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October 3rd Lecture: Dr. Mauricio Fonrodona-“Esthetic Challenges in Dental Implants"

This presentation will discuss the risk factors associated with anterior implants. We will cover various clinical scenarios demonstrating both step by step how to solve difficult cases, as well as understanding what the key areas are to consider before treating these patients. We will breakdown how to plan cases including immediate provisionalization using CAD CAM technology, Intra-Oral Scanning, Digital Smile Analysis, Digital Wax-Up and how to design fully guided surgical guides utilizing implants placed based upon the initial Wax-Up

October 3 Speaker: Dr. Mauricio Fonrodona

Dr. Mauricio Fonrodona was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. He earned his degree as a Dentist from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and went on to receive specialty certificates in Prosthodontics at the same institution. Following graduation he was involved as a part-time faculty member, giving lectures on various courses such as esthetics and dental implants. He completed the Master Clinician Program in Implant Dentistry at GIDE in 2015, earning the First Place award with Top Honors out of 200 fellow global students. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and active member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Currently Dr. Fonrodona maintains a private practice focusing on Prosthodontics and dental implants in Ventura County and Pasadena, California. His areas of interest are Digital Technology applied to Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry.

November 7 Lecture-Dr. Meserkhani and Dr. Daher-

November 7 Speaker-Dr. Meserkhani and Dr. Daher

Dr Vahik Paul Meserkhani has lectured extensively on the subject of Prosthodontics and Implant dentistry both nationally and internationally. He graduated in 1987 and joined Loma Linda University in 2003 to receive his implant surgical fellowship followed by a certificate in Prosthodontics and MSD degree in Prosthodontics specialty. He has numerous publications about Prosthodontics and implant related subjects as well as his chapter contribution to Fonseca oral and maxillofacial surgery on guided surgery and immediate loading. His research at the Loma Linda University about the accuracy of stereolithographic models was presented in Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontics. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and Board eligible by the American Board of Prosthodontics. He maintains a private practice limited to Prosthodontics and implant dentistry in Glendale, and Pasadena California.

December 5 Lecture: Dr.

December 5 Guest Speaker: Dr.

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