The 2nd Annual Let’s Rise Together Midwest Dental Conference

Breakfast & registration – 7 a.m.
Lecture – 8 a.m.
Lunch – 12-1 p.m.
Dismissal & Cocktails – 4-6 p.m.

General Session includes the following 3 courses:

Course Description #1: Integrating Artificial Intelligence in Dentistry

This course is designed to equip dentists with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively integrate artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into their dental practices. Participants will explore various AI applications tailored to dentistry, understand their implications for patient care and practice management, and learn how to leverage these tools to
enhance diagnosis, treatment planning, and overall patient experience. Through a combination of case studies, clinical examples, and audience-involved activities, participants will gain practical insights into implementing AI solutions in their day-to-day clinical workflows

Course Objectives #1:

  • Understand the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision as applied to dentistry, including terminology and common applications. Learn about the 5 categories of artificial intelligence (AI), and how they impact dentistry.
  • Evaluate the potential benefits and challenges of integrating AI technologies into dental practices, including improved diagnostic accuracy, treatment planning efficiency, and enhanced patient engagement to increase case acceptance and understanding.
  • Explore the evolving landscape of AI in dentistry, including its impact on the patient insurance process. Gain insights into how AI-driven tools and algorithms are revolutionizing insurance claims processing, fraud detection, and reimbursement optimization, and learn strategies for navigating this changing environment to streamline administrative workflows and maximize practice efficiency.

CE: 1 Lecture CE Credit
CE Code: 550
Prerequisite: None

Meet the Instructor: Mike Buckner

Mike has spent the past 12 years growing dental software technology companies that are designed to streamline office efficiency, and increase overall production while elevating the standard of care for your patients. He led business development and partner strategy for Solutionreach, back when offices were just starting to text patients to confirm appointments. He then helped grow dental intelligence, focusing on providing valuable insights to practices allowing them to focus on vital key performance indicators to improve overall practice health. He then joined Weave while it was in its infancy, leading partnership growth strategies. His most recent endeavor finds him as the executive vice president of revenue at Pearl, the first company to bring artificial intelligence into the dental space with comprehensive FDA clearance to assist clinicians and team members in reading and detecting pathologies in 2D X-rays (bitewings and PAs).

Course Description #2: Medical Billing in a Dental Practice: Can it Really be this Difficult? The session’s goal is to provide the participants with beginner’s knowledge and concepts to ethically and practically bill medical insurance in the dental practice. This includes a basic understanding of what medical billing is, how it works, and what types of services performed in a dental office are appropriate to bill to medical insurance. After this session, attendees will have all the information needed to start implementing medical billing at their practice while also providing solutions to create revenue for their practice

Course Objectives #2:

  • Understand the benefits of medical billing
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of medical billing in a dental setting
  • Learn the principles of CPT and ICD-10 coding
  • Implement a basic medical billing workflow in your office
  • Offer solutions to accomplish medical billing successfully

CE: 1 Lecture CE Credit
CE Code: 550
Prerequisite: None

Meet the Instructor: Petar Tofovic, DMD, MPH

Petar Tofovic, DMD, MPH, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Tofovic went on to complete a general practice residency (GPR) program at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. After a few years as an associate, he opened up his 4 operatory PPO dental office in 2011, where he started using medical billing in 2014. Dr. Tofovic puts great emphasis on continuing education, research-based dentistry, and improving the patient’s dental experience by incorporating the latest applicable technologies and advancements. Led by his passion for technology’s role in dentistry, Dr. Tofovic is also an adjunct faculty at the College of Dental Medicine of Illinois at Midwestern University and a visiting faculty at Spear Education in Scottsdale, AZ, and Charlotte, NC.

