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        2023-2024 Program

2023-2024 Program

    • October 13, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Edmonton Convention Centre
    • 291

    Dr. Miguel Ortiz

    Lecture Synopsis

      Adhesion Theory (105 min)

      An in depth and state of the art scientific session covering the latest research and understanding of dental adhesion. From tooth embryology and development to the adhesion generations.


      - Understanding the process of dentin and enamel formation to the molecular level.

          - Reviewing the history of dental adhesion

      - Recognizing that there is a superior adhesion protocol based on scientific research.

      - Learning the different ways an adhesive protocol can be improved.

      - Choosing the different improvements to add to your protocol.

      - Discussing the Scientific truth behind the use of rubber dam.

      The Neuroscience of Dentistry

      A new and different lecture and approach on the color theory and color communication with the laboratory. A way to understand how the human mind collects and process information.


      - Understanding the process of information gathering by the human system.

      - Find the limitations of information gathering and the nature of reality

      - Recognizing that color perception and communication requires other methods than the ones being thought today.

      Cad Cam Dental Materials

      During this session we will classify, test and differentiate among all of the Cad Cam dental materials on the market. Even if you don’t have a milling unit in the office your laboratory does and they are milling everything. This is why Cad Cam dental materials are the most important materials in dentistry today. We will cover everything you need to know about them and we will discover that there is enough DentLit to support the choice of one vs the other.


      - To categorize all Cad Cam dental materials.

      - To Understand their composition and testing methods.

      - To select the 4 materials that are scientifically superior to others for clinical use.

      Fundamentals of Dental Photography (75 min)

      During this lecture we will have an introduction to the fundamentals of photography. Aperture, Shutter Speed, Depth of Field, ISO, white balance, histograms and more. Once the fundamentals have been covered, we will turn into the accessories that are needed in dental photography. Cameras, lenses, lighting, mirrors, etc. It is recommended that you have your camera with you while listening to this lecture. If you don’t have it you will be ok. But if you do it will be a better experience.


      - Understand the fundamentals of photography

      - Review the Big 5 concepts of photography

      - Compare photographic equipment, lighting, lenses.


      Dr. Miguel A. Ortiz began working in the dental industry as a Dental Technician in 2002 after graduating from one of the only two year ADA accredited programs in California State. During the next 8 years he both worked and studied full time in Los Angeles, receiving a B.S. Biochemistry with Honors from California State University. He was recruited to Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he won the Leo Talkoy Award for excellence in clinical dentistry and his Doctorate of Dental Medicine, (DMD). Dr. Ortiz went on to become a Prosthodontist at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017. During his training he mastered the art and science of aesthetic and implant dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation and bone regeneration.

      Today, Dr. Miguel A. Ortiz is pleased to treat patient daily at Lit Dental Esthetics & Implant Center in Wayland, MA. This is a beautiful clinic Dr. Ortiz runs together with his wife Colleen Ortiz and an amazing team of highly trained Hygienists and Dental Assistants. His status as a surgically trained prosthodontist allows him to deliver high quality care in a wide range of treatments. Dr. Ortiz is a passionate advocate for excellence in Prosthodontics, implant, cosmetics and reconstructive dentistry.

      As a student Dr. Miguel A. Ortiz used his skills as a professional photographer to highlight his restorative work and share it with others on social media. He offered photography tutorials to his classmates and colleagues. He discovered a thirst in the industry for this type of knowledge. Online posts and stories were going out to hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers, spreading to millions of dental professionals.

      In the year 2017 Dr. Miguel A. Ortiz Dental Photography Courses were born. Sold-out courses in dozens of cities throughout North America and the world give attendees the most hands-on one-day course in existence. This success led to LIT, a book published by Quintessence in the summer of 2019.

      His passion for teaching and advancing dental education led Dr. Ortiz to found The DentLit Academy, an organization dedicated to highlighting best practices where the art and science of dentistry intersect. The DentLit Academy is a place where evidence based dentistry truly flourishes, allowing users to find answers to common dental questions. We believe that you must always follow the DentLit, not the dentist.

      Dr. Ortiz also leads several annual conferences and runs dental related courses all over the world. The Adhesive Reconstruction and Tooth Preparations Course has been repeatedly sold out a year in advance. Other courses include hands on experiences on occlusion, provisionalization, impression techniques, adhesive principles, dental materials, etc. He offers courses live as well as online.

