March 31, 2010
The above link will take you to an article that I just published in April 2010 issue of Inside Dentistry.
The article focuses on the esthetic potential of minimal prep, no prep, and a new concept that I’ve been working on that we call partial prep for porcelain veneers.
The article shows several example of these different options to give the reader a perspective on the options that are available. Also helps to provide the reader with some parameters of case selection……which is key in these conservative cases. I think that there is alot of exciting applications in cosmetic dentistry for these ideas.
I’m always interested in feedback.
Let me know what you think.
January 5, 2010
In the December issue of Dentistry Today I had the honor of being recognized along with 249 other dental educators. Each year Dentistry Today list the 250 educators in the dental industry to acknowledge their efforts to help pass on knowledge to their peers.
I’m proud that this is the 6th year in a row that Dentistry Today has placed me on this list of my peers and mentors. It is truly an honor.
The below link will take you to the digital issue of the Dentistry Today’s Dec ’09 issue:
Gary Radz, DDS
Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado
May 6, 2009
I have just returned from attending and presenting at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s (AACD) annual meeting.
It was a busy week. I gave three different presentations during the week. The first was a discussion in the corporate symposium venue discussing Septodont’s new composite n’Durance. The second was on the AACD main program reviewing and discussing the topic of Elective Cosmetic Dentistry and Adolescents and Young Adults. This program focused on the many conservative options available to enhance the smiles of this patient demographic. Lastly, I ended the week with a workshop on porcelain veneer preparation skills. In this workshop we discussed and practiced with several variations of porcelain veneer preparation design and how material selection effect the design.
In addition to my speaking responsiblilities I am on the Professional Education Committee (PEC) for the AACD. This committee is responsible for the the annual scientific session, along with other education efforts of the AACD. In Hawaii my duties where minimal and mostly in a support capacity. However, I will be the AACD program chair for the 2011 meeting in Boston. So my work for the AACD and the PEC has just begun.
The AACD is a great organization. It is one of my favorite weeks of the year. A great week of learning, sharing, and seeing many friends.
April 16, 2009
I just got in the mail today the April edition of Oral Health. Oral Health is one of the largest dental journals in Canada.
Last year the editor asked that I submit an article for publication to the journal. I sent in two case studies on patients that I had recently completed no prep Venus veneers on. He liked the article so much he requested that I submit a photo of the patients for the cover of the journal…..which I, of course, did.
the following link will take you to the online version of the article: http://www.oralhealthjournal.com/issues/ISarticle.asp?id=209315&story_id=132400142748&issue=04012009&PC=
the article discusses the thought process behind no prep veneers as well as some techniques. importantly for dentists this article was published to demonstrate that it is possible to get great esthetics and great soft tissue response with veneers on unprepared teeth. Given all the negative critiques of Lumineers and other similar products, in this article I tried to disspell some of the myths that are out in the profession.
i welcome comments and other ideas on this subject.
for those interested in pursuing more about this concept of no prep veneers I can refer you to two places:
1. I learn much of this information from Dr. Dennis Wells in Nashville. Dennis provides inoffice courses on this subject. go to: www.musiccityseminars.com for more info…….great course.
2. I’m chairing the 2nd Annual North American Symposium on No Prep Veneers in Cleveland June 5,6. This program brings together many experienced dentists and ceramists to discuss the concept of No Prep veneers. go to: www.acesthetics.com for more info.
Gary Radz, DDS
February 21, 2009
Yesterday I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the Benco National Sales meeting. What a great day! This was a bit different for me….there was not a single dentist in the audience of 500 people. Rather it was the entire sales force of Benco. It was a fun challenge to present to a nondentist group.
What I learned in my preparation and my 3 days participating in their meeting is that this is a great company that’s trying hard to do the right thing. Benco has only recently started expanding West so I really didn’t know that much about the company. Now, knowing them better I’m truly impressed with the goals and the direction of this company! They truly are dedicated to the success of their dentists/clients.
