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 September 10, 2019

Topic: “Wide Open: Genetics In Dental Practice

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Speaker: Dr. Mary MacDougall

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) $125 (Non-Member)

Synopsis: With the unmasking of the human genome, our comprehension of the genetic aspects of human disease are leading to new approaches in the prevention, diagnosis and management of craniofacial, oral and dental diseases in dentistry. We are now appreciating the role that hereditary factors contribute to caries, periodontal disease, missing or supernumerary teeth, altered tooth structure, and oral cancer. Based on the expanding market of commercial personalized genetic test kits, dentists should be prepared to discuss genetic factors, testing, and susceptibility for dental disorders with their patients. This presentation will provide a foundation in genetics, genetic disorders and the application of gene wide association studies in the dental practice; Covering the identification of genetic dental disorders through family histories, understanding the principles of genetic disorders, providing an overview of various dental structural, patterning and morphologic disorders, and a basic understanding of gene wide association studies and their application to dentistry for disease risk.

The Speaker: Dr. Mary MacDougall, BA, PhD, is the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. She earned her Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry and her B.A. in Biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego, Revelle College. She has held faculty appointments at three dental schools: University of Southern California, the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She served as Associate Dean for Research at both UTHSCSA and UAB where she held the Presidents Council Chair in Dental Research and the James R. Rosen Chair in Dental Research, respectively. She is the founding director of UAB’s Global Center for Craniofacial Oral and Dental Disorders (GC-CODED) and the NIDCR supported training programs DART (UAB) and CO-STAR (UTHSCSA). She served as President of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR, 2005-2006) and International Association for Dental Research (IADR, 2013) and has received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards in Pulp Biology Research (2001), Mineralized Tissue Research (2005), as well as the AADR National Student Research Group Mentor of the Year Award (2003), the AADR Distinguished Mentorship Award (2011), the Burton C. Borgelt/SCADA Faculty Advisor Award from the Student Clinician of the American Dental Association (2012), and the IADR Distinguished Women Faculty Mentor (2017). She is an AADR and American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Dr. MacDougall’s research centers on the molecular mechanisms associated with tooth formation, dental tissue-specific cytodifferentiation, extracellular matrix formation and dental genetic dental diseases. She has published18 book chapters and over 150 peer-reviewed articles. Her research has funded by the NIH/ NIDCR since 1985; with total career federal funding in excess of 22.5 million dollars.

CE Night #4 April 10, 2019

Topic: “Dental Treatment for Older Adults

This lecture is sponsored by Garfield Refining Co.

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Speaker: Dr. Chris Wyatt

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 Canadian population is aging, and an increasing number of people are presenting to our dental clinics with the positive and negative effects of old age. A growing number of older adults are successfully aging at home, and living active lifestyles. However many older adults suffer chronic disease and disabilities including cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, and senile dementia. In addition, the provision of dental care for older adults is affected by polypharmacy and xerostomic effects of medications.

Older adults are retaining teeth longer and have experienced sophisticated dental care over their lifetime. They have invested a considerable amount of time and money in their mouths and expect to retain their teeth, implants and dental prostheses. However, for many older adults, poor oral hygiene predisposes them to gingivitis, periodontitis, denture stomatitis, and especially dental caries. Poor oral health and tooth loss often results in discomfort, poor aesthetics, halitosis, compromised mastication, and these combined decrease quality of life.

The loss of natural teeth is just as much an aesthetic and functional concern for an older adult as a younger patient. The options for replacement of teeth are no different from those who are younger. However, frailty (physical and cognitive) poses significant limitation on a patient’s ability to undergo a complex dental treatment and comply with maintenance recommendations. This presentation will discuss issues about planning and provision of dental care for older adults.

The Clinician: Dr. Chris Wyatt is Professor and Chair of the Division of Prosthodontics & Dental Geriatrics in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. Dr.Wyatt graduated with a DMD degree from the University of British Columbia in 1986, a Diploma in Prosthodontics in 1995, and an MSc in Dentistry in 1996 from the University of Toronto. He is a founding member of the ELDERS group (Elder’s Link with Dental Education, Research, and Service), and the Director of the UBC Geriatric Dentistry Program. In 2010, Dr. Wyatt was appointed as head of the new Graduate Prosthodontics Program at UBC. He is past President of the Association of Prosthodontists of Canada and the British Columbia Society of Prosthodontists and is a member of the Geriatric Dentistry Committee of the British Columbia Dental Association

CE Night #3 January 8, 2019

Topic: “Oral Cancer and Precancer 1-2-3

This lecture is sponsored by Colgate Canada.

