The Academy of Healthy Dentistry’s 1st Annual Meeting: Say Goodbye to Crowns, Goodbye to Inflammation & Hello to a Healthier Form of Dentistry … A Visual Experience!


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Friday, December 7th, 2018

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Academy Annual Meeting 2018

Say Goodbye to Crowns, Goodbye to Inflammation & Hello to a Healthier Form of Dentistry … A Visual Experience!

More than just presentations, see live demonstrations by each educator for maximum learning.

Friday, December 7th, 2018 in San Francisco, California

Research in medicine is clear; chronic inflammation is a major contributor to disease and aging. Traditional dental crowns and fillings with subgingival margins, contribute to chronic inflammation, as does failing root canals and restorative materials which cause allergic hypersensitivity. Supra-gingival Healthy Dentistry provides healthier alternatives. Understanding and using modern dental materials, and a supra-gingival protocol with the intentional effort to avoid sub-gingival margins, dentists can provide patients with healthier restorative dentistry, with less chances of root canals and less negative side effects. Additionally, dentists benefit with this techniques because supra-gingival dentistry is faster, easier and more predictable than traditional dentistry.

Using the Los Angeles Institute’s cutting edge AV technology, the faculty of the LA Institute, as well as highly respected guest educators, will lecture and demonstrate some of the most cutting edge techniques in supra-gingival dentistry and adhesive dentistry. The demonstrations will include, but are not limited to, the following: margin enamel preservation & reinforcement, margin elevation, bonded bridge preparation, incremental cavity filling, temporization, complex onlay preparation, and much more.


9:00am –  9:40am
Rational for Supra-gingival Healthy Dentistry, “This is the Dentistry we would Provide our Family.” (Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz)


Supra-gingival Dentistry is healthier than traditional forms of restorative dentistry; supra-gingival techniques protect tooth structure, the pulp and the periodontium, but the benefits go far beyond just the mouth. Learn how Supra-gingival Dentistry protects overall health and helps minimize inflammation.


9:45am – 10:15am


Using Supra-gingival Dentistry to Minimize Root Canal Therapy. Prep demonstration of severely damaged tooth. (Dr. Renee Kurtz)


Traditional crown preparations remove over 70% of tooth structure, so what happens when these techniques are done on severely broken down or worn teeth? Root canals. When dealing with very little working tooth structure, often a root canal is done either because the amount of tooth structure removed causes sensitivity, or the tooth needs better retention to hold a crown so a post and core is placed. Preserving the vitality of teeth can extend the life of a tooth, and your patients will be happy they don’t need a root canal! By applying the supra-gingival techniques, your preps will not only be easier and more predictable, they will save teeth from a potential root canal, or worse – losing the tooth.


10:15am – 10:30am


Morning Break
10:30am – 11:20am


Using Adhesive Bridges as a Minimally-Invasive Replacement of Anterior Teeth (plus Demonstration.) (Dr. Raymond Bertolotti)


Unlike “Maryland Bridges” which had limited service life, metal backed adhesion bridges with the Yamashita design have proven to be highly successful. Now the all-ceramic, zirconia backed, adhesion bridge has evolved to become a very reliable treatment option. It provides outstanding esthetics with minimal invasion. Excellent clinical success in 10 year trials confirms their expected longevity. With caries-free abutment teeth, anterior tooth replacement with single retainer (yes, cantilevered!) all-ceramic adhesion bridges provides a minimally invasive alternative to single implants or other conventional treatment methods.


11:25am – 12:00pm


Implementing Supra-gingival Dentistry into your Practice. (Dr. Steven Lynch)


Join Dr Steven Lynch in reviewing his journey of transforming his typical dental practice into a supra-gingival practice using occlusal and bonding procedures. Join him as he discusses the steps necessary to introduce occlusal and bonding techniques into your dental practice including a ‘step-by-step’ look at a large esthetic case. This presentation will show dentists and staff alike how Dr. Lynch gained the confidence to treat supra-gingival and bonding cases without fear of failure.


12:00pm – 1:30pm




1:30pm – 1:50pm


Launching the “Supra-gingival Healthy Dentistry Marketing Kit.” (Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz & Marlen Stopsky)


Supra-gingival Dentistry is not just healthier, predictable and practical; it is also good business. Witness the launch of the “Supra-gingival Healthy Dentistry Marketing Kit” and learn how to create patient loyalty and how to differentiate your practice by offering this healthier form of dentistry.


