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    • September 19, 2024
    • 8:30 AM
    • September 22, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wind Creek Bethlehem

    The 2024 PEAK Track II Spring Meeting and PAGD Annual Meeting will be at the Wind Creek Bethlehem, September 19-22, 2024. The brief schedule is below:

    Thursday, September 19

    PEAK Presentations from your Colleagues

    Hear your colleagues present real-world examples of how they implemented lessons learned on esthetics, prosth, and ortho from the 2024 Spring meeting. Nothing to present? Come anyway, the best lessons are often learned from your colleagues.

    AGD Subject Code - 130 Electives
    7.0 Credit Hours Available

    Evening Social Event - Axe Throwing at Angry Jack's Axe Throwing Club

    Friday, September 20

    When Implants Go Wrong: How to Diagnose, Prevent and Treat Dental Implant Complications by Dr. Bart Silverman

    As predictable as implant dentistry has become, complications and failures still occur. This program will help clinicians with proper patient selection, and how to overcome some of the more common challenges and failures that occur post-surgically as well as post-restoratively. Learning which type of grafting material is best for different grafting protocols/objectives and an introduction into a digital workflow with a focus on full arch reconstruction will be discussed. 

    Learning Objectives: At the end of this course, attendees should be able to:

    • Identify potential complications
    • Understand how to approach failed grafted sites
    • Identify the correct suturing techniques for grafted and non-grafted surgical sights
    • Select the correct grafting/regeneration materials and protocol based upon a patient's needs
    • Understand the implementation of a digital workflow for full arch reconstruction

    AGD Subject Code - 690 Implants
    7.0 Credit Hours Available

    Evening Social Event at SteelStacks

    Saturday, September 21

    Advanced Endodontics: From Concepts to Clinical Practice by Dr. David Landwehr

    Endodontic success is dependent on a variety of interrelated factors, but elimination of bacteria from the root canal system is the ultimate goal.  Although case complexity varies greatly from tooth to tooth, the core fundamentals of endodontic treatment remain the same.  This seminar will provide a comprehensive review of advanced endodontic diagnosis strategies and the limitations of pulp testing.  A protocol will be presented to aid clinicians in locating the hard-to-find canals.  A glide path strategy that will allow clinicians to negotiate small, long, and curved canals will be reviewed.  Instrumentation options will be discussed to maximize clinical efficiency and safety in common and atypical anatomies.  Enhanced irrigation protocols will be explored prior to presenting state of the art obturation techniques.  Additionally, retreatment strategies will be discussed with a special emphasis on identifying and removal of different root filling materials.

    The participant will learn:

    • How to increase the accuracy of endodontic diagnosis by understanding the limitations of pulp testing and radiology.
    • The importance of glide path management and the benefits of creating a reproducible and enhanced glide path with a single mechanical instrument, while preserving maximum dentin for restoration and function.
    • The design features and working characteristics of root canal instrumentation systems and their impact on clinical efficiency and predictability.
    • The simplicity and importance of enhanced irrigation following shaping of the root canal system.
    • A predictable way to remove gutta percha and other obturation materials from the root canal system.
    AGD Subject Code - 070 Endodontics

    7.0 Credit Hours Available

    Sunday, September 22

    Now You Don't, Now You See It: A Tour of Adding the Z Axis Into our Diagnostic Tools by Dr. Rob Bagoff 

    X-rays were first discovered in 1895.  Since then, the mysteries of the “inside” of things has become less mysterious. We have graduated from a “CONE” at the end of the 2-D X-ray unit to a present-day cylinder or column. Large exposure times have been reduced to milliseconds due to better film and digital sensor technology. Then, onto the scene came the CBCT 3-D imaging. In the late 1990’s CBCT’s were introduced into dental schools, hospitals and some private offices. From 2010 on, CBCT’s have made their way into our private offices. 

    We will review:

    • How the CBCT can enhance our diagnosis and treatment planning
    • How we can better identify the beginnings of an endodontic lesion.
    • Better implant bone loss diagnosis.
    • How we send a scan to the oral surgeon when taking out impacted third molars on your patients. 
    • The ability to scan an analogue impression and email it to your lab. 
    • How you can mesh a CBCT and a digital intra oral impression for patient case presentation, to sending the files to your in office or remote lab for restorations. 
    AGD Subject Code - 730 Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology

    4.0 Credit Hours Available

      • September 26, 2024
      • 7:00 PM
      • September 29, 2024
      • 12:00 PM
      • Doubletree Cranberry

      The 2024 PEAK I Fall Meeting will be at the Doubletree in Cranberry Township, north of Pittsburgh, from September 26-29, 2024. PEAK Track I is one of two PAGD Mastertracks, and keeps its meeting intentionally smaller for those inclined to learn in a more intimate setting.

