Virginia Implant Excellence Week (VIEW)

Friday, November 10, 2023


Event 8:30 AM - 4:25 PM

Reception 4:25 PM - 6:00 PM




A Simplified Approach to Full Arch Cases for Predictable Results by Dr. Kofford


Learn the basic elements in the successful use of the Smart Denture Conversion system to significantly reduce conversion time and produce a stronger, more attractive provisional prosthetic with ideal occlusion. See and understand how these benefits yield a better experience for the patient and improve the efficiency and predictability of the practitioner's workflow.

  1. Learn the history and development of 'Separable Fasteners'
  2. Learn the Smart Denture Conversions technique and optimal workflows
  3. Learn how to prepare dentures for pick-up with 'Separable Fasteners'
  4. Learn how to contour immediate load full-arch prosthetics
  5. Learn how to create precise screw-channels



Unique Digital Workflows, from Surgery to Restorative by Mr. Lee Culp


As dentistry evolves into the digital world, the successful incorporation of computerization and new technology will continue to provide more efficient methods of communication and fabrication while at the same time retaining the individual creativity and artistry of the skilled dentist and dental technician, while the utilization of new technology will continue to enhance the close cooperation and working relationship of the dentist/technician team. This presentation will offer participants a unique insight into multiple digital design workflows, by creating a Virtual Patient by combining Face Scanning, IOS and CT scans. Then using Digital Denture Dental Design and Implant planning software for pre surgical planning to design, printed diagnostic wax-up and provisional PMMA restorations, and their digital replicas to guide us in the creation of cad-cam restorations, for both tooth and implant supported prosthetics.

  1. Learn to create a 3D virtual patient layered digital scans.
  2. Adapting conventional techniques to CAD-CAM technology
  3. Dentist/Laboratory communication
  4. Digital Implant, planning, surgical guides, final restorations
  5. Restorative material choices


Digital Bookends: Improving Efficiency & Precision from Single Implants to Full Arches By Dr. Polack


The recent widespread incorporation of digital technology has placed the dental team in a unique position to control all facets of implant therapy like never before. This presentation will allow dentists to integrate innovative solutions for simple and complex cases that can enhance and streamline various aspects of the restorative implant process. Topics will include immediate single implant placement and loading in the esthetic zone, the creation of an “ultra-custom” emergence profile, and the precise digital transfer of this information to the dental laboratory. Component design and selection to enhance esthetics and predictability will be covered, and the benefits of immediate single molar replacement therapy will be addressed. These themes will then inform an overview of complications and material selection for comprehensive implant rehabilitations. Recent technological advancements that can overcome important
limitations of current intraoral scanners and simplify these challenging implant cases will also be presented.

  1. Understand how technology can improve team communication, preoperative planning, guided surgery and enhance the outcome of single implant therapy
  2. Learn creative applications for intraoral scanning, free CAD software and 3D printing to optimize the emergence profile and esthetics of single anterior implant cases.
  3. Identify factors to consider in the material selection for fixed implant rehabilitations
  4. Become familiar with new intraoral scanning technology that can overcome important technological limitations and simplify full-arch implant treatment


Digital Implant Planning and Execution: from simple to complex by Dr. Ludlow


As digital technology becomes more pervasive in everyday practice, there is an increased demand to apply it in ever more expanding clinical situations. This presentation will explore the full application of digital technology in the implant patient from initial diagnostics to the final restoration and will innumerate the planning principles involved in achieving both surgical and prosthetic success.

We will explore the application of these principles in a myriad of cases beginning with the simple single anterior implant and progressing in complexity through the full arch fully-digital fixed implant patient.

  1. Recognize advantages of integrated digital technologies that enhance treatment outcomes
  2. Understand what principles influence idealized gingival and restorative esthetics and what things we should be looking for before surgery has begun.
  3. Understand treatment simplification using the latest tools, components and technologies to expedite implant therapy for edentulous patients


Optimized Immediate Workflows Utilizing Surgical Software in Private Practice by Dr. Katranji


A review of patient specific digital workflows will be reviewed and how to incorporate them in private practice. We will focus on Immediate Loading Protocols and how full arch can be planned and executed for both FP1 and FP3 rerstorations.

  1. Learn about different digital workflows that can assist in immediate load cases
  2. Learn critical aspects of treatment planning that will improve outcomes
  3. Understand the benefits of guided surgery and when free handed surgery may be necessary
  4. See how the use of Photogrammetry can simplify full arch restorations
  5. See how most cases can be completed 'in-house' using 3-D printing



Practice Growth in a Changing Dental Market by Dr. Jones


This course is intended for both general dentists and specialists. We will explore the current challenges in the dental market and discuss marketing strategies to assist in practice growth. Basic marketing principles will be explained, and practical applications presented. Emphasis will be placed on the customer/patient experience, traditional marketing platforms, and digital marketing channels to include Google search rankings, website optimization, use of social media platforms, and strategies to obtain 5-star reviews.

  1. Understand basic marketing concepts and their application in the dental market
  2. Identify marketing moments during the patient's office experience
  3. Be able to describe traditional and digital promotional channels and their relation to dental marketing
  4. Identify ways to obtain more 5-star reviews and address the negative review

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VCU School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. VCU School of Dentistry designates this activity for a total of 7.00 continuing education credits.



Dr. Karen McAndrew

Dr. Karen McAndrew completed her dental school training at the University of Pennsylvania graduating with honors. Her interest in Prosthodontics led her to the University of North Carolina where she completed her training, earning her Masters degree and specialty certification in Prosthodontics.

