2012 Meetings

February 10, 2012
To be held at: Weber's Inn, Ann Arbor
Registration 8:30am, Lecture 9:00am - 5:00pm
"Meeting the Challenge of Change"
Presented by Dr. Mark K. Setter

Continuing Education Credits: 6

Meeting the Challenge of Change

Success in the practice of dentistry requires a wide variety of skills ranging from clinical competency to social adaptability to the management of others to leadership in getting people to follow your recommendations and vision. A successful career in any profession will typically span greater than twenty years, and during that time, constant change takes place, not only in the clinical advancements we have available, but also in the business environment we must work within. If one is to maintain success throughout their career, the contemporary dentist must make changes in all of the skill sets required to practice dentistry.

There have been very few times in the history of our profession that the rate of change has been so rapid. Changes in technology, third party payment systems, auxiliary staff utilization and patient desires / expectations all present earthquake like instability to the dental practice that is unprepared for such change.

This challenge of change can appear as an obstacle to success for the unprepared, or can be a huge opportunity for success to the professional that sharpens the wide range of skills needed in a leading contemporary dental practice. This program is designed to prepare the contemporary dentist for the challenge of change that lies ahead by identifying the skills needed to make change the ally in the successful treatment of patients. Implant dentistry is about achieving predictable functional and esthetic results, long term. This lecture will present recent evidence on the decision-making process of when to perform socket augmentation vs. immediate implant placement. Management of hard and soft tissue deficiencies around implants will be presented. Additionally, the use of Cone Beam CT in the decision making process will be discussed.


The primary method of adapting to change in all areas of business is through effective communication to customers, co-workers and colleagues. How does a patient know your office is different from the next office? Communication

- What message are you sending to your patients?

- If you have two ears and one mouth, what communication skills will need to be improved to assure effective communication between the doctor and patient?

- The role of the office team is ever increasing, for the efficiency needed to control the cost of dental treatment and to get the levels of case acceptance as high as is possible. This being the case, what communication systems can be put in place to assure each office will have the "Team" needed to succeed in the practice of the future?


Leadership is the skill of getting people to want to follow you. The profession of dentistry has leadership as being one of the primary skill sets required for the practice of the future.

- Leadership in the area of patient management is needed to get patients to want the treatment you want to deliver, especially when patient involvement in the financial aspects of treatment is ever increasing.

- Leadership in the area of human resources is essential to get the motivation, commitment and passion that is required of a successful dental office team to face the challenges that lie ahead.

- Leadership within the profession is one of the key skills that will differentiate the practices that will determine their own path for the future as opposed to the practices that will be forced to comply with the pressures around them.

The Team

With the standard of care in dentistry being so broad, from partial dentures to implant supported prosthetics, the entire dental team must be involved to achieve the highest levels of case acceptance and the most efficient delivery of quality patient care.

- In what skills should staff training focus to be most qualified to deal with the challenges future change will bring?

- How does an office go from being a group of reasonably good employees to an effective, motivated, passionate team of dental care providers most able to succeed in the future changed dental climate?

- What criteria is used in choosing new staff members to select for those qualities most effective in the future dental environment?

Implementation of the principles discussed in this program will provide the greatest opportunities for those offices that are willing to embrace the challenge of change.

Dr. Setter was born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan, and graduated from Port Huron Northern High School and from St. Clair County Community College. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Michigan, where he received his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. After Completion of his dental degree, Dr. Setter completed his specialty training in periodontics at the University of Michigan and received a Masters of Science Degree in Periodontics. He also Graduated from the Misch International Implant Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Setter began his specialty practice in 1981 and has limited his practice to periodontics since that time.

In addition to private practice, he is on the faculty at the University of Michigan on a part time basis, is a member of the Surgical Faculty of the Misch International Implant institute, and a faculty member of Temple University. Lecturing around the country, Dr. Setter educates dentists on various aspects of periodontics and dental implantology. Dr. Setter has been elected into the International College of Dentists and voted as one of "The Best Dentists in America" by his peers. Dr. Setter and his wife, Susan, have two children. Both are currently pursuing their education in the dental field. Dr. Setter enjoys race car driving, while the entire family enjoys boating, skiing, tennis, and travel.

April 27, 2012
To be held at: Weber's Inn, Ann Arbor
Registration 8:30am, Lecture 9:00am - 5:00pm
"The Harmony of Function and Esthetics with Digital Technology"
Presented by Mr. Lee Culp, CDT

Continuing Education Credits: 6

Recreating Nature: The Harmony of Function and Esthetics with Digital Technology

Course Synopsis: The attainment of perfection in the duplication of natural dentition is the ultimate achievement in contemporary esthetic dentistry. Understanding the complex relationship between tooth form and function, and how they relate and combine to create the esthetics of natural dentition, is the basis of study for achieving predictable success in oral reconstruction.

As patients become more educated to modern dentistry's advances, their motivation and desire for natural esthetic, restorative dentistry is increasing at a dramatic rate. Dentists are now fulfilling these patient demands, but many are concerned only with the visual impact of the smile, with total disregard to proper occlusion, envelope of function, and phonetics, resulting in broken restorations, speech problems, and patient dissatisfaction.

