Early-bird registration ensures best pricing, course availability at CDA Presents

Dental professionals are invited to the nation’s premier dental convention, CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, in San Francisco Sept. 6-8 where they can expand their clinical and practice management skills, earn continuing education, explore innovative exhibits from more than 400 exhibitors and engage with their dentistry community.

More than 150 courses and workshops will be offered at CDA Presents, and attendees are encouraged to register early to take advantage of early-bird pricing and to secure their spot at popular events. Early-bird pricing is in effect through Aug. 9.

“Facial Reconstruction to Facial Transplantation: Success Through a Team Approach” by Lawrence E. Brecht, DDS, is the San Francisco convention’s featured lecture. Brecht is the director of maxillofacial prosthetics at New York University College of Dentistry and the director of dental services at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of New York University Langone Medical Center.

According to Brecht, individuals with facial deformities due to either congenital or acquired conditions usually require multiple surgical and prosthetic procedures to provide some semblance of “normal” appearance or functional capacity. But often following many procedures, these patients still lack normalcy in appearance and still lack function.

Through the development of a surgical-prosthetic-industrial team approach and advances in digital technologies, however, many previously unimagined reconstructions are now possible and are achieved following fewer and more efficient surgical procedures that also facilitate improved prosthetic restorations and functional outcomes. Brecht’s presentation will discuss the advantages of using this team approach in reconstruction, from the simplest examples to the most complex, such as facial transplantation. (Read more about Brecht’s lecture in the July issue of the CDA Update.)

Paramedic Rick Ritt, EMT-P, MA, will present two emergency preparation and management courses sponsored by The Dentists Insurance Company. One course, designed specifically for the general dentist, will provide a hands-on clinical simulation experience using a high-fidelity mannequin called SimMan to help dentists make critical decisions and determine the most effective therapies for their patients who experience medical emergencies and complications.

Another course led by Ritt and sponsored by TDIC also uses SimMan for an interactive hands-on experience that will help the entire dental team perform the proper assessment and provide the best care in cases of patient medical emergencies.

Other highlights of CDA Presents San Francisco include lectures by Harold L. Crossley, DDS, PhD, on dental pharmacology, the dental implications of marijuana use and the impact of commonly abused prescription and illicit drugs. Samson Ng, BSc(Pharm), MSc, DMD, will give presentations on oral cancer awareness in dental practice, and two lectures by George F. Priest, DMD, will discuss oral rehabilitations – one exploring the use of crowns and veneers and the other the use of implants.

Restorative dentistry will be featured in presentations by Thomas R. McDonald, DMD, and Edward A. McLaren, DDS, MDC, while lectures by Anthony R. Cardoza, DDS, will give an overview of forensic dentistry, laser dentistry and dentistry’s role in mass disasters and in recognizing child abuse and domestic violence.

More information about these courses and others offered at CDA Presents is available in the online program at cdapresents.com. Don’t forget to register early for best pricing and course availability. Online registrants will pick up their registration materials at the eBadge Exchange at Moscone South in San Francisco.

Register or learn more at cdapresents.com/sf2018.