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2017 Meetings

Jim McKee, D.D.S. .

MARCH 10, 2017

A New Perspective on Occlusion and TMD

Lansing Center, Lansing, MI

Jim McKee has been in private practice since 1984 in Downers Grove, Illinois and sees a wide variety of patients ranging from simple to very complex cases requiring an interdisciplinary approach. Jim is a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and a past-president of the American Equilibration Society. He has been a faculty member at the Dawson Academy and the Pankey Institute and lectured both nationally and internationally for over 25 years. Jim is a visiting faculty member at the Piper Education and Research Center in St. Petersburg, Florida and directs several study clubs.

Course Objectives and Description

This lecture will address the following primary topics:

1. Evaluate our occlusion and TMD training to determine what concepts are valid today and what concepts require a new perspective.

2. Understand the role occlusion plays in TMD and the role TMD plays in occlusion.

3. Learn when it is necessary to image the TM joints, learn how to image the TM joints and learn how TM joint imaging will change the treatment plan for the occlusal, orthodontic, restorative, orthognathic and sleep patient.

4. Understand a treatment planning decision tree based on TMD and occlusal risk factors.

5. Discuss practice management concepts that will lead to successful implementation of new occlusion and TMJ concepts.





2016 Meetings

Dr. M. Nader Sharifi, D.D.S., M.S.

MARCH 11, 2016

“Controversies in Restorative Implant Dentistry”

Lansing Center, Lansing, MI

M. Nader Sharifi, D.D.S., M.S. holds a certificate in prosthodontics and a masters degree in biomaterials from Northwestern University. He received his dental education at the University of Illinois. Dr. Sharifi has presented more than 400 lectures covering numerous topics on restorative dentistry earning him recognition from esteemed study groups, societies and associations across the nation and internationally. He currently maintains a full-time private practice of adult general dentistry in Chicago. Dr. Sharifi is a former assistant professor at Northwestern University and currently uses his experience as a five day a week wet gloved dentist to ensure time saving and cost effective care are represented in his lectures. In 1996 he was named to the American Dental Associations Speakers Bureau and in 2007 Chicago Dental Society honored him with the Gordon Christensen Distinguished Lecturer Award.

Course Objectives and Description
This lecture will address the following primary topics:

  • Longevity of various treatment options for single crowns, short, long, and full arch bridges on natural teeth and implants.
  • Screw retained vs. cemented crowns in implant dentistry
  • Implications of immediate placement and immediate load.
  • Custom abutments vs. stock abutments and abutment material selection.
  • Learn number and location of implants for overdentures and attachment selection.
  • Introduce the concept of converting the failed dentition to a fixed implant bridge.
Dr. Robert Ritter, DDS

SEPTEMBER 22-25, 2016

The 3 D’s of Dentistry: Recommendation Marketing, Digital Dentistry & the Clinical Success in the Everyday Practice”

Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, MI

Dr. Ritter received his Dental Degree from The Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine and currently practices in Palm Beach County, FL focusing on adhesive esthetic dentistry. He currently holds positions as adjunct professor at multiple dental schools, and is a member of the Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, The American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and The Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, among many others. He is also a graduate of the Kois and Spear Education Centers. Dr. Ritter is an editorial board member of REALITY and a product consultant to numerous dental manufacturers. He continues to speak both nationally and internationally over 30 times per year.

Course Objectives and Description
This lecture will address the following primary topics:

  • An integrated approach that looks at diagnosis & treatment planning, as well as smile design, and single unit dentistry for the everyday dental practice.
  • Digital design & communication, digital planning & workflow, and digital marketing.
  • Material choices between lithium disilicate vs. zirconia as well as the latest adhesives and cements for long lasting results.
  • The use of digital chairside dental scanners in general practice.
  • How to simplify the latest in implant prosthetics with the help of digital communication.

2015 Meetings

Dr. Ed McLaren DDS, MDC

September 25-27, 2015

“Hot Topics in Esthetics, Dental Ceramics, Adhesion and Digital Dentistry”

Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, MI

This presentation will cover many of the current “hot topics” in esthetics, dental ceramics, adhesion, and digital dentistry. The lecture will go into how I treatment analysis, design, and plan an esthetic case. It will also clarify the most appropriate clinical situations and restorative requirements of the various ceramic systems from conventional feldspathic glass systems, glass ceramic systems, to solid sintered mono-phase Zirconia based systems. Clinical and esthetic guidelines for using these ceramic systems will be covered. This presentation will focus on specific clinical indications and contraindications for the use of the various ceramic systems, specifically for no-prep, minimal prep, and normal prep veneers, inlay/onlay, “vonlay (combination of veneer and onlay), and crown clinical indications.

