Dental schools to highlight latest research at CDA Presents

Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry can expect to experience the latest in cutting-edge techniques and technology. At the Anaheim meeting on May 12-14, those interested in hearing about current research taking place at California's dental schools will have the opportunity to hear it from the professionals doing the research themselves.

The Dental School Track is a set of lectures at CDA Presents in Anaheim that will be presented by four of California's dental schools. The presentations will be separated by mornings and afternoons throughout the three-day convention. Participating schools include the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, the College of Dental Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and the UCLA School of Dentistry.

Faculty members or students participating in master's programs from each school will present current material or research and show dentists what may be changing in the profession in the coming years.

"It either helps dentists verify or discount some of their own thought processes. When you are in private practice, you are kind of on your own island and presentations like these help verify some of the things you are thinking about, say bone growth or composites," said Gary Ackerman, DDS, chair of the CDA Presents Board of Managers. "Sometimes people say, 'I don't know how this works, but I know it works.' These presentations will help verify some of your own theories in your own mind and maybe show you some new things to consider as well."

Some dentists may just want to see what the school they attended is working on, Ackerman said.

This program hasn't been featured at CDA Presents in Anaheim since 2006. Ackerman said this was to allow for some turnover in the generation of dentists conducting research at the dental schools. To put the Dental School Track schedule together, the CDA Presents Board of Managers reached out to the restorative departments of each participating dental school.

Below is a schedule for the Dental School Track, which will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Thursday, May 12
USC CDA Advanced Multidisciplinary Program
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Room - 210 A/B

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC prepared a program in which renowned worldwide speakers, including directors and faculty on different advanced specialty programs, were carefully selected and accepted the challenge of sharing state-of-the-art and cutting-edge technology to promote multidisciplinary dentistry. This unique event has brought together professionals from different advanced specialties to discuss novel treatment modalities for patients.

Friday, May 13

Guardians of the Oral Cavity - 2016: Presented by Western University of Health Sciences
8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Room - 210 A/B

Over the last decade, the connection between oral and systemic health has become much more apparent, and now it is widely known that having good oral health is paramount to being healthy in general. This program will explore four facets of dentistry that are sometimes overlooked that can have a profound impact on a person's long-term health.

Interprofessional Application for a Changing Health Care Arena: Presented by Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Room - 206 A/B

Interprofessional patient care is the new buzz phrase. However, defining it and putting it into practice is sometimes confusing. This program will help clarify how interprofessionalism is changing health care and what it means to the practicing clinicians.

Saturday, May 14

UCLA Innovations
8 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Room 210 A/B

Technology is transforming the way dentists screen, image, diagnose, treat, plan and deliver modern dental care and monitor treatment outcome. In each of these treatment stages, UCLA is paving new ground with practical innovations to address decade-old challenges. This session highlights some of the leading UCLA scientists and clinicians who share the common passion to revolutionize dentistry.

For more information on the Dental School Track and CDA Presents in general, visit cdapresents.com.

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Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim have countless educational and informative courses to choose from during the convention May 12-14 at the Anaheim Convention Center. That is especially true for new dentists with limited experiences at CDA Presents. New dentists, who graduated from dental school within the past 10 years, now have an opportunity to chart their own courses by choosing peer-recommended lectures and workshops geared toward practice management and clinical expertise.

Dental professionals from around the world attend CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry to learn about the latest clinical and technological advances in the industry, earn C.E. and network. In the process, they hear from some of dentistry’s most captivating speakers, which will be the case at CDA Presents in Anaheim on May 12-14.