Some thoughts on our next meeting;
This is the times of year when we like to present outstanding clinicians from our own society to inform and teach us about the things that are going on in our little corner of the globe.
It started at breakfast during the Massachusetts Dental Society House of Delegates Meeting last year. Drs. Mark Doherty and Moftah El-Ghadi were discussing a case. Moftah explained why he didn’t believe in apical surgical procedures any more, his preferred treatment being an implant restoration (if possible). Mark didn’t agree (that’s putting it mildly!).
What followed was a lively discussion on endodontic surgery, implants, and dental philosophy by two very bright, very talented specialists. Each doctor had excellent points and referred to their own experiences in the restoration of advanced dental disease.
As the discussion unfolded, I came up with an idea! I suggested to both Docs that this would make a very good basis for an evening Dental Society Meeting. A “Celebrity Death Match” so to speak between Dr. Mark Doherty and Dr. Moftah El-Ghadi on the general topic of Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in the Era of Predictable Implants and Predictable Advanced Endodontics. As we are very fortunate to have these two excellent clinicians in our society, we have a unique opportunity to hear local opinions on what has become more and more of an issue today – to maintain a natural tooth (or teeth), or replace them with implants.
We are eagerly looking forward to this presentation!
I would like to recognize Dr. Ray Martin for the excellent work he has done as General Chair for this year’s Yankee Dental Conference. Ray is one of the hardest workers in Organized Dentistry, and it is people like Ray who have helped make Dentistry the outstanding profession that it is. We need more members to take an interest and a role in our Dental Society to maintain and even exceed our current level of excellence. Thank you, Ray, for all that you do.
I look forward to seeing everyone on February 27th.
Stuart Levine, DDS
Winter SEDDS Trustees Report
As I write this communication it is 14 degrees out! I hope everyone is staying warm and avoiding all the viruses out there. By the time you read this Yankee Dental Congress 2013 will be just getting underway. As General Chair this year I am looking forward to a very successful meeting. To date the registration numbers and income from exhibitors and sponsors is looking strong. We should be at or above our previous benchmarks when all is said and done.
I would like to thank all the members of the Southeastern District who have volunteered their time to make Yankee a success this year and in year's past. Without all of you we would not have the 5th largest dental meeting in the country. One of our volunteers who I would like to congratulate is Mrs. Paulette Jeusseume, wife of our MDS Treasurer and former SEDDS Trustee Dr. Mike Jeusseume. Paulette received our Yankee award this year for MDS volunteers who are not a dentist or auxiliary. Paulette has unselfishly devoted years to Yankee in whatever capacity we have asked of her.
At this year's Yankee we are working hard to promote out legislative agenda. Yankee will be hosting an ADPAC (the ADA's political action committee) breakfast on Saturday morning featuring Dr. Paul Gosar as guest speaker. Dr. Gosar is one of 2 members of congress who is a dentist. Hopefully Dr. Gosar can help our legislative efforts in shaping the ACA (Affordable Care Act)so that as many dental services as possible are mandated and in helping to battle unnecessary taxes such as the medical devices tax. Over the next few months I will be able to report more detail on these and other national legislative issues after I meet with the Council on Government Affairs of the ADA.
On the state legislative front I'm sure most of you are aware that our Non-Covered Services bill was not enacted into law. Our MDS President, Dr. Paula Freedman, did a brilliant job of getting the legislation through 3 committees, the House and the Senate and to the Governor's desk. Unfortunately, the Governor listened to some of his advisors who thought this bill could increase dental services costs to his state employees (this was promulgated by a major insurance company) and chose not to sign the bill into law. This was disappointing but is not the end of the story. Your Executive Committee of the MDS has chosen to re-file the bill in the next legislative session. We will need all of you to call, e-mail, and write your legislators when the time comes. Initially, we will be asking you to ask your legislator to become a co-sponsor of the bill.
On the local front I am very pleased to announce that one of our local low-income dental clinics has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the MDS Foundation. We will have the check presentation to the Director of the clinic at our February 27th SEDDS meeting. This will be a great meeting to attend both to see the good work of our foundation and to see a battle of ideology between two of our SEDDS board members, Dr. Mark Doherty and Dr. Moftah El-Ghadi. They will be debating when to save a tooth or when to extract a tooth and place an implant. This is a very topical subject for all of us and should generate some lively debate.
I'm looking forward to seeing all of you in February! Stay warm.
Cordially and Professionally Yours,
Raymond K. Martin, DDS, MAGD
MDS SEDDS Trustee
Dr. John Cavalho of Fall River passed away January 16, 2013.
Retired Life Membership
Jared W. Stubbs, DDS, Rehoboth, MA
James J. Fasy, DDS, Portsmouth, RI
René R. Bousquet, DDS, North Attleboro, MA
Brindha Natarajan, DMD practicing at Kool Smiles in Fall River. She graduated from Univ. of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in 2012
The SoutheasternDistrict Dental Society is Pleased to Present:
The Great Debate,
Whether to Treat or Extract The Compromised Tooth
Mark E. Doherty, DMD
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study / Endodontics, BU Goldman
School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA
DMD/University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Philadelphia,PA ~
BS/Springfield College, Springfield,MA
Professor / Endodontics, Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Member / American Association of Endodontists, ADA ~ Massachusetts Association of Endodontists, MDS
Moftah El-Ghadi, DMD, FACP
Dr. El-Ghadi received his certificate in Prosthodontics from Tufts
University School of Dental Medicine in 2008.
He presently serves as Clinical Instructor in the Division of Graduate
and Post-Graduate Prosthodontics. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of
Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontics. He also serves on the board of directors for
the Tufts Prosthodontic Alumni Charitable Organization. Dr. El-Ghadi currently practices at, and is
president of, Southern New England Dental Group which is located in New
Dr. Mark E. Doherty (Endodontist) and Dr.
Moftah El-Ghadi (Prosthodontist) have worked closely together for the past 8
years. Together, they will present clinical cases of the compromised
tooth and share what success and failure may look like.
As clinicians we are faced with many challenging cases throughout the year and
certainly question whether or not a compromised tooth is worth saving.
Some of these difficult cases may require more time, planning and investing for
a questionable prognosis. However, as oral health providers it is our
instinct to try and save the natural dentition and take the extra steps needed
to accommodate the patient who wishes to save the compromised tooth.
This presentation will discuss what success may look like and how it
differs amongst individuals. It will also discuss the factors that may
lead to a compromised tooth and possible treatment options that can be used to
salvage the tooth.
February 27, 2013
Location: Stoneforge Tavern -
90 Paramount Drive, Raynham, MA 02767 (508)977-9840
Cost: $45.00 Doctors and Staff Due: by February
registration to SEDDS, c/o Francesca Fusaro Make check payable to:
41 Oak Grove Avenue Southeastern
District Dental Society
East Falmouth, MA 02536
Or e-mail response to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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