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* Earn Dental CEUs via Video Conference at SUNY Canton’s CREST Center

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Please note: All Spring Dental lectures will take place in SUNY Canton's CREST Center. A map and directions will be sent with your confirmation.

Wed, Apr 12, 6-9pm

How Low Should You Go? Treatment of the Deep Caries Lesion, UB Faculty: Dr. John Maggio

What’s the best way to approach a large carious lesion? Can we avoid exposure of the pulp and endodontic therapy if the tooth is vital and asymptomatic? What will happen if we leave some soft dentin under a well-sealed restoration? What does the scientific evidence tell us?

The “medical model” requires that dentists understand the caries disease process, and use that knowledge to treat affected teeth appropriately. In this course, Dr. Maggio provides a literature review as a framework for rethinking our approach to caries as a disease. Specific guidelines will be developed for treatment of very deep lesions, small carious lesions, and root caries. Many clinical cases will be presented, to directly apply this information to the dentist’s daily routine.

John Maggio, DDS, is assistant professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, where he teaches in the undergraduate dental clinic. He is course director of the third year Cariology and Direct Restorations lecture course. He has developed protocols for caries management and operative dentistry in the school’s dental clinics. He also teaches ethics. Dr. Maggio reviews articles for submission to the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Wed, Apr 26, 6-9pm

The Electronic Communications Minefield: Navigating e-Risk for Dentists and Staff, UB Faculty: Dr. Chet Gary

Social media, email, websites and electronic health records maximize practice efficiency and enhance marketing but create complex legal, regulatory and ethical pitfalls.

Learn the best practices to limit e-risk regarding patient privacy, professional liability, regulatory fines and other issues.

Course Objectives:

  • Manage social media to protect patient privacy and your practice's reputation. 

  • Identify and avoid ethical and legal risks in website marketing. 

  • Establish a patient email communication policy. 

  • Maximize benefits and minimize liability risks of electronic records. 

  • Protect the security and confidentiality of patient email communications including use 
of an effective informed consent. 

  • Manage practice website marketing, including ethical and legal obligations, and 
liability for misrepresentation and fraud. 

  • Recognize the risks of potential areas of liability with electronic dental records 


Chester Gary, DDS, JD is clinical assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and course director of practice and risk management, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He is a practicing general dentist, licensed in New York, and an attorney-at- law, admitted in New York and Florida. His law practice is concentrated on issues relevant to health care providers and represents dentist employees and employers in employment agreements, partners in partnership agreements and entity formation, buyers and sellers in practice sales and dentists personally in malpractice litigation. Dr. Gary serves as a member of the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) Attorney Panel and author and certified presenter of the New York State mandated Dental Jurisprudence and Ethics Course.

Wed, May 3, 6-9pm

Provisional Prosthesis Options in Implant Dentistry, UB Faculty: Dr. Ramtin Sadid Zadeh

This presentation will address contemporary clinical and scientific knowledge regarding provisional prosthesis in implant dentistry. We will explore options from single implant to full arch provisionalization options.  Learn about temporary abutment options with widely used implant systems in dentistry. Dr. Zadeh will focus on the decisions that help determine which procedures are more predictable for treating each individual patient. In addition, will learn step-by-step procedure to fabricate provisional prostheses.

Ramtin Sadid-Zadeh DDS, MS is assistant professor at University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine at the Department of Restorative Dentistry. He earned his master in material science, certificate in prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthetics from University at Birmingham, School of Dentistry. He is CAD/ CAM Director and teaches at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Wed, May 10, 6-9pm

A Skeptics Guide to Clinical Protocols, UB Faculty: Dr. Michael Glick

Clinical protocols for dental care have been promulgated and published for centuries. But, what is the rationale, if any, for these protocols? Many protocols are based on little or no scientific information. In today’s world of evidence based medicine and dentistry we need to be able to justify clinical practice models. This presentation will review challenge participants to critically evaluate procedures they may use in their own practice settings

Michael Glick, DMD, former Dean of the UB SDM; scholar and educator in the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences. Well known for his medicine-oriented approach to dental care, Dr. Glick’s research interests are primarily focused on the role of dentists within the healthcare system, and he has published extensively and lectured worldwide on this and other topics. He is editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association and co-chair of the FDI World Dental Federation Think Tank.

Wed, May 24, 6-9pm

Orthodontics: Friend or Foe to the General Dentist?, UB Faculty: Dr. Scott Conley

Some cases require only minimal orthodontic tooth movement to optimize a restorative treatment plan. Identifying which case needs a specialist and which case can be done well by the generalist is critical. The general dentist who has a foundation in orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning, and mechanical principles can (and should) perform limited problem focused orthodontic treatment. This enables the specialist to focus on cases that require their additional training and expertise and enables the general dentist to provide services at a cost effective and time efficient level especially in rural areas where access to specialty care may be a challenge.

This course will focus on:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Limited treatment cases for the General Dentist
  • Teamwork & Communication with the Orthodontist for implant site enhancement


R. Scott Conley, DMD, Chairman, Department of Orthodontics, University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine; formerly, Graduate Orthodontic Clinic Director and Co-Director of the Undergraduate Orthodontic Curriculum, University of Michigan School of Dentistry; Dr. Conley has received multiple awards including the Robert M. Ricketts Faculty Development Award from the AAOF, the Edward H Angle Research Foundation Awards, and the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Case Report of the Year in 2007.

Wed, May 31, 6-9pm

Forensic Odontology: Where We've Been, Where We're Going, UB Faculty: Dr. Ray Miller

Forensic Odontology has been used historically in victim identification and bitemark evidence.  Emerging dental technology is changing methods in victim identification and solving cases that reached a dead-end in the past. Bitemark analysis has come under increased scrutiny in the courtroom and have challenged the admissibility and reliability of this evidence. The controversies will be presented and participants will be able to make an educated opinion regarding the value of this evidence. The history and science of forensic dentistry will be explored as well as to what the future may hold. Dentistry will always have a role but like all aspects of our profession it is an ever changing world.

Raymond G. Miller, DDS ‘85 is a clinical associate professor in Oral Diagnostic Sciences at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and co-director of the Laboratory for Forensic Odontology Research. Dr. Miller is a fellow in the AAFS, past Section Chair and current Secretary of the odontology section of the AAFS. He is a member of the American Society of Forensic Odontology and the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, responding to mass fatality incidents nationally. Dr. Miller led the dental team for victim identification in the local crash of Flight 3407.


Art Garno
Director CREST
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

Phone: 315-386-7197
Fax: 315-386-7640