2021 PEAK Track I Spring Meeting

Starts:  Apr 29, 2021 12:00 PM (ET)
Ends:  May 2, 2021 12:00 PM (ET)

PEAK is Back!

PEAK Track I is one of two PAGD Mastertracks, designed to bring the best speakers and accelerate attendees' pursuit of Fellowship or Mastership in AGD. PEAK Track I is intentionally smaller, allowing for greater interaction between attendees and speakers.

Thursday - PEAK Presentations from Your Colleagues

Hear your colleagues present real-world examples of how they implemented lessons learned on  all the way back from Fall 2019. Nothing to present? Come anyway and participate in a tradition that makes PEAK meetings unique.


Friday - Removable Prosthodontics Without Compromise
 by Louis DiPede, DMD, FACP

This course will bring the bring the participant up to the current state of the art in providing removable prosthodontic services to their patients. The day will be divided between complete and partial dentures.

Part One: Complete Dentures: Re-discovering an Art, Basing it on Science.

Continuing education programs are often filled with the popular topics of esthetics and implant. Complete denture construction however, has not been revisited since dental school for most practitioners. Diagnosing a complete denture patient is much more than just “no teeth”! Without proper diagnosis, denture delivery becomes a war of attrition between you and the patient as to who gives up first. Unnecessary post-op adjustments or remaking a denture wastes chair time tosses away profits. Discover which basic procedures abandoned after dental school should be resurrected to pay dividends for you. Can your technique benefit from some improvements?

Participants will learn: 

  1. How to make complete dentures efficiently.
  2. Techniques to get patients to accept their new dentures.
  3. How to reduce post-op adjustments.
  4. Which denture occlusions to use, and which to avoid.
  5. Why tissue conditioning is so important.
  6. Why the first patient interview is the most important denture visit.
  7. To adapt impressioning technique to the patient.
  8. How to easily construct a simple implant overdenture.

Part Two: Ensuring Removable Partial Denture Success

A removable partial denture should help to preserve a patient’s dentition, and not be the cause of its demise. However, when the service is not executed properly, an RPD can exert extremely destructive forces. When certain key concepts are applied, the removable partial denture can be offered as a valuable service, not just the first step to a complete denture.

Participants will learn:

  1. Why some commonly used designs result in failure
  2. Why RPD maintenance is an integral part of the service
  3. How to control the forces transferred to the abutment teeth
  4. The key to framework try-in and adjustment
  5. How fulcrum lines affect the framework design
AGD Subject Code - 670 Removable Prosthodontics


Saturday - It's (Medically) Complicated!: Essential Pharmacology for Treating Medically Complex Dental Patients 
by Tom Viola, RPh, CCP

Dental professionals must frequently draw upon their knowledge of pharmacology for optimal care of today’s medically complex dental patients. However, pharmacology often represents only a small portion of most dental degree programs. Armed with a relatively brief exposure to this vast subject, many dental professionals simply cannot keep up with the latest trends in disease state management.

This comprehensive program explores the dental implications of the prescription medications, non-prescription medications, herbal products, nutritional supplements and substances of abuse most frequently used by patients. Participants receive this essential information in a format which is not only practical and applicable but also highly entertaining for the entire dental team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the prescription medications most frequently encountered on a patient’s medical history and discuss their indications for use, adverse reactions and impact on dental therapy.
  • Discuss the non-prescription medications most often used by dental patients and explain their impact on dental therapy, including situations which preclude their use.
  • Explore the most popular herbal products and nutritional supplements and discuss their purported uses and dental considerations.
  • Know the most common substances of abuse and describe their oral manifestations and dental treatment considerations.
  • Discover techniques for identifying and managing self-medicating and substance-abusing patients.
AGD Subject Code - 010 Basic Sciences


Sunday - Hurts So...Good!: Management of Acute Dental Pain and Appropriate Opioid Prescribing
by Tom Viola, RPh, CCP

Management of acute odontogenic pain is accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates both opioid and non-opioid analgesics. However, moderate to severe dental pain often occurs well after office hours and away from our immediate supervision. Thus, it is critical for clinicians to be able to accurately identify a patient's need for pain control, develop an individualized pain management plan and assess the efficacy of analgesic agents employed.

This program will provide strategies for effectively managing dental pain with opioid and
non-opioid analgesics and analgesic adjuvants, while also mitigating associated risks.
Special emphasis will be given to appropriate practices for prescribing analgesics as well as identification and treatment of opioid analgesic abuse.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the pharmacology and mechanism of action of opioid and non-opioid analgesics, as well as their potential for abuse.
  • Identify the intended roles of these analgesics in the treatment of acute dental pain, as well as situations which may preclude their use.
  • Discuss best practices for prescribing opioid analgesics as part of an individualized patient pain management plan.
  • Describe techniques useful in recognizing and identifying potential addiction as well as avoiding potential drug diversion.
  • Learn current protocols for the management and treatment of opioid addiction.
  • Examine guidelines for proper storage and disposal of unused dosages.
AGD Subject Code - 340 Anesthesia and Pain Management


Registration Costs (early bird rates expire April 1, 2021):

Dentist (All inclusive) - Members $995.00, Nonmembers $1,095
1st Year Graduate or Resident (All inclusive) - Members $199, Nonmembers $219
2nd Year Graduate (All inclusive) - Members $398, Nonmembers $438
3rd Year Graduate (All inclusive) - Members $597, Nonmembers $657
4th Year Graduate (All inclusive) - Members $796, Nonmembers $876


Doubletree Philadelphia West
640 Fountain Rd
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
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