      Thursday, September 26

      Presentations from your Colleagues

      PEAK I will continue the format it began in the Fall 2023 meeting, where presenters will show what they learned from previous meetings over dinner on Thursday evening.

      Friday, September 27

      Stop Asking Clear Aligners to Do Things They Can't


      Therapeutic Botox to Address TMD in the Dental Practice by Dr. Bruce McFarlane

      In this lively lecture, orthodontist Dr. Bruce McFarlane will explore the various devices and methods that help overcome the limitations of clear aligners and set up your complex cases for serious success. Participants will walk away with confidence in identifying and overcoming the limitations of clear aligner orthodontics. This will result in better, more assured, and faster clinical outcomes for clear aligner cases. In the second half, Dr. McFarlane will explain how to safely diagnose, formulate, and administer an ideal Botox treatment plan to address the needs of your patients with TMD.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Understand the demand for clear aligner therapy worldwide
      • Learn the limitations of clear aligners when it comes to challenging movements
      • Discover the devices and methods to use for ultimate case execution
      • Intro to Botox Basics & Chair-side Setup
      • Patient Assessment, Diagnostics & Documentation
      • Botox Treatment Plan For Pain Relief By Dosing and Volume
      • Injection Technique, Clinical Scenarios and Guidance
      AGD Subject Codes - 370 Orthodontics and 010 Basic Science

      7.5 Credit Hours Available

      Friday Evening - Host Home with Drs. John and Linda Kokai

      Saturday, September 28

      Advanced Techniques in Dental Restorations: Composite Bonding, Bioactive Materials, and All-Ceramic Crowns by Dr. Daniel Ward

      This course explores cutting-edge techniques in dental restorative procedures, focusing on three pivotal areas: direct composite bonding, bioactive dental materials, and all-ceramic crowns. Participants will gain comprehensive knowledge in the intricate art of composite bonding using the new simplified shade anterior composites and bulk-fill posterior composites, learning to achieve seamless aesthetic results while preserving dental structure. The course delves into the science behind bioactive materials, emphasizing their role in promoting oral health and extending the longevity of restorations. We will cover the meticulous process of selecting, preparing, fitting and seating all-ceramic crowns. You will become acquainted with basic concepts of proportional and personality-based smile design. Gain expertise to elevate your restorative techniques, enhancing patient outcomes and satisfaction.

      Upon completion of this course, participants will learn how to:

      • Place beautiful, simplified shade anterior composite restorations using a specialized matrix system
      • Utilize bulk fill posterior composites to conservatively and efficiently restore teeth
      • Decrease post-operative sensitivity and increase pulp vitality using bioactive materials
      • Select and utilize the ideal all-ceramic crown for each situation and patient
      • Use specific treatment protocols for each class of all-ceramic crowns
      • Understand proportional and personality-based smile design principles

      AGD Subject Code - 250 Operative (Restorative) Dentistry
      7.5 Credit Hours Available

      Sunday, September 29

      Using Digital Dental Photography to Effectively Diagnose, Treatment Plan and Communicate with Patients by Dr. Daniel Ward

      This course delves into the essential applications and techniques of digital dental photography. Simplified digital dental cameras can make the process easy and allow all dental team members to use them effectively. Traditional SLR digital cameras can create stunning images but must be specially calibrated. Learn how to set up and use these 2 types of digital camera to take a complete series of dental photographs. Participants will learn hands-on skills in capturing high-quality intraoral and extraoral photographs to enhance treatment planning and patient communication. Photographs are invaluable in smile analysis and design and provide the baseline for treatment. Use photography to elevate your practice and master the intricacies of transforming smiles.

      Upon completion of this course, participants will learn how to:

      • Understand the many uses and benefits of using photography in the dental office to allow patients to make informed decisions
      • Select, purchase, and set up the appropriate digital dental camera for your office
      • Use photographs to diagnose as well as communicate the perfect smile
      • Take a standardized series of high-quality dental photos (hands-on)
      • Evaluate smiles using proportional and personality-based smile design to create the ideal smile that best matches the patient

      AGD Subject Code - 130 Electives
      4.0 Credit Hours Available

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