Dental Seminars: Worth the Investment
I am very grateful for the opportunity to have attended the fall seminar of Northeastern Gnathological Society Academy of Multidisciplinary Dentistry (NGSAMD) in New York City with fellow dental students from Touro College of Dental Medicine. Being a D1 student, this was the first dental related conference I have attended outside of ASDA, and I certainly did not know what to expect.
The session began with an amazing lecture by Dr. Federico Ferraris from Italy about the clinical protocols of using composite or ceramic materials in esthetic dentistry. Dr. Ferraris showed numerous cases and footage of beautiful composite veneers performed with meticulous technique under a microscope. To my surprise, microscopes are not just for endodontists. During his presentation, he noted that after five years, the condition of these composite restorations did not always depreciate, but if they did, it was a quick and easy repair.
Dr. Frank Celenza from New York City brought all of his experience as a dual-trained orthodontist and periodontist into one comprehensive lecture. This presentation debunked my misconception that traditional metal orthodontic brackets are necessary for severely crocked teeth. With a very organized lecture broken down from the simplest tooth movement to the most complex, Dr. Celenza proved aligner therapy such as Invisialign can treat complex cases with the addition of proper usage and placement of Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD).
I can write in great detail about my experience at the conference and the five remarkable speakers who passionately presented that day, but to keep this short, I narrowed it down to these two specific subjects which personally changed my perspective. The other three topics included: the characteristic of zirconia, full mouth rehabilitation using custom abutments, and the clinical application of guided endodontics.
I have to admit, the idea of being around world-renowned clinicians was slightly intimidating, especially as a first year dental student who had just completed my first Class I composite in pre-clinic a few days before. However, there is no shame in being lost during the lectures. You are there to learn, and perhaps draw inspiration from an obscure subject. From the members at the registration table, to the dental residents presenting their research, to the attending dental clinicians, everyone was more than welcoming to have dental students attending. Beyond the further exposure from a different perspective, the Continuing Education (CE) credits earned during dental school by attending similar seminars can be applied to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), if that interests you. As exams or dental school clinic take up the majority of our time, I highly encourage every dental student to take advantage of the learning opportunities just to break the monotony routine of school.
Blog Contributor: Tristan Emborgo '22
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