CE #4 April 11, 2022

Sponsored by Convergent Dental

Topic: “Laser Dentistry for Kids: Is pain free and needle free restoration really possible?”
Speaker: Dr. Raylien Chao
Location: Radisson Hotel
Fee: Free (Limited to only CCDSBC Members)

Synopsis: A CO2 laser can perform hard and soft tissue procedure without local anesthetic – no needle! This adds some excitement to our existing tool box of chair-side behaviour management, nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and general anesthesia that are routinely used in pediatric dentistry. Besides prevention, one of the most important things in pediatric dentistry is to prepare our little ones with motivation to care for their oral health in the long run. Studies have shown that when the experience in childhood in dentistry is positive, people are more likely to carry forward good oral hygiene practice and routine dental care in adulthood. As a specialist, I have no problem doing dentistry the traditional way, but I am excited to share with you the science behind a CO2 laser and its application in pediatric dentistry that’s shaping a brand-new experience.

Learning Objective:

  • What is available for minimally invisible dentistry for children
  • The key differences when treating primary versus adult teeth
  • Basic science and application for a CO2 laser in hard tissue
  • Basic science and application for a CO2 laser in soft tissue

The Clinician: Dr. Raylien Chao, DDS MS FRCD©., is a board-certified pediatric dentist in Canada and the U.S. She obtained her B.S. degree in Economics at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Upon graduation, she found her true passion in “people” and prevention and took a turn in her career. She received a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University in 2011 and later graduated from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2015 with High Distinction. She completed her pediatric specialty training as the chief resident at NYU Langone Health Center in Florida. During the school years, Dr. Chao founded the Student Chapter of Public Health Dentistry and served on the board for 3 years actively involved in community service. Dr. Chao became a Vancouverite in 2017 and is the current Vice President of the BC Society of Pediatric Dentists (BCSPD). She has two young daughters who have been happily taken every second of her free time outside of work. Otherwise, Dr. Chao enjoys guitar, karaoke, and hikes around the beautiful BC.

CE Webminar #3 January 13, 2022


Topic: “Privacy Related Issues Arising For Dentists”
Speaker: Ms. Suzanne M. Kennedy., LLB
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fee: Free (Limited to CCDSBC Members only)

Outline: Suzanne Kennedy is a partner at Harris & Company who leads the firms Privacy Law group. Suzanne regularly advises clients on privacy compliance issues in the health and education sectors, providing support to dentists through the BC Dental Association. In this session, Suzanne will provide an overview of privacy related issues arising for dentists, including topical issues that have arisen in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. The topics covered will include:

  • An overview of the Personal Information Protection Act
  • Elements of privacy management program
  • Use of surveillance in a dental practice
  • Privacy breach management and reporting
  • COVID-19 and Vaccination Data collection

The Speaker: 

Suzanne has built a strong practice in access and privacy law. She advises both public and private sector employers on their responsibilities as they navigate the implications of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and other related legislation. Suzanne regularly provides one-on-one training to in-house privacy and access coordinators on responding to access requests, conducting internal investigations, and the use of internal system information. In addition to privacy law, Suzanne has extensive experience in education and health law. Suzanne has represented various healthcare and educational professionals and organizations, providing advice in a range of areas including employment, professional regulatory proceedings and compliance, court and administrative tribunal proceedings, procurement, and contract negotiations.

CE Webminar #2 November 17, 2021


Topic: “Morse Taper Connections: A Surgical and Prosthetic Advantage in Everyday Implant Dentistry”
Speaker: Dr. Joshua Shieh
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fee: Free (Limited to CCDSBC Members only)

Objective: Discuss versatility, ease of use and clinical benefits in various clinical applications of teeth replacement with dental implants. We will have cases discussions covering:

  • Anterior immediate esthetic case
  • Premolar + GBR or soft tissue management case
  • Straight forward single molar / immediate molar
  • Full arch All on 4
  • Multiple implants + Soft Tissue + Sinus Lift

