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AGD 2016: Plenty to smile about

By Fred Michmershuizen, DTA
July 18, 2016

BOSTON, Mass., USA: The Academy of General Dentistry’s annual meeting, AGD 2016, held July 14-17, was the place to be for the very best in continuing education. In the exhibit hall, company representatives were on hand to show meeting attendees the very latest in dental technology and services. The meeting was also a great opportunity for socializing, for connecting with compatriots from around the country, and for making new friends.

Clinical and practice management lectures, hands-on courses and live patient demonstrations were among the many offerings.

Dr. Neal S. Patel, Dr. Don Tyndall, Dr. Tarun Agarwal and Dr. Jay Reznick presented “Elevate Your Practice at a 3D Summit on Dental Dentistry.” During this all-day lecture, attendees learned about how 3-D technology makes implants more attainable, predictable, safe and profitable.

Hygienist Marianne Dryer, Dr. Douglas L. Lambert, Dr. Edwin A. “Mac” McDonald III and Dr. Rhonda Savage presented “The 360 Experience.” During this full-day lecture course, dentists, dental hygienists, assistants and front-office management team members were encouraged to work together to enhance their roles while improving the overall functionality of the practice.

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Dr. John C. Minichetti offered “Suturing Techniques for the General Dentist — A Hands-on Course with Pig Jaws.” This participation course was designed for those who want to refine their skills in general oral and implant surgery.

Dr. Gerard Kugel presented “The Do’s and Don’ts of Porcelain Laminate Veneers.” This participation course was designed to help dentists incorporate veneers into their everyday practice.

In the exhibit hall, representatives from many of the leading companies in the dental industry were on had to share their knowledge and expertise with dentists, dental professionals and students. The exhibit hall also offered a wide range of educational opportunities, including “Learning Labs” covering topics such as transitioning through the various stages of a dental career, and practice management advice related to marketing and finance.

Also taking place on the show floor was a scientific e-poster session for dental students, residents and dental school faculty. There were also plenty of demonstrations of new dental products and services.

AGD 2016 also served the general public. The AGD Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the AGD, offered free oral cancer screenings
. The screenings were conducted by volunteer dentists. The mission of the AGD Foundation is to support the efforts of the general dentist toward improving the oral health of the public.

AGD 2017 will be held July 13 to 15 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

 

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