Marcela G. Alvarez, DDS, MSD

Private Practice
1202 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 402
San Antonio, TX 78260

“Ortho-Surgical-Restorative Interface: A New Perspective”

The most difficult issue related to interdisciplinary dentistry is the communication between the specialists and the restorative dentist. In the past, this was achieved with phone calls, letters, and emails; or more commonly, poorly
or not at all. Today the primary communication tool with our specialists is pre-orthodontic or intermediate
orthodontic bonding. Whether the teeth are too small (ie. peg laterals), too large (ie. canine substitution) or worn,
we create ideal tooth form and anatomy, either before or during the ortho/surgical treatment plan. This takes out
all of the guesswork for the orthodontist and the surgeon, and results in ideal tooth positions for the restorative

Attendees will learn:

  1. To communicate with the orthodontist using Pre-orthodontic Bonding or Intermediate Orthodontic
  2. To understand the technique associated with Pre-orthodontic bonding.
  3. To implement a systemic approach to interdisciplinary treatment between the Restorative Dentist, the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, the Orthodontist, and the Periodontist.

After completing her dental education in Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 2007, Dr. Alvarez pursued a 3-year Prosthodontic Specialty Residency at LSU Dental School where she was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Dentistry in 2016. During her residency, Dr. Alvarez was mentored by globally recognized dental educators. Dr. Alvarez published an article – “How to Bond Zirconia: The APC Concept” – while in her residency concerning the most popular and esthetic materials in dentistry. She has also published in collaboration with Dr. Bill Robbins, “Treatment Options for the Replacement of the Maxillary Lateral Incisor” and “Restoratively Guided Orthodontic Treatment: The Pre-Orthodontic bonding concept”. Dr. Alvarez is a member of the American College of Prosthodontics, The Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the San Antonio District Dental Society, and the Seattle Study Club.

Jeff D. Baggett, DDS

Private Practice
200 N. Sooner Rd., Bldg. B
Edmond, OK 73034

“Re-Engineered Cusp Tips and Flat Landing Pads for Optimal Occlusal Loading”

This presentation is based upon looking at a simplified occlusal scheme involving the re-engineering of cusp tips
and flat landing pads for better force distribution along the long axis of teeth. This design can work no matter what
occlusal camp you are in or what type of dentistry you are doing. Discussion will also focus on how to relay this
information to your lab technician for the dental work they are fabricating for you.
Attendees will learn:

  1. Realize the benefits of using a simple occlusal scheme utilizing cusp tips to flat landing pad contacts in all
    aspects of your dentistry.
  2. Understand the force analysis in this occlusal setup that shows a favorable force distribution along the long
    axis of teeth in maximum intercuspation.
  3. Learn how to communicate to your lab technician how to achieve this simple occlusal setup in the lab work
    they are fabrication for you.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, Jeff Baggett
maintains a fee for service restorative private practice in Edmond, Oklahoma. He is a lead visiting faculty member
at the L.D. Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida. Having completed his accreditation as a Pankey Scholar, Jeff
has lectured to many study clubs across the country and mentors many young dentists. He is active in community
service in his area and “Loves being a dentist!”

Mark A. Camp, DDS

Private Practice
815C N. 4th St.
Longview, TX 75601

“Solving the Toothache Diagnostic Puzzle and Communication of Findings”

A common disruption in the practice of dentistry is the presentation of a patient with tooth pain. This presentation
will give practitioners a systematic process for diagnosing and communicating the origins of odontogenic pain.
Attendees will learn:

  1. To recognize pulpal disease categories.
  2. To recognize periapical disease categories.
  3. To identify appropriate testing for determining pulpal and periapical disease.
  4. To recognize the importance of Clinical findings in determining prognosis.
  5. To develop a strategy for effective communication with patients.

A native of Louisiana, Dr. Camp earned a B.S. from Louisiana Tech University and a D.D.S. from LSU School of
Dentistry. After serving 3 years as a general dentist in the US Navy, Mark returned to LSUSD for a 3-year residency
at LSUSD, earning a certificate in Endodontics and a Masters in Oral Biology. Dr. Camp has practiced Endodontics
in Longview, TX since 2002. He has lectured to numerous dental groups and has served in leadership positions in
organized dentistry both at the local and state level. He currently serves on the TDA Board of Directors.

Robert “Tito” Norris, DDS

Private Practice
18720 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste. 207
San Antonio, TX 78258

“New Horizons in Interdisciplinary Treatment”

Leading edge orthodontic techniques will be described in relation to achieving goals put forth by the CORE
diagnostic process.

