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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

Back to school – the busiest time at Amsterdam Kids

~ Dr. Caleb Cross

miss-carol-kidThe Pennsylvania Department of Health mandates students entering the 3rd and 7th grades or those transferring schools must have a comprehensive dental evaluation completed.

You are probably familiar with the form here. It was sent from your school nurse. It is one most of the Main Line educational institutions have made an annual requirement. My daughter was nearly held hostage from playing 6th grade pre-season volleyball until the form was completed! If you’ve forgotten to do so this summer, you are clearly not alone!

Now that the rush is upon us, it is a perfect opportunity to highlight our Amsterdam Kid’s Health Learning Program run by Drs. Moskowitz & Musso and Miss Carole Butener in our Paoli office. 

Miss carol“Look Mom, No Cavities” is a phrase Dr. Moskowitz has been hearing since the program’s inception more than 46 years ago.  Founded on the principle that with quarterly routine visits, which consists of supervised brushing and instruction, topical fluoride application and dietary analysis, tooth decay can be virtually eliminated. Carole insists that by training parents in their role as “Co-Therapists” in their children’s care, we can ensure teeth are being cleaned effectively on a twice-daily basis and those missed school days because of a toothache or emergency dental visits become a relic of the past.  

Frequent visits in combination with appropriate dental x-rays allow for early detection of any gum disease or decay. It also allows us to monitor skeletal and facial growth as children transition to a permanent dentition, identifying situations when preventative and interceptive orthodontics can be beneficial. 

So at this time of year … Congratulations to Carole, our team and all of our parents for identifying a great number of cavity free kids this month and the on-going commitment to keeping them that way.  Prevention is truly the best medicine!

Dr. Cross Takes a Closer Look at Smile Design in the Mobile Cloud Era

Today, new technology provides the control to design a perfect smile from the comfort of home or at our dental office.

Plato might have said it best when he noted, “Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.” The problem is that what I see, what you see and what the dental ceramicist sees, may be entirely different. At Amsterdam Dental Group, we are committed to designing and fabricating restorations that meet or exceed our patients’ aesthetic and functional requirements. You are the “beholder.”

For those of you who know me, it comes as no surprise how much I love photographing teeth.Why? Part of the reason is it allows me to see things closer and in more detail. It also helps communicate colors and shapes to the lab technician who is fabricating the restorations. With the recent release of the iPad Pro and a host of touch screen drawing applications (i.e. Paper 53, Skitch and Adobe Draw), we are now able to take these photographs to a whole new level in real time.These technological tools improve our ability to communicate with you as well as our master ceramicists whether they are within our on-site dental lab in Philadelphia, across the country or around the world. It is truly revolutionary.

The results of the six veneers below are indeed nothing short of amazing, yet are only a simple reflection of what was designed.

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Here’s a screen shot of design planning in action from a recent aesthetic consultation appointment. With a couple good photographs and an iPad, we are able to instantly discuss patients’ concerns about teeth that are too long, short or wide. We can address color, shape, missing gum tissue and even repositioning with orthodontics.

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If you’re planning on making any changes to your smile, today’s smile design is simply a matter of making the correct plan for you. – Dr. C

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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