Dear Colleague,

We are very pleased to present the speaker program for the 2023-2024 Fairfield County Dental Club season. We have brought together an impressive line of speakers from throughout the US and the world.
This season will mark our 34th year of advanced continuing world-class education in Fairfield, Connecticut. We will have four full days of continuing education, including a team-building day with the fantastic Dr. Uche Odiatu at the Trumbull Marriott on December 1, 2023, and six evening programs.
I am most excited about the influx of younger dentists committed to learning, networking, and socializing in person. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing the joy in the faces of my colleagues as they grow into competent clinicians and beatifical human beings.
Thank you, young and old, for all of your support. You all make it happen. Mark these dates in your calendar now!
We look forward to seeing you soon. Until then, enjoy the summer.

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

FCDC Itinerary and Registration

Last 9 Seats Available

September 22, 2023 – Bill Robbins, DDS / Full Day Seminar
“A 50-year retrospective – My Failures and Lessons Learned”

This lecture will discuss a wide range dental topics in which I have experienced failures. I will use these failures to provide the lessons I have learned. These will include discussions about Biologic Width, Communication with Specialists, Communication with Patients, Implants In the Anterior Maxilla, Porcelain Veneers, Esthetic Crown Lengthening, Sleep Disordered Breathing, Dental Materials and Bonding Agents.

October 11, 2023 – Multiple Case Presentation / Evening Seminar
“Comprehensive Treatment Planning”

Dinner will be served, followed by a lively two-hour discussion of Treatment Planning/Hand On. 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 expand your knowledge base. This forum will also serve as a learning crucible for difficult cases. Please note that you do not have to present cases to participate.

November 15, 2023 – Matt Teich, DDS / Evening Seminar
“Prosthetic Principles for Successful Implant Treatment”

Course description: Successful implant dentistry is a collaborative approach focusing on the strengths of all specialties to achieve the end result of aesthetic prosthetics. Dr. Teich will discuss the principles to focus on prosthetically for all restorations from single units, temporization of single or multiple units and full arch immediate load. The collaborative approach with all specialties will simplify doing restorations and provide long term prosthetic success.

December 1, 2023 – Uche Odiatu, DMD / Team Building Full Day – Marriott Hotel, Trumbull
“Work / Life – Calm Mind Fit Body Inspired Practice!”

Has your get up and go, got up and left? Are your clinic days fueled by caffeine? Are your patients wound up? This entertaining & informative program will inspire you to TAKE ACTION and reclaim your energy. The unrelenting pressure and stress from demanding clinical treatments, patient relations, and staff challenges can drain the reserves of the most well-intentioned individual. The consequences include poor sleep, overeating, accelerated aging, periodontal disease, lack of productivity, & feelings of overwhelm. This empowering session is uniquely crafted to balance and energize the lives of the dental team. In this powerful seminar you will:

1. Recognize the warning signs and the implications of being out of balance
2. Discover the mind/ body connection through meditation and visualization
3. Make the connection between STRESS and your patient’s ORAL HEALTH
4. Uncover the secret of the 10-10-10 wake up system!
5. Stop accelerated aging in its tracks by strengthening your immune system
6. Understand the food / immune system connection.
7. Make drinking water integral part of your personal stress management program

January 10, 2024 – Black Talon – Gary Salman, CEO / Evening Seminar
“Cyber Security – What Every Dentist Needs to Know”

Day by day, cyber attacks and threats are increasing, so attackers are using more sophisticated methods to hack the computer systems. Cyber security is a very useful protection system for protecting computers, networks, servers, electronic systems, mobile devices, programs, and electronic systems from digital attacks. Generally, cyber attacks are aimed at accessing, destroying, or changing sensitive data by extorting money from operators or disrupting common business processes in dental practices.

This course will teach you how to protect your office from all the daily attacks our practices face.

