Dear Colleague,

I am so excited to introduce the FCDC 2019-2020 Season and to announce the fantastic lineup of full day speakers! Continuing the tradition of great education, the full year will cover a wide variety of contemporary dental practice subjects, so please be sure to mark your calendars today. We will start the year off in September with Leah Lochner, BM, who will lecture on “Winning the Insurance Game” which will highlight strategies that you can implement in your dental practice for effective insurance management. Also, back by popular demand, is world renowned, Pascal Magne, DMD, who will lecture on “Posterior Bonded Restorations: Direct and Semi-(in) Direct Biomimetic Techniques” covering adhesive dentistry and the biomimetic/bio-emulation approach that are now gaining significant momentum. Multiple Case Presentations will also be included in the lineup, which will include dinner followed by a lively two-hour interactive discussion of treatment planning to expand your knowledge base.

It’s going to be an incredible year! My team and I are so looking forward to the upcoming season with great lecturers, and also some fun surprises planned as well. Please take a look at the enclosed brochure, and once again, be sure to mark your calendars today!

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

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FCDC 2019-20 Seminar Itinerary & Registration Packet

September 25, 2019 – Kim McCleskey, CPBC / Evening Seminar
“The Business of Dentistry”

Our practice financial accountability training will give you the tools and processes needed to facilitate a monthly financial meeting showing that all three software systems reconcile (your practice management software, QuickBooks and the bank system). This system will ensure your patient accounts are correct and that all receivables are accounted for. It’s also our best tool to prevent or catch embezzlement. In addition, we will create a road map of overhead expenditures and projected income, which shows you the exact costs to operate your practice each month, and of course, your projected cash flow.

Course Objectives:
Front desk financial accountability checklist.
Checklist of items needed to facilitate monthly financial meeting, including a managers monthly accountability worksheet.
Overview of reading your P & L (Profit and Loss)
Embezzlement-proofing your practice.

October 11, 2019 – Pascal Magne, DMD / Full Day Seminar
“Posterior Bonded Restorations: Direct and semi-(in) direct biomimetic techniques”

Is the “mechanical retention and resistance form” era coming to an end? Adhesive dentistry and the biomimetic/bio-emulation approach are now gaining significant momentum. In 2013, the United States was among the first countries to sign the Minamata Convention aiming at reducing and possibly eliminating mercury pollution, including a phase-down approach to dental amalgam. Now more than ever, dental professionals have the responsibility to offer and to deliver valid alternative treatment options to their patients. Direct and semi-(in) direct restorative techniques using bonded composite resin and ceramic materials constitute major players as possible alternatives. This presentation will discuss the instruments, materials and innovations that will allow the optimal application of adhesive restorative techniques in your practice.

Defining the biomimetic principle through biology, function, mechanics and esthetics
Understanding the correct dentin bonding strategy
Optimizing the use of direct composite resin restorations with innovative tools and materials
Understanding semi-direct and semi-indirect techniques and why we need them
Getting used to the inevitable: CAD/CAM dentistry and corresponding materials

October 30, 2019 – Multiple Case Presentation / Evening Seminar
“Comprehensive Treatment Planning Seminar”

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.

November 20, 2019 – John Sconza, DDSS / Evening Seminar
“Digital Dentistry Technologies”

The program will review recent advances in computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) in implant dentistry and explore the possibilities offered by a fully digital approach, eliminating the need to implant-level impressions while delivering an anatomically precise restoration for Zimmer Biomet Implant Systems.

The speaker will also discuss how proper abutment design and emergence can help mitigate long-term problems with implants such as bone loss and infection. Concepts such as machining tolerances, micro-movement/micro-leakage and OEM parts will be addressed. Literature will be presented on how multiple disruptions in the implant restorative site can impact long-term bone, soft-tissue, and ultimately aesthetic results.

At the completion of the program participants will learn:
Alternative restorative options when taking a fully digital approach.
Final Restorative Options for Dental Implants
The benefits of using a fully digital approach.

December 6, 2019 – Rick Roblee, DDS / Full Day Seminar
“Interdisciplinary Management of Esthetic and Restorative Dilemmas”

Some of the most challenging esthetic and restorative dilemmas are those that fall into a gray zone between traditional therapies. The complexities of diagnosing these problems, coupled with the lack of optimal treatment options, often lead to inappropriate treatment and disappointing compromises. This presentation will focus on an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosing the fundamental components of these complex problems and managing them by combining traditional therapies with new treatment options to ideally address the underlying issues and more predictably achieve success. These new options include surgically facilitated orthodontic therapy (SFOT) utilizing corticotomies and single- or multiple-tooth osteotomies.

