Hinman holds its centennial meeting in Atlanta

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Hinman holds its centennial meeting in Atlanta

The exhibit hall floor at the 100th Hinman meeting offered plenty of opportunities for attendees. (DTI/Photo Fred Michmershuizen, DTA)
Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Sun. 25 March 2012


ATLANTA, GA, USA: For dental professionals, Atlanta was the place to be March 22-24. With 250 educational offerings, 400 exhibiting companies and a keynote address by a former first lady, the 100th Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting aimed to live up to its theme, “A Century of Excellence.” About 23,000 dental professionals attended the meeting, held at the Georgia World Congress Center and Omni Hotel at CNN Center.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be celebrating the 100th Hinman, and in honor of this special occasion we lined up an impressive roster of speakers, innovative exhibits and the parties of the century,” said Dr. Allen French, general chairman of the 2012 Hinman Dental Meeting. “What started as a study club in 1912 has grown to become the pre-eminent dental meeting in the country with a 100-year legacy of excellence.”

In the lecture halls, dozens of the country’s leading dental experts shared their knowledge and experience on topics ranging from restorative composites to socket grafting.

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Many of the classroom offerings were divided into various educational tracks, including “Prevention Convention,” “Assisting Extravaganza,” “Business Office Bonanza,” “Dentist Fast Track” and the new “Emerging Dentist’s Survival Guide.”

In addition, there were various offerings in glass classrooms right on the exhibit hall floor, and in many of the exhibitor booths.

A few of the many educational highlights included “Hands-On Oral Surgery Workshop for the General Practitioner,” offered by Dr. Robert Edwab of New York City; “Photography: An Essential Tool for Communication in Dentistry,” offered by Dr. Richard Young of San Bernadino, Calif.; and “Endodontic Diagnosis,” offered by Dr. Joe H. Camp of Charlotte, N.C.

Numerous table clinic presentations are being offered for additional continuing education credits.

In the exhibit hall, hundreds of companies showcased the latest dental technology, products, equipment and services.

Representatives at Millennium Dental Technologies were busy telling attendees about the company’s latest enhancement to the PerioLase MVP-7. The new product display enhancement features the first and only Android-based control screen in the dental laser industry, making it the world’s first truly upgradable dental laser.

The Dental SideKick, available from InfoStar, is a user-friendly, chairside patient education program. Representatives from the company told Dental Tribune that the program is being redesigned with new capabilities, including PC and Mac compatibility, network servers, plus Internet, tablet and smartphone accessibility.

VOCO America had plenty of products on tap, including its new Quick Up implant pick up system, which is designed to eliminate the risk of interlocking. Designed specifically for bonding attachments, Quick Up can also be used for reattaching secondary elements in a denture such as bar retainers. With everything in one system, Quick Up is designed to improve workflow and chairside efficiency.

South Tree Enterprises is a full-service construction firm engaged in the development and marketing properties. For those looking to build or re-design an office, this company has over five decades of general contractor, construction management and design build experience.

NSK Dental introduced the S-Max Pico handpiece head, designed to provide easier access for hard-to-reach molars and pediatric cases. It features slender styling, cellular glass optics, and patented Clean hand technology.

SolmeteX had products available for amalgam and lead foil recovery, biohazard and sharps disposal, and OSHA training.

PhotoMed offered a wide selection of photography equipment, including the Canon Rebel T3i, which is the first Rebel model to include the ability to work with wireless flashes.

This year’s meeting also offered attendees the chance to expand their horizons. A highlight at this year’s meeting was an appearance by a very special guest. Laura Bush, former first lady of the United States, offered the meeting’s keynote address Thursday afternoon before a packed house. She offered her perspective on both global and national issues.

The meeting in Atlanta has a rich history. Dr. Thomas P. Hinman, a prominent 20th century dentist and advocate of continuing education in dentistry, organized the first meeting way back in 1911. Since then, the Hinman tradition of providing annual clinics “strictly for serious-minded educational purposes” has continued and thrived.

Today, the meeting is organized and run by more than 800 volunteer members of the Hinman Dental Society and a full-time staff of five, led by Executive Director Sylvia Ratchford.

In recognition of the meeting’s 100th anniversary, daily drawings were held for diamonds and $100 bills.


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