Message From President

To be a part of launching the new SWARD website is exciting but I must direct our true gratitude to the dedicated efforts of past president, Dr. Brad Beckel. Thank you Brad!

My first attendance to this meeting was in the late 1980s. For almost two decades afterwards, meetings were at the Adolphus Hotel, followed by uncertain scheduling dynamics that pressed SWARD leadership to find a stable location. Thanks to our immediate past president, Dr. Jeff Baggett, SWARD found a home in the George W. Bush Memorial Presidential Library and Museum.

No matter the venue, what remained a constant is my perception of how a SWARD members’ time remains honored. I reliably look forward to this meeting with the confidence that the program will add to, or offer a current review of my knowledge in dentistry.

I have watched as SWARD both challenged and embraced change over the last thirty years but for me, honoring a member’s time on the day of our annual meeting remains non-negotiable. To that end, I am enthused to announce the SWARD 2020 program; Assessing and Creating TMJ Stability: The foundation of interdisciplinary teamwork and occlusal excellence.

Austin oral surgeon Dr. Dale Gallagher has created a specific diagnostic imaging sequence and designed a novel surgical technique while restorative dentist, Dr. Jim Tyree and orthodontist, Dr. Barry Rouch have developed multidisciplinary roles where together they establish TMJ stability. It will be my pleasure to introduce them to you in greater detail on February 7, 2020.

Until then, I have three requests that follow:

1. Please respond to Cindy Metcalf’s emails and promptly remit your annual dues!
2. Thank Brad Beckel for the great work on this website when you see him!
3. Think of at least one colleague to invite as your guest right now while it’s fresh on your mind and send that person’s name and email to Cindy ( so she can send an invite on your behalf.

Lastly, please join me in a collective thank you to our Executive Director, Cindy Metcalf, the person who makes SWARD happen for all of us. She makes SWARD leadership a pleasure!


María López Howell DDS
President, Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry

“Integrating Digital Dentistry into Your Analog Practice”

Digital Dentistry has taken over dental conferences, forums and social media.As our world moves toward the digital dimension,we are told that the technology is better, faster and more predictable-but is this always true? During this presentation, digital dentistry will be reviewed at different points of patient care from findings to diagnoses, treatment planning and treatment.An emphasis will be placed on benefits, but also the drawbacks, from an end-product perspective on different aspects of digital dentistry.Attendees will leave with an understanding of when digital dentistry may enhance their patient care and how to maximize aspects of digital care through lab or end-user communication.

Attendees will learn:

  1. To understand at what points of treatment digital dentistry may be incorporated to their analog workflow.
  2. When digital protocols expedite outcomes and improve the end-product versus when accuracy is not improved.
  3. To communicate with their patients or lab technicians to achieve better clinical outcomes.


The Agenda is as Follows:

Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry
PO Box 1764
Broken Arrow, OK 74013-1764
918-960-2666 telephone
800-849-6070 fax