I having a great time here with this group and will leave with a new appreciation for Benco and it’s dedication to our profession.
January 26, 2009
In late August we recieved our iTero digital impression machine from Cadent. We have had impressive results and are really excited about the potential this technology brings to our office.
Recently I’ve been working with the leadership with Cadent and discussing how we can help with exposing more dentists to this technology. In the very near future we expect to be holding some evening courses in our office to demonstate this technology. Check back to this site or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more infomation.
Additionally, I will have an article published in the March addition of Dental Economics regarding digital impression technology and our experiences with the iTero unit.
Gary M. Radz, DDS
December 19, 2008
In September we had the first organizational meeting of the Colorado Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. This group is an affilate of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (www.aacd.com) . I look forward to having a local group of like minded dentists to share ideas.
This group also will help to provide a venue to bring to Colorado esthetically focused continuing education. I accepted the job as CE chairman for our new organization. Having served in the past and currently in a similar capacity within our parent organization I hope to use that experience to bring in some excellent speakers.
Our first program will be on Feb. 6th, 2009 at the CDA/MDDS building. We will have 2 great speakers at this program. First will be Dr. Hugh Flax from Atlanta. Hugh is currently the AACD vice-president and will assume the presidency in two years. Hugh also founded the Georgia AACD affilate, so he will be a great source of information for our membership as to how to fully utilize our new organization. Additionally, Hugh as a wealth of knowledge in the area of laser usage in cosmetic dentistry and will be doing a presentation on this subject as well. Our second speaker is local prosthodontist Dr. Aldo Leopardi. Aldo was one of the highest rated speakers at the last AACD national meeting! He’ll be presenting his anterior implant lecture, which is an excellent program for any cosmetic dentists to learn more.
Anyone interested can contact me directly at email@example.com .
I look forward to learning more locally and to the challenge of bringing to Colorado cosmetic dentists great speakers.
Gary M. Radz, DDS
downtown denver dental practice : www.radzdds.com and www.downtowndenverdentist.com
December 13, 2008
Last Monday I spent the day at the South Bend offices of Heraeus.
We discussed their ideas of improving the level of continuing education to several of us who travel extensively teaching.
The idea is to bring effective teaching ideas to dentists.
Heraeus is making efforts to create an esthetically focused line of materials that you may have seen marketed under the “Venus” brand.
Venus can refer to their porcelain and/or composite materials. Both materials have excellent physical properties and are highly esthetic. The teaching concept is to teach dentists great materials with predicatable techniques.
I envision this to be an excellent program to help dentists improve their final results in direct bonding, porcelain veneers, and posterior esthetics. I’m looking forward to working with Heraeus to help other dentists improve their cosmetic dentistry.
Gary Radz, DDS
November 5, 2008
Getting ready to head out to Bonita Springs, Florida this afternoon.
I’m the program chairman of the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (www.acesthetics.com) annual meeting. I’m excited to see many new friends and hear a number of great speakers. Should be a great meeting both educationally and socially.
I am doing a shortened version of my porcelain veneer lecture. I’ll be focusing on the basics in porcelain veneer preparation. Will be discussing minimal preparation, partial preparation, and no preparation veneers. The no prep concept is very interesting. DenMat and Lumineers have done a great job of creating interest in the general public. There is alot of information and misinformation on this subject. On Saturday I’ll be sharing my experience and opinion on this area of “controversy”.
Gary Radz, DDS
November 3, 2008
We have started working on moving our office within our building at 999 18th St. in downtown Denver.
It’s an exciting and nerve wracking process!!!
Of interest to this blog it that within this new space I have made room for a small teaching facility (glorified word for a conference room). My hope and intent is that this become a place for myself and others to be able to teach to very small groups. Whether it is a presentation I’m doing on veneers/cosmetic dentistry or a manufacture presenting a new material or dental equipment……we will now be able to do more locally in the area of dental education.
So going forward we will be posting on here what we will be doing educationally in the new facility.
gary radz, dds