Online Registration

Six (6) hours of continuing education credit will be provided.


Saturday, June 8, 2024
Registration & Exhibits
7:30 am - 8:00 am
Peter Nordland
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Break & Exhibits
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Tricia Osuna
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lunch & Exhibits
12:30 am - 1:30 pm
Thomas J. Kepic
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Six (6) hours of continuing education credit will be provided.

When, Why, and How to Refer to a Periodontist



There are many misconceptions today regarding referral of a patient to a specialist. In this presentation, Dr. Kepic will clarify when it is reasonable to treat and keep the patient in the general dentist’s office. He will also review the process as to when it is appropriate to seek the advice of a periodontist.


  • List the clinical findings that are key to arrive at a definitive diagnosis.
  • Review the important intraoral radiographic findings and cone beam images.
  • After determining an accurate diagnosis, describe etiology and prognosis.
  • List all treatment options and then arrive at the best treatment approach.
  • Are you the one with the clinical expertise to deliver this treatment?
  • Once treatment is rendered, how does one determine if the results were satisfactory?
  • How does one tailor the maintenance phase?
  • How to determine the philosophy of the periodontist, and how to develop rapport?


Dr. Thomas J. Kepic is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and is a former Director for the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Kepic was president for the California Society of Periodontists in 2011 and is past president of the WSP. He is a guest lecturer at several universities in the U.S. and abroad and has published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Kepic practices in Upland, California.

CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS AND IMPROVE YOUR OUTCOMES - An Update on Protocols, Products, and Treatment Options



Updated protocols assist us in determining our patient’s specific needs. As we move toward a more collaborative profession, we need to embrace these updates to identify those needs. We are presented with continuous challenges of new advances in products and technology and their use in dentistry and are in need of information to determine when and how to add them into our armamentaria. As professionals providing health services, our perception of product use along with protocols needs to be discussed with our team, as well as the interdisciplinary referrals we have. The process of care (assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation) requires a comprehension of protocols, products, and treatment options and how they are to be utilized.


  • Modify diagnosis assistance with the team and rationale for changes in assessment forms and diagnostic tools.
  • Distinguish which new-to-market products should be brought into your practice.
  • Integrate materials and products for a variety of uses in the dental office from infection control, dental hygiene therapy, oral cancer screening, patient communication, and instrumentation.
  • Develop effective communication with patients and assist in the business of the dental practice.
  • Formulate strategies that incorporate efficiency in patient treatment for more productive scheduling.


Tricia Osuna, is a University of Southern California graduate, Past President of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, and California Dental Hygienists’ Association. Tricia is in her 44th year as a dental hygienist, with many of those as a clinician. She shares her experiences with her audiences in a humorous and enlightening presentation experience. Ms. Osuna is a lifelong CDHA/ADHA member and a previous Member of the Dental Board of California. She is a Founding Member of the American Board of Facial Esthetics. Licensed in both California and New York, her experiences traverse the dental hygiene arena in a unique way spanning a variety of roles including consultant, clinician, educator, international presenter, author, mentor, as well as owner of Professional Insights, Inc.

Sponsored by: Ivoclar, Enova, Kettenbach, Premier

Periodontal Plastic Surgery to Assist the Entire Restorative Team



If you purchase a painting and the picture frame is broken, no matter how much you appreciate the picture, you will still focus on the blemish instead of having total appreciation for the artwork. Similarly, if you perform ideal restorative dentistry but there are detractors in the final outcome, the case will be compromised. Periodontal Plastic Surgery can be a powerful tool to help achieve more ideal outcomes through new regenerative procedures allowing the restorative team to improve otherwise compromised treatment outcomes. Periodontal Plastic Surgery can put back the missing pieces of a compromised smile and achieve case acceptance, create the most ideal outcomes and satisfied patient expectations.


Some procedures are simple and others very involved but the benefit of teamwork has the potential ability to achieve results previously thought impossible. This program will highlight the perio-restorative interdisciplinary possibilities. It is highly recommended that the restorative dentist attend this program together with the team periodontist to cement realistic, doable treatment modalities and incorporate these concepts for the most ideal treatment outcomes.


Dr. Nordland is a future president of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, a future president of the Western Society of Periodontology, and is an Immediate past president and one of the co-founders of the International Society of Periodontal Plastic Surgeons which he organized and ran for over 30 years, personally inviting prominent speakers and making all meeting arrangements. Dr. Nordland has been a prolific contributor to the oral plastic surgical literature in books, research articles, and original publications. He has taught at almost every U.S. dental school and has provided continuing education nationally and internationally for many years on periodontal plastic surgery.



2050 Glenn Ave., Fresno, CA 93741

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Six (6) hours of continuing education credit will be provided