CE Night #4 (3 CE Credits) Apr 27, 2017 (Thursday)

Topic:  “Clear on Codes: How to Protect Your Practice from Insurance Audits”

Speaker: Dr. Tim Gould
Venue: Radisson President Hotel, 8181 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC
Time: 6:00 p.m. (registration) 6:30 p.m. (dinner) 7:30 p.m. (lecture)
Fee: Free (member) $100 (non-member) *

Synopsis: Insurance audits have become a key concern for dentists in BC. The ‘Clear on Codes’ course focuses on the insurance audit process, and steps dentist can take to protect themselves from being a target for audit. Aggressive billing trends and frequently misused codes are identified with emphasis on how to bill appropriately using the BCDA Suggested Fee Guide. The following topics will be discussed:

  • Accuracy in billing for treatment performed, record-keeping and collecting the co-pay
  • Appropriate use of codes and descriptors in the Suggested Fee Guide
  • Steps in the audit process
  • How a dentist is targeted for investigation/audit
  • How to protect yourself from being audited
  • Voids in record keeping resulting in increased recovery
  • Aggressive billing trends and targeted codes
  • Areas where BCDA can offer assistance

The Clinician: Dr. Tim Gould, BDS, PhD, DipPeriohad an extensive and varied career before joining the BCDA as Co-Director of Member Services in 2013. This included the position of Chairman of the Post-Graduate Program in Periodontics at UBC Faculty of Dentistry, and subsequently full time Periodontal practice in Vancouver. Dr. Gould’s past experience and previous BCDA Committee, Task Force and Board appointments have helped significantly when offering practice advice or mediating conflicts for our members.


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CE Night #3 (3 CE Credits) Jan 26, 2017 (Thursday)

Topic: The Practice Changing Magic of “Gold”

This lecture is sponsored by DENTSPLY Sirona

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Speaker: Dr. John West
Venue: Radisson President Hotel, 8181 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC
Time: 6:00 p.m. (registration) 6:30 p.m. (dinner) 7:30 p.m. (lecture)
Fee: Free (member) $100 (non-member) *

Synopsis: The endodontic “Gold Rush” is on!  So what?  The benefit to you and me is the world’s best file has just gotten better…a lot better!  So what?  You now have the “tools” to produce predictable and profitable endodontics in your own office in a way and at a level that was previously not possible. “Gold” technology transforms endodontics from fear to fun!  John will teach the critical skills of “How to Do Endodontics” that actually produces FUN.  In two hours you will learn the skill mechanics for a lifetime of Gold Metal endodontic performances. This is one endodontic presentation that is worth its weight in “Gold”.
The Clinician: Dr. John West, DDS, MSD As the founder and director of the Center for Endodontics, British-born Dr. John West is recognized as one of world’s premier educators in clinical and interdisciplinary endodontics. John West received his DDS from the University of Washington where he is an Affiliate Associate Professor.  He earned his MSD in endodontics at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine while being educated by the late Professor Herbert Schilder.  John is a clinical instructor at Boston University where he has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award. He has presented unrivaled endodontic continuing education in all the world’s continents while maintaining a private practice at the Center for Endodontics in Tacoma, Washington. He mentors the world’s only stand-alone four day mini-endodontic residency program at the Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy (IDEA) in San Francisco.  John is a clinical visionary, an inventor, a teacher, an author, and an advocate for any dentist who wants to experience the successful possibilities of endodontics in his or her practice. His personal teaching style resonates with audiences as he teaches them how to achieve clinical artistry in their craft and invites them to become masterful endodontic clinicians. He co-authored Obturation of the Radicular Space with Dr. John Ingle in Ingle’s 1994 and 2002 editions of Endodontics and was senior author of Cleaning and Shaping the Root Canal System in Cohen and Burns 1994 and 1998 Pathways of the Pulp. He has authored Endodontic Predictability in Dr. Michael Cohen’s 2008 Quintessence text Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning: Principles, Design, Implementation, and Michael Cohen’s 2010 Quintessence text Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning Volume II: Comprehensive Case Studies.  He is lead author of Esthetic Management of Endodontically Treated Teeth in Dr. Ronald Goldstein’s 2017 third edition of Esthetics in Dentistry.  John’s memberships include: 2009 president and fellow of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and 2010 president of the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry, the former Northwest Network for Dental Excellence, and the International College of Dentists. He is a 2010 consultant for the ADA’s prestigious ADA Board of Trustees and is a consultant to the ADA Council on Dental Practice.  John is a member of the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine’s Boston University Alumni Board and a Thought Leader for Carestream Digital Dental Systems.  He serves on the editorial advisory boards for: The Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, Practical Procedures and Aesthetic Dentistry. The Journal of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry, Dentistry Today, and is associate editor for Endodontic Practice/US. John and his two sons, Jason and Jordan, are in private endodontic practice in Tacoma, Washington where they are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of the restorative dentist, their patients and themselves.


