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May 3 Lecture: Dr. Charles Mauplin-“Guided Endodontics: Is it a trend or the future of Endodontics?”

Dr. Maupin will begin the lecture reviewing the literature on the use of guides in endodontics. He will then review the difference between static guides and dynamic guides and the advantages and disadvantages of each. The endodontic access sets the foundation for the endodontic procedure and is often stated to be the most critical and challenging aspect of conventional endodontics. Re-treatment also poses difficulties in the endodontic practice with untreated canals and an increasing number of fiber posts being placed. The localization of the apex of the tooth along with resection of the appropriate amount of root length can also present challenges to the operator. Dr. Maupin will discuss and show how the use of dynamically guided endodontics can benefit the operator helping to overcome many of the challenges that present to the endodontic practice. The Attendees will understand: -the literature in regards to the rationale for the guided endodontic access -the difference between a static guide and dynamically guided endodontics -how to apply dynamic navigation to the endodontic treatment

May 3 Speaker: Dr. Charles Mauplin

Dr. Charles T. Maupin grew up in Artesia, New Mexico. He graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Lubbock Christian University. Dr. Maupin received his DDS degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. Following graduation from Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. Maupin attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he served as Chief Resident and received his endodontic specialty. Dr. Maupin continues to be involved in UCLA where he is a part-time faculty member. Dr. Maupin is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics making him the only Board Certified Endodontist in Lubbock, Texas. He is an active member of the American Association of Endodontists, the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association and the South Plains District Dental Society. Dr. Maupin is a founding member of the International Academy of Endodontics, and is excited to be on the forefront in revolutionizing endodontics. Dr. Maupin is married to Stephanie and is the proud father of Lucy, Lily, and Jett. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, reading, hunting and anything dentistry related

April 4 Lecture-Dr. Jin Kim-"The Immediates in Implant Dentistry"-Demystifying the Many Confusing Protocols and Methods

We live in a world of instant gratification. Patients want things to be done faster, and even on the spot. Predictable soft and hard tissue regeneration, so crucial to the clinical success of each case is highly dependent on the appropriate selection of material as well as the technique and approach. Can we have both? Predictability as well as “immediate” results? “Immediates” in implant dentistry can be quite confusing, as many talk different definitions. There could even be deception on the part of the clinician calling a procedure “immediate,” intentionally or not. This presentation will outline the following treatment modalities based on the merits of evidence: (1) immediate implant placement, (2) immediate provisionalization, and (3) immediate load, and This presentation will review the existing evidence on the science of osseointegration, and clinical studies that validate long-term health of dental implant restorations. Dr. Kim will also review the essence of implant maintenance protocols, diagnosis and recognition of peri-implant diseases, together with a systemic review as to how peri-implant break down can be prevented.

April 4 Speaker-Dr. Jin Y. Kim

Dr. Jin Y. Kim is a graduate University of Sydney dental school. He received specialty training in periodontics at UCLA School of Dentistry, and is board-certified by the American Board of Periodontology, and the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. He actively maintains private practice limited to periodontics and dental implants in Diamond Bar and Garden Grove, California. Dr. Kim is currently engaged in teaching of dental students, residents and fellow dental professionals. As a faculty on number of universities including UCLA School of Dentistry, he is sought-out as an international speaker. He has spoken at national and international academic and clinical podiums including the International Association of Dental Research (IADR), Academy of Osseointegration (AO), American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), European Federation of Periodontology (EuroPerio), International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD), California Society of Periodontists (CSP), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Korean Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Implantology (KAOMI), South Europe, North Africa Middle East Society of Implantology and Modern Dentistry (SENAME), Columbia Society of Periodontology, Chilean Society of Prosthodontics, Pan American Association of Periodontology, and at a number of universities including New York University, SUNY Buffalo, USC, UCSF, Loma Linda University, University of Miami, Seoul National University, Wonkwang University, Chosun University, Chung San University, University of Sydney, University of Hong Kong, and of course, his alma mater, UCLA. Dr. Kim’s international lecture appearances span over 36 countries worldwide. Dr. Kim has been a consultant to a number of dental implant and device manufacturers. His research has been published in respected scientific journals such as Journal of Periodontology, Annals of Periodontology, Dental Implantology Update, Journal of Dental Research, Practical Periodontics and Aesthetic Dentistry, International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, and in several dental textbooks. He has translated a popular implant textbook into Korean language, and has contributed to a book chapter in a textbook. He has served as president of Western Society of Periodontology (WSP) in 2011 and has founded a local study, West Coast Dental Implant Study Club, which has been in operation since 1999. As a co-director of Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA), Jin is responsible for overseeing the educational programs offered through GDIA. He is the current director of live surgery implant training program in Tijuana, Mexico. He was also the scientific chair of the inaugural GDIA Los Angeles Symposium in 2013, and had co-chaired the 2014 Symposium in Prague, and 2015, 2016 programs in Antalya, Turley. He was also the scientific chair of 2016 ICOI Summer Symposium, in San Diego USA, and of 2018 World Congress of Ultrasonic Piezoelectric Bone Surgery, held in Los Angeles.