Course Description #3:Digitally-driven Dental Implantology Utilizing CBCT Technology Successful dental practices are run with a few key mantras in mind – clinical outcome, patient experience, and practice profitability. Decisions on treatment modalities and their specific restorative workflows should be formulated using the same principles. Implant tooth replacement therapy is an ever-growing treatment choice for our dental populations. The general practitioner of today must be familiar with the parts, processes, and critical steps involved. Thankfully, the digital workflows that we’re afforded today as dentists are unlike any we’ve seen before. Utilizing 3D CBCT imaging, intraoral scanning, fully guided and timed surgery, as well as virtual scan body technology, the doctor is afforded a digital workflow for single to full arch fixed implant therapy. With the advent of AI-based auto-segmentation of 3D images, the doctor is afforded even greater options. Before surgery, a digital plan is formulated, surgical guides planned, and 3D printed; resulting in increased clinical outcomes, patient experience, and practice profitability.

Course Objectives #3:

  • Breakdown the pre-surgical digital approach to dental implants, including CBCT and intraoral scanning
  • Gain an understanding of digital implant planning, surgical guide design, and 3D printing/fabrication
  • Be exposed to implant timing and virtual scan bodies for surgical and restorative workflows
  • Visualize Romexis Smart AI 3D auto segmentation and realize its potential

CE: 1 Lecture CE Credit
CE Code: 690
Prerequisite: None

Meet the Instructor: Don Murry III DMD

Dr. Murry is the president of a growing, multi-location, dentist-owned dental service organization in Richmond, Virginia. His clinical focus is on digital implant therapy, All-on-X surgical and restorative dentistry, as well as CAD/CAM chairside ceramics and 3D printed restorative, and digitally-driven straight wire and clear aligner orthodontics Dr. Murry is a key opinion leader for Planmeca, TruAbutment, and URIS Implants. Additionally, he serves on the board of education at Planmeca USA. Outside of the clinical theater, Dr. Murry lectures to dentists and dental teams around the U.S. and abroad, on multi-practice ownership and leveraging digital dental technology— CAD/CAM restorative, digital implant dentistry, and in-office 3D printing— as a catalyst to providing efficient, effective and profitable PPO dentistry in today’s real-world environment.


Afternoon Break-Out Sessions


Breakout Session #1 Course Description: CAD/CAM Basics of Single Unit Restorations Improving the digital workflow of CAD/CAM in your practice is a game-changer that raises patient satisfaction and provides a steady revenue stream. This course gives you an outlook on the opportunities available to you. It covers how to augment your existing procedure by adding same-day crowns and gaining control of your production with robust lab capabilities. Learn how to extend your in-house production with titanium custom abutments, dentures, splints, and spare night guards, generating additional income. This 3-hour introductory hands-on course is ideal for dentists and team members. You will learn to scan, design, mill, and finish a variety of restorations using a fully integrated CAD/CAM system of intraoral scanning, design software and milling with various blocks.

Breakout Session #1 Course Objectives:

  • Apply techniques for digitizing clinical workflows
  • Make material choices based on their indications
  • Digitally design functional and esthetic restorations
  • Produce quality restorations in a single visit

CE: 3 Lecture CE Credits
CE Code: 770
Prerequisite: None

Meet the Instructor: Terri Britt, RDA

Terri Britt is a registered dental assistant and certified in digital dentistry. She has more than 15 years of clinical experience with Planmeca CAD/CAM and Imaging systems. As a strategic account training manager, she promotes the improvement of dental schools, government facilities and DSO groups, through demoing, training, and supporting many facets of digital dentistry.


Breakout Session #2 Course Description: Elevate Your Practice with Cutting-Edge Laser Technology This comprehensive course on dental lasers offers an in-depth exploration of laser technology applications in modern dentistry. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the principles, safety protocols, and clinical applications of lasers. The course combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on training to ensure dental professionals can effectively integrate laser technology into their practice. Join us for this advanced training in CO2 dental lasers and elevate your practice with cutting-edge laser technology.

