Academy of Operative Dentistry Scientific Session


 Thursday, February 24th



"Bonding and Cementation" 

Lee Ann Brady
About Dr. Brady
Dr. Brady's CV

Bonding and cementation materials and techniques are constantly evolving. It is a challenge of every practice to differentiate between the products on the market, and know which to choose to ensure predictable results.  This program will present the history and current science behind dentin adhesives, bonding systems and cementation. The lecture will compare the current etching techniques and distinguish the risks and benefits of each. The presentation will present a systematic approach to evaluating the different generations of dentin adhesives, and compare the clinical and research data of each.  This lecture will clarify how to decrease post-operative sensitivity and increase success of your adhesive dentistry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Dentin adhesives, materials and application
  • Bonding materials
  • Cementation materials
  • Light and dual cure bonding technique
  • Cementation technique
  • Isolation


Buonocore Memorial Lecture

"Does Age Cause Tooth Wear?"

David Bartlett
About Dr. Bartlett

This lecture will examine the literature to see if increasing age is associated with an increase in severity of tooth wear. I will share my clinical experience to assess if they are related and explain how we can measure tooth wear and the lab. After the lecture the following objectives will be covered

  1. An overview of prevalence studies and systematic reviews on tooth wear
  2. Show, with clinical examples, my personal experience of how they may be related
  3. Describe how we might measure progression in the future in our dental offices



The Hollenback Prize will be awarded this year to
Valeria V. Gordan, DDS, MS, MS-CI


"Optimization of Single-Unit Implant Therapy Leveraging Digital Technologies"

Christopher Barwacz and Gustavo Avila Ortiz
About Dr. Barwacz                                                                            About Dr. Avila Ortiz
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This presentation will provide an overview on multidisciplinary digital workflows for single-tooth replacement via implant therapy. Guidelines pertaining to proper case selection and treatment planning, including surgical and restorative considerations, will be reviewed with an emphasis on relevant scientific evidence and its application in clinical practice to optimize treatment outcomes. Clinical examples will be presented to illustrate different concepts, technical tips, and emerging trends in the context of tooth replacement therapy with dental implants.


  • Recognize the importance of effective communication between members of the multidisciplinary team to optimize care and to minimize complications
  • Understand and incorporate the basic planning steps and execution principles of digitally-aided implant therapy
  • Be familiar with partial and full digital protocols for delayed and immediate tooth replacement  



Summit Lecture of Innovation
Sponsored by Septodont

"Cracking the Cracked Teeth Code Utilizing CBCT Imaging:  A New Perspectives on Diagnosis, CBCT Imaging, Treatment Strategies, and Outcomes"

Mohammad Fayad
About Dr. Fayad

A lack of consensus exists among dentists and endodontists in cracked teeth. Accurate clinical evaluation, imaging and diagnosis is paramount to properly treatment planning cracked teeth. With the resurgence of the philosophy of saving compromised teeth over extraction, and our patients’ desire to save their teeth, the question remains: “Which cracked teeth should be treated and which cracked teeth should be extracted?”  Applying the current understanding of the ultrastructure of teeth in conjunction with modern diagnostic technologies, materials, adhesive techniques, and restorative approaches, dentists can now use minimally invasive biomimetic techniques to provide restorations that come close to functionally and biomechanically mimicking the original, healthy state of a tooth. This presentation will focus on how CBCT technology and a new imaging software e-VOLDX has provided clinicians with a different understanding of the dynamics of dental disease as well as healing.  Based on the information provided from CBCT volumes, changes in treatment protocols and armamentarium will be presented. 

 This evidence-based presentation will address the classification and diagnosis of different types of cracks and the role of CBCT imaging in these cases, as well as the prognosis and changes in treatment protocols and outcomes of cracked teeth.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the different types and prognosis of longitudinal tooth fractures.
  2. Understand the role of CBCT imaging in identifyingcracked tooth types, extent of the fractures, and early bone pattern changes associated with cracked teeth.
  3. Understand prognosis and outcomes studies related to treatment and management ofcracked teeth and vertical root fractures.
  4. Applying the current understanding of the ultrastructure of teeth in conjunction with modern diagnostic technologies, materials, adhesive techniques, and restorative approaches for restoration of cracked teeth. 


"Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Therapy (SFOT): An Interdisciplinary Approach"

George Mandelaris
About Dr. Mandelaris
Dr. Mandelaris's CV

Patients that want more ideal facial esthetics and function, may choose to have the interdisciplinary team utilize SFOT to alter the dentoalveolar bone and optimally position the roots of the teeth for the patients’ face. Space may be appropriated to enable the restorative dentist to create natural tooth dimensions and morphology in the worn, eroded or otherwise altered dentition. Surgical, orthodontic and restorative perspectives will be presented to challenge the team to move beyond traditional interdisciplinary therapies into a new frontier for enhanced outcomes.


  • To appreciate dentoalveolar bone phenotypes and to limit associated risks using SFOT
  • To review diagnostic findings and imaging modalities critical to treatment planning of the interdisciplinary patient
  • To present the biology, risks/benefits and execution of SFOT in advanced interdisciplinary cases from a surgical, orthodontic, and restorative perspective
  • To discuss SFOT to optimize the position of teeth for facial esthetics and function in the skeletally mature patient with “grey zone” malocclusions
  • To demonstrate the role of SFOT in decompensating different dentofacial disharmony skeletal malocclusion patterns.



Friday, February 25th



Inaugural Cariology Lecture

"Caries Management: The Heart and Soul of Operative Dentistry"


Sandra Guzman-Armstrong
About Dr. Armstrong

This Inaugural Cariology lecture will provide an overview of the principles of modern caries management and the challenges presented by this complex disease. Risk-based diagnosis, prevention, and tooth and pulp preservation, the heart and soul of operative dentistry, will be reviewed, with emphasis given to an evidence-based multidisciplinary approach in caries disease management.

Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and manage caries as a disease
  • Understand the new caries classification system.
  • Apply evidence-based risk related principles to an everyday clinical practice
  • Apply the clinical principles of minimally invasive dentistry to maintain pulp vitality and preserve tooth structure.
  • Understand the importance to retrain future practicians - dental students, residents – and other health care providers to the complexity of the disease and their role in inter-professional and inter-disciplinary care.




"Clinical Practice Guidelines in Dentistry"

 Elliot Abt
About Dr. Abt

This presentation will address study designs in healthcare, why science gets misinterpreted, and higher levels of evidence that have led to scientific advances in dentistry.

Learning objectives:
1. Understand the major differences between observational and interventional studies
2. Understand association vs. causality
3. Become familiar with clinical practice guidelines in dentistry 



Tucker Lecture of Excellence

"Lessons Learned in Over 50 years of Restorative Dentistry"

Terry Donovan
About Dr. Donovan


Synopsis: This presentation will review lessons learned from 55 years in dentistry, experience ranging from private practice, academia, and service in professional organizations. Lessons can be learned from both failures and success. The importance of choosing great mentors and participating in professional organizations will be emphasized.

Learning Objectives: Attendees of this presentation will learn:
  1. The importance of choosing great mentors and becoming a mentor yourself over a period of time.

  2. The importance of becoming involved with professional dental organizations at the local, state and national levels.

  3. The critical importance of a patient-centered philosophy.

  4. The importance of achieving a balanced life.


Standby Essayist

"Current Concepts for Restoring Dental Implants"

Timothy Hess
About Dr. Hess
Abstract:  Dental implants are a proven modality to replace single & multiple missing teeth, including full edentulous arches. Many abutment and restorative options from implant manufacturers to third party suppliers exist. The number of options available can be confusing, even to experienced clinicians.
This presentation will review implant restorative options such as cement retained, screw retained, and the screwmentable concept. Current and historical literature will be cited to support restorative guidelines.

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss Implant abutment optiions including stock and custom options
2) Illustrate options when restoring implants with screw channels in less-than-ideal position
3)Review tips for successful delivery of cement-retained, screw-retained, and screwmentable options




The Award of Excellence will be awarded this year to
Dr. Bruce Small, DDS