their knowledge. Also, we can’t wait to see you at our social and networking events and at our engaging exhibit hall where you will be able to see all the new products that have launched.”

Most courses will be held in-person at the Anaheim Convention Center, but CDA will live-stream 12 courses for remote attendance. Detailed information about registration, course formats, COVID-19 safety protocols and more is available in the attendee FAQ.

Preview of headlining speakers

Read on to learn about a few CDA Presents headlining speakers and their courses across a range of disciplines. All courses require registration. Lectures are free. Workshops have a fee.

Occlusion: Live lectures, deep dives and a panel presentation

Jeff Brucia, DDS, co-director of the FACE occlusion study group, will present the live demonstration “Deep Dive FACE: Centric Determination” at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 13. Dr. Brucia says this rare educational opportunity will show attendees how to achieve and confirm a stable and fully seated condylar position “without the guesswork.”

Lee Ann Brady, DMD, along with Dr. Brucia, Frank Curry, DDS, and Leonard Hess, DDS, will co-present an occlusion panel presentation allowing attendees to learn from, question and compare the teaching objectives from the Dawson Academy, the FACE Foundation and the Pankey Institute ― three of the oldest and most respected functionally directed programs in dentistry. The lecture starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Also Friday, an interactive lecture by Dr. Brady will present a systemized, comprehensive approach to treatment planning and case presentation covering the areas of esthetics, function and health.

And in Dr. Hess’s individual lecture “Deep Dive: Dawson Occlusion,” attendees will learn about the centric relation, including how it influences clinical outcomes.

Brady, Brucia and Hess will also present courses on other topics, including restorative dentistry and provisionals. 

Restorative dentistry: Hands-on workshops and live lectures

Restorative dentistry courses will also have strong representation at CDA Presents with headlining speaker Marcos Vargas, BDB, DDS, MS, presenting three workshops and one lecture:

  • “Mastering Posterior Composites Using Bulk Fill Materials”(Friday workshop)
  • “Posterior Resin Composite Restorations and Bulk Fill – Make It Easy” (Friday workshop)
  • “Predictable Anterior Aesthetic Composite Restorations” (Saturday, May 14, lecture)
  • “Wow Your Patients With Your Resin Composites the Easy, Predictable and Profitable Way” (Saturday lecture)

Brucia will also present two lectures on restorative dentistry Saturday: “Conservative Adhesive Materials and Techniques” and “Mastering the Indirect Adhesive Interface.”

Implants: ONJ, peri-implantitis, implant complications, implant facial gingival aesthetics

Headliner Tara Aghaloo, DDS, professor in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the UCLA School of Dentistry, will present three lectures on implants Thursday, May 12.

“Osteonecrosis of the Jaws: Updates for the Practicing Dentist and Dental Team” is being offered as both an in-person and virtual lecture that will explain how to confidently diagnose and stage osteonecrosis of the jaws, as well as understand ONJ treatment guidelines, prevention and pathophysiology.

Dr. Aghaloo says attendees will learn how to manage patients with ONJ in the office and understand when to refer patients for specialty care.

The two other courses by Aghaloo will explore peri-implantitis and implant complications.

Also Thursday are two lectures by Joseph Kan, DDS, MS.

“How to Avoid Facial Gingival Recession for Aesthetic Implant Treatment” will cover all the variables that the implant surgeon and restorative dentist need to know to minimize implant facial recession, while
“How to Avoid Papilla Loss for Aesthetic Immediate Implant Treatment,” designed for general and specialty dentists, will explain the biology of the papilla and the concept of preservation versus reconstruction.

Dental materials: Four lectures by Dr. Nathaniel Lawson

Nathaniel Lawson, DMD, PhD, director of the division of biomaterials at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry and program director of the biomaterials residency, is teaching the following four courses, two of which are offered both Thursday and Saturday:

  • “Bonding Dental Ceramics” (Thursday and Saturday)
  • “Hot Topics in Restorative Dentistry and New Materials for Conservative Dentistry” (Thursday and Saturday)
  • “Materials and Techniques To Improve Class II Composites” (Thursday only)
  • “Prevention and Nonsurgical Treatment of Caries” (Saturday only)

In his “hot topics” lecture, Lawson, whose Instagram account Dentinal Tube (@dentinaltube) has amassed over 84,000 followers, will explore how new concepts in dental materials allow for the practice of more conservative dentistry. He will provide evidence for these new materials, such as silver diamine fluoride, resin infiltration and microabrasion, and the clinical protocols for their use. 

Forensic and laser dentistry, oral pathology: Overview lecture, live workshop

Anthony Cardoza, DDS, the chief forensic dentist for San Diego and Imperial counties, will present an overview course on forensic crime scene investigation and will dispel the myth known as the “CSI effect” as it relates to forensic odontology. Attendees can expect to leave understanding the varied roles of the forensic dentist, the forensic value of dental records and how to cooperate with the legal system. The course starts at 9 a.m. Friday.

In a second lecture Friday afternoon, Dr. Cardoza will explain how dental records are used in a mass disaster and how to recognize signs and symptoms of physical abuse.

“As dental health care professionals, you are mandated by law to report patients you suspect have signs or symptoms of physical abuse,” Cardoza says. “This course will familiarize you with the signs of abuse in children and adults.”

Cardoza will also present three sessions of his always popular “World of Lasers” on Saturday.

Oral pathology: Recognition, diagnosis and treatment of lesions plus diagnostic challenges 

Known for his informative lectures with entertaining titles, John Svirsky, DDS, MEd, an oral and maxillofacial pathologist at Virginia Commonwealth University, will present four lectures in the area of oral pathology.

In his review course “Come and Catch It” on Friday morning, Dr. Svirsky will cover the 25 soft tissue lesions that he says every dentist and hygienist should know how to recognize, diagnose and treat appropriately. 

Svirsky’s new interactive course for 2022, “A Patient Can Have as Many Diseases as They Please,” will present interesting cases the speaker has seen or that have been emailed to him over the past few years. Attendees “will help him to diagnose as he plays the patient” and will learn how to describe a lesion, develop a differential diagnosis and treat the condition. The course starts at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Where to find details on all speakers and their courses and other information

Find all speakers at CDA Presents by their last name and see the courses they will teach in Anaheim. 

Use the schedule planner to plan your daily attendance with the lectures, workshops and events that most interest you. If you haven’t done so already, register for CDA Presents and use your saved schedule planner when selecting your courses.

To join your peers at the CDA party featuring food, drinks and live entertainment Friday evening, purchase your tickets through the registration dashboard. You can also view free lectures and edit your ticketed courses and events through the dashboard.

Find answers to questions about C.E. credit and transcripts, child care, the exhibit hall and more in the attendee FAQ.