The Speaker: 

Dr. Joshua Shieh is a third generation clinician who’s family holds a tradition of dentistry since 1937.  He graduated from South India’s acclaimed Dr. MGR Medical University in 2006 and was awarded the “Student Plaque Award for the Most Outstanding Student” by the International College of Dentists in Washington DC. He worked at various positions in management, clinical, and academics for 3 years at his alma mater and returned to complete his Master’s degree program in the subject of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in 2012. Dr. Shieh currently serves as a clinical instructor at the Oral Rehabilitation Centre, Grad Periodontics clinic at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto and volunteers as a committee member at the Ontario Dental Association. A fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI), member to the American Academy of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), commits his efforts with special interests in hard and soft tissue regeneration related to implant dentistry.

CE Webminar #1 September 14, 2021

Sponsored by 3M Canada

Topic: “Cementation Simplified”
Speaker: Dr. Chuck Hudson
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fee: Free (Limited to CCDSBC Members only)

Synopsis: Cements have evolved along with the indirect restorative materials used today, allowing simplified procedures and predictable clinical outcomes. This course explores common indirect substrates and their surface treatment protocols, and discusses conventional and resin cementation recommendations for each material. It is designed to simplify your cement selection and provide clinical tips for long term success


  • Identify common indirect restorative materials and discuss surface treatment protocols for each
  • Examine modern cement options for specific materials and clinical situations
  • Establish a simplified approach to your cementation decisions
  • Gather clinical tips for the cementation procedure to achieve predictable outcomes

The Speaker: 

Mr. Chuck Hudson, B. Eng, M. Eng., graduated from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) in 1985, where he received a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, focusing on biomaterials. He joined 3M Canada in the research and development laboratory, working on the development of dental glass ionomers for 3M Dental. Currently, Chuck is Scientific Affairs Manager for 3M Oral Care in London, Ontario, Canada. He has over 30 years of experience in the North American dental industry. He has lectured throughout Canada, the US, and internationally on dental materials and techniques to enhance dental

CE Night #4 April 15, 2021

Topic: “Prosthodontic Management of Implant Complications” Speaker: Dr. Alec Cheng
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fee: Free (Limited to CCDSBC Members only)

Synopsis: Implants have become routine treatment in dentistry and is generally considered to be a safe procedure with a high success rate.  However, like all other treatment modalities, complications do occur.  This presentation will cover a wide variety of complications arising from implant treatment. The management of these complications from a prosthodontic perspective will be presented.

The Speaker: 

Dr. Alec Cheng, DDS (Toronto), MS (Iowa), Cert. Pros. (Iowa), FRCD(C), FCDS(BC),is in private prosthodontic practice in Vancouver and Surrey with a focus on implant and complex reconstructive dentistry. He is a highly sought after speaker and is actively involved in providing advanced education in prosthodontics to dental practitioners through study clubs. Besides dentistry, Dr. Cheng is serving actively in various non-profit organizations in the local community, striving to make a positive impact on those around him.

CE Night #3 January 26, 2021

Topic: “Endodontic Diagnosis & Management of Longitudinal Fractures” Speaker: Dr. James Lin
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fee: Free (Limited to CCDSBC Members only)

Synopsis: Having a correct diagnosis is of utmost importance in the practice of dentistry. One can argue that this is even more so the case in Endodontics as failure to properly diagnose will result in the delay of treatment, leading to inadequate resolution of pain and infection. During this pandemic, there are anecdotal reports that patients are experiencing more cracked or fractured teeth. Longitudinal fracture, a term that encompasses both cracked and fractured teeth, is a potentially vexing problem that is challenging to diagnose and manage. In this case-based lecture, Dr. Lin will review the current endodontic diagnostic terminology and discuss the assessment and management of longitudinal fractures. 

