Headlining speakers to educate CDA Presents attendees

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 San Francisco on Sept. 8-10. A series of cadaver dissection workshops will teach attendees about anatomic correlations between cone beam CT and dissection, indications and contraindications for crown lengthening and tips for instrumenting, disinfecting and obturating canals.

In addition, there are other lectures and workshops that give both dentists and their staff an opportunity to learn new things about the profession.

Cadaver Workshops

Homayon Asadi, DDS
Asadi is an associate professor and course director of advanced head and neck anatomy at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He maintains a private practice in San Jose. He will be co-leading a workshop on cone beam CT and navigation-guided dissection of the head and neck.

David Hatcher, DDS
Hatcher received his dental degree from the University of Washington and was granted a specialty degree in oral and maxillofacial radiology and a master of science from the University of Toronto. He will be co-leading a workshop on cone beam CT and navigation-guided dissection of the head and neck.

James Grisdale, BA, DDS
Grisdale is a board-certified specialist in periodontics and prosthodontics with a part-time private practice in Vancouver, B.C., and is a faculty member at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. He is leading a workshop that will focus on the different techniques utilized in crown extension. Indications and contraindications for crown lengthening will also be addressed.

Ralan Wong, DDS, MS
Wong maintains a private practice specializing in endodontics in San Francisco. He is also an associate clinical professor of endodontics at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Wong will co-lead a workshop that provides hands-on training starting from the latest endodontic orthograde instrumentation to retrograde microsurgical techniques.

Compromised Patients

Barbara J. Steinberg, DDS
Steinberg is a clinical professor of surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine and adjunct associate professor of Oral Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She will be leading a lecture that will help dentists understand the prevalence, risk factors, prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

Dental Materials

Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD
Christensen is founder and CEO of Practical Clinical Courses, CEO of Clinicians Report Foundation and a practicing prosthodontist in Provo, Utah. He will lead a lecture that includes topics such as the state of the profession, CAD/CAM, diagnosis and treatment planning, equipment, esthetic dentistry, laboratory technology, operative dentistry, practice management, fixed prosthodontics and technology.

Esthetic Dentistry

Gerard J. Chiche, DDS
Chiche is the Thomas P. Hinman endowed chair in restorative dentistry and the director of the Center for Esthetic and Implant Dentistry at the Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine in Augusta, Ga. He will be leading a lecture on esthetic treatment techniques and managing key esthetic factors for predictable esthetic treatment.

Geriatric Dentistry

Linda C. Niessen, DMD, MPH
Niessen currently serves as dean and professor at the Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She will be leading a lecture on practical approaches to patients with cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis.


Jon B. Suzuki, DDS, PhD, MBA
Suzuki is professor, chairman, program director and associate dean for graduate education at Temple University in Philadelphia. He also serves as chairman of the FDA Dental Products Panel. He will lead a workshop on regeneration of extraction sockets for ridge preservation for implant site development.

Prosthodontics/ Restorative Dentistry

Robert A. Lowe, DDS
Lowe has maintained a full-time practice for 33 years and is a world-recognized teacher and clinician. He taught for 10 years at the Loyola University School of Dentistry. He will lead a workshop to discuss and demonstrate techniques to create morphologically precise direct anterior composite restorations.

Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, CDD, ACE
Brinker is a national and international speaker and published author. She was selected one of Dentistry Today's Top 100 Clinicians and DPR's most influential women in dentistry. She will lead a workshop on how to use the provisionals as an assessment tool to evaluate form and function.

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. He will lead a workshop to provide detailed insight into the total spectrum of indirect restorative materials indicated for use in the posterior area.

Sleep Apnea

Jamison R. Spencer, DMD, MS
Spencer is the director of the Center for Sleep Apnea and TMJ in Boise, Idaho, and the director of dental sleep medicine for Lane and Associates Family Dentistry in Raleigh, N.C. Spencer will lead a lecture to review the basics of normal sleep, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in adults and children. He will also cover diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, including the dentist's role and appliance selection.

Team Motivation

Chris Scappatura
Scappatura is dedicated to promoting personal and office development through humorous and thought-provoking seminars and coaching. He will lead a lecture on improving office communication, which improves the office environment, which creates a better patient experience.

Dave Weber, BA
Weber is an internationally recognized speaker, author and humorist in Atlanta helping dental practices make progress on purpose. He will discuss the secret to bringing out the best in the people you work with and the patients you serve.

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Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco have a number of lectures and workshops to choose from during the convention set for Sept. 8-10 at Moscone South in San Francisco. New dentists specifically have several options that are designed to provide them with valuable information as they launch their careers in dentistry.

An inaugural dissection workshop using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to preview and identify head and neck anatomy prior to and during dissection will take place during the Sept. 8-10 CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco.