Open Wide - The Official Blog of The Chicago Dental Society

Permanent link  Seek out Live TV at the Midwinter Meeting


What’s that old adage about talking the talk and walking the walk? At the Midwinter Meeting, our experts do BOTH in the Live CE theater. 

Located in the southeast corner of the Exhibit Hall, Midwinter Meeting attendees will have a bird’s eye view when three leading clinicians perform the techniques they’re teaching – as they’re teaching them. The Live CE theater uses cameras and plasma screens to broadcast the instructor’s technique to the audience as it is being practiced on site, in real time. 

“There’s always a benefit to seeing how it’s done by an expert,” said Al Kleszynski, CDS’s Director of Scientific Programs. The use of current technology for this live-patient demonstration means that every seat in the house is a good one.

With Frank Milnar discussing restoratives, Ahmad Eslami and James Stein on implants, and Chicago’s own Fred Margolis on lasers, there is something for everyone in the Live TV Theater. Swing by on your way through the Exhibit Hall at the Midwinter Meeting, and see what strikes you. 

Tickets are not required for admission, but attendees will have their badges scanned upon arrival and exit so that their presence is recorded and partial or full CE credit can be awarded. 

And while you’re in the Exhibit Hall, spend some time browsing the booths. CDS is proud to offer 1 CE credit hour per day when you visit the Exhibit Hall. Look for signs with CE Codes near the Overlook Café no less than three hours after the Exhibit Hall opens.



CE , continuing education , midwinter , midwinter meeting ,

Permanent link  The Sports Dentistry Side of Your Practice with Dr. Douglas Lambert


Athletic dental injuries are on the rise and according our recent survey of member dentists, basketball and hockey top the list of sports that cause the most dental injury to patients.

Dr. Douglas Lambert taught a course on sports dentistry this morning. He tells us about the most recent trends in this field and how dentists should prepare for dental emergencies.


sports dentistry , midwinter meeting 2011 , continuing education ,

Permanent link  Forensic Dentistry Dispelling the CSI Myth


A critical part of the Midwinter Meeting are the hundreds of continuing education courses being offered to dentists and dental professionals.

Dr. Anthony "Rick" Cardoza is leading a class on forensic dentistry this morning. Because of forensic fare on popular television shows, Dr. Cardoza wants to set the record straight on how this practice works with the legal system. He took a moment to chat us before class began.


forensic dentistry , dental education , midwinter meeting 2011 , continuing education ,

Permanent link  What you need to know before OSHA is at your door


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all dentists and their staff who are exposed to bloodborne pathogens attend annual trainings.

The Chicago Medical Society is offering a two-hour training course, "Bloodborne Pathogens & Beyond," for CDS members and their staff at the discounted rate of $99 per person. This course will satisfy most of your yearly OSHA requirement.

After attending this course, you will be able to

  • Implement a training program for healthcare employees who may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens. 
  • Identify appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Develop an emergency response plan
  • Create a written exposure control plan for healthcare workers assigned as first-aid providers
  • Develop a strategy to prevent the spread of pandemic flu within a practice
The remaining workshops for the year are:
  • Friday, October 1: St. Francis Hospital (Evanston) at 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 20: Oak Lawn Hilton at 9-11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 22, Doubletree Hotel-Oak Brook at 9-11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, November 5: Hilton Garden Inn-Chicago Downtown at 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, November 15: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital at 2-4 p.m.
  • Friday, December 10: Oak Lawn Hilton Hotel at 9-11:00 a.m.
To register, visit the Chicago Medical Society's website or call their education department at (312) 670-2550, ext. 338.


osha , dentists , continuing education ,

Permanent link  CDS hosts first ever webinar Direct Resin Pearls for the General Practitioner


Sponsored by 

Attend a great lecture from the comfort of your desk with our first-ever webinar offering, "Direct Resin Pearls for the General Practitioner," presented by Michael Morgan, DDS.

Dr. Michael Morgan
Direct resin has become the restorative material of choice in both general and high-end esthetic practices. The explosion of demand by patients for esthetic dental services has led to an array of new dental products and treatments for practitioners to choose from. Dr. Morgan's webinar will discuss direct resin pearls and composite gems, including simplifying Class IV composites with life-like esthetics, creating predictable multiple Class II resins and decreasing chair time needed to complete Class I direct composites. Both basic and advanced esthetic restorative treatment procedures will be discussed, as well as marketing tips for attracting esthetic-oriented patients. There will be a 15-minute Q&A session following the presentation.

Wednesday, October 27, at 2 p.m.

Can't make that time? A recording of the lecture will be posted online for one week following the webinar. As long as you registered in advance, you will still be able to claim CE credit for watching the recorded lecture.

1 CE hour

Free to CE members; $30 for non-members

Sign up now at the CDS website. Please check this troubleshooting guide if you are a member who encounters any problems with the online registration process.

What is a webinar?
A lecture broadcast on the web that gives participants the chance to interact with the speaker in real time.

Technical requirements
You will need a computer with access to the Internet. Depending on your set-up, you will also need to either call into a phone number to hear and participate in the webinar or may be able to listen and ask questions through your computer's microphone and speakers.

Before the webinar, you will receive a link for the webinar, along with instructions on how to watch and participate.

CDS is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ACA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality provider 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. CDS designates this webinar for 1 continuing education credit.


webinar , direct resin , continuing education ,