Fall 2020

TDO & Sonendo Combined User Meeting & PERF Scientific Session

Fall 2020

2020 Lectures

Dr. Bill Crawford

Dr. Bill Crawford

Houston, TX

Clarity, Confidence & Creativity: New Information On The Science Of Dealing With Stress, People, & Life

Description:

We all know that today, people are feeling more stressed than ever, and that this is having a negative effect on all aspects of life. To address this, I think we need more than “stress management.” We need a system that teaches participants how to access our clarity, confidence, and creativity by accessing a specific part of the brain… and, how to avoid the stress and frustration that gets in the way of good decision making by avoiding a specific part of the brain.

Objectives:

• How to shift to the clear, confident, creative part of the brain even in difficult situations.

• How to stay in this effective “mind set” regardless of the situation.

• How to engage others in such a way that they shift from their “resistant brain” to their “receptive brain” so that they can truly hear and understand what you are wanting them to know.

Expect to Learn:

• Why many “stress management” techniques don’t work and can even make the situation worse.

• Learn new information about the true cause of our thoughts, emotions and behaviors.

• Learn how to influence others by understanding how their brain processes information.

Bio:

In addition to being named TEC Canada Speaker of the Year in 2016 and Vistage Speaker of the Year for 2019, Dr. Crawford holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Houston. He is also a licensed psychologist, author of 8 books, and organizational consultant. Over the past 30 years he has created over 3500 presentations for organizations such as Sprint, Shell, The American Medical Association, Vistage, and many others both nationally and internationally. His two PBS specials on stress and communication have been seen by over 15 million people, and he has been quoted as an expert in publications such as The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Investor’s Business Daily, The Chicago Tribune, and Working Mother just to name a few.

Presenter: Adam Davis, BS, DDS, MSD
Mt. Juliet, TN

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When Disaster Strikes: Preparing for the Unexpected

Description:

On 3/3/2020 our main office location was destroyed in a devastating tornado. While a tornado may be something that never affects you; fire, flooding and break-ins are fairly common.

Dr Davis will discuss

1. What we were prepared for

2. What we were not prepared for

3. Insurance coverages

4. Common pitfalls

Objectives:

  • Make known what we went through starting @ 1:18 am
  • Have a Crisis plan in place
  • Insurance Coverage Considerations

Do’s and Don’ts

Expect to Learn:

• What to do when disaster strikes

Critical Insurance Coverage

How to create a Crisis Plan

Bio:

Dr Davis grew up all over the world as the son of a Naval Officer. His mother became a dental assistant and that influence led him down the path of becoming a dentist. In college he was Captain of the golf team, and NAIA Region 24 Champion twice as well as a two-time All-America Scholar Athlete. He attended dental school on the HPSP Navy Scholarship, serving 5 years as a Navy dentist. After fulfilling his commitment he entered Endodontics Residency Program at Virginia Commonwealth University where he was the Chief Resident his 2nd year. Upon completion of residency he returned to middle Tennessee to open his practice. Over the past 13 years the practice has grown to three locations, four doctors and is recognized as a teaching center. Dr Davis loves his craft, learning, as well as golf and fitness. When not working, he is trying to keep up with his three children.

 

Presenter: Dr. Rick Schwartz, DDS
San Antonio, TX

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Selling your practice to a corporate entity, DSO or investor group

Description:

There are at least 10 investor groups currently buying endodontic practices. They vary considerably in their makeup, goals, timelines and funding. Drs. Maupin and Schwartz have negotiated with all 10 groups and sold their practices to two of them, one purely an endo group and the other a combination of generalists and specialists. They have also advised other endodontists in the sale of their practices. They will walk you through the process and discuss the important things to consider in your due diligence. Jeff Foley works for a private equity firm and will walk you through the financial aspects of the sale and how the sale price of your practice would be determined.

Objectives:

  1. Describe the process of selling an endodontic practice to a corporate or investor group.
  2. Describe the different types of investors who are buying endodontic practices and why those differences matter.
  3. Describe some of the important factors to consider if you are considering the sale of your practice

Expect to Learn:

Attendees will gain insight into the process of selling a practice, the pros and cons, how the value of a practice is determined, how it can impact your financial future, and things to “watch out for.”