The newest technology to enter dentistry is CAD-CAM Computed Aided Design/Computed Aided Manufacturing. Based on technology adopted from aerospace/automotive and even the watch making industry, this technology is accepted due to its advantage of increased speed, accuracy and efficiency. Today's CAD-CAM systems are being used to design and manufacture metal, alumina, and zirconia frameworks, as well as all ceramic full contour crowns, inlays, and veneers that may be stronger, fit better, and are more esthetic than restorations fabricated using traditional methods.

As Dentistry evolves into the digital world, the successful incorporation of computerization and new acquisition and manufacturing technologies will continue to provide more efficient methods of restoration fabrication and communication, while at the same time retaining the individual creativity and artistry of the skilled Dentist and Technician. The utilization of new technology will only enhance the close cooperation and working relationship of the Dentist/Technician team. The evolution from Hand design to Digital design and the application of Diagnostic 3-D previews, along with provisional restorations, and their digital replicas to guide the restorative team in the creation of Cad-Cam restorations will be presented, as well as the latest developments in intra-oral laser scanning, materials and computer milling/printing technology.

This lecture will offer participants a unique insight into the replication of natural esthetics while focusing on proper function and occlusal harmony. You will learn a format for achieving that often-elusive goal of pleasing the patient, dentist, and ceramist with creative digital ceramic artistry.

Lee Culp, CDT is the CTO Chief Technology Officer at DTI Technologies, where he guides the development of the DTI digital technologies program, and their applied applications to restorative dentistry.

Lee is the Editor- in- Chief of Teamwork and Associate Editor of Spectrum. He is also on the editorial boards of Practical Procedures and Aesthetic Dentistry, Compendium, and Inside Dentistry.

Lee’s professional memberships include the American College of Prosthodontics, the American Equilibration Society, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of CAD-CAM Dentistry, and the American Prosthodontic Society. Lee is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

He is the 2007 recipient of the Kenneth Rudd Award from the American Society of Prosthodontics, the 2007 recipient of the AACD Presidents Award for Excellence in Dental Education, as well as the 2003 recipient of the National Association of Dental Laboratories, Excellence in Education Award. Lee is also been appointed adjunct professor at Tufts University, and the University of North Carolina- School of Dentistry, Graduate Prosthetics department.

Lee is an avid writer, and had been a contributor to four dental text books, including a chapter in Dr. Peter Dawson's book Functional Occlusion: From TMJ to Smile Design. His first book will be published in 2011, on Dental Anatomy and Morphology.

He is a leading resource/inventor for many of the materials, products, and techniques used in dentistry today, holds numerous patents for his ideas and products. Lee writes many articles per year, and his writing, photography, and teaching style have brought him international recognition, as one of today's most exciting lecturers and innovative artisans in the specialties of digital dentistry, dental ceramics and functional esthetics.

November 9, 2012
To be held at: Weber's Inn, Ann Arbor
Registration 8:30am, Lecture 9:00am - 5:00pm
"Restorative-Periodontal Therapy: Maximizing Success Through the Team Approach"
Presented by Dr. Donald S. Clem

Continuing Education Credits: 6


The current demographics of the US population indicate that there will be a greater demand for dentistry in the next twenty years. How can periodontists, restorative dentists and hygienists maximize the synergy of working together to achieve better outcomes for those they serve as well as enhancing and supporting each other's clinical practice?

What is the current thinking on disease control, treatment and regeneration? How does the role of inflammation affect the progression of periodontal diseases and how may this affect systemic health? What are the evidence based explanations and how can these be responsibly communicated to patients?

What is the future role of the dental hygienist in general practice and how will they be spending increasing amounts of their time? How can they assist in triaging patients according to risk and what are the possible scenarios that suggest partnering with a periodontist early in the patient's diagnosis? Advances in periodontal regeneration have lead to application of these biologic principles to implant site development and an expansion of dental implant candidates. How can the team communicate those options that have the greatest opportunity for long term success? Now that dental implants have enjoyed the validation of osseointegration, how have they faired over the last 25 years of use and what is the affect of hard and soft tissue complications including peri-implantitis on restorative results? How can the team manage these complications to minimize functional and esthetic compromises? What is the role of the dental hygienist in maintenance and assessing implant status?

This presentation will present evidence based answers and suggested solutions to these and other questions. At the end of the day, the restorative dentist, periodontist and hygienist will be better communicators, more involved in both the restorative and periodontal assessment of patients and better able to manage an ever increasing aging and demanding population who seek our services.

Dr. Donald S. Clem received his certificate in Periodontics from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1984. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He is the recipient of numerous awards in his field including recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Periodontics by the California Society of Periodontists and was co-recipient of the Clinical Research Award by the American Academy of Periodontology for his publication on implant function in regenerated bone. He is also a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fuchard Academy. His publications include articles on conscious sedation, periodontal regeneration, and dental implants.

Dr. Clem is currently in full-time practice in the fields of periodontics and dental implants in Southern California. He also serves as a clinical professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. For 2011, he functions as President for the American Academy of Periodontology.