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Vail Ski & Dental CE
Vail, Colorado
January 2023

Orthodontic Course Schedule

7:00 - 9:00 am

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Orthognathic Surgery
Dr. Aaron Figueroa

Learning Objectives
  • To understand when orthognathic surgery is needed vs. orthodontic treatment alone
  • Comprehensively review appropriate clinical and radiographic examination for an orthognathic surgery patient
  • Understand how to develop the most appropriate surgical treatment plan
4:30 - 6:30 pm

Use of LeFort I Osteotomy in Orthognathic Surgery
Dr. Doug Kendrick

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the biological basis of the LeFort I Osteotomy
  • Review the Indications for the LeFort I Osteotomy
  • Identify the anatomy that is pertinent during a LeFort I Osteotomy
  • Describe the surgical technique of the Lefort I Osteotomy

Lectures for Orthodontists

7:00 - 9:00 am

Orthodontic Management of Impacted Teeth
Dr. Alvaro Figueroa and Dr. Alex Figueroa

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify indications for intervention to aid eruption of impacted teeth
  • Discuss treatment objectives for impacted tooth management during orthodontic treatment
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Maxillary Skeletal Expansion
Dr. Alvaro Figueroa and Dr. Alex Figueroa

Learning Objectives:
  • Discus diagnosis of maxillary transverse deficiency, and treatment indications
  • Discuss techniques for maxillary expansion

​Lectures for Oral Surgeons and Restorative Dentists

7:00 - 9:00 am & 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Develop Your Implant Team;Surgical and Restorative Considerations  to Maximize Treatment Outcomes
Dr. Brent Ludens and Dr. Kirk Fridrich

Implant dentistry still requires the use of multiple team members, and requires the team to work closely together to ensure a streamlined process that leads to predictable results.

Drs. Fridrich and Ludens will share their collaborative efforts over the last 30 years for their own successful team approach to implant dentistry.  Using their shared cases, they will discuss the planning, surgical, and restorative process for both straightforward and more challenging implant patients, so that each attendee can learn and understand the factors that lead to success or failure.  CBCT interpretation and analysis, treatment planning and surgical guide fabrication in the digital and non-digital realm, pre-prosthetic techniques to provide an acceptable implant site, along with precise implant placement and restoration all come together to create a long-lasting successful restoration for the implant patient.  Surgical and restorative steps that add to this success will be highlighted. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will learn to develop their personal and professional implant team
  • Surgeons and restorative dentists will learn how to collaborate together effectively in both the digital and non-digital phases of implant dentistry.
  • Skills necessary to be actively involved in the implant process will be discussed
  • Surgical and restorative steps and processes that increase success will be demonstrated
  • Precautions will be given that can impact success
  • ​Attendees will be able to immediately implement these techniques and ideas into their implant practice.
6:00 pm

Course Reception at Cucina Restaurant
Course participants and families welcome

7:00 - 9:00 am

Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Etiology, Diagnosis, and Management
Dr. Kyle Stein


This program will review current concepts in the causes, evaluation, and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It will review important concepts for diagnosis and management, not only from a dental, but also medical perspective. Special emphasis on surgical treatment options will be covered.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the causes of obstructive sleep apnea
  • understand testing and criteria for diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea
  • Identify treatment options available for management of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Understand the relative effectiveness of different obstructive sleep apnea treatment options
4:30 - 6:30 pm

Interactive Treatment Planning Session

Learning Objectives
  • To determine proper diagnosis and treatment planning for orthognathic treatment and combined orthodontic/surgical care

7:00 - 9:00 am

Orthodontic and Surgical Management of Class III Malocclusions
Dr. Alvaro Figueroa and Dr. Alex Figueroa


Learning Objectives
  • Identify treatment options for patients with Class III malocclusion
  • Review and discuss cases of patients undergoing orthodontic and surgical treatment of Class III malocclusion
4:30 - 6:30 pm

Management of Impacted Second Molars and Other Impacted Teeth
Dr. Steven Fletcher

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to describe multiple common strategies for management of impacted second molars
  • ​Participants will be able to recognize risks and challenges associated with management of impacted teeth based on anatomical, developmental, mechanical and surgical factors.