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Speaker: 1. Dr. Catherine Poh / 2. Dr. Samson Ng

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)


  • Update the epidemiological information in incidence, mortality and risk factors
  • How to assess an oral lesion and evaluate potentially oral pre-malignant lesion
  • How to submit a biopsy (for oral pre-malignant investigation)
  • How to manage patients with oral lesions VS (oral pre-malignant lesion)

Synopsis: Oral cancer is a major global health issue with high morbidity and mortality rates. Most troubling, however, is the lack of significant improvement in prognosis of this disease over the last 5 decades, even in developed nations. This is mainly due to late diagnosis with considerable spread and recurrence. Even survived, the patients often face significant functional and esthetical compromises. The best solution is to identify the lesion at risk at its early and treatable stage.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to learn:

  1. Updated information on the epidemiological information in incidence, mortality, and risk factors
  2. How to assess an oral lesion
  3. How to submit a biopsy
  4. How to manage patients with oral premalignant or cancerous lesions

The Speaker:

  1. Dr. Catherine Poh (DDS, PhD, FRCD (C), Dip. ABOMP), is a Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia, a Clinician Scientist of the British Columbia Cancer Research Centre, and active staff at the Oral Oncology Program, BC Cancer , and the combined ENT-head & neck and oral medicine clinic at the VGH. She is one of the 2 practicing Oral Maxillofacial Pathologists in BC. Dr. Poh is actively involved in developing processes by which new research information can be transferred into dental communities. Her primary research focus involves application of molecular and imaging tools for community screening, early detection, and management of cancerous and precancerous oral lesions. Her investigations also involve the impact of oral cancer screening in medically underserved communities.
  2. Dr. Samson Ng (BSc(Pharm), DMD, MSc, FRCD(C), FDSRCSEd, Dip. ABOM., Dip. ABOMP), is a Canadian and American Board certified oral medicine specialist and oral & maxillofacial pathologist. He is currently appointed as clinical associate professor of British Columbia and active staff at the Oral Medicine Clinic, Department of Dentistry of the Vancouver General Hospital, the Oral Oncology Program, BC Cancer Agency, and the combined ENT-head & neck and oral medicine clinic at the VGH. Dr. Ng also operates a private practice which provides comprehensive oral medicine and pathology consultations, with a special interest in oral mucosal and temporomandibular joint diseases.

CE Night #2 November 14, 2018

Topic: “Zirconia Crowns for Children

This lecture is sponsored by Sprig Oral Health Technologies

Sprig USA

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Speaker: Dr. Peter Y.K. Chan / Dr. Mark F. Casafrancisco / Dr. Elsa Hui-Derksen Dr. Jennifer Yee / Dr. Jonathan Hung

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)


  • How Zirconia’s chemical and physical properties relate to its clinical performance
  • How design of Zirconia crowns relate to clinical performance
  • A systematic approach for predictable and efficient preparation and seating
  • Hemostasis is paramount to long-term clinical success
  • Cementation techniques for predictable success

The Clinician: Dr. John T.W. Hung alongside certified specialists Dr. Peter Y.K. Chan, Dr. Mark F. Casafrancisco, Dr. Elsa Hui-Derksen, Dr. Jennifer Yee, and Dr. Jonathan L. Hung are all members of Monarch Pediatric Dentistry family. The group is pleased to introduce you to one of the revolutionary changes in the landscape of restorative pediatric dentistry over the last 10 years. Since 2012, the adoption of the prefabricated zirconia crown in our pediatric restorative toolkit has demonstrated how clinically successful this restorative option is for the children of our practice as a viable, biocompatible, functional and esthetic complementary option to our long term friends: the stainless steel crown and the composite strip crown. We hope to show you why this may add some new value or dimension to your scope of practice as an example of how it has continued to uphold and fulfill the lifelong community-wide Monarch mission to “Build healthy happy smiles that last a lifetime”.
Dr John Hung co-founded Monarch in 1997, the practice of which has grown to several locations and five additional partners, with associates to aid in the Monarch mission. Collectively, they are Fellows of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons and/or Diplomates of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. They have served the community at UBC as clinical assistant professors and educators, and serving on staff at BC’s Children’s Hospital. In organized dentistry, their combined accolades include having served or are currently attending a post in the BC Society of Pediatric Dentists, affiliations with the RCDC as board examiners, scientific committee officer membership of the American/Canadian Academies of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as participation in clinical practice-based research in collaboration with UBC Dentistry.