March 7 Lecture: Dr. Setareh Lavasani- " How to Think Like a Radiologist and Improve 2D and 3D Diagnostic Skills"

In the past few years with improvement of 2D dental imaging technologies and introduction of 3D CBCT, the field of Oral radiology diagnosis has gone through a true renaissance. Today we are able to visualize different anatomical structures of the patient’s teeth and jaws clearly and with no superimposition. But the important questions is are we adequately equipped with the necessary knowledge to accurately spot the abnormalities in 3D and diagnose the pathologies and propose appropriate treatment options based on radiographic findings. In this lecture we will discuss how to develop an analytical strategy to systematically review all 2D and 3D images and we will learn the importance of pattern recognition in recognizing and differentiating benign and malignant lesions. We will also review common but important soft tissue calcifications in plain film and CBCT. We will also get an over view of paranasal sinuses and TMJ evaluation. Lastly, we will review the role of interprofessional communication to improve patient outcomes and the importance of selection criteria in using different imaging modalities for a specific task.

March 7 Guest Speaker: Dr. Setareh Lavasani DDS, MS

Dr. Lavasani is a board certified Oral & Maxillofacial Radiologist. She is a full time Assistant professor and the director of Oral Radiology & Advanced Imaging at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine in Pomona, California. She received both her specialty certificate and masters in oral & maxillofacial radiology and dental diagnostic Sciences from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is a member of board of directors and a fellow, at the prestigious Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA). Dr. Lavasani is the co-author of multiple text book chapters including the first interactive/digital Oral Radiology textbook; Fundamentals of Oral Radiology which is available through iBook and iTunes. She is an editor and associate editor for a number of peer reviewed journals including the OOOO and Journal of the Lebanese Dental Association. She has presented at numerous national and International scientific meetings and has held multiple radiology workshops on radiographic interpretation and CBCT imaging. She is a frequent presenter at the California Dental Association (CDA), UCLA School of Dentistry AEGD residency program and the American Academy of oral and maxillofacial radiology. She is an active member of multiple standing committees at the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, member of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, TriCounty Dental Society and The American Educators Association. Her areas of interest are applications of 3D CBCT imaging in dentistry, radiographic Interpretation and radiation biology.

Second Lecture for January 10-Thomas Lee-"Combining Esthetics and Function:The Panadent Articulator System"

There has also been an ever-increasing interest in the functional concerns that provide stability and longevity to the beautiful restorations and treatments that dentistry produces. Although there are many excellent articulator systems on the market, approximately 90-95% of all restorations are produced on disposable articulators without a face bow because of complex, misunderstood instrumentation and time-consuming procedures. Communication of functional and esthetic parameters with the laboratory technician is critical to clinical success.


This lecture is designed to develop a better understanding and rationale for the use of an articulator and face bow as well as the influence of the biologic factors of hinge axis, plane of occlusion, protrusive pathway, Bennett Movement, occlusal morphology and anterior guidance has on occlusion. Clinical and laboratory procedures as well as diagnostic options will be presented to show how communication with the laboratory can be simply accomplished to provide patients with the ultimate in both esthetics and function.

January 10 Lecture: J. Sean Dumm JD- "Avoiding Legal Landmines - An Overview of Key Legal Issues Impacting the Practice of Dentistry"

The presentation will focus on those legal issues frequently impacting dentists. Matters discussed will pertain to associates and owners alike, but will offer specific focus on the purchase or sale of a dental practice, traps frequently found in commercial leases, employer liabilities, and complexities created upon death or incapacity of a dentist with an ongoing practice.

January 10 Lecture: Guest Speaker: J. Sean Dumm JD

J. Sean Dumm has a strong understanding of the practice of dentistry and has a passion for helping dentists achieve their professional and business goals. Sean’s practice is predominantly focused on the representations of dentists in dental practice transitions, lease
negotiations, drafting of employment and independent contractor agreements, California Dental Practice Act compliance and related business matters. Sean further draws upon his background
in estate planning to craft dental corporation bylaws and living trusts to take advantage of California laws to promote orderly transitions of dental practices.
In 2000, Sean received his Juris Doctorate (with honors) from Washburn University (Kansas), where he also served as an editorial board member for the Washburn Law Journal. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Iowa, where he received his undergraduate degree in political science. When his wife had the opportunity to purchase an endodontic practice in her home town, Sean embraced the opportunity to relocate from the Midwest to the sunny weather
of Southern California. He is licensed to practice in California, Missouri and Kansas.

Sean provides an array of high-quality legal services for the dental professional whilestriving to be cost-efficient.