1:50pm – 2:45pm


Enamel Preservation and Margin Elevation, Preventing and Repairing Subgingival Margins. (Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz)


Every dentist says “I would stay Supra-gingival if I could!” Learn the techniques that prevent subgingival margins and that support the Supra-gingival protocol. In this live demonstration, Dr. Ruiz will explain and demonstrate how to preserve original tooth structure and keep Supra-gingival.


2:45pm – 3:05pm


Afternoon Break
3:05pm – 4:05pm
Application of the Supra-gingival Philosophy to Complex Restorative Cases. (Dr. Tom McDonald )


Cases involving severe wear, acid erosion, unstable occlusion, and/or missing teeth often involve alteration of the vertical dimension of occlusion and long-term provisionalization. Over the past ten years, supra-gingival bonding techniques have been developed that facilitate this process to make it more predictable for clinicians and more beneficial for patients. Dr. McDonald will discuss his contemporary approach to complex cases and the development of his present supra-gingival philosophy based on 35 years of clinical experience. A clinical demonstration will demonstrate techniques to accurately transfer diagnostic and esthetic information from the laboratory to the mouth.


4:10pm – 4:35pm


Disproving 2 Myths: Insurances Do Not Cover Partial Coverage Restorations & It Is Hard To Temporize (Dr. Patricia Ryan)


It is common to hear dentists say “I would do more partial coverage restorations like veneers and onlays, but insurance companies don’t pay for them. Plus, it is hard to make temporaries.” Dr. Ryan will put an end to these myths, including a live demonstration.


4:40pm – 4:50pm


Closing Statement. Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz


Keynote Speakers & Lecture Descriptions

Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz

Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz
Dr. Ruiz is the Director of the Los Angeles Institute of Clinical Dentistry & Course Director of numerous CE Courses at University of Southern California. Dr Ruiz has been named as one of the “Leaders in CE 2006-2018” by Dentistry Today and is the author of the textbook “Supra-gingival Minimally Invasive Dentistry: A Healthier Approach” published by Wiley-Blackwell. He has published several research papers as well as many clinical articles on adhesive dentistry, occlusion and esthetic dentistry. He regularly lectures at all major dental meetings, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Raymond Bertolotti

Dr. Raymond Bertolotti
Dr. Raymond Bertolotti is perhaps best known for introducing “total etch” to North America in 1984 and is the guru of “adhesion dentistry.” In America, Dr. Bertolotti introduced Caries Detector in 1984, Panavia in 1985, tin plating in 1989, self-etching primers in 1992, HealOzone in 2004 and all-ceramic adhesion bridges in 2017.

Dr. Steven Lynch

Dr. Steven Lynch
Dr. Lynch received his dental education at UCLA and completed an additional year of training as a UCLA hospital dental resident. He has practiced in Vacaville, CA since 1984. He lectures internationally on a variety of dental subjects, including orthodontics, & has been associated with the LA Institute for 13 years.

Dr. Renee Kurtz

Dr. Renee Kurtz
Dr. Kurtz received her Doctorate in Dentistry from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and is faculty at the Los Angeles Institute of Clinical Dentistry and an Instructor at the University of Connecticut Dental School. She also maintains a private practice in Cheshire, CT where she practices supra-gingival healthy dentistry.

Dr. Tom McDonald

Dr. Tom McDonald
Dr. McDonald maintains a full time private practice in Athens, Georgia and since 1983 has served on the faculty of Augusta University, Dental College of Georgia. For more than 25 years, he has presented lectures and participation courses in the area of occlusion, restorative dentistry, esthetics, and provisional restorations.

Dr. Patricia Ryan

Dr. Patricia Ryan
Dr. Ryan received her Doctorate in Dentistry from USC, is a faculty member at the LA Institute and maintains a private practice in Fullerton, CA. She was Course Director of several restorative and operative preclinical courses and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry at The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

Marlen Stopsky

Marlen Stopsky
Marlen is a social media marketing expert who has practiced this field for over 5 years. His main goal is to help patients and the dental community become aware of the benefits of Supra-Gingival dentistry, and the other valuable techniques taught by Dr. Ruiz at the Los Angeles Institute. On his free time Marlen enjoys surfing at the beach year round.

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Event Date

December 7th, 2018