7:00 - 9:00 am

Identification and Management of Complications in Orthognathic Surgery
Dr. Doug Kendrick and Dr. Kyle Stein
 

The overall goal is the improvement in surgical outcomes with directed planning and management.

Learning Objectives
  • The participant will be able identify and manage the common complications in orthognathic surgery.
  • The participant will be able to utilize the information provided to avoid complications and apply to them to their practice in dealing with complications to improve surgical outcomes.

Integrating New Modalities in Treatment Planning to Improve Outcomes in Complex Facial Surgery

Learning Objectives
  • Identifying new diagnostic and treatment modalities and how they can be integrated into planning process to improve patient outcomes.
  • The participant will be able to use the new modalities in their practice and improve patient care and outcomes.
4:30 - 6:30 pm

Participant Case Discussions

Learning Objectives
  • To determine proper diagnosis and treatment planning for orthognathic treatment and combined orthodontic/surgical care

Restorative Dentistry Schedule

Combined Lecture for Oral Surgeons and Restorative Dentists

7:00 - 9:00 am & 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Develop Your Implant Team
Surgical and Restorative Considerations  to Maximize Treatment Outcomes
Dr. Brent Ludens and Dr. Kirk Fridrich
 

Implant dentistry still requires the use of multiple team members, and requires the team to work closely together to ensure a streamlined process that leads to predictable results.  Drs. Fridrich and Ludens will share their collaborative efforts over the last 30 years for their own successful team approach to implant dentistry.  Using their shared cases, they will discuss the planning, surgical, and restorative process for both straightforward and more challenging implant patients, so that each attendee can learn and understand the factors that lead to success or failure.  CBCT interpretation and analysis, treatment planning and surgical guide fabrication in the digital and non-digital realm, pre-prosthetic techniques to provide an acceptable implant site, along with precise implant placement and restoration all come together to create a long-lasting successful restoration for the implant patient.  Surgical and restorative steps that add to this success will be highlighted. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will learn to develop their personal and professional implant team
  • Surgeons and restorative dentists will learn how to collaborate together effectively in both the digital and non-digital phases of implant dentistry.
  • Skills necessary to be actively involved in the implant process will be discussed
  • Surgical and restorative steps and processes that increase success will be demonstrated
  • Precautions will be given that can impact success
  • Attendees will be able to immediately implement these techniques and ideas into their implant practice.
6:00 pm ​

Course Reception - Cucina Restaurant 
Course participants and families welcome

7:00 - 9:00 am

Digital Smile Design (hands-on)   
Dr. David Gratton
 

Clinical dentistry is embracing the application of digital technologies to replace the analog techniques with which we are so comfortable. While this is especially true in the realm of impression making procedures and chair side prosthesis manufacturing, processes can be digitized at each phase of restorative and implant treatment, resulting in the virtualization of the patient from diagnosis through prosthesis delivery. The morning session will focus on the diagnostic application of these technologies, specifically as they apply to smile analysis and design.

Learning Objectives:
  • Highlight the role of the intraoral scanner for diagnostic impressions
  • Demonstrate the use of 3D extra-oral scanning
  • Complete 3Shape Trios digital impressions, along with static and dynamic occlusal registration
  • Complete the fusion of intraoral scan data with extra-oral scan data and clinical photographs to assist in prosthetically driven smile analysis and design
  • Use software to complete a patient smile design
4:30 - 6:30 pm

In-Office Prosthesis Fabrication (hands-on)
Dr. David Gratton
 

The afternoon session will build on the morning activities focusing on the in-office workflow for the fabrication of indirect prostheses. Attendees will use intra-oral scanners for the master impression of indirect preparations, use specific CAD software designed for in-office applications, output the final prosthesis design, and finally produce the prosthesis utilizing both additive and subtractive methods.