Bio:

Dr. Rick Schwartz was a restorative dentist for 19 years prior to entering post-graduate training in endodontics. He attended a 2-year general dentistry residency, and then did a combination of private practice, teaching and dental materials research before entering endodontic training in 1996. He has authored over 100 articles and abstracts and was a cover author on 3 editions of “Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry” by Quintessence Publishing Co. He is first author of the book “Best Practices in Endodontics”, and is a cover author of “Advanced CBCT for Endodontics,” both from Quintessence. For the past 22 years he has been in full time private practice limited to endodontics in San Antonio, TX. He has lectured extensively in U.S. and in 17 other countries.

Presenter: Carlos Aznar Portoles, BDS, MSc
The Netherlands

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Surgical Update: improving the process

Description:

Endodontic microsurgery has proven to be an effective alternative for the treatment of teeth with apical periodontitis. Outcome studies show high success rates when modern techniques are employed. But, is there room for improvement? During the last years, several microsurgical materials and techniques have been introduced. During this presentation I will discuss how these materials and techniques can help us to work more efficiently. We will also describe methods to improve team efficiency and how to apply those in the daily practice.

Objectives:

Discuss materials and techniques that could potentially improve microsurgical efficiency.

Expect to Learn:

  • Learn new materials and techniques in endodontic microsurgery
  • Learn strategies to improve the efficiency of the microsurgical team

Bio:

 

Carlos Aznar Portoles obtained his dental degree in 2004 from Universitat Internacional Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. In 2009 he completed a Master Programme in Endodontics at the same university. After moving to The Netherlands, he obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Endodontics in 2014 (ACTA, Amsterdam). He is the author of several endodontic-related articles and lectures regularly at national and international meetings. He has a private office in Haarlem, The Netherlands, which is limited to Endodontics and Endodontic Microsurgery.

Presenter: Bill Seddon, BDS 
Sheffield, UK

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Contemporanous ergonomic record keeping.

Description:

My philosophy of record keeping and communication. How to consistently get your reports done and sent to the referring dentist before you see your next patient. Spend more time with your family and less time at your desk.

Objectives:

An efficient and repeatable method of recording data, and generating reports. How to involve your assistant in report writing. Learn how we do this for every patient and how this frees up family time. Learn how to use your reports for great and instant marketing. How TDO Cloud is invaluable in applying these systems.

Expect to Learn:

An efficient and repeatable method of recording data, and generating reports. How to involve your assistant in report writing. Learn how we do this for every patient and how this frees up family time. Learn how to use your reports for great and instant marketing. How TDO Cloud is invaluable in applying these systems.

Bio:

Bill works in private practice limited to Endodontics in Sheffield UK. A scope user since 2002, he has spoken in many parts of the world, recently teaching in Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It gives a great insight into dentistry from other cultures, and it’s a privilege to be asked to speak to these great groups.

 

Presenter: Jonathan Uhles, D.D.S, M.D.S

Mt. Juliet, TN

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Technology: Assessment and Implementation in a World of “Game Changer” Promises

Description:

The world is changing as we adopt more technology into our daily lives, and the acceleration of change is now exponential. What if I told you that new technology now doubles every 11 months? Did you know 90% of the world’s data has been generated in the last 2 years? Conceptualizing the magnitude of these changes can be overwhelming. As healthcare providers, we are seeing these rapid developments in our own industry. There’s a tectonic shift occurring in our business structures, the way we interact with patients, and the technology we deploy to provide patient care. Learning to assess dental technology and dissect value vs. “hype” with surgical precision are critical. Equally important is the implementation of that technology into a busy endodontic practice. During the course of this presentation, we’ll briefly discuss the rapid changes that are occurring in our society and healthcare, expand on the idea of how to evaluate new technology, and close with recommendations for successful integration.

Objectives:

  • Convey the magnitude of technological change and what’s to come.
  • Discuss how we evaluate new technology.
  • Discuss how to implement new technology into a busy practice.
  • Review key concepts and recommendations for success

Expect to Learn:

– The sources of allostatic load (physiologic stress)

– How physiologic stress influences our patients and what to look for to identify at-risk patients

– Strategies used to address physiologic stress

– Resources to consider for unusual pain in the endodontic practice.