Course Objectives and Description
This lecture will address the following primary topics:

  • The materials and clinical indications for use of conservative (minimal or no-preparation) techniques for anterior bonded porcelain restorations.
  • Clinical indications for normal and more aggressive porcelain veneer situations where mostly dentin is exposed.
  • Clinical indications, materials, and techniques for Inlays, Onlay’s, and Vonlay’s
  • New Glass ceramics and hybrid materials
  • Clinical situations and materials when a crown is indicated.
  • Zirconia based ceramics- problem solving porcelain chipping
  • Digital impressions, Chair Side Cad-Cam, and the DDT “digital dental team” concept
  • State of the art Adhesion, Cements and cementation
Dr. George Priest, DMD

Friday, March 6, 2015

“Smile Line Revitalization with Crowns, Veneers and Implants”

Lansing Center, Lansing, MI

For more than 25 years, Dr. George Priest has maintained a private prosthodontic practice devoted to esthetic, advanced restorative and implant dentistry. In 2008, Dr. Priest relocated his prosthodontic practice from Atlanta GA to Hilton Head Island, SC (outside Savannah, GA). He lectures nationally and abroad on topics including implant dentistry, advanced restorative dentistry and esthetic excellence. He is a regular contributor to many acclaimed dental journals including The International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants, The American Journal of Esthetic Dentistry and The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, a member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and one of Dentistry Today’s Top Clinicians in Continuing Education for the past 10 years. Dr. Priest is a former professor in graduate prosthodontics at Emory University and an innovator and teacher of implant and esthetic dentistry for more than 20 years.

Course Objectives and Description
This lecture will address the following primary topics:

  • Assess characteristics for optimal smile design and esthetic outcomes
  • Use progressive preparation techniques and materials for crown and veneer restoration
  • Make accurate Impressions and esthetic provisional restorations
  • Create proportionate restorations by calculating ideal tooth dimensions
  • Communicate and remain involved with the laboratory for accurate color, contours and smile line enhancement
  • Develop soft tissue to maximize the esthetic potential of dental implants

2014 Meetings

Dr. Robert Lowe, DDS

Friday, September 19th – Sunday, September 21st, 2014

“Update 2014: Real World Dentistry for Restorative Practice”

Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, MI

Robert Lowe graduated from Loyola University Dental School in 1982. He attended a GPR then began private practice in the Chicago area while teaching at the Loyola Dental School. In 2000 he relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a follow in many dental organizations. In 2004 Dr. Lowe received the Gordon Christensen Outstanding Lecturer Award. He has presented at the ADA Annual Meeting, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and American Society of Dental Aesthetics. Dr. Lowe is also a contributing author to text books, many publications and more recently he is active in techniques, materials and laser dentistry while maintaining a busy lecture schedule and private practice. He is consistently named to the top 100 Clinicians in Dentistry by Dentistry Today and more importantly is easily accessible for advice and answering questions.

Course Objectives and Description
This lecture will address the following primary topics:

  • Direct composite restorations.
  • Crown and Bridge management for perfect and predictable cementation protocols.
  • Aesthetic Dentistry – “no prep” porcelain veneers and indirect composite veneers.
  • Prosthetic tooth repositioning and orthodontic tooth preparation.
  • The perio-prosthetic connection to restorative dentistry.
  • Creative Treatment Planning – when it doesn’t go by the book.
Dr. Jeffrey S. Rouse, DDS

March 21st, 2014


The Lansing Center, Lansing, MI

Jeffrey S. Rouse, D.D.S. maintains a full-time private practice and is a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He received his specialty certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2004. Dr. Rouse is a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, the American College of Prosthodontists, and past president of the Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry. He has written numerous journal articles in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Moreover, he has contributed chapters on porcelain veneers and anterior ceramic crowns to a dental textbook. Dr. Rouse lectures nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics ranging from dental esthetics to airway-based occlusion.

