Update for the Dental Practitioner

Registration & Fees

Before September 11
Dentist - $595
Hygienists/Dental Assistants- $255
Recent Graduates (2018-2019) - $225

After September 11
Dentist - $645
Hygienists/Dental Assistants- $305
Recent Graduates (2018-2019) - $305

Hands-on Lunch and Learn Saturday - $150


Due to new credit card processing guidelines our policies and procedures have changed. We can no longer accept mailed or faxed registrations with credit card information. If you wish to register via check please download/print the registration form and mail it along with your check to the address listed on the form.


The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University 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 for credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Concerns or complaints may be directed to the provider or to the ADA CERP at www. ada.org/cerp The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University designates this activity for 15.75 ADA CERP continuing education credits. 1/01/18-12/31/21.

The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship /Mastership credit. The current term of acceptance extends from 01/01/2018-12/31/2021.


This program will include a variety of contemporary interdisciplinary topics that will offer you and your colleagues a vantage point and practical steps to enhance your practice through a team approach to dentistry where esthetics, restorative, periodontics and orthodontic collaboration comes together


At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss how to sequence and integrate an efficient restorative and surgical “team” treatment planning

  • Identify required timelines for each team member and indication, for an efficient and timely course of treatment.

  • Recognize unique general characteristics of each generation within your team

  • Customize motivating your team building/development and work ethics in your office to improve team dynamic


    Identify suspicious cancerous lesions of the oral & oropharyngeal sites

  • Identify pathogenic mechanisms for the HPV-positive cancers

  • Generate an appropriate differential diagnosis

  • Establish expectations within and between team members and patient

  • Determine potential risk factors for complications when providing immediate tooth replacement

  • Decide when to immediately provisionalize the implant and when to provide a protective temporary prosthesis

  • Identify different diagnostic factors associated with tissue deficiency in the esthetic zone

  • Apply the right technique to different variations of tissue deficiency

  • Recognize the important role of wax up based guides for crown lengthening, implants and orthodontic esthetic setup.

  • Discuss the clinical indications and methods of completing a wax-up and Orthodontic setup

  • Course Schedule

    Friday, October 11, 2019
    7:30 Continental Breakfast & Registration
    8:00 Welcome and Introduction to Course - Drs. Jeril Cooper and J. Kobi Stern
    8:15 Streamlining the Surgical and Restorative Interface Throughout the Interdisciplinary Team Care - Drs. Jeril Cooper and Kobe Stern
    10:00 Break
    10:15 Team Dynamics Within Your Practice to Improve Overall Success and Efficiency - Dr. Kim Capeheart
    Noon Adjourn

    Saturday, October 12, 2019
    7:30 Continental Breakfast & Registration
    8:00 The Changing Face of Oral, and Head and Neck Cancer in the 21st Century - Dr. Rafik Abdelsayed
    10:00 Break
    10:15 Team Approach to Immediate Tooth Replacement - Dr. Darren Alvord
    Noon Adjourn -or-
    Hands-on Lunch and Learn - From Provisional to Final Impression - Accurate Molding and Capturing of Tooth Emergence Profile (Pre-registration required) - Drs.Darren Alvord, Jeril Cooper and J. Kobi Stern (Boxed lunch provided)

    Sunday, October 13, 2019
    7:30 Continental Breakfast & Registration
    8:00 Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures to Enhance Esthetic and Restorative Outcomes - Dr. J. Kobi Stern
    10:00 Break
    10:15 Traditional vs. Digital Planning of Interdisciplinary Cases - Dr. Jeril Cooper
    Noon Adjourn

     Course Faculty


    Jeril R. Cooper, III, DMD, Professor of General Dentistry at the Augusta University, earned his dental degree from MCG. He maintained a full-time general dentistry practice for 30 years before joining Augusta University, where he has an active faculty practice in addition to providing clinical supervision in the Department of General Dentistry and is a member of the Augusta University Esthetic team. He is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Hinman Society, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and received Augusta University’s 2008 Judson C. Hickey Award.