Bio:

Dr. Jonathan P. Uhles grew up in Cookeville, Tennessee, where he graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Tennessee Tech University in 2006. Dr. Uhles received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in 2011. Following graduation he completed a one year appointment as a full-time faculty assistant professor at UTHSC and was part of the inaugural Post Graduate Endodontics Program. Serving as chief resident throughout his entire program, he graduated in 2014 and was awarded his certificate in endodontics, Masters of Dental Science degree, and the prestigious John T. McSpadden Spirit of Service Award by the Department of Endodontics. Upon graduation, he joined Cumberland Endodontics, founded by Dr. Adam Davis. Today Dr. Uhles is one of three partners with offices across middle Tennessee.

 

Presenter: Sonia Chopra, DDS and Endodontic Certificate, Board Certified
Charlotte, NC

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Global TDO: Practice Growth All in One Place

Description:

Learn how to lean out your practice and your monthly payments and services by transitioning your services all into TDO.

Objectives:

Learn how to decrease your monthly expenses with some simple shifts within TDO. Learn how to build your website onto the TDO platform (even if you love your current website). Learn how to easily set up a system to capture online reviews. Learn how to text and message your patients to increase productivity and lessen the burden on your team. Learn how to utilize teledentistry to maximize the flow in your practice.

What Attendees Should Expect to Learn:

Bio:

Sonia Chopra, DDS, is a board-certified endodontist and owner of Ballantyne Endodontics in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sonia became passionate about endodontics after a dental patient experience, where her pain was misdiagnosed, and the wrong tooth was extracted. It wasn’t until she was referred to a caring, thorough endodontist that she was correctly diagnosed, and a root canal saved her from excruciating pain. Now she’s on a mission to save teeth whenever possible. She is the founder of E-School, an innovative, online continuing education course in endodontics that has trained hundreds of general dentists. She trains dental residents at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, regularly speaks at professional events like the Association of American Endodontists and Women in Dentistry, and contributes to scholarly journals, podcasts, and media outlets for dentists. Additionally, she is co-founder of A Night for Smiles, an annual gala to support Charlotte-area dental health initiatives. Now, on top of running her thriving practice, Sonia provides groundbreaking digital education and community support to general dentists and endodontists who want to uplevel their technical skills, patient experience, and overall business models. Through her thoughtfully designed online course, E-School, she is revolutionizing the reputation of endodontics through the simple, tangible lessons rooted in her own diverse experience. By empowering dentists to perform better root canals, empowering endodontists to run better practices, and empowering patients to make better health decisions, Sonia is paving a new way forward for the next generation of healthy, confident, empowered people—both in and out of the chair.

Presenter: Mark Limosani, DMD

Weston, FL

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Optimizing your GentleWave Experience: Platform Building in Challenging Cases 

Description:

During this presentation, the presenter will discuss the following topics: 

  • How to create a reproducible and predictable tight seal in preparation for the GentleWave process. 
  • What equipment, technique and sequence are necessary to create a leak-proof platform. 
  • Troubleshooting tips and tricks if a leak does present during the GentleWave Procedure. 
  • Techniques in integrating the GentleWave procedure into the endodontic restorative sequence. 

Expect to Learn:

Attendees will gain knowledge on how to reproducibly create a leak proof platform as well as troubleshooting tips if a leak does present during the GentleWave Procedure.  

Bio:

Dr Mark Anthony Limosani received his D.M.D. degree from the University of Montreal in 2007. Since then, he completed a one-year multi-disciplinary residency at the Queen Elizabeth Oral Health Center, a McGill University affiliated program. Following one year of private practice and many hours of continuing education, he then followed his dream and attended the specialty program in Endodontics at Nova Southeastern University where he also received his Masters Degree in Dental Science. 

