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Staying Focused, Moving Forward and Returning Stronger: Technology, Restorative Dentistry, Hygiene and Periodontics

May. 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
An AGD Program in Collaboration with Catapult Education

Technology Speaker: Chad Duplantis, DDS, FAGD
Restorative Dentistry Speaker:
Foroud Hakim, DDS
Hygiene and Periodontics Speaker:
Ron Kaminer, DDS, FAGD
Jeffrey W. Horowitz, DMD, FAGD, DASBA

Subject Code: 149 Multi-disciplinary Topics, 148 Infection Control 
Credits: 2
Friday, May 14: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. CDT
Audience: Dentists
Fee: Free


This webinar will cover three aspects of dental practice that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and will discuss how each can be addressed once dental practices reopen. It will feature three speakers and be moderated by Jeffrey W. Horowitz, DMD, FAGD, DASBA. Each segment will be 20 minutes long with a brief Q&A afterward. At the end, the panel members will be live to answer any additional questions. 

Making the Most of Dental Technology for Immediate ROI in the Current Market

Chad Duplantis, DDS, FAGD

The dental profession has been hit with a dilemma that is going to prove costly. The pandemic has left us wondering what we can do differently when we reopen our practices. At that time, it will be more important than ever to differentiate your practice and utilize technology appropriately. This part of the webinar will explore some of the technological advancements available and the ways that these advancements can have a profound impact on your practice. Proper use of technology can enhance your diagnostic and treatment capabilities while creating an experience for your patients.

Learning Objectives

• Understand the diagnostic capabilities of a CBCT unit.
• Learn how to properly integrate a scanner into the practice and leverage its full capabilities for a positive ROI.
• Understand the productivity benefits of adding an in-office milling unit.


Chad Duplantis, DDS, FAGD, received his DDS from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School in 1999. He then continued with postdoctorate training at Baylor College of Dentistry, earning a certificate in advanced education in general dentistry in 2000.

He has been in private practice since 2000 in the North Fort Worth, Texas, area. In private practice, he treats all ages with an emphasis on restorative and esthetic dentistry.

Duplantis is a member of the Catapult Education Speakers Bureau and has been a member of several esthetic and restorative continuums. He is currently a member of the Seattle Study Club. Duplantis has been incorporating CAD/CAM and digital technology in his practice since 2004 and has published several articles regarding digital dentistry and workflows. In addition to technology, Duplantis has a keen interest in restorative implantology, adhesion and materials. 

This course is sponsored by PreXion, Align Technology and Glidewell.

Restorative Dentistry 
The First Time, Every Time!

Foroud Hakim, DDS

Eventually we will return to our practices. More than ever, increased efficiency and reduced redo rates are critical as we work to recover from the sudden halt in productivity. This segment of the program will troubleshoot one of the most challenging procedures in contemporary restorative practice — the final impression.

Learning Objectives

• Understand the most critical first step — tissue management.
• Learn about the distinction between hemostasis and retraction.
• Be able to perform step-by-step, full-proof protocols.
• Be familiar with advances in polyvinyl siloxane materials and the characteristics that increase chances for success.


Foroud Hakim, DDS, maintains a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as a teaching position at the University of the Pacific. He has a true passion for restorative dentistry, ranging from complex rehabilitation to optimally conservative, single-tooth restoration. He is former vice chair of the department of integrated reconstructive dental sciences and has been a director of the Esthetics, Implant and Complex Care Clinic at University of the Pacific.

Hakim has lectured nationally and internationally on topics ranging from technology, esthetic dentistry, occlusion, smile design, CAD/CAM, photography, and adhesive and composite dentistry. He has several publications and has authored two chapters in the 2010 textbook, “Esthetic Dentistry in Clinical Practice.”

Hakim earned his DDS in 1991 from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific and went on to complete an MBA from his alma mater. He is a member of OKU Dental Honor Society and past president of the Delta Delta Chapter. He is also a fellow and graduate of the ADEA Leadership Institute class of 2007 and sits on the board of Catapult Education. 

This course is sponsored by Kettenbach and Voco.

Hygiene and Periodontics
High-Tech Hygiene: Can We Return Stronger?

Ron Kaminer, DDS, FAGD

Our practices have hit a small bump in the long road — now what? This part of the webinar will navigate the new practice normal. We will discuss the expanded role of the hygienist and the extended dental/systemic model that we may have to live by.

Learning Objectives

• Learn about the dental/medical model.
• Learn about dental diagnostics — from caries to perio diagnostics.
• Be familiar with state-of-the-art minimally invasive periodontal treatment.
• Learn simple communication skills.


Ron Kaminer, DDS, FAGD, is a 1990 graduate from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He maintains two practices in New York, one in Hewlett and one in Oceanside. Kaminer is an international expert in the field of dental lasers and has lectured on lasers, minimally invasive dentistry and dental technology both nationally and internationally. He is the director of the Masters of Laser training program in New York, evaluates new dental materials for the Catapult Group, and sits on the advisory boards and is a clinical consultant for numerous dental manufacturers. He has authored numerous articles on dental lasers, dental technology and minimally invasive dentistry and is an associate editor for Dental Product Shopper. He is a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, AGD and American Dental Association. 

This course is sponsored by Perio Protect, Air Techniques, NSK and Ultradent.

Moderator: Jeffrey W. Horowitz, DMD, FAGD


Jeff Horowitz, DMD, FAGD, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh and earned his DMD from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. After completing a general practice residency at the Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey, Horowitz founded the Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry, a multidisciplinary group practice in the Conway/Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area. He is also the founder and clinical director for Advanced Sleep and TMJ Centers. His main interests include cosmetic smile rehabilitation, complex restorative cases, treatment of sleep-disordered breathing, orthodontics and temporomandibular disorders. 

Horowitz is a past president of the South Carolina AGD and is on the AGD Dental Education Council. Horowitz also serves as a mentor and past scientific advisor at the Kois Center in Seattle, lectures for Catapult Education and is as an instructor for Sleep Group Solutions. His is a diplomate of both the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, and he is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Orthodontic Society, the Piper Study Club, the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and the Wellness Dentistry Network. 
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