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The Cosmetic Consortium, founded in 2000 by Dr. I. Stephen Brown, was created to provide a forum for discussion of the many aspects of cosmetic dentistry. The membership, a cross section of exceptional dentists from the Delaware Valley, has been kept intentionally limited to foster maximum interaction and a free exchange of ideas with our world-class speakers and educators.

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Cosmetic Consortium Study Club 2013 – 2014

Monday, September 16, 2013 — Dr. Cyril Evian

The Ninth Annual Leonard Abrams Memorial Lecture

“Immediate Implants: An Idea Whose Time Has Come”

Immediate implant placement cuts down on treatment time, number of surgical procedures and assists in maintaining alveolar bone and soft tissue form. This presentation outlines techniques enabling the clinician to extract teeth and immediately place implants into sockets. Creative use of subgingival healing devices is a critical element in retaining existing gingival form and function.

Effective methods of regenerating bone and soft tissue at the time of immediate implant placement will be discussed. Treatment Planning for both the simple and the advanced case requires an interdisciplinary approach and close collaboration with the restorative dentist.

Course Outline:

  • The effect of tooth and implant position on gingival anatomy
  • Healing of extraction sockets
  • Implant placement in extraction sockets
  • Classification of extraction sockets
  • The role of bone grafting and G.B.R
  • Complications and their management
  • The effect of the abutment on the soft tissue anatomy

Dr. Cyril Evian served as Clinical Professor of Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Graduate Program in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. Dr. Evian graduated with a certificate in Periodontics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently Professor of clinical Periodontics of implant dentistry at University of Maryland and New York University and Board certified by the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Evian has published extensively in the fields of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry and has chaptered numerous text books. He maintains a Private Practice in King of Prussia, PA.

Monday, October 28, 2013 — Dr. Gail Gerard Childers

“Regeneration for Teeth and Dental Implants: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!”

The development of regenerative modalities in the clinical periodontal and dental implant surgical practice has incorporated growth factors including PDGF-beta, enamel matrix protein, lamanin-5, bone morphogenetic protein-2(BMP-2), and human fibroblasts and keritinocytes to name a few. These materials and the indication for inclusion of these can benefit the surgical and restorative treatment outcomes for our patients that traditional therapy had been limited.

Course Objectives

  • To provide an up to date knowledge of what growth factors are currently available in clinical practice
  • Provide an understanding of how certain factors are utilized in the development of the emergence profile of restorations in dental implant therapy
  • To provide guidelines for diagnosis — when and where a growth factor would be indicated in the treatment of periodontal disease, mucocitis and peri-implantitis
  • Have a knowledge of certain factors that can aid in the treatment of peri-implant complications

Dr. Gail Childers graduated with a BS Pharmacology Temple University, obtained both his DMA and Certificate in Periodontics from Temple University School of Dentistry. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Department of Periodontology and Periodontal Prosthesis. He is a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology (ITI), an alliance of specialists pursuing research and development in the field of Dental Implants. He was recently appointed as an Examiner for The American Board of Periodontology. He is widely published and is in demand as a speaker across the US and abroad. He maintains private practices specializing in Periodontics and Dental Implants in Marlton and Turnersville, New Jersey.

Monday, November 4, 2013 — Linda Marek

“Managing Profitability in the age of PPO: Is There Still a Window of Opportunity in a World of Managed Care?”

In 2000, PPO influence represented approximately 13% of all dental insurance policies available in the US. At that time, the vast majority of third party payments came from indemnity insurance. The benefits provided included most routine dental procedures and the fees paid between 50 and 100% of UCR. In 1972, when dental insurance first became available, the Annual Maximum Benefit was $1,000. Today, forty years later, the “benefit,” is still approximately $1,000!

In 2010, industry analysts report the presence of PPO has grown to 74%! Not surprisingly, the number of procedures covered has decreased substantially as the available benefits have dropped dramatically. While Dentistry tried to avoid the insurance-destructive Medical HMO model – the industry has done an “end run” by virtually eliminating traditional indemnity insurance. Regrettably, well skilled dentists feel like the proverbial Gerbil, going faster and faster and getting further behind.

The goal of this presentation is to develop strategies to combat these troubling changes while maintaining a high level of profitability. The skills involve organizing your schedule effectively; segmenting marketing efforts and budget, and confronting the changes that an increasingly powerful and controlling insurance industry has forced upon us.

Linda Marek is the Vice President of Paragon Management Associates, a Practice Management firm specializing in dentistry. Founded in 1986, Paragon Management Associates, Inc. is one of the largest full service dental practice management firms in the United States. Paragon currently serves over 300 general and specialist dental practices with 15 full-time staff and an ongoing national network of successful practices.

Linda graduated from the University of Detroit with Dental Hygiene and business degrees. She held positions of increasing responsibility in successful dental practices from dental hygienist, dental assistant, business coordinator, to public relations director, as well as in the sale of dental supplies. Linda has been consulting for the past 28 years and has facilitated and guided over 500 dental offices to create a dynamic collaboration, based on excellence and ethics, between the dental team and the dental patient.