Services Offered to Dental Practitioners:
 Negotiation and Drafting of Documents related to the Purchase and Sale of Dental
 Dental Incorporation and Preparation of Related Documents
 Preparation of Dental Partnership Agreements
 Preparation and Negotiation of Dental Practice Sales Agreements
 Preparation and Negotiation of Commercial Lease Agreements
 Preparation of Dental Office Space Sharing Agreements
 Preparation and Negotiation of Employment and Independent Contractor Agreements
and Employee Handbooks
 Preparation of Patient Consent Forms and Payment Policies
 Preparation of Estate Plans Customized to the Practice of Dentistry
 Consultation regarding employment matters and asset protection

December 13 Lecture-Recipes for Predictable Anterior Esthetics- Dr. Gerard J. Chiche and Aram Torosian MDC

This presentation will discuss the key areas for efficient esthetic diagnosis and treatment planning. Topics to be covered include: 1. Focus on the key esthetic factors that make a real difference for the patient. 2. Smile design: how to approach effective diagnostic and mock-up techniques for conservative treatment 3. How to identify and manage occlusal red flags during esthetic treatment.

December 13 Guest Speaker-Dr. Gerard J. Chiche

Dr. Chiche is the Thomas P. Hinman Endowed Chair in Restorative Dentistry, and the Director of the Center for Esthetic & Implant Dentistry at Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine in Augusta, GA. He has given numerous programs nationally and internationally and he is a Past President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He is respectively with Alain Pinault and Hitoshi Aoshima the author of the textbooks: Esthetics of Anterior Fixed Restorations, and Smile Design - A guide for Clinician, Ceramist and Patient both published by Quintessence Pub. Co. He is the recipient of the 2003 LSU Alumni Award, the 2003 Seattle Study Club Award for best dental educator of the year and the 2007 Distinguished Lecturer Award of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics. He became in 2009 the first recipient of the Endowed Chair sponsored by the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society.

11/01/18 Lecture- Dr. Joan Pi. Anfruns-The Revolution of Zirconia Implants: New Opportunities for Practice Differentiation

Esthetic cases can be challenging. What options do you have if patients with a thin gingiva type request an esthetic treatment? How well equipped are you for treating patients who ask for a metal-free treatment? In dentistry today, ceramic materials are widely accepted in prosthetic reconstruction. Contrary to this, implants made from Zirconium-dioxide are not yet part of the standard treatment but can be an attractive alternative to titanium. This lecture will cover the scientific evidence and clinical applications of zirconia implants and will review the indications and contraindications for their use.

November 1st Guest Lecturer: Dr. Joan Pi-Anfruns

Dr. Joan Pi-Anfruns was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. He earned his degree as a Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2004 from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. He is an alumnus of the Advanced Implant Program, Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, New York University (2005- 2007). He joined the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2007 where he completed a Fellowship in Surgical Implant Dentistry. Currently, Dr. Pi-Anfruns is a full time Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Dental Implant Center, Divisions of Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences and Restorative Dentistry and a Visiting Professor at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

10/04/2018 Lecturer Info: Dr. Joel B. Henriod

Dr. Joel Henriod is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodonology since 2010. He received his bachelor's degree in Arts in American Studies from Brigham Young University in 2002. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2006 from University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Henriod did his Periodontics Residency and received a Masters of Health Science (2006- 2009) from Medical University of South Carolina. He is a Diplomate of American Board of Periodontology since 2010. His research focuses on clinical study of new techniques for root coverage, enzyme systems involved in oral carcinogenesis, etc. He has numerous publications, honors and awards. Dr. Henriod is fluent in Portuguese and semi-fluent in Spanish. Life at home for Dr. Henriod involves hiking, biking, surfing, skiing, reading and spending time with his wife and four children .

10/04/2018-Dr. Joel B. Henriod - Perio-Prosthodontic Principles in Contemporary Dentistry

This seminar will review the biologic principles that govern perio-prosthodontic case success. We will cover biotype, biologic width, periodontal prognosis, crown lengthening options, long term provisional use in complex cases, and how prosthetically-driven periodontal treatment allows the best outcomes through coordination. We will also review the new disease classification system proposed by the American Academy of Periodontology.

Message from the President

I appreciate the opportunity to serve as the President of the Glendale Academy of Dentists.

For the last two years Dr. Nishan Odabashian has done a remarkable job running the academy. On behalf of myself and the members of the academy, I’d like to extend my sincerest appreciation for his dedication and hard work. I’d like us all to collectively invite other practicing dentists in Glendale to join us in an effort to promote the future prosperity of the academy. Through your support and the support of additional members, the academy would invite exceptional speakers for future years. As Dr. Odabashian mentioned in his last Memo, your invitation to the other colleagues practicing in Glendale will be a valuable asset to our academy.

I have organized a series of lectures by highly distinguished speakers for the upcoming year. I hope through your support I will be able to fulfill the position of President of the Academy with utmost success.

With gratitude,

Dr. Vahik Paul Meserkhani