Spring 2020 Scientific Meeting Overview
Date: Saturday, February 29th, 2020
Title: The Interdisciplinary Team:
Creating Esthetic Success in the Ortho-Perio-Restorative Patient
Presenter: Vince Kokich, Jr., DMD, MSD
Achieving esthetic excellence in the debilitated dental patient is one of the most challenging tasks dentists undertake. These patients often require dental treatment to correct specific anterior esthetic and functional discrepancies. Unfortunately, many also present treatment challenges such as missing or severely worn teeth, periodontal complications, and underlying esthetic concerns. Therefore, planning treatment is difficult and requires coordination of care between multiple clinicians to achieve an optimal functional and esthetic outcome. This lecture will illustrate the importance of interdisciplinary interaction between the orthodontist, periodontist, and restorative dentist. It is designed to provide a systematic approach to diagnosing and treatment planning multiple esthetic dilemmas that are encountered in practice every day while providing the tools and techniques needed to complete treatment. A special emphasis will be placed treatment planning, communication and sequencing.
Dr. Kokich Jr. received his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1996 and completed a general practice residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in 1997. He remained at the University of Washington for his orthodontic training where he obtained his Masters in Orthodontics in 1999. Since then he has remained on faculty in the Department of Orthodontics as an Affiliate Assistant Professor while maintaining a private practice in Tacoma, Washington. He has received the Charles L. Pincus Research Award for Clinical Research from the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and his current research and publications are primarily involved with esthetic, interdisciplinary dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists and a member of both the Angle Society and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He has written or co-written four book chapters as well as numerous scientific and review articles. Dr. Kokich has given over 200 lectures nationally and internationally on interdisciplinary dentistry and dental esthetics emphasizing comprehensive treatment planning and the importance of properly sequencing orthodontic, periodontal, and restorative treatment.