Dentists’ Day at the Legislature
April 20, 2017
July 13, 2017

Bayou State is a LDA Premier Events Sponsor 

Come visit us at our table at the Summer Education Conference in Pensacola, FL

**Also be sure to come visit our refreshment tent on Thursday during the volleyball tournament

Wed - Sat June 21st - 24th 

To Register click here 


Speakers and Course Descriptions

Wednesday, June 21 (8 a.m. to noon)
Speaker: Dr. Marco Brindis
Course Title: "A New Generation of Hybrid Denture: A more effective, viable, hygienic solution for the edentulous patient"

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Course Description: This course will discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of the current hybrid denture protocol.  It also provides both the rationale and fabrication technique for the next generation of immediate loading hybrid denture. The course will show the versatility of the system providing different techniques to extend the longevity and maintainability.

Course Objectives - Upon the completion of this course, the participant should have a better understanding of:

  • The rational for fixed vs. removable in the treatment of the edentulous maxilla.
  • Implant complications and limitations involved in the screw retained treatment options for the edentulous maxilla.
  • The benefits of the new generation of friction retained hybrid dentures.

Course Type: Lecture Credit: 4 clinical hours


Thursday, June 22 (8 a.m. to noon)
Speaker: Dr. Marco Brindis
Course Title: "How to Select the Materials for your Implant Abutments and Restorations"

Course Description: Great materials for the implant abutments and the restorations have been developed and improved in the last decade. Many of these materials have outstanding powerful properties both mechanically and visually with solid scientific evidence. However, it has been difficult for the restorative dentist to keep up with the overwhelming amount of new ceramic material options and their indications. Our responsibility is to know precisely when and how to use these great materials. The goal of this presentation is to show an algorithm to make the best evidence based clinical choice when selecting materials for the implant abutment and the restorations.

Course Objectives - Upon the completion of this course, the participant should have a better understanding of:

  • How to differentiate the myths and truths concerning ceramic restorative materials including abutments and restorations.
  • Learning an algorithm on how to select the right material based on the scientific evidence and the clinical situation.

Course Type: Lecture Credit: 4 clinical hours

Dr. Marco Brindis is the head of the Prosthodontics Department at Louisiana State University, where he also maintains an intramural restorative practice devoted to esthetics and implants with an interdisciplinary approach. He earned a D.D.S from the Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City in 1998. He did a preceptorship in dental implants at the Universidad Intercontinental in 1999 and a preceptorship in dental implants at the dental school at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2002.  He completed a surgical implant fellowship at the Biotechnology Institute in Vitoria Spain in 2003. He got his Certificate in Prosthodontics at LSU School of Dentistry in the Department of Prosthodontics in 2007. He then completed the Esthetic and Occlusion courses at the Pankey Institute in 2007. Dr. Brindis is very passionate in the field of interdisciplinary dentistry for full mouth reconstruction, esthetics and implant dentistry.  He is involved in the development of new implant protocols to treat the edentulous patient. He has lectured in the United States, Colombia, Mexico, Canada and Spain. He is a member of several organizations, including the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, Academy of Osseointegration, American Dental Association, American College of Prosthodontists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Friday, June 23 (8 a.m. to noon)

Speaker: Will Scott
Course Title: "6 Steps to Kicking Butt Online, Finding More Patients and Retiring Early"

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Course Description: "6 Steps to Kicking Butt Online, Finding More Patients and Retiring Early" is an intensive crash course in Internet marketing that will help you navigate the possibilities for marketing your practice on the web. You’ll learn search and social marketing tips and techniques that will lead to sustained, long-term search engine rankings (and new patients) in your local markets.

Course Objectives - Upon the completion of this course, the participant should have a better understanding of:

  • How to make a good website for searchers and search engines.
  • Website optimization basics.
  • How to make sure your practice dominates in local search results.
  • Social digital marketing, including strategies to engage with patients and prospective patients using the most popular social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, and blogs.
  • How to use local targeting options in Google adwords and Facebook.
  • Your own website's traffic.
  • How to revise your practice website. (Attendees will be able to submit their practice website for review and Will will go over the sites on the big screen and provide ideas and actionable advice for all attendees.)

Course Type:
Lecture     Credit: 4 practice management hours

Will Scott has been helping small businesses get online since 1994. He has led teams responsible for building thousands of small business websites, building hundreds of thousands of pages in online directories and delivering millions of website visits from Web searches. Will is the CEO of Search Influence, the largest online marketing company on the Gulf Coast. At Search Influence, he leads a team of dedicated professionals who put customer results first. Search Influence serves local and small- to medium-size businesses with SEO, online advertising, social media and content marketing, both directly and as a white-label provider for media companies and resellers. 

Saturday, June 24 (8 a.m. to noon)
Speaker: Richard Akin, D.D.S., M.D.
Course Title: "The Harmony Concept: Bringing Immediate Implant Provisionals to Every Site"

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Course Description: This course will provide attendees with the tools to overcome the considerable challenges in managing the soft tissue in immediate molar implant placement. The Harmony concept is a suture-less technique which utilizes an immediately customized chair-side device to seal, support, and optimize immediate molar implant sites. The lecture discussion will center on the relevant anatomy when planning immediate molar implants and review the materials and instrumentation used to predictably implement this technique. Clinical photography and video is used throughout the lecture to convey principles clearly. At the conclusion of the course, attendees will leave with an understanding of the advantages of immediate provisionalization and how these concepts also apply to the posterior immediate implant site.

Course Objectives - Upon the completion of this course, the participant should have a better understanding of:

  • The Anatomic Harmony Abutment technique which was published in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Immediate anterior implant provisionalization and immediate molar implant protocols.
  • Digital scanning and digital workflows for final implant restorations.

Course Type: Lecture Credit: 4 clinical hours

Richard Akin, D.D.S., M.D., earned his doctorate degrees from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and completed his residency training, also at LSU, in 2004. He is passionate about developing techniques to minimize recovery time in dental implant rehabilitation. This passion has led him to develop minimally invasive techniques to provide immediate placement and immediate provisionalization of dental implants in the anterior and posterior regions of the mouth. He lectures nationally and internationally on these topics. Dr. Akin founded the Capital Study Club in 2011, now with 20 members. He is board certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a second generation oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He lives and practices in Baton Rouge, La.