 

Presenter: Ryan Facer, DDS
Murray, UT

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Utilizing CBCT to Case Ensure and Verify Critical Anatomic Structures 

Description:

During this presentation, the presenter will discuss the following topics: 

  • Have an explicit strategy for efficiently reviewing focused-field, single-arch, ½ arch and dual-arch studies 
  • Gain a window into the subtle perceptual and cognitive issues with image interpretation 
  • Understand the role of explicit, tacit and embedded history in the interpretive process. 
  • The GW Read: The importance of critical anatomy in the GentleWave Procedure due to fluid dynamics 
  • Using the anatomic information from the GW Read to plan the GW Procedure 

What Attendees Should Expect to Learn:

Attendees will gain insight into the importance of Critical Anatomy in GentleWave Procedure and how to utilize CBCT to help treatment plan those case types. 

Bio:

Dr. Facer earned his dental degree and specialty training from the University of Iowa, where he graduated with high distinction. He also received a bachelor’s degree in medical biology from the University of Utah. He has published in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Endodontics and the Journal of Dental Research. His research interests range from sealer coverage, bacteriophage therapy, roentgen therapy, and adult stem cells with an emphasis on bone biology and Dental Trauma. 

Dr. Facer has been passionate in his pursuit to find new and innovative ways of treating and curing dental caries, pulpal diseases, apical periodontitis, and bone regeneration. Dr. Facer continues to teach locally and nationally and has actively maintained private practice since 2005. He is known for constantly bringing discovery and original and innovative ways to industries using novel technology to better treat patients and mentor colleagues. 

Presenter: John Khademi, DDS

Durango, CO

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ABC’s of CBCT: Academic Review, Best Practices and Compelling Cases 

Description:

 

Objectives:

  • During this presentation, the presenter will discuss the following topics: 
    • Have an explicit strategy for efficiently reviewing focused-field, single-arch, ½ arch and dual-arch studies 
    • Gain a window into the subtle perceptual and cognitive issues with image interpretation 
    • Understand the role of explicit, tacit and embedded history in the interpretive process. 

Expect to Learn:

Attendees will gain a better understanding on the technical aspects on CBCT and how-to treatment plan with CBCT in different scenarios to better enhance patient outcomes.  

Bio:

Dr. John A. Khademi received his DDS from the University of California San Francisco, and his certificate in endodontics and MS in digital imaging from the University of Iowa. He is Adjunct Assistant Professor at SLU and has a full-time private practice in Durango, CO. He was formerly the Associate Clinical Professor in the Dept. of Maxillofacial Imaging at USC. In his prior life, Dr. Khademi wrote software for laboratory automation, instrument control and digital imaging. He lectures internationally about CBCT, clinical trial design, outcomes, and conventional endodontic technique. As a Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) member for over 25 years, his background in medical radiology allows him a perspective shared by very few dental professionals. He has contributed to many sections and chapters in textbooks, and is the lead author for Quintessence’s “Advanced CBCT for Endodontics: Technical Considerations, Perception, and Decision-Making.  

 

Presenter: Kirk Coury, DDS, MS
Amarillo, TX

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Endodontics Reimagined: GentleWave Procedure Workflow Efficiency

Description:

As a forward-thinking practice serving a geographically large and diverse region, Amarillo Endodontics has always sought out the cutting edge of technology. And, while we pride ourselves on being early adopters, we also believe that new technology is only as valuable as its ability to deliver efficacy and efficiency for our patients and practice. 

When we adopted the GentleWave System into our practice in 2018, the main motivation was improved efficacy. We also became more efficient, as a good percentage of our cases that would have previously been 2-visits became a single visit. As we implemented the technology, we found ways to ensure our clinical workflow was as efficient as possible. Many of these efficiencies were gained through mind-set shifts: complete office buy-in and breaking old habits. This lecture will walk through the clinical workflow to discuss strategies to ensure both an effective and efficient result. 

Objectives:

Strategies to gain complete office buy-in 

Efficient and effective staff coordination 

Procedure workflow and clinical pearls for maximum efficiency 

Bio:

Dr. Kirk A. Coury received his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1987. After practicing general dentistry for a year, he earned acceptance into the endodontic residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he received his Certificate in Endodontics and a Master of Science Degree in dentistry in 1990. In December 1990, Dr. Coury opened his practice in Amarillo, Texas—the first endodontic practice in the Panhandle area. In 1996, he and his partner, Dr. James Douthitt, formed Amarillo Endodontics. Dr. Coury is active in the American Association of Endodontists, the Foundation for Endodontics, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and is a Fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentists. 

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