Dental Residency – 2018-19

Dear Colleague,

We are very pleased to present the speaker program for the 2018-2019 season of the Fairfield County Dental Club. This year’s program features five full-day programs—including a very special team event featuring Amy Doneen & Bradley Bale, authors of Beat the Heart Attack Gene, which will be held at the Trumbull Marriott—as well as two evening treatment planning sessions and one bonus evening lecture. The expertise and diversity that is deeply-rooted in this season will truly encompass a multitude of disciplines and bring together topics and concepts that previously we may have never considered. We are looking forward to the educational lectures and the interesting and thoughtful discussions and commentaries.
We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events! Mark your calendars today—you will not want to miss this year’s program!


Michael Sonick , DMD and the Team of Fairfield County Dental Club

Enrollment Form Download

FCDC 2018-19 Seminar Itinerary & Registration Packet

February 1, 2019 – Terry Donovan, DDS
“Practical Pearls for Clinical Use” A Day with Terry Donovan

The contemporary restorative dentist has an increasing evidence base to consult when making both treatment planning and therapeutic decisions. However, there are numerous areas of controversy where the evidence does not provide a clear answer without interpretation. This presentation will discuss several controversial topics related to restorative dentistry and attempt to provide guidance based on the best available evidence.

Topics to be discussed include:

1. An Evaluation of Current Ceramic Materials
2. Diagnosis and Management of Dental Erosion
3. Current Controversies in Restorative Dentistry:

  • Amalgam vs. Composite Resin
  • Tooth reinforcement with adhesive materials
  • Contemporary Cement Selection
  • Etiology and Management of Non-carious Cervical Lesions
  • Bonding of Zirconia Restorations
  • Direct Pulp Capping: MTA vs. Calcium Hydroxide
  • Metal vs. Flexible Endodontic Dowels
  • Implants vs. Endodontics
  • Cemented vs. Screw-Retained Implant Supported Restorations
  • Cordless Gingival Displacement
  • Occlusal Vertical Dimension
  • Silver diamine fluoride

Learning Objectives:

After attending this presentation, participants will:
1. Understand the differences in presenting signs of intrinsic and extrinsic erosion.
2. Understand which ceramic systems work and where they should be used.
3. Understand when and how NCCLs should be restored.
4. Understand when direct pulp capping should be accomplished and what materials to use.
5. Understand when to use an endodontic post and what type of post to use.
6. Understand the important role silver diamine fluoride will play in the management of root caries.

February 27, 2019 – Evening Seminar
“Comprehensive Treatment Planning Seminar – Multiple Case Presentation”

Dinner will be served followed by a lively two hour discussion of treatment planning. Five to ten participants will present cases to be treatment planned or show already completed cases. This will be followed by a spirited discussion of the therapeutic alternatives that exist – an excellent way to exchange ideas and to expand your knowledge base. This forum will also serve as a learning crucible for the difficult cases. Please note that you do not have to present cases to participate.

March 29, 2019 – Marco Brindis, DDS
“Material Selection for The Everyday Implant Dentist: What when and how. Where we are and where we are going”

This course provides valuable information everyday practice. The following topics will be covered:

  • Restorations: additive vs retentive
  • Evidence based ceramic material selection
  • Implant abutment material selection: The 3 levels of interest
  • Cements: Optimize your clinical results
  • Cementation protocol for implant supported crowns
  • Indications and Contraindications
  • Clinical Applications
  • New generation of monolithic ceramic materials
  • New bonding protocols for the new generation or ceramic materials
  • The new generation of ceramics for veneer restorations

April 17, 2019 – Darrell Cain, CPA
“Financial Decisions the Dentist Must Get Right:” Real-World Answers to Dentistry’s Tough Financial Questions”

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine how to minimize social security taxes, state and federal taxes
  • Learn how practice ownership better positions you to accumulate and retain wealth
  • Discover the advantages of saving in a tax-deferred environment
  • Illuminate the impact setting realistic goals for your business has on your personal financial goals
  • Identify the right way and the right time to acquire another office
  • Discover the rewards of bringing an associate or partner into the practice when the time is right
  • Learn the importance of having a vision when following a personal and business financial plan

May 10, 2019 – Monish Bhola, DDS
“Strategies for Preventing Periodontal and Peri-implant Disease”

Dr. Bhola will review the diagnosis and management of periodontal and peri-implant diseases. Treatment modalities for the failing dentition both with and without teeth will be reviewed. When to treat and when to remove a failing implant will be discussed. The afternoon presentation will focus on the Lip Stat technique. Dr Bhola has refined and developed a procedure to reposition the lip to eliminate the gummy smile, thus avoiding the need for orthognathic surgery and Botox.