2018 Winter Meeting - Speakers

Gregory A. Toback, DMD, MS

Dr. Toback received his Bachelor of Science from St. John’s University (magna cum laude) in 1991, and his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut in 1995 (Award for Excellence in Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry). Following completion of his dental degree, Dr. Toback pursued advanced training in periodontics and dental implants at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In 1998, Dr. Toback returned to Connecticut to begin private practice with Shoreline Periodontics.

Dr. Toback has authored papers in major periodontal and dental implant journals. In addition, he holds a certificate and license to provide services in conscious sedation. Treating patients with anxiety and apprehension holds special interest for Dr. Toback. He is the only periodontist in eastern Connecticut licensed to provide these services. He has advanced training in medical emergencies and holds a certificate in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Dr. Toback is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He is also a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, Academy of Osseointegration, American Dental Association, Connecticut Dental Society, Connecticut Society of Periodontics, and New London County Dental Society.

In 2006, Dr. Toback was invited to join the S.C.P.P. (Society for Contemporary and Progressive Periodontists). This select group of 12 leading periodontists from across the nation was developed to provide objective evaluation of new research and technology. In addition, the S.C.P.P. developed customized computer software that will allow the 12 members to combine clinical research data on dental implants and bone regeneration, in a way never before possible. Disclosure of relevant financial relationships [Consultant]: I am the founder and owner of HP3 Mentoring, which is a small group consulting firm helping periodontists grow their business.


Creating The Difference In A Competitive Market

In the morning, we will explore the changing dental industry and explore the vulnerability/opportunity of periodontics in the current landscape.  The contemporary periodontal practice must position themselves differently than in generations past to stay competitive for new patient flow.  We will explore foundational principles of management based on efficient systems that deliver exceptional patient experience.  In addition, strategies for creative and unique marketing will be discussed to define and differentiate ourselves in a competitive industry.

Educational Objectives

  1. Understand the economic pressures shaping the dental industry
  2. Describe the "entrepreneurial mindset" that will allow periodontist business owners to position their organization in the new market
  3. Present examples of strategic marketing campaigns and how to measure response

Implant Complications: Problem or Opportunity?

In the afternoon, we will tackle implant complications.  Categorization and organization of types of implant afflictions will be reviewed.  Decision trees for available therapies will be explored.  Finally, we will visit the question of whether implant complications are a problem, or an opportunity for periodontal specialists.  Is there an opportunity for periodontists to concentrate efforts in this area and build their practice through this focus?  We will discuss and debate this very topic.

Kurtis Helm, CDT

Kurtis Helm, CDT owns and manages Helm Dental Laboratory in Wylie, Texas. The full-service laboratory employs over 40 technicians and focuses on the latest technology in the fabrication of fixed and removable prosthetics. Mr. Helm attended Texas A&M University and received a degree in Biochemistry. After serving five years in the United States Air Force as a trainer for dental laboratory technicians, he moved back to Texas and opened Helm Dental Laboratory in 1993. Mr. Helm is a Certified Dental Technician in Ceramics and Removable Dentures, and has studied extensively at Pankey, Dawson and LVI.


Restorative Options for the Edentulous Patient

Advancements in technologies are moving at a rapid pace and many clinicians are questioning the role that emerging technologies are playing in thier practices. The goal of this program is to share information on the newest options for restoring the edentulous patient.

Educational Objectives

  1. Upon completion of this program participants will understand proper implant diagnostics
  2. Upon completion of this program participants will be able to evaluate the different options for the edentulous patient
  3. Upon completion of this program participants will know how to incorporate the entire dental team into the decision making process

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