Learning Objectives:
  • Assess the application of chairside milling
  • Appraise the utility of additive manufacturing – 3D printing
  • Apply scanning techniques for indirect restorations
  • Practice the digital workflow for the fabrication of both interim and definitive single unit restorations
  • Experience additional diagnostic apps, such as Patient Monitoring, for the monitoring of restoration/tooth wear

7:00 - 9:00 am

Contemporary Dental Ceramics
Dr. Nathaniel Lawson
 

New ceramic materials have changed the way we practice dentistry by offering a strong, esthetic and affordable restorative option for our patients. But ceramic materials do not handle the same as metal-based restorations and improper selection or handling can lead to premature failure. This course will teach you how to select and handle different types of ceramic materials that are currently used in dentistry that will be much less confusing than typical marketing rhetoric. We will review the best clinical practices based on research studies conducted at the UAB School of Dentistry and provide pearls for you to take back to the office.

Learning Objectives:
  • Review the different types of dental ceramic materials
  • Choosing a ceramic material for anterior restorations
  • Preparation and design considerations for posterior crowns and bridges
  • Strategies to adjust, polish and cut off ceramic crowns
4:30 - 6:30 pm

Bonding Dental Ceramics
Dr. Nathaniel Lawson
 

The ability to bond dental ceramics allows the practitioner to perform more conservative tooth preparations. As there are many different types of dental ceramics available (zirconia, lithium disilicate, porcelain, processed composite, etc.), determining the correct protocol for each type of ceramic can be confusing. This lecture aims to simplify the process of bonding ceramics and provide the clinician with a protocol that can be used to bond any type of dental ceramic. Each detail of the bonding procedure is based on research performed at the UAB School of Dentistry.

Learning Objectives:
  • Review the indications for bonding dental ceramics
  • Classify dental ceramics based on their appropriate bonding protocol
  • Describe the available methods to clean ceramics prior to bonding
  • Present a protocol for preparing the surface of ceramic crowns (ie etching or sandblasting)
  • Review the primers used on ceramic restorations
  • Classify the types of cements used for adhesive bonding

7:00 - 9:00 am

Materials and Techniques to Improve Class II Composites
Dr. Nathaniel Lawson
 

Class II composite restorations remain the bread and butter procedure of many general dentists.  Although this procedure may seem trivial, there are many clinical factors which lead to a long-lasting restoration, including diagnosis, isolation, caries removal, cavity preparation, use of liner, matrix and wedge placement, bonding technique, composite placement, and finishing and polishing.  This course aims to review the techniques for each of these steps based on current evidence.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss treatment guidelines for interproximal caries and caries removal endpoints.
  • Discover materials and techniques to promote a long lasting adhesive bond and create a well-adapted restoration.
  • Analyze matrix utilization and contouring instruments to achieve a tight and well-contoured contact.
4:30 - 6:30 pm

Treatment of Anterior Discolorations
Dr. Nathaniel Lawson
 

Anterior enamel discolorations typically occur due to caries-mediated white spot lesions or developmental dysmineralizations. Either type of lesion may be esthetically displeasing to patients. Operative treatment of these discolorations with composite or indirect restorations removes additional tooth structure and creates a restoration/tooth interface that must be maintained. More conservative treatment options, such as resin infiltration, microabrasion, and bleaching may treat these lesions without the need to put a drill to the tooth. The challenge with these treatments is knowing which lesions will respond well and the steps to complete these treatments. This lecture will review these techniques and present clinical cases with their use.

Learning Objectives:
  • Diagnose which anterior discolorations will be successfully treated with conservative non-operative treatment
  • Review the steps for microabrasion
  • Review the steps for resin infiltration

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