2018 Winter Meeting - Speakers

Gregory A. Toback, DMD, MS

Gregory Toback, DMD, MS is a periodontist practicing in New London, CT and is the CEO of Shoreline Periodontics.  He received his B.S. from St. John’s University (cum laude), and his DMD from UCONN 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.

Dr. Toback is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He is also a clinical professor at UCONN School of Dental Medicine and has authored papers in major periodontal and dental implant journals. He lectures extensively on a variety of clinical topics including dental implants, bone and soft tissue regeneration, laser periodontal therapy and implant complications.

Dr. Toback has lectured on the subject of “The Business of Periodontics” since 2010, and has become a highly requested speaker on this topic.  He has lectured for the Academy of Periodontology, the Midwest Society, the California Society, the Southern Academy and others.  He is the founder and CEO of HP3: High Performance Perio Practice which is a consulting business featuring an intense 12-month mentoring business program for periodontists.

Dr. Toback is a clinical investigator of the prestigious McGuire Institute which focuses on delivering highly relevant clinical research that supports new and improved technologies that benefit patients.  In 2017, together with an esteemed group of private practice investigators, he was awarded the AAP Clinical Research Award.

When not busy with professional endeavors, Dr. Toback enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.  As an avid skier and fisherman, he is likely to be on a mountain or out on the sea.

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.

Educational Objectives

  1. Review current classification of implant complications and peri-implant disease.
  2. Understand the etiologies of peri-implant inflammation and attachment loss.
  3. Review the risk factors that may play a role in peri-implant disease.
  4. Present available treatment options and provide a basis for decision making on which approaches will be most predictable in achieving desired clinical results. Emphasis on non-surgical therapy, incisional surgery and laser implant surgery will be explored.
  5. How to position yourself as the specialist for implant complications and the preferred provider for future treatment.

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.

Disclosure of relevant financial relationships: None


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 their 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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