Category Archives: Dr. Cross

Checking in from the AO 2017 annual conference, Orlando

With 6,000 members in 70 countries around the world, the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) is recognized as the premier international association for professionals interested in implant dentistry. AO serves as a nexus where specialists and generalists can come together to evaluate emerging research, technology, and techniques; share best information; and coordinate optimal patient care using timely, evidence-based science and methods.

So when this group gets together for the AO Annual Conference, this event is huge and Amsterdam Dental Group was there. But we did more than just attend, our very own Dr. Harold Baumgarten gave a hands-on CE course with our favorite Swedish professional, Dr. P.O. Ostman. This workshop focused on advanced full arch immediate treatment solutions that incorporate novel implant designs to properly manage complex anatomical conditions.

Additionally, Dr. B (as we refer to him) was moderator and presenter for the corporate forum session. Easily the most exciting arena of the meeting, it is where all of the beta-tested items from the past years are introduced as coming to market.

On a personal note, I was particularly proud of my immediate past co-residents and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hector Sarmiento (periodontics) and Dr. Rebecca Boccow (periodontics-orthodontics) were speakers on the main floor of this year’s general assembly.

Dr-Arturo-LlobellA true highlight was to see my former classmate, Dr. Arturo Llobell (periodontics-prosthodontics) recognized as the most outstanding young clinician in the field and awarded the keynote address at the Young Clinician’s Lecture Series. Dr. B and partner Dr. Howard Fraiman are truly honored to see former students soar to such tremendous heights. It’s a true testament to the mentors they have become for the next generation of world-class clinicians and the future of dentistry.

Looking ahead, I can’t wait for next year’s meeting in Los Angeles and another opportunity for the talents of our Amsterdam Dental Group team to again be on display at the foremost convention of implant dentistry.

– Dr. C

Dr. Cross – Checking in from the DVAO 2016 ANNUAL MEETING, PHILADELPHIA

A gathering of world-class clinicians, periodontists, oral surgeons and others with a shared interest in Implant Dentistry

So, you may be asking … “What (or who) is DVAO?” It’s the Delaware Valley Academy of Osseointegration – an organization committed to the rapidly emerging discipline of Implant Dentistry. The group represents a combination of periodontists, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, general dentists, residents and graduate students learning from each other in an open, collegial environment. 

Held at the HUB at Cira Center in Philadelphia, there are a number of reasons to attend the DVAO annual meeting. We get to meet world-class clinicians, share the latest advances, exchange best practices and grow the knowledge base of our field.

At the forefront of this year’s scientific session was the biological management of soft tissues around dental implants and its potential impact on the long-term success of dental implants – a topic I find of interest. Dr. Tomas Linkivicius, a prosthodontist and pioneer in the field from the Institute of Odontology at Vilnius University in Lithuania, discussed his work on vertical tissue augmentation and the implications for marginal bone maintenance.

As I listened to Dr. Linkivicius, I was struck in that his existing study protocols did not include atraumatic, flapless, guided or immediate implant placement techniques currently utilized at the Amsterdam Dental Group. This represents a great opportunity to bring our MIDI procedure to the forefront with world opinion leaders in periodontics and fixed prosthodontics. It also can help improve upon more traditional approaches to delayed implant therapy. I personally look forward to collaborating in future research with Dr. Linkivicius and this subject.

What lies ahead? As DVAO continues to advance multidisciplinary collaboration and discovery among experts in the field of implant dentistry, look for me and others within our practice to be present work and research at this meeting in the near future. Together, we will create and implement educational programs, funded research programs and advancements all to benefit patients of all ages. For more information visit: www.DVAO.org

DVAO Annual Meeting 2016

Dr. Cross – A DENTIST’S PREVIEW OF SUPERBOWL 50


What will my fellow dentists and dental specialists be looking for in the upcoming clash between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers? No, not the number of sacks or end zone celebrations; not the half time show or the best commercials. It is mouth guards of course.

For decades, the mouth guard has proven its ability to protect against tooth fracture and lip lacerations on the field. Recent research now indicates this long-proven dental appliance can help prevent concussions and may even provide performance enhancing respiratory and VO2 max benefits. That’s one powerful little apparatus. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to use an athletic mouth guard. Children and adults alike gain from such protection.

Today’s mouth guards come in all shapes and sizes – from generic boil and bite vampire guards to the highly customized options from Under Armour, Shock Doctor or Gladiator, which are made from high quality impressions taken at home or with professional help from the dental office. Most traditional mouth guards are effective in safeguarding your teeth, however custom appliances are less bulky and fit better, offering a greater level of protection. Consider the investment you may have made in your smile or your children’s orthodontic care. Add in the fact that dental trauma is 60x more likely to occur in absence of a mouth guard, custom appliances start to make a lot of sense.

So as I enjoy this weekend’s big game, I encourage all of the athletes to take steps against injury with some extra protection on the gridiron.

For more information on ADA-approved mouth guards, visit: http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/mouthguards or consult with any member of our Amsterdam Dental Group team for custom fit appliance options.

DR. CROSS – CHECKING IN FROM THE GNYAP 2015 FALL MEETING, NEW YORK CITY

It’s that time of year again… I’m here in the Big Apple with the Amsterdam Dental team for the annual Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics meeting. Held the week after Thanksgiving, the GNYAP is an annual affair for us and this year, New York did not disappoint. We met new residents, current colleagues and former classmates plus explored all the city has to offer.

For those not familiar with GNYAP, the organization promotes: the art, science and practice of prosthodontics; the highest ethical standards and professional membership; a better understanding among the specialties of dentistry and related professions; basic and clinical research in prosthodontics.

The annual two-day meeting provides nationally and internationally renowned speakers the opportunity to present evidence based research and expert opinion on the latest techniques, materials and technology. They also demonstrate the highest levels of interdisciplinary care. Additionally, the scientific poster session reports on current clinical research and basic science projects of the top graduate programs in the nation. Amsterdam Dental’s Dr. Baumgarten and Dr. Fraiman are both select members of GNYAP and former presenters at this meeting.

This year, digital technology and its use in dentistry were all the rage. One expert after the next illustrated how the greater accuracy and effectiveness afforded by digital technology results in improved dental outcomes for patients. This is especially true for those needing dental implants, crowns and bridges. While such technology may not sound new, fewer than 10% of the dental offices in the U.S. use it. At Amsterdam Dental, we have implemented digital dental technology at our practice for a variety of procedures, including implants and restorations, in order to provide better care and maximum comfort.

But New York City has far too much going on for only work. Visits to Central Park with the family, the Broadway show – Finding Neverland, a tour of the Secret Service and the 911 Ground Zero memorial provided opportunity to reflect on the tremendous capacity we have to provide joy, protection, service and inspiration to those around us.

For more information on the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, visit www.gnyap.org.

Dr. Cross – Checking in from the SCAD 2015 annual conference, Chicago

What is SCAD you may ask? It is the Society of Color and Appearance in Dentistry – an organization created to foster communications and research among dental disciplines, industrial researchers, institutional scientific investigators and others with an interest in color and appearance in dentistry.

Why attend this meeting? It’s a great opportunity to meet world-class clinicians and dental laboratory technicians and together, share ideas on designing and fabricating the most life-like restorations for patients. To achieve the best possible results, one must understand and have a true appreciation for color, translucency, fluorescence and behavior of material properties that go into making dental restorations.

What lies ahead? SCAD continues to advance multidisciplinary collaboration and discovery among experts, who go on to create and implement educational programs, such as Free Color Training, for dental professionals. Look for Dr. Cross to be presenting his work and research at this meeting in the near future. For more information visit: www.scadent.org

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