Course Objectives and Description
This lecture will address the following primary topics:

  • Clarify the sleep-disease connection with an emphasis on interdisciplinary solutions based on the patient’s age, symptoms, cooperation, and desires.
  • Illuminate the unique role that dentists and dental hygienists play in resolving sleep and airway issues.
  • Create an algorithm for appliance selection and simplify the seating and titration process.
  • Understand the value of high-resolution pulse oximetry and cardio-pulmonary coupling in assisting dentists to envision airway transformation with an oral appliance.

2013 Meetings

Dr. Dean Morton BDS, MS, FACP, FICD

Friday, October 4th – Sunday, October 6th, 2013


Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne City, MI

Dean Morton is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Oral Health and Rehabilitation at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. He completed his dental training at the University of Sydney, and his Certificate in Prosthodontics and Master of Science degree at the University of Iowa. He co-founded the UF Center for Implant Dentistry in 1999, serving as director through 2008. Dr. Morton is a Diplomat of the American Board of Prosthodontics, and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, the International College of Dentists, and the International Team for Implantology (ITI). He serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants. Dr. Morton lectures extensively both nationally and internationally on implants and esthetic dentistry, and maintains a practice limited to implants, esthetic dentistry and prosthodontics at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.

Course Objectives and Description
This lecture addressed the following primary topics:

  • Identify outcome and esthetic parameters and relate these to treatment risk through effective esthetic risk assessment.
  • Describe contemporary implant/abutment morphology and material options with emphasis on esthetic implant based restorations.
  • Understand contemporary options for fabricating implant-based restorations, including CAD/CAM and esthetic dental materials.
  • Describe indications and contraindications for accelerated treatment protocols.
  • Discuss multidisciplinary site assessment and implant selection for procedures in both non-esthetic and esthetic sites.
Dr. Gerard Chiche DDS

Friday, March 15th, 2013


The Lansing Center, Lansing, MI

Dr. Chiche is the Thomas P. Hinman Endowed Chair in Restorative Dentistry, and the Director of the Center for Esthetic & Implant Dentistry at GHSU School of Dentistry in Augusta, GA. He has given numerous programs nationally and internationally and holds membership in the American College of Dentists, the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and is also the author of the textbooks: Esthetics of Anterior Fixed Restorations, and Smile Design – A guide for Clinician, Ceramist and Patient both published by Quintessence Pub. Co. He serves as adjunct faculty at the Pankey Institute, and in 2009 he became the first recipient of the Endowed Chair sponsored by the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society.

Course Objectives and Description
This lecture will address the following primary topics:

  • Learn how to plan and sequence esthetic treatment for best predictability in a step-by-step manner.
  • Master effective bonding and cementation techniques for all-ceramic crowns and veneers.
  • Select all-ceramics materials and restorations for maximum practicality.
  • Protection strategy for all-ceramic crowns and porcelain veneers for every-day esthetic treatment.
  • Restore patients with occlusal wear and parafunction according to their risk factorss.

2012 Meetings

Dr. Aldo Leopardi BDS, DDS, MS

Friday, September 21st – Sunday, September 23rd, 2012


Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, MI

Dr. Leopardi is a member of the American College of Prosthodontics, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the Academy of Osseointegreation. He received his undergraduate dental degree from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, in 1984. In 1993 he received his specialist training and masters degree in combined fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill. He returned to Australia and began a successful prosthodontic private practice in the Gold Coast region of Queensland, Australia. In 1996 he joined the prosthodontic faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he obtained a DDS degree. Dr. Leopardi is now located in Denver, CO where he runs a successful practice limited to implant, fixed and removable prosthodontics. He lectures nationally and is the founder and President of the Denver Implant Study Club and The Knowledge Factory
Course Objectives and Description

This lecture addressed the following primary topics:

  • Have an improved understanding of dental implant complications as reported in the literature & how we can apply what we learn toward improved aesthetic zone treatment planning & clinical procedures.
  • Understand the role and protocol for provisionalization with integrated & immediately placed implants.
  • Understand treatment planning & clinical techniques in overdenture implant therapy.
  • Discuss atrophic edentulous condition, treatment planning & site development.
  • Understand the restorative treatment objectives & clinical procedures for fixed restoration of the edentulous patient.
Dr. John Burgess DDS, MS

Friday, March 2nd, 2012


The Lansing Center, Lansing, MI

Dr. Burgess’s handouts are available at his website. Select “handouts” and use password “city280,” then select “Direct and Indirect” handout and the password is flash2010

2011 Meetings

Dr. Jeffrey Okeson

Friday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 25th, 2011


Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, MI

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