The Pacific Dental Conference (PDC) begins this Thursday, March 8th, 2012, in Vancouver Canada. Over 117 speakers will be presenting a wide selection of topics which will provide continuing education credits to dentists in Canada and throughout the world. Speakers represent dental professionals in Canada, the United States and other countries. In addition to the educational component of the conference there are over 246 exhibitors occupying 549 booths offering an extensive range of products and services.
The director of the PDC, Marke Pedersen is joined by the Organizing group of Nazeem Kanani, Ray Fong- exhibit coordinators and K. Tony Gill, Peter Kearney, Mark Spurr, and Bruce Ward – Scientific Program Coordinators, Penny Hatzimanolakis of the BC Dental Hygienist’s Association and Christine Thirwell of the Certified Dental Assistants of BC in organizing and presenting the conference.
One of the offerings of the conference is the ‘Live Dentistry Stage’. On this operative stage demonstrations of various procedures will be exhibited and projected on a large screen for optimal viewing. On Thursday Dr Robert Lowe will provide a demonstration of anterior and posterior composite placement and Annie Beaulieu, RDH, will show whitening systems. On Friday Dr Ron Zokol will demonstrate a sinus graft, Dr David Little an immediate implant placement, and Dr Glenn van As will illustrate laser dentistry. Additional educational instruction will occur on Saturday.
Several afternoon and all day classes are also included as a component of the conference including courses on minor tooth movement, achieving clinical confidence with cavitron ultrasonic systems, microscope enhanced endodontics, utilizing hard and soft tissue lasers, and mini dental implants-affordable denture stabilization for denture patient, as well as other interesting courses.
On the technological side, Dr Roberty Valiquette, who graduated from the Université of Montréal, will be presenting a lecture titled “Digital Footprints: A Revolution in Dentistry”. In his presentation numerous clinical cases will be described with an emphasis on the steps required for successful integration into a dental practice. He will provide clinical comparisons of various digital ‘impressioning’ scanners that are now on the market and “move” the participant “through the learning curve of this new technique”.
The Robert Hicks Memorial Lecture will feature Dr Jeff Brucia, an Assistant Professor of Dental Practice at UOP dental who will provide an overview on restorative materials: Restorative Materials Update 2012 featuring the latest information on dentinal adhesives.
Submitted by Dr Jeff Burgess