Learning Objectives:
Solutions to esthetic dilemmas often fall into a “Gray Zone” between the different disciplines
An interdisciplinary approach is needed to properly diagnose and treatment plan these problems
Recent advances in orthodontics can assist the interdisciplinary team to more predictably treat these problems

January 22, 2020 – Multiple Case Presentation / Evening Seminar
“Comprehensive Treatment Planning Seminar”

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.

February 7, 2020 – Robert Levine, DDS / Full Day Seminar
“MMPPI: The scientific way to keep your patients teeth and build your periodontal practice”
10 Keys of Esthetic Implant Therapy”

The Miller-McEntire Periodontal Prognosis Index (MMPPI) combines 7 factors (age, smoking, diabetes: HgA1c %, molar type, probing depth, furcation and mobility) which provides a score that gives the patient an actual percentage of the likelihood they will keep their teeth for 15 and 30 years and not lose them to periodontal disease based on scoring of the worst molar that is planned to be kept. The science supporting this research was published in the Journal of Periodontology in 2014 (P.D. Miller et al) and Dr. Miller received the prestigious Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) in 2015. As “physicians of the mouth,” Dr. Levine uses the MMPPI for all patients and believes the use of the MMPPI significantly motivates patients to accept treatment and to take responsibility as an active participant/co-therapist in planning their treatment resulting in the “achievement of their long-term periodontal and systemic health.”

Course Objectives:
Describe the use and benefits of the MMPPI in clinical practice as “physicians of the mouth”
Recognize how the use of the MMPPI translates clinical outcomes (LANAP therapy) into patient “value” (case acceptance)
Identify the indications/contraindications along with the periodontal case types that will respond favorably to LANAP or LAPIP periodontal therapy based on his documented case reports presented by Dr. Levine
Describe how your “team” as health-care professionals are empowered by the use of the MMPPI and LANAP as they fit together “like a hand in a glove”

“10 Keys to Esthetic Success.”

This course will address the close interaction of the implant surgeon with the restorative dentist and dental laboratory in achieving optimal esthetic outcomes and reduced patient morbidity in the treatment of the maxillary central incisor. This area of the mouth experiences the most complications we see in implant dentistry when a surgical and prosthetic “checklist” is not followed. Dr. Levine will emphasize the “team approach” involving comprehensive diagnosis and surgical/prosthetic treatment using the “10 Keys” approach. Practice management techniques will also be addressed for improving case acceptance and how the “team approach” can make this process seamless, successful and personally rewarding.

Course Objectives:
Recognize the “human factors” that can be the primary causes of technical and environmental complications in the field of implant dentistry due to the lack of “check-lists”
Describe the SAC Classification (straightforward, advanced, complex) for Implant Placement and the reasons why the Esthetic Zone is a Complex-SAC procedure (surgical & prosthetic phases)
Identify the success factors and complications in the treatment of the maxillary central incisor
Describe the “10 Keys” approach and its use as a diagnostic, surgical and prosthetic check-list to avoid esthetic zone complications based on documented case reports presented

March 11, 2020 – Leah Lochner, BM / Evening Seminar
“Winning the Insurance Game”

Learning Objectives:
With this program, you will be able to implement systems for your practice and your team on how and when to appeal claim denials, knowing how exactly the insurance works and how to work it to your favor. You will be able to better manage and choose what insurance carrier is right for your practice and your patients.

Proper Coding
End of day sheet
Problem codes and how to get them paid the 1st time
Dental/Medical cross coding

Financial Accountability
Insurance verifications
How and when to work the aging reports
Documentation, Documentation, and more documentation

The Game
Know your competitor (The Insurance companies)
Know your rules (What rights does the provider have, knowing the in’s and out’s of your provider contract)
How to win the game (How to handle appeals, peer reviews, resubmissions in order to get that claim paid)

April 17, 2020 – Jeff Brucia, DDS / Full Day Seminar
“Restorative Materials & Techniques Simplified”

The numerous choices in restorative materials has confused the clinician as to what is best indicated in a given situation. The continuous evolution in adhesive materials and techniques combined with the ever-increasing demands for predictable and long lasting aesthetic restorations demands continuous learning in the areas of material science and restorative technique.

This lecture course provides an overview of the restorative options you should be considering today as well as a comprehensive discussion of the ever-changing world of dentinal adhesives. Dr. Brucia has lectured internationally on this subject and will guide you through the collection of materials and techniques available today for providing both direct and indirect restorations that will meet your patients expectations for quality dental care. This is a must see program for all wet fingered restorative dentist.

Learning Objectives:
Review the options available in adhesive systems including the new advancements in Glass Ionomers and light curing units
Eliminate the frustration of post-operative sensitivity and restorative failure
Discuss the materials and techniques for direct composite restorations
Techniques and material selection for near or direct pulp exposures
Techniques for the preparation, impressions, temporization, lab communication, material selection and cementation of indirect restorations including margin elevation, fiber re-enforcement and when to seal the prep
Techniques and materials for repairing porcelain fractures