Past OLE Study Club Events

Ceramic Restorations—My Most Important Choices

Speaker: Dr. Gerard Chiche
Tuesday, April 14
2 p.m.

This presentation will draw from 40 years of experience with all-ceramic systems to outline the most important decisions for maximizing the longevity of ceramic restorations. Discussion will include the essential parameters for crowns and veneers, and solutions to apply when the clinical situation is not ideal.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
• Determine how to maximize restoration strength.
• Decide when you should bond or cement.
• Confidently select from the best ceramic materials available today.

The Importance of Proper Communication and the Creative Treatment Planning in the Complex Orthodontic Patient 

Speaker: Dr. Vince Kokich, Jr.
Friday, April 17
9 a.m.– 1 p.m.

Occasionally, the interdisciplinary team is challenged to treat patients with specific anterior esthetic concerns such as missing, impacted, or periodontally compromised teeth, supra-eruption of opposing teeth, extreme occlusal wear, or some combination of these. As a result, treatment planning can be difficult and typically requires a creative, yet collaborative, approach by the orthodontist, surgeon, and restorative dentist to achieve an optimal outcome. Dr. Kokich will highlight the orthodontist’s role on the team in developing treatment plans that will optimize esthetics, while still satisfying specific functional requirements for these patients.

After hearing this presentation attendees should be able to:

  • Develop appropriate treatment plans for patients with an overbite and overjet discrepancies
  • Recognize the importance of utilizing the interdisciplinary team when planning treatment for patients with missing or worn teeth

About the speaker: 

Dr. Vince Kokich, Jr.

Dr. Kokich, Jr. received his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1996 and completed a general practice residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in 1997. He remained at the University of Washington for his orthodontic training where he obtained his masters in orthodontics in 1999. Since then he has remained on faculty in the Department of Orthodontics as an affiliate assistant professor while maintaining a private practice in Tacoma, Washington.

He has received the Charles L. Pincus Research Award for Clinical Research from the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. His current research and publications are primarily involved with esthetic, interdisciplinary dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists and a member of both the Angle Society and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.

He has written or co-written four book chapters as well as numerous scientific and review articles. Dr. Kokich, Jr. has given over 200 lectures nationally and internationally on interdisciplinary dentistry and dental esthetics emphasizing comprehensive treatment planning and the importance of properly sequencing orthodontic, periodontal, and restorative treatment.

Provisional Veneers—The Secret to Uneventful Delivery of Esthetic and Functional Porcelain Veneers in the Contemporary Dental Practice

Speaker: Dr. Ariel Raigrodski 
Wednesday, April 22
2 p.m.

Porcelain veneers have been clinically proven to be a conservative, efficient and predictable treatment modality. Excellent gingival health is a major prerequisite for facilitating adequate bonding procedures, which are essential to a long term, successful clinical outcome. Meticulously fabricated provisional veneers are paramount to ensuring the necessary gingival health, but they can present a clinical challenge in terms of function, esthetics and yes, gingival health. This presentation will describe a predictable technique for fabricating esthetic and
functional provisional veneers while ensuring maintenance of adequate gingival
health. The technique will be described in a step-by-step procedure to demonstrate
its value in the everyday, contemporary restorative practice.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
• Assess the value of provisional veneers in terms of function, soft tissue health,
and esthetics.
• Utilize a predictable technique for fabricating provisional veneers to optimize
successful clinical outcomes.

Are We Too Quick to Extract? An Objective Approach to a Subjective Decision

Speaker: Dr. Wael Garine
Tuesday, April 28
2 p.m.

Full mouth tooth extraction and replacement with implant-supported, fixed prosthesis has been on the rise in the past decade. This can be partly attributed to the use of guided implant placement technology and CAD/CAM laboratory procedures, and partly to the clinical decision to remove restorable teeth for the sake of a better restorative solution. This program presents a practical, objective methodology to assist in delivering a predictable, patient-centric solution.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
• Identify the factors influencing your extraction versus restoration decisions.
• Utilize an objective approach when determining the necessity for tooth

Understanding the Digital Workflow From Analog Impressions to Milling and Printing

Speaker: Dr. Scott MacLean
Tuesday, May 5
2 p.m.

This course will outline some of the key issues to entering the digital dentistry world. Dr MacLean will take you on a visual journey of this complex topic and break it down into simple, easy to understand terms. You’ll leave well informed and prepared with good, insightful questions for any company that proposes new components in the workflow.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
• Explain how digital workflow impacts your practice.
• Understand the components and equipment necessary for implementing digital workflow.

Immediate Implant Provisionalization—When and Why?

Speaker: Dr. Robert Margeas
Tuesday, May 12
2 p.m.

This lecture will cover how to create an immediate provisional using the patient’s natural tooth on the day of implant surgery. Both cement- and screw-retained restorations will be shown in great detail. Discussion will include a review of the criteria that dictate when it can be done. Research about creating the best esthetic outcomes will also be discussed.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
• Reline the natural tooth for cement- and screw-retained restorations.
• Outline criteria to help determine when to provisionalize.

Thursday, May 14, 2020
6-10 p.m.
Location TBD
Doctors only

You have to solve the dental cube puzzle to determine the details of our final dinner!

Osseous Anchorage and Aligners—Advancing Interdisciplinary Treatment

Speaker: Dr. Drew Ferris
Wednesday, May 20
2 p.m.

Controlling individual teeth, segments of teeth, and the occlusal plan are essential to creating a foundation for implant and restorative dentistry. With advancements in osseous anchorage, such as temporary anchorage devices, osseous plates and implants, we have control of the dentition like never before. This advancement, in conjunction with clear aligner therapy, creates the ideal treatment modality to set up an array of restorative cases from simple to complex, while achieving excellent case acceptance.

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
• Recognize the advantages of tooth position to restorative success.
• Understand that advancements in anchorage and aligners can result in
superior patient outcomes.