Attendees will learn:

  1. The indications for Micro-Implant Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion (MARPE)
  2. The indications and applications of Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
  3. The benefits and efficiencies of Pre-Orthodontic Provisionalization and Dynamic Provisionalization

Dr. Norris is a 1992 graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. He then moved to Washington, D.C. where he completed a General Practice Residency at the V.A. Hospital followed by orthodontic specialty training at Howard University. After serving as an Air Force orthodontist in Misawa, Japan, Dr. Norris returned to San Antonio, TX in 1998 and opened a thriving private orthodontic practice. He holds several patents and trademarks, and is the inventor of the Norris 20/26 Passive Self-Ligating Bracket System. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, and is a member of numerous dental organizations and study clubs. He lectures nationally and internationally on topics including esthetics, efficiency, sustainability, customer service, accelerated treatment, dental substitutions, dental autotransplantations, interdisciplinary treatment, and aligner treatment.

J. William Robbins, DDS, MA

Private Practice
1202 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 402
San Antonio, TX 78258

“Treatment Options for the Replacement of the Missing Maxillary Lateral Incisor”

The replacement of the missing maxillary lateral incisor continues to be a challenge for the interdisciplinary dental treatment team. Over the past two decades, the dental implant has become a primary method for replacement of this tooth. However, while implants offer numerous benefits, some significant potential problems are associated with implant treatment. This lecture will discuss the various treatment options for the replacement of the missing maxillary lateral incisor with an emphasis on the Zirconia Bonded Bridge.

Attendees will learn to:

  1. Identify treatment options for the replacement of the missing maxillary lateral incisor.
  2. Discuss potential negative outcomes associated with the replacement of a missing maxillary lateral incisor with an
  3. Describe the requirements for a successful zirconia bonded bridge to replace a missing maxillary lateral incisor and
    the steps involved in bonding a zirconia bonded bridge

J. William Robbins, DDS, MA, maintains a private practice and is Clinical Professor in the Department of  Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Dental School in 1973. He completed a rotating internship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas and a 2-year General Practice Residency at the V. A. Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Robbins has published over 80 articles, abstracts, and chapters on a wide range of dental subjects and has lectured in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Middle East, China and Africa. He coauthored a textbook, Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry – A Contemporary Approach, which is published by Quintessence, and is in its 4th edition. He recently co-authored a new textbook, Global Diagnosis – A New Vision of Dental Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, which is also published by Quintessence. He has won several awards including the Presidential Teaching Award at the University of Texas Health Science Center, the 2002 Texas Dentist of the Year Award, the 2003 Honorary Thaddeus V. Weclew Fellowship Award from the Academy of General Dentistry, the 2010 Saul Schluger Award given by the Seattle Study Club, the Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry 2015 President’s Award, and the 2016 Academy of Operative Dentistry Award of Excellence. He is a diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry. He is past president of the American Board of General Dentistry, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry.

W. Keith Thornton, DDS

Private Practice
6131 Luther Lane, Ste. 208
Dallas, TX 75225

Many if not most of our patients have sleep issues which not only affect their overall health but affect their dental health. Besides sleep related breathing disorders and subsequent co-morbidities, they include TMD, bruxism, gerd, periodontal disease, among others. New, diagnostic devices and algorithms along with clinical trials of oral appliances will be presented to help the practitioner determine the proper diagnosis before definitive treatment.

Attendees will learn:

  1. The various phenotypes and endotypes of sleep/breathing disorders and how to measure them with the
    new, AI driven diagnostic devices.
  2. What features of an oral appliance can address these pheno/endotypes and when and if they are treating
    the right condition with the right therapy.
  3. How to treat confidently even the most severe patients and be able to refer patients appropriately.

Keith Thornton is a third generation Dallas dentist who practiced restorative dentistry for 40 years in Dallas. He now has limited his practice to the treatment of airway and breathing disorders, primarily during sleep. He attended the first continuum course at the Pankey Institute in 1972 and became one of the original members of the Cadre in 1974. He was a visiting faculty member for over 30 years and brought dental sleep medicine to the institute. He is a member of nine different dental and medical organizations and has had numerous leadership positions. He has been a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine since 1993 and was an original Diplomat of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He was a visiting faculty member at A&M College of Dentistry, and a consultant to the Army, Navy, and Air Force and the VA. He has developed numerous medical devices that treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea and has 72 issued patents. The Dallas Intellectual Bar Association recently named him inventor of the year. He is the founder, owner, and chief technical officer for Airway Technologies Inc.

68th Annual Meeting

Friday, February 2, 2024

George W. Bush Presidential Center
SMU Campus – Dallas, Texas

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lunch is included