Dr. McAndrew has always been involved with organized dentistry. She founded The Virginia Center for Prosthodontics, focusing on clinical Prosthodontics, Maxillofacial Prosthetics, and Dental Implants while also maintaining her in-house dental lab and simultaneously managing the education component at The Education Center.

She was recently named as the Director of Implant Dentistry for VCU School of Dentistry where she combines her talents in providing all levels of implant therapy. With a focus on educating dentists in the techniques of basic implant dentistry to complex full arch dental implant restoration and esthetics, Dr. McAndrew is excited to bring all aspects of dental care to a new level at VCU School of Dentistry.


Dr. Lyndon Cooper

Lyndon F. Cooper, D.D.S., Ph.D., is dean of VCU School of Dentistry and an internationally renowned and innovative patient-oriented researcher and clinician. He has established a reputation for leading innovative teams in translational research and advancing a research-oriented approach to evaluating clinical devices and other patient-care solutions.
Prior to joining VCU, Cooper served as associate dean for research and head of the Department of Oral Biology at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) School of Dentistry. Here, he expanded research in regenerative sciences, innovative biomedical devices and translational studies evaluating the roles of a variety of biomarkers linked to cancer. Under Cooper's leadership, the Department of Oral Biology at UIC served as a foundation for many of the basic science topics taught to the school's D.M.D., M.S., and Ph.D. students. He continued his clinical activities as a prosthodontist by leading clinical studies and establishing the school's Clinical Research Center.
Prior to UIC, Cooper served as program director of Advanced Prosthodontics and Stallings Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics (ACP) and a former ACP President, who received the ACP's 2004 Clinician/Researcher Award. He was also named the recipient of the 2009 International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award for Prosthodontics and Implantology.
After earning his D.D.S. from New York University, Cooper went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, New York, and a Certificate in Prosthodontics from the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester. Later, he completed a two-year research fellowship at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Brandon Kofford

Dr. Kofford is a 2008 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. He completed his Prosthodontics residency with the United States Air Force (USAF) at Lackland Air Force Base Wilford Hall Medical Center MacKown Dental Clinic in 2011 as well as his master's degree in Biology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. He served 6 years with the USAF and achieved the rank of Major. He has been in private practice in Cary, North Carolina since 2014. He is a partner in 7 dental practices and a full-service dental laboratory. In 2018, Dr. Kofford and Charles Rudisill developed the Smart Denture Conversions Separable Fastener technology and introduced it to the market in 2019.


Mr. Lee Culp, CDT

Lee Culp, CDT is the CEO of Sculpture Studios, a dental laboratory, research and product development center, for new and innovative digital diagnostic, restorative and digital applied applications to surgical and restorative dentistry. Lee is an avid writer, and had been a contributor to eight dental text books, including a chapter in Dr. Peter Dawson's book Functional Occlusion: From TMJ to Smile Design.

He is a leading resource/inventor for many of the materials, products, and techniques used in dentistry today, holds numerous patents for his ideas and products, and writes many articles per year. His writing, photography, and teaching style have brought him international recognition, as one of today's most exciting lecturers and innovative artisans in the specialties of digital dentistry, dental ceramics and functional esthetics.


Dr. Mariano Polack

Dr. Mariano Polack received his dental degree in 1995, and his specialty training in Prosthodontics and Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 2000. Since then, Dr. Polack has been in private practice limited to prosthodontics in northern VA. Between 2002 and 2004 he was also a guest researcher at the Ceramics Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration, American College of Prosthodontists and a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology. Dr Polack has published more than 40 abstracts and papers on prosthodontics and dental materials in various scientific journals, and lectures both nationally and Internationally.


Dr. Mark Ludlow

Dr. Mark Ludlow is the Section Head of Implant Dentistry, Digital Dentistry, and Removable Prosthodontics at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. He completed his DMD dental training at the University of Connecticut and received his MS in prosthodontics from the University of North Carolina. As a practicing and teaching prosthodontist, Dr. Ludlow's passion is in the development and integration of digital technology in the practice of everyday implant and restorative dentistry.


Dr. Amar Katranji

Dr. Katranji received all his degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, receiving a B.A. in English, a D.D.S., and an M.S. in Periodontics. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Dean's Faculty at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics. Dr. Katranji is published in periodontal and implant journals as well as lectures on implant-related topics. He is a past recipient of the Ramfjord Award for Excellence from the University of Michigan, the Leadership Award from the Michigan College of Dentists, and is a Co-Director at Comprehensive Dental Institute, a non-profit institute focused on evidence based and surgery. He practices Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in Ann Arbor as well as in Southfield Michigan


Dr. Gary Jones

Dr. Jones hails from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, Summa Cum Laude, where he was awarded the distinction of “University Scholar”. He then completed his doctorate studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. His residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery was completed at the Medical College of Virginia. Service in the U.S. Army brought Dr. Jones to Fayetteville. He began his career as a staff surgeon at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg. While there, he received The Meritorious Service Medal. After completing his service in 2004, Dr. Jones acquired a private practice in Pinehurst, NC before partnering with an Army colleague, Dr. Gerald Beatty, to establish Sandhills Oral Surgery & Implant Dentistry in 2008.Throughout his career, Dr. Jones has developed a deep interest and passion for implant dentistry. He has also fostered an interest in marketing and is currently completing his Master's in Digital Marketing.





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Registration open through 11/6/2023 11:59 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Continuing Education

Lecture: CEUs - 7

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