February 7, 2024 – Steven Katz, DMD / Evening Seminar
“A Blueprint for Practice Growth – Calibrating Diagnostic Criteria & Increasing Treatment Acceptance”

This presentation will highlight the most sure-fire ways to increase treatment acceptance of restorative treatment in any dental practice. First and foremost is to create a caring environment that is differentiated from other experiences the patient has had. Many practices fail to create clarity in their diagnostic criteria. This creates variance in how each clinician in the practice views restorative opportunities and it results in under diagnosis, and under treatment.
In order to present treatment, it must first be diagnosed. The creation of uniform criteria exposes many more opportunities to recommend appropriate treatment. When combined with improved treatment presentation skills and patient-centric, benefit-oriented verbal skills, treatment acceptance markedly increases. It begins with the creation of strong caring relationships as the foundation to being able to provide a higher standard of care and the creation of high perceived value in the care.

Objectives:
• Understand the most effective methods to grow a practice
• Understand the importance of diagnostic criteria
• Establishment of uniform diagnostic criteria
• Introduction of “protective” treatment planning
• Review clinical photography for diagnosis
• Understand the impact of Artificial Intelligence in diagnosis
• Introduce a “system” for communicating the benefits of treatment
• Incorporate benefit-oriented, patient-centric communication
• Understand the relative importance of cost and value
• Learn how to overcome patient objections to treatment

March 1, 2024 – Newton Cardoso, DDS / Full Day Seminar
“Aesthetic Dentistry and The Art: Contemporary and Conservative Approaches For Daily Aesthetics Cases”

Simplicity and guidelines in resolving aesthetic and functional cases may be achieved by any clinician. The main goal of this presentation is to share concepts and standard protocols highlighting key to improve performance in everyday practice. During the program, step-by step cases will be discussed to guide the audience to achieve predictable and successful results. “Simple may not be the best but the best is always simple.”
The presentation will emphasize how to solve everyday problems of esthetics and restorative challenges in nowadays practice. A realistic and practical approach in direct and indirect bonded restorative dentistry will be thoroughly discussed.
After the presentation, the participants will be able to answer the following questions:

1. What are the psychological and biological barriers to successful aesthetic treatments?
2. What do patients really want?
3. What is the latest research?
4. How to improve practice performance and patient satisfaction?
5. What are the do’s and don’ts of full mouth rehabilitation cases?
6. How to evaluate and select materials?

April 3, 2024 – Multiple Case Presentation / Evening Seminar
“Comprehensive Treatment Planning”

Dinner will be served, followed by a lively two-hour discussion of Treatment Planning/Hand On. 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 expand your knowledge base. This forum will also serve as a learning crucible for difficult cases. Please note that you do not have to present cases to participate.

April 12, 2024 – John Esquivel, DDS / Full Day Seminar
“Restoration of the Single Tooth Implant”

There are many questions that we must ask ourselves before designing our final restoration. Everything begins with understanding the implant itself, then followed by a good implant position and an adequate provisionalization technique which will be the blueprint for the final restoration. Of course, the final restoration needs have the adequate material selection, polishing technique and a well-planned design. This course will provide you with clinical knowledge process to achieve esthetic, biologic and predictable outcomes!

May 1, 2024 – Dean Vafiadis, DDS / Evening Seminar
“Facial Aesthetics – Changing Lives”

Over the past 10 years digital technologies have changed the way we treat our patients. Many of these techniques are helping the clinician capture digital data to be used in treatment planning and provisionalization and in final restorations. Understanding materials CAD/CAM technologies and various software’s that are available will be discussed. Digital data acquisition and transfer are key components to the delivery of excellent dental treatment. Utilizing laboratory technicians who are an integral part of the fabrication of these treatments. This program will highlight the endless possibilities of the technology that is available.

Objectives:
1. Using current digital technologies for treatment planning
2. Utilizing 2-D and 3-D imaging for ideal prosthodontics
3. Laboratory component to delivering prosthetic treatment
4. Digital data acquisition and transfer

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