Monday, November 18, 2013 — Dr. Howard Gross

“Mucogingival Therapy 2013: Are Free Gingival Grafts a Thing Of The Past”

This presentation will focus on the most current concepts in the diagnosis and clinical management of mucogingival defects around natural teeth and implants. Detection, diagnosis, classification and effective treatment of various clinical situations will be discussed. Maximizing interdisciplinary collaboration is an essential component of successful management.


  • How to Identify and diagnose mucogingival deformities
  • How to assess available treatment options and predict outcomes
  • Choosing the best way to manage and correct various mucogingival deformities
  • Updated treatment modalities
  • Managing complications
  • Future directions: Where we go from here

Dr. Howard B. Gross is a graduate of University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry and Central University of Venezuela. He earned a certificate in Periodontics and a Master of Science in Oral Biology from Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Gross is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He is in private practice limited to Periodontics and Implant Surgery. He is an Examiner for the American Board of Periodontology.

Monday, January, 13, 2014 — Dr. Orhan Tuncay

“Changing Practices for the Orthodontist in the Modern Era”

Orthodontics is a very conservative specialty; its basic principles have remained largely unchanged for decades. Yet in the modern era, the orthodontist’s understanding, aided by emerging technology and biotechnology, is changing radically. The goals of treatment have become more comprehensive. Tooth movement and orthognathic surgical planning require a more extensive understanding of new materials and technologies.

The biotechnology of orthodontic tooth movement has now entered into the modern era. Discoveries of the past and traditional clinical applications have evolved markedly reducing orthodontic treatment times.

This presentation will offer an overview of this technological evolution, illustrating how cutting-edge orthodontics is currently practiced. It will cover issues related to Invisalign, SureSmile, mini screw temporary implants, cone beam, intraoral scanning, viewing software, and ortho-surgery interactions with the aid of imaging technology, and other FDA approved devices that are designed to accelerate orthodontic tooth movement.

Dr. Orhan Tuncay: Gerald D. Timmons Professor of Orthodontics is the former Chairman of Department of Orthodontics at Temple University. He is the founding editor of 4 publications: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research, Progress in Orthodontics, Cases & Commentaries in Orthodontics Technology, and Clinical Reports and Techniques. The first journal on the list now has the highest Impact Factor of any orthodontic journal in the world. His textbook entitled: The Invisalign System has been translated into Chinese and still is the most significant textbook on Invisalign. He has given many named lectures around the world and is a key opinion leader in orthodontics. He is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. His private practice is located in Center City, Philadelphia.

Monday, March 17, 2014 — Dr. John Korostoff

“Diagnosis and Treatment of Ailing and Failing Dental Implants: A Clinical Imperative.”

Dental implants have become a routine component of the armamentarium available to clinicians for the replacement of missing teeth. Although the reported success rates for implants are extremely high, problems may arise, some of which can be treated and others that necessitate removal of the fixture. With this in mind, the lecture will focus on:

  1. Defining the criteria utilized to distinguish between a “successful” versus a “surviving” implant.
  2. Describing the variety of problems that can be encountered when utilizing implants to replace missing teeth.
  3. Discussing in detail the plaque-induced conditions affecting dental implants that represent the most common type of implant complication.
  4. Discussing techniques that can be used to address distinct types of implant complications.

Numerous cases will be presented throughout the lecture to illustrate key points. The intention of the lecture is to provide the clinician with an appreciation for the types of problems that can arise in patients undergoing implant therapy and what can be done to address them when they do occur.

Dr. Jonathan Korostoff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, later earning a PhD in Immunology as well as specialty training in Periodontics. He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics and has served as Interim Director of Pre-Doctoral Periodontics. He has contributed more than fifty articles and abstracts to the dental literature and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Periodontology. Dr. Korostoff has been recognized frequently for his excellence in teaching by undergraduate and post doctoral students at the University of Pennsylvania Dental School and has received the Dentist/Scientist Award of the National Institute of Dental Research five times. He is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Faculty Practice.

Monday, April 7, 2014 — Dr. Barry Glassman

“Basic Principles of Sleep Medicine: Dispelling the Myths and Opening Your Eyes to the Opportunities”

This course is designed to review the basic principles of sleep medicine and the role of the dentist on the sleep medicine team. This no nonsense program, minus the many dental myths often associated with it, provides the basics to begin therapy without the purchase of ANY irrelevant “instrumentation” that is often associated with entrance into this critical field. Dr. Glassman has become well recognized for his vast experience in dental sleep medicine and his unique teaching style. The material he will present is appropriate for the dentist AND staff. The principles of appliance therapy as well as the basics of sleep medicine including sleep architecture, snoring, UARS, apnea, and polysomnias, will be reviewed.

Dr. Barry Glassman maintains a private practice in Allentown, PA, limited to chronic pain management, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and dental sleep medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Fellow of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. He is on staff at the Lehigh Valley Hospital where he serves as a resident instructor of Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine.

A Diplomate of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, on staff of Sacred Heart Hospital Sleep Disorder Center, he serves as Chief Dental Consultant to three other sleep centers in the Lehigh Valley. He is Co-Medical Director of the St. Lukes Hospital Headache Center. His presentations include the Academy of Pain Management, the International College of Craniomandibular Disorders, the Academy of Orofacial Pain and the Academy of Craniofacial Pain. He is a well published author and is in great demand nationally as a speaker on these topics.