    Jacob K. Stern, DMD, M.Sc, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Currently, he is an Associate Professor, in Periodontics at the Dental College of Georgia (DCG), Augusta University (AU) where he served as program director for the advanced education in Periodontics. Dr. Stern completed his graduate training in Periodontics and a post graduate implant fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Stern has numerous publications in professional journals, and has contributed to important texts in his field. He has lectured on periodontics and implant dentistry before dental societies in the United States and abroad. In addition to his faculty practice, Dr. Stern serves as a consultant for

    Rafik Abdelsayed, DDS, MS, Professor and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences and Oral Biology Department at the DCG-Augusta University. Dr. Abdelsayed is the Director of the Biopsy and Diagnostic Laboratory Services. He has a joint appointment with the Department of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology at the Augusta University-School of Medicine. He received his DDS and MS in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology from Indiana University School of Dentistry. He has lectured and published extensively on pathology-related topics. His biopsy and clinical consultative services help many referring practitioners and pathologists from the general southeast regions. He serves on editorial boards of several journals, including head and neck pathology, dermatopathology, pediatric dentistry and other dental journals.

    Darren R. Alvord, DMD, is a Periodontist in private practice in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, and completed his residency in Periodontics there in 2013. He maintains a comprehensive periodontal practice including dental implant surgery. He received the Kramer excellence Award in 2013 from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. He was awarded the JAG20 Emerging Leaders Award in 2017 from Augusta University. He is a board member of the Georgia Society of Periodontists, the Southeastern District Dental Association, and the Augusta University Alumni Association, and believes strongly in giving back to his profession. Darron and his wife are dedicated volunteers within their Church, and their two young children are the joy of their lives.

    Kim Capehart, DDS, MBA, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Capehart has published and speaks locally, nationally, and internationally. Prior to joining the faculty at DCG, he was in a solo practice for 16 years treating the full scope of general dentistry with an emphasis in full mouth rehabilitation and esthetics.


    The course will be held at the Brasstown Valley Resort, offering mountain elegance for all ages, moderate climate for heavenly outdoor escapes in the surrounding forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains and year-round championship golf. From the end of September until the first week of November, Brasstown Valley Resort and the North Georgia Mountains play host to visitors who come to view the awe-inspiring color palate that Mother Nature spreads upon the mountains. The coloring of the leaves begins at the summits of the mountains and flows down their sides to the valley floors. A truly spiritual time, fall in the mountains is a perfect way to begin the busy holiday season. Take this time to, as our motto says, “leave your worries at our door.” Contact Brasstown Valley Resort (800-201-3205) to make your lodging reservations. Early lodging reservations are recommended.

    Update for the Dental Practitioner — October 11-13, 2019

    (Augusta University – Check-in October 10, 2019)

    Group Room Rate: $225 plus resort and taxes

    Please Note: Reservations deadline is September 10, 2019. It is important to make your reservation as early as possible since this conference is planned during the height of the fall color season and our room block usually sells out before the deadline for lodging reservations.

    Target Audience

    This course is designed for dentists, auxilliaries and other dental professionals.


    We’ve gone electronic to help serve you better! A HANDOUT link we be emailed to all registered participants the Tuesday before the first day of the course.  Please watch for an email from lbthigpen@augusta.edu.

    Comfort Zone

    Although every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting room, we realize everyone’s comfort zone is different. Please bring a jacket or light wrap in case the room is too cool for your comfort.

    Special Needs

    The Augusta University Division of Professional and Community Education complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special services, facilites or dietary considerations (vegetarian or otherwise) to support your participation in this continuing education program, contact the conference coordinator at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967.

    Cancellation Policy

    Augusta University is not responsible for any circumstance making it impossible to attend their continuing education courses due to acts of God, war, government regulations, disaster, strikes, civil disorder or curtailment of transportation facilities. If Augusta University cancels a continuing education activity you will be refunded your registration fee. Augusta University is not liable for any associated lodging, transportation or additional expenses.

    Program Photography

    If you wish to opt out of any photographic images during the CE course, please notify the course director at the time of the program!



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