Center City Study Club        City Center Study Club

Ten years ago, I founded the Center City Study Club in order to promote networking, camaraderie, and a free exchange of ideas among dental professionals in Philadelphia.  The CCSC has a solid core of approximately 40-45 members who each bring a unique perspective to the group.  I am excited to announce that all CCSC meetings for the 2017-2018 academic year will once again be held at Estia Greek Mediterranean Restaurant in Philadelphia.

The basic structure for the CCSC 2017-18 academic year is as follows:

Quality lecture content relevant to your everyday clinical practice

4 Evening Meetings at Estia Greek Mediterranean Restaurant

Registration / Networking / Wine                                                    6:00-6:30pm

Seating / Dinner orders taken                                                         6:30-6:45pm

Introduction of Speaker                                                                  6:45-7:00pm

Lecture / Dinner served                                                                  7:00-8:15pm

Discussion                                                                                      8:15-8:30pm   

Annual Membership for 2017-18: $475 (includes all four sessions of 2017-2018 year, payment must be received 2 weeks prior to first session).

Single session dues is $150 per lecture.  If registering at least 2 weeks prior to event, the dues will be reduced to $125 per session.

We encourage staff to attend for a reduced fee of $ 95 per staff member.

As a certified Pennsylvania AGD CE provider, I am proud to provide 2 CE credits for each session up to a total of 8.0 CE credits for attendees.

Session 1: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Estia Restaurant Philadelphia

Elliot Hersh, DMD, MS, PhD.

“Evidence Based Analgesia for Dental Professionals”

Dr. Hersh is currently a Professor of Pharmacology/Oral Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.  He received his DMD degree from UMDNJ-NJDS in 1981 and his MS and PhD degrees from UMDNJ – Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 1983 and 1988 respectively.  Since arriving at the PENN in 1988 Dr. Hersh has won the Dental School’s Excellence in the Teaching of Basic Science Award 20 different times and was also presented with a University Lindback Award in 1993, the highest teaching honor in the entire University.  He has published more than 150 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters in the areas of dental pharmacology, drug interactions, analgesics and local anesthetics.  His scholarly and research contributions in the areas of local anesthesia and pain control were recognized by the International Association of Dental Research in 2007 when he was presented with the Distinguished Scientist Award in Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology. Dr. Hersh states “that while the research accolades are nice, the most important thing I do is sharing this knowledge with my students and other dental professionals”.     

This presentation will first review the biochemical and physiological mechanisms behind post-surgical dental pain and then discuss various double-blind randomized controlled trials on the efficacy of various analgesic agents following the surgical removal of impacted third molar teeth.  A discussion of the “drug seeking patient” and the prescription opioid abuse problem will be highlighted.  Opioid-sparing strategies including the combination of an NSAID with acetaminophen and the potential utility of liposomal bupivacaine will be discussed. The final portion of this discussion will focus on meta-analysis data for various analgesics in both dental pain and other post-surgical pain models. “IN OTHER WORDS WHICH ANALGESICS CONSISTENTLY LEAD THE PACK AND WHICH ARE CONSISTENTLY DOGS (i.e. “opioids in many situations”).   An updated flexible analgesic schedule which was published in JADA in August 2013 will also be introduced.

This course will enable participant to:

  1. Discuss the utility of the oral surgery pain model.
  2. List various peripheral chemical mediators which contribute to post-surgical dental pain.
  3. Compare the analgesic efficacy of NSAIDs to single entity and acetaminophen combination oral opioids in randomized placebo controlled double-blind oral surgery pain studies.
  4. Describe the rationale for combining opioid with non-opioid analgesic agents.
  5. Compare the short-term side effect profile of NSAIDs versus opioids.
  6. Discuss the potential opioid-sparing effect of combining an NSAID with acetaminophen and the administration of liposomal bupivacaine following surgery.
  7. Discuss meta-analysis data on the numbers needed treat (NNT) to obtain one additional patient with at least 50% maximum pain relief beyond the placebo treatment option.

Session 2: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – Estia Restaurant Philadelphia

Todd Hydock, Director of Laboratory Services, Newtech Dental Laboratories.

A Team Approach to Full Arch Immediate Loading: Optimal Restorative Workflow and Restorative Design

The dental laboratory has always been an important component for a successful prosthetic outcome.  With the edentulous population growing dramatically, the laboratory has become a crucial partner for the restorative clinician with implant based treatment solutions. 

Unfortunately, implant supported/retained overdentures can sometimes be perceived as complex and cost prohibitive by the restoring doctor, which can hinder treatment offerings to the patient.

As a member of the team (Specialist – Restorative clinician – Implant Manufacturer – Laboratory), the laboratory’s focus should be on effective communication, controlling costs, and providing a step by step approach for systematic and predictable results.

This program is designed to guide you through the entire treatment process for full arch screw-retained restorations, which includes identifying patients who are candidates for this type of therapy, guidelines for proper treatment planning and fabrication of provisional prostheses.  In addition, this presentation will also help to assist participants with understanding all of the available treatment options, the laboratory costs associated with each option, the latest materials & techniques as well as the treatment sequencing with timelines.  By providing this support, the laboratory can help the team escalate their confidence level with treating the edentulous patient and increasing case acceptance.

Full arch implant restorations may have you thinking:

  • My patients can’t afford this treatment…
  • I don’t have these types of cases in my office…
  • Treatment is too complex…
  • I’m unsure what to charge for this treatment…
  • I’m not experienced in these types of cases…

At the end of the lecture, you should be able to:

  • Identify patients who are candidates for immediate full arch restoration therapy.
  • Understand the preoperative steps necessary to plan for an immediate full arch provisional restoration.
  • Properly plan productive and cost-effective use of your time by reducing the number of appointments.
  • Develop a strategy to utilize new technologies for optimal patient outcomes.
  • Establish a consistent and profitable fee structure for immediate full arch restoration therapy

Session 3: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – Estia Restaurant Philadelphia

George Bandelac, DDS, MS

“Immediate Loading of Single Tooth Implants in the Esthetic Zone”

Dr. George Bandelac is a full-time practicing periodontist and dental implant surgeon. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. His interdisciplinary training and years of clinical experience allow him to restore the form and function of the teeth and gums to a natural esthetic result. He is a former Associate Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, Department of Prosthodontics and Periodontology and was awarded “Outstanding Clinical Faculty” in 2010.

This program will focus on the following:

  • Dental esthetics of a single tooth implant.
  • Initial anatomic conditions and how they impact implant placement.
  • Role of periodontal biotypes in esthetic implant outcomes.
  • Surgical considerations and pitfalls.
  • Prosthetic considerations during the restorative phase.
  • Gingival complications and remedies.

Session 4: Tuesday, April 24, 2018– Estia Restaurant Philadelphia

Melissa Vettraino Bachstein, DDS

“Endodontics Beyond Traditional Root Canal Treatment: A Look at Complex Surgical and Non Surgical Cases”

Endodontists are often confronted with the decision of recommending endodontic treatment or extraction of compromised teeth due to severe bone loss of endodontic or periodontal origin, or structural compromise. The presentation will explore a series of cases including conventional root canal treatment, apicoectomy, trauma, cracked teeth, complex diagnosis, decoronation, re-implantation and pulp regeneration.  Pathology, diagnosis, treatment options and outcomes will be discussed. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the etiology of apical periodontitis and reasons for failure.
  • Appreciate the value of clinical application of CBCT in diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • Propose valid treatment option.

For information or to confirm attendance, please contact our Professional Relations Coordinator, Diane Fosbenner at [email protected] or Philadelphia Office Phone Number 215-985-4337