After the lecture, the participants should:

  • Know the current endodontic diagnostic terminology describing the pulpal and periapical status
  • Be able to differentiate clinical and radiographic findings that mimic, but are not related to, endodontic pathoses
  • Methods of recreational consumption
  • Understand the classification describing the various types of longitudinal fractures
  • Gain insight in the assessment, management and determination of prognosis associated with different types of longitudinal fractures

The Speaker: 

Dr. James Lin, D.D.S., M.Sc., Diploma in Endodontics, F.R.C.D. (C)., is a certified specialist in Endodontics. He started university education at the University of Toronto and was accepted to both of its medical and dental schools. Dr. Lin elected to pursue dental training and received numerous academic awards, including being top of his class and graduating with honours in the Doctor of Dental Surgery program. After graduation, he practiced general dentistry for 12 years before embarking on his specialty training at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he
received a Diploma in Endodontics and M.Sc. in Craniofacial Science. He is a clinical associate professor and served as the Director of Endodontics for the Doctor of Dental Medicine program at
UBC for 6 years. His endodontic research and academic work had been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and he co-authored two textbook chapters. Dr. Lin maintains a private practice in Vancouver specializing in Endodontics.

CE Night #2 December 16, 2020

Topic: “Bone Grafting for Implants in Areas of Significant Bone Loss & Novel Solutions with Implant Dentistry

Speaker: Dr. Jason Choi & Dr. David Yang
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fee: Free (Limited to CCDSBC Members only)


  • Surgical techniques for bone grafting
  • Apply existing digital dentistry tools to solve unique clinical challenges

The Speaker: 

Dr. Jason Choi is a Certified Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery who provides the full scope of surgical treatment for the oral-facial complex. Dr. Choi completed his dental education at the University of Southern California and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.

Dr. David Yang is the Provincial Practice Leader of Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery for BC Cancer. He has a keen interest in jaw necrosis and implant
reconstruction, topics on which he has presented locally and internationally

CE Night #1 November 17, 2020

Topic: “Puff, Puff, Pass – Marijuana

Speaker: Dr. Clifford Pau
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fee: Free (Limited to CCDSBC Members only)

Synopsis: What is cannabis? What are some common ways to consume cannabis? How does it impact on dentistry? With the Legalization of Cannabis in Canada in October 2018, the access to various forms of cannabis has been increasing. In this session we are going to discuss the following topics on cannabis use:

  • Pharmacology of cannabinoids
  • Clinical signs of use and intoxication
  • Methods of recreational consumption
  • Common dental drug interactions and clinical considerations
  • Medical cannabis in chronic pain management and its potential use in dentistry
  • Legal implications

The Speaker: Dr. Clifford Pau, B.Sc., M.Sc., D.M.D., is currently practicing as a general dentist in British Columbia, Ontario and Hong Kong. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1998, Dr. Pau continued his study in pharmacology at the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine, UBC. In 2000, he completed a research-oriented program that earned him a Master of Science degree. Dr. Pau’s graduate research focused on the mechanism of pain induction and therapeutic choices. His project involved the development of a model to evaluate various pharmacologic treatments for ischaemia-induced chronic pain. Following successful completion of his master thesis in the summer of 2000, he was accepted in the Doctor of Dental Medicine program at UBC.

Dr. Pau continued his research during his dental training and was the recipient of the prestigious Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) award for two consecutive years for his research work in improvement of teaching methods in dental anatomy and ergonomics using advanced computer virtual reality techniques. His research papers were presented and published in the proceedings of annual meetings of the American Dental Education Association in 2003 and 2004. Dr. Pau has been a full-time clinician since his graduation in 2004, and a part-time faculty at UBC since 2006. He has a strong commitment to teaching clinical dentistry as well as pharmacology and therapeutics. He was the recipient of Part-Time Faculty Teaching Award from UBC Faculty of Dentistry for three consecutive years (2017-2019). Also, Dr. Pau enjoys practicing dentistry in various cities in the world. The diversity of cases he sees allowed him to broaden his knowledge in clinical dentistry.