Breakout Session #2 Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of laser physics and the specific characteristics of CO2 dental lasers
  • Apply CO2 laser technology effectively across various dental procedures
  • Implement proper safety measures and protocols when using CO2 lasers
  • Confidently perform laser-assisted treatments through hands-on practice
  • Enhance patient care by incorporating advanced laser techniques into their dental practice

CE: 3 Lecture CE Credits
CE Code: 135
Prerequisite: None

Meet the Instructor: Dr. Mike Smith

Dr. Mike Smith graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and then pursued an extensive post-graduate education in dental rehabilitation in the fields of occlusion, full mouth rehabilitation, TMJ disorders, sleep apnea, and conscious sedation. His private practice in Phoenix, Arizona, is dedicated to aesthetic, contemporary, restorative, and cosmetic rehabilitation. Dr. Smith instructs other dentists nationally and internationally as a lecturer and mentor for companies involved in advanced dental treatment and diagnosis in TMD, full mouth reconstruction, and implants. He is actively involved in numerous organizations and associations dedicated to the pursuit of providing patients with extraordinary care.


Breakout  Session #3 Course Description: Embracing the Digital Highway in Modern Dentistry An introduction to digital dentistry through short, interactive discussions and hands-on sessions. The focus for this session will be use of intra-oral scanners and 3D printers, highlighting how their seamless integration into dental clinics can improve patient outcomes.

Breakout  Session #3 Course Objectives:

  • Understand the use of intra-oral scanners and their role in dental clinics
  • Understand the use of files generated from intra-oral scanners
  • Understand the basics of printing
  • Have a basic understanding of printing materials

CE: 3 Lecture CE Credits
CE Code: 250
Prerequisite: None

Meet the Instructor: Richard Zimmerman DDS

Richard Zimmermann, DDS, graduated from NYU College of Dentistry in 1997 and is currently an associate professor at UT Health San Antonio in the Comprehensive Dentistry Department. Since 2009, his primary focus has been the clinical integration of digital applications, which started with the acquisition of an SLA printer circa 2010 to create patient-specific models for implant surgeries. He was subsequently tasked with integrating CAD/CAM technology into various clinics and creating the in-house digital laboratory. Dr. Zimmermann has worked closely with companies as a key opinion leader and trainer for various hardware, software and implant digital workflows in both clinical and laboratory environments and has published numerous articles and chapters on dental technology. Dr. Zimmermann was awarded the Barry Norling BS MS PhD Professorship in Dentistry to further his focus on additive manufacturing in dentistry.

Breakout  Session #4 Course Description: Taking the Mystery Out of Digital Dentistry and Creating a Roadmap for the Modern Dental Practice

Digital dentistry has changed the workflow and how we provide treatment for our patients. Understanding technology and creating protocols is key to succeeding in this new digital environment. Dr. Donnie Murry will continue his morning session and go more in-depth with the possibilities of a digital
plan. CBCT is a primary component of the digital workflow. Dr. Akshita Mehta, MD, will help you understand the pivotal role of imaging in both dentistry and medicine, addressing liability concerns and how to protect your practice and your reputation. Learn best practices for integrating radiological reading services into your practice, including cost considerations and patient billing options, to fully leverage CBCT imaging.
All this technology is exciting, however, how do you pay for it? Dr. Petar Tofovic will also join in this session to provide you with a plan on how medical billing can assist you in offsetting the cost of this technology and making the most of your investment.

Breakout  Session #4 Course Objectives:

  • Review digital workflow and how to get started
  • Grasp fundamental CBCT imaging principles while prioritizing patient safety
  • Differentiate between OMR and medical radiology and how each is an important element of any practice
  • Understand the significance of imaging in dentistry and medicine, navigating liability challenges that concern many dentists
  • Review medical billing principles and how they can contribute to practice production

CE: 3 Lecture CE Credits
CE Code: 770
Prerequisite: None

Meet the Instructors: Don Murry III DMD, Petar Tofovic DMD, MPH  and Akshita Mehta MD

Dr. Mehta is a practicing neuroradiologist who completed residency and fellowship training at UTSW, developing advanced skills in brain, maxillofacial, head/neck, and spine imaging as well as minimally invasive spine and pain procedures. She holds a doctor of medicine from George Washington University. She served as chief resident while in training at UT Southwestern with a particular interest in medical education. Her research and extracurricular interests focus on developing educational materials and utilizing innovative techniques to advance medical knowledge. She is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology.



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