      Follow the DentLit, Not the Dentist…

      • December 01, 2023
      • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Edmonton Convention Centre
      • 293

      Dr. Brian Goodacre

      Lecture Synopsis

        This course will focus on the current and future applications of digital dentures. Discussing the

        benefits, limitations, and clinical workflows. The widespread use of intraoral scanners have

        changed the way we fabricate dentures. This presentation will demonstrate the clinical

        workflows and discuss the pros and cons of using these emerging techniques. Additionally, it is

        widely known that 3D-printed complete dentures are growing in popularity, but how do they

        compare to milled dentures? This lecture will compare the physical properties of milled and

        printed complete dentures to help determine their best applications.


        Dr. Brian J. Goodacre received his DDS degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in

        2013. He completed a four-and-a-half-year combined program in Prosthodontics and Implant

        Dentistry at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2017, earning an MSD degree. He is a

        board-certified prosthodontist and the director of clinical technologies for Nobel Biocare North

        America. He is an adjunct professor at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry providing

        lectures to both dental and graduate students. Dr. Goodacre lectures both nationally and

        internationally on topics related to digital dentistry, prosthodontics, and implant dentistry.

        Additionally, he has published over twenty articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to

        6 textbook chapters. He maintains a private practice located in Upland, California where he

        practices with his father and classmate.

        • January 19, 2024
        • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        • Edmonton Convention Centre
        • 292

        Dr. Manor Haas

        Lecture Synopsis

          This program will show how you can perform endodontics more predictably, in less time and more safely, by incorporating endodontic innovations.   Many recent advances in endodontic armamentaria and protocols have, for the better, simplified clinical endodontics.  By doing so, we can perform endodontics more efficiently and safely.  This will include innovations in diagnosis, instrumentation (including calcified canals), intra-canal disinfection, obturation, and single visit endodontics, amongst other aspects of endodontics.

          Numerous practical tips, tricks and tools will be highlighted to help you consistently perform root canal treatments more predictably.



          Learn which innovations will help you consistently perform endo faster and more safely

          Learn how to predictably negotiate, instrument and obturate calcified and curved canals (including MB2).

          Learn how to perform single visit root canals with predictable outcomes.

          Learn how to prevent and manage post-op pain and flare-ups.

          Learn the real world return on investment endo can bring to you, your patients and your practice with very practical clinical and administrative tips.


          Dr. Haas is a certified specialist in endodontics and is extensively involved in continuing education (webinars, lectures and workshops) to general dentists and specialists.  He is on staff at the University of Toronto and Hospital for Sick Children Department of Dentistry, and maintains a full-time private practice limited to Endodontics and Microsurgery in Toronto.  Dr. Haas is a regular contributor to dental magazines and websites and has lectured internationally on nearly all aspects of modern endodontics.   He takes great pride in providing very honest and extremely practical courses.

          • March 22, 2024
          • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
          • Edmonton Convention Centre
          • 297

          Dr. Joe Kan

          Lecture Synopsis

            Achieving anterior implant esthetics is challenging and demanding.

            Creating implant restorations with harmonious gingival contour that emulate nature is a fusion of some

            science and lots of art. Understanding the biologic and physiologic limitations of soft and hard tissue is

            key to facilitate predictability in complex esthetic situations.

            This course will focus on current implant treatment philosophies and methodologies for replacing


            missing teeth and the management of patients who will be losing a tooth or teeth in the esthetic zone.

            Emphasis will be placed on diagnosis and treatment planning, complex case and complication

            management, interdisciplinary treatment options, occlusion management, and soft and hard tissue

            regeneration for optimal anterior implant esthetics.


            -Prognostic keys for predictable implant esthetics

            -Immediate vs. Delayed vs. Early tooth replacements concepts

            -Bone & Soft Tissue Regeneration Concepts

            -Papilla management

            -Gingival recession and Papilla loss

            -Management of surgical and prosthetic complications

            -Restorative Emergence Profile Contouring (From Provisionalization to Final Crown)

            -Root Shield: What I learned over the past 13 years?


            Dr. Kan completed Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry from Loma Linda University. He is a Professor

            and maintains a private practice.

            • April 26, 2024
            • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
            • Edmonton Convention Centre
            • 296

            Dr. Philip Walton

            Lecture Synopsis

              Coming Soon.


              Dr. Walton earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Toronto. Prior to pursuit of his graduate dental studies, he completed externships at the University of Michigan and overseas at King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, England.

              Dr. Walton completed his Master’s degree in Periodontology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. His practice includes conventional periodontal therapy for tooth maintenance, periodontal plastics as well as advanced regenerative techniques and implant rehabilitation. His current area of focus lies in immediate implant placement and temporization for both single, multiple and full arch reconstruction.

              Dr. Walton is a Fellow of the Royal College of Canada and a US Board Certified Diplomate of Periodontics and Implantology. He maintains an affiliation to University of Toronto, and Harvard as a clinical instructor, international research fellow, admissions committee member and active alumnus.

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