CE Night #1 September 11, 2018

Topic: “Clear Aligners: The Future of Orthodontics

This lecture is sponsored by Align Systems Tech (Canada)

Align Systems Tech

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Speaker: Dr. Sandra Tai / Dr. Brandon Huang

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: In this presentation, Dr. Sandra Tai will demonstrate how recent innovations in clear aligner technology now allows the orthodontist to treat a wide variety of malocclusions such as deep bite, anterior open bite, Class II, Class III and premolar extraction cases with clear aligners. Following Dr. Sandra Tai’s lecture, Dr. Brandon Huang will present independently treated cases to demonstrate when appropriate clear aligner techniques are applied, treating complicated malocclusion with clear aligners is a reality to practitioners today.

The Speaker: 1. Dr. Sandra Tai was born in Aldershot, England. She received her graduate training in Orthodontics at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA and graduated with a Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree in 1990. Dr Sandra Tai currently practices with her two associates, Dr. Brandon Huang and Dr. Charlene Tai Loh, in Richmond and Burnaby, BC. Dr Sandra Tai has been an Invisalign certified orthodontist since 2000 and is currently an Invisalign Top 1%/ Diamond Plus Provider who has treated over 1,700+ cases with Invisalign. She was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthodontics at the University of British Columbia since 1996, teaching in both undergraduate and graduate orthodontic programs. Dr Tai is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Aligner Orthodontics and the author of the textbook “Clear Aligner Technique”. She is an international speaker and educator, and has lectured at universities and dental conferences all over the world. 2. Dr. Brandon Huang received his DDS from Columbia University School of Dental Medicine and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science. He is a part-time undergraduate clinical instructor at UBC and is currently under training to become an examiner at the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

CE Night #4 April 19, 2018

Topic: Bioactive Restoratives “Bioactive Prevention & Restoratives”

This lecture is sponsored by Sinclair Dental. Win door prizes at the event!

Speaker: Mr. Larry Clark

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: Larry enjoys teaching enthusiastically about how dental
materials are manufactured, designed and used in practical
easy to understand ways. You will have a greater awareness of
the current research of dental materials and techniques for best
outcomes. Larry believes in collaboration and bridges research
with operative dentistry to help produce better outcomes for the
patient and the dentist.

The Speaker: Larry has served the dental profession since 1971 in various capacities including; Expanded Duty Dental Assistant USAF General Dentistry
Residency Program, Education Facilitator USAF General Dentistry Residency Program, Retail Dental Sales Management, Manufacturers Representative, Product Development Manager, and Director of Clinical Affairs and Marketing.

CE Night #3 February 21, 2018

Topic: “Current Dental Ceramics, Ceramic Implant Abutments and Cementation Techniques”

This lecture is sponsored by DENTSPLY Sirona Implants. Win door prizes at the event!

Speaker: Dr. K Sutton

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: As restorative dentists, we are always seeking to create esthetic, long lasting restorations. The development of new dental ceramics has created a market place filled with different options with improve strength and beauty. The goal of this lecture will be to discuss the different ceramics available to us, including their strengths and weaknesses and review their specific clinical indications and contraindications for use. Furthermore, we will review current dental cements, discuss the difference between bonding and luting agents, and outline the indications for use of these different cements based on the current dental literature.

The Clinician: Dr. K. Sutton was born and raised in the lower mainland. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 2002 and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2007 from the University of British Columbia. Dr Sutton practiced general dentistry for five years in Toronto, Ontario, during which time he realized his inclination to specialize and pursued a Postdoctoral Prosthodontics Residency Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In 2015, Dr Sutton completed his residency and acquired his certificate in prosthodontics and Masters of Science degree in Dental Sciences. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Sutton successfully challenged both the Canadian and American Prosthodontic Board exams to earn the title of Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and Diplomat of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Dr. Sutton maintains prosthodontics specialty practices in Vancouver and Langley BC. In addition, he is a clinical instructor at UBC dental school, and a staff prosthodontist at the Vancouver General Hospital, Department of Dentistry, providing prosthodontic care to hospitalized and medically compromised patients.