CE Night #2 (3 CE credits) Nov 23, 2016 (Wednesday)

Topic: “Peri-Implant Disease – Is it really what we thought it was?”

This lecture is sponsored by DENTSPLY Sirona Implants

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Speaker: Dr. Norman W. Ickert
Venue: Radisson President Hotel, 8181 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC
Time: 6:00 p.m. (registration) 6:30 p.m. (dinner) 7:30 p.m. (lecture)
Fees: Free (member) $100 (non-member) *

Objective: This presentation will initially review the traditional concept of peri-implant disease, including evidence-based risk factors. Furthermore, it will explore a newer theory, deepening our understanding of this perplexing phenomenon of bone loss around dental implants. Ultimately, the objective is to use the current science and clinical experience to provide an objective system for clinical management of peri-implant disease in our practices. Several clinical cases will be shown to highlight all concepts.
The Clinician: Dr. Norman W. Ickert, completed his general dental education at Vancouver’s University of British Columbia in 1982. He is the Director of the Ickert Dental Implant Centre, a referral practice limited to implant related dentistry. Dr. Ickert also teaches surgical implant dentistry at the Kois Centre in Seattle. Dr. Ickert is proud to limit his practice to comprehensive, aesthetic and functional rehabilitative dentistry, including both the surgical and prosthetic aspects of dental implants, as well as many other related hard and soft tissue enhancement procedures. Due to the highly challenging nature of this specific field of practice, Dr. Ickert and his team have committed themselves primarily to this aspect of dentistry. This implies continuous, comprehensive, educational, surgical, prosthetic training, with world leaders in this field, both within North America and Europe. Dr. Ickert has completed his Master’s Program in Oral Medicine and Implantology, graduating March 2012 from the University of Muenster, Germany. Dr. Ickert is also a Mentor, a Clinical Instructor, and a former Advisory Board Member at Seattle, Washington’s Kois Center. He has his IPS Mastership Certificate from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry.

CE Night #1 (3 credits) Sept 20, 2016 (Tuesday)

Topic:  “Chronic Head Pain in Your Patients Keeping You Up at Night?”

This lecture is sponsored by Trudenta

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Speaker: Dr. Cheng Lun Wang
Venue: Radisson President Hotel, 8181 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC
Time: 6:00 p.m. (registration) 6:30 p.m. (dinner) 7:30 p.m. (lecture)
Fee: Free (Member) $100 (Non-Member)*

Synopsis:  Do you or someone you know suffer from headaches, migraines, or other head pain?  Well you are not alone. Statistics Canada reports that a conservative estimate of 2.7 million Canadians suffer from diagnosed migraines.  The imbalance of forces that results in chronic pain and dysfunction in the head and neck area is termed dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction (DMSMD).  Caused by misalignment in the skull and mandible, it can result in problems with bite force, muscles, and joint balance.  We are going to explore the cause and effects of injuries on chronic head pain, and why dentists are the best and only health practitioner that can offer the comprehensive treatment for these patients.
The Clinician: Dr. Cheng Lun Wang, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C), is a Canadian Board Certified Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and a member of American Lingual Orthodontic Association, and European Lingual Society of Orthodontists.  He is currently appointed as clinical assistant professor, graduate orthodontics program, at the University of British Columbia.  For the past 20 years, Dr. Wang has been in private practice with a particular interest in esthetic orthodontic treatment, featuring labial, lingual, and Invisalign treatment.  In 2003, Dr. Wang opened the BC Head Pain Institute to aid patients suffering from chronic pain in the head, jaw, teeth, and neck.