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Registration Now Open for October 15 Study Club Program

"Beating Up on Your Patient's Periodontal Disease--A Minimally Invasive Approach"

Presented by Dr. ​James Kohner, DDS

More information about the program is listed below on this page. To register, download a registration form and return by Friday, October 5th.
Handouts are available for this program. ADA login credentials ​required to access the files.



10800 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS

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October 15, 2018

Beating Up on Your Patient’s Periodontal Disease—A Minimally Invasive Approach


How Crown Lengthening WILL Enhance Your Restorative Results

Dr. James Kohner, DDS

The first presentation will discuss a scientifically sound, and evidence based, approach for effective control of all levels of periodontal disease using a non-surgical approach with scaling and root planning, or minimally invasive surgical intervention for more advanced disease. Both indications will be explained.
It shows how adding chemotherapeutic methods to specifically target the periodontal bacteria will allow for successful management of everything from very advanced cases that might otherwise have been treated only with extraction, to infected cases you might traditionally treat with non-surgical methods. In doing so, results will be improved over classic surgical or SCRP methods which may not kill all bacteria at the diseased sites. These innovative methods will be explained by outlining both in-office procedures, as well as specific anti-microbial procedures for the patient to do at home. When combined, they yield predictable clinical results for previously failing cases as well as those treated for the first time.
Treatment will be illustrated with clinical photos and radiographs, including clinical applications in dogs that also show excellent results. Cases will be shown and literature quoted to validate the procedures.

Learning Objectives:
  1. See why Periodontal Surgery or SCRP may fail
  2. Learn to manage failed and failing cases
  3. Improve diagnostics with bacterial culturing
  4. Learn role of patient care at home as an integral part of treatment

The second program will illustrate and explain solutions to many everyday restorative problems, including fractured cusps, subgingival decay and Gummy Smile issues. It will provide valuable information to not just solve those problems, but also to enhance your restorative results. 

Experience an in depth look at Biologic Width, plus flap and bone management factors, and how they have clinical implications and practical applications for both Posterior and Anterior Crown Lengthening. Some of the ideas discussed are also geared to improving communication between the Restorative Office and Laboratory Technician. 

Course Objectives - upon completion of this course, attendees will have a better understanding of:
  • How to achieve predictable impressions every time.
  • See why crowns come loose and how to prevent it.
  • Biologic Width
  • Causes of red gum tissue around crown margins.
  • Diagnosing functional crown lengthening.
  • Diagnosing “Gummy Smile".
  • Communicating effectively with the Periodontist and/or Laboratory Technician

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About Dr. Kohner...

Dr. James Kohner is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University Dental School, then obtained his certification in Periodontics from the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Kohner is an experienced teacher who has presented courses on Crown Lengthening, Soft Tissue Grafting and Antimicrobial Treatment for Periodontal Disease to a wide range of audiences, including many state associations, all over the US and in 8 foreign countries, and has presented at the American Academy of Periodontology meetings for many years. He has been teaching for the Perio Institute since 2003.
He is a current member of both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology, and a professional member of the National Speakers Association.

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January 14, 2019

Dental Occlusion: It Can Make You or Break You!

Dr. DeWitt C. Wilkerson, DMD

Dr. Wilkerson’s presentation will be divided into 2 distinct, critical aspects of Dental Occlusion.

1. The 4 Most Important Factors of Dental Occlusion

2. A Critical Factor Causing Dental Malocclusions: Airway & Breathing Disorders

This presentation will help every attendee understand many very important occlusal concepts, rarely taught in dental school. We will learn the significance of joint condition & position, anterior guidance, vertical dimension of occlusion and parafunction. We will also learn much more about the new information related to airway & breathing disorders, cranio-facial growth and development, bruxism, and malocclusions.

This promises to be a day filled with invaluable pearls from one of the top occlusion authorities in the world. 

About Dr. Wilkerson...

Dr. DeWitt “Witt” Wilkerson graduated from the University of Florida, College of Dentistry in 1982, the same year he joined the Dawson private practice group in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

  • Senior Faculty/Lecturer and Director of Dental Medicine, the Dawson Academy
  • Past-President, American Equilibration Society (AES)
  • Past-President, American Academy for Oral-Systemic Health (AAOSH)
  • Adjunct Professor, Graduate Studies, University of Florida, College of Dentistry
  • Past Associate Faculty and Special Lecturer, L.D. Pankey Institute
  • Chairman of the Dental Advisory Council for the Christian Medical & Dental Societies (CMDA)

Dr. Wilkerson lectures both nationally and internationally on the subjects of Restorative Dentistry, Dental Occlusion, TM Disorders, Airway/Dental Sleep Medicine, and Integrative Dental Medicine. He has taught over 600 days of lectures and hands on instruction at the Dawson Academy. Personally, Witt and his wonderful wife Pat have been married 37 years and are the proud parents of Todd, Whitney, Ryan, and a beautiful 3 year old granddaughter, Carolina. The Wilkerson family enjoys all sports and travel. They have been privileged to participate in many dental missions trips including Romania, Kenya, and Nicaragua.

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February 11, 2019

The Restorative Partnership

Sheri Kay, RDH, BS

This course is designed to help dentists and hygienists better partner with each other and their patients. Helping patients understand what is going on in their mouths and also facilitating their ability to make choices is no easy task. This program can be a game changer for clinicians wanting to connect and truly make a difference with and for the people they serve. Together we will work through the hygiene appointment in 3 segments: The pre-clinical conversation, the process of codiscovery, and clinical closure including the hygiene/Dr hand-off. BONUS! Attendees at this program consistently say that they wish the entire team would have been there. Concepts and skills explored are applicable to every position and person on your team.

Course Objectives:

  • Build context for Pre-Clinical conversation
  • Gain verbiage that can support patients choosing a more comprehensive approach to their own oral health
  • Use patient photographs to support patient awareness and preliminary treatment choices
  • Hard tissues: Looking through the occlusion and restorative lens
  • Know when and how to invite patients back for a new Comprehensive Exam
  • Gaining clinical closure
  • Refining the hygiene-hand off to Dr
About Sheri Kay...

Sheri Kay RDH, BS is a published author and was voted one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry by DPR magazine in 2011. As owner of Sky Dental Practice Coaching, Sheri has worked with hundreds of practices and takes pride in having the ability to help team members maximize their contributions to the team. Sheri has experience in every aspect of the dental practice and continues her studies in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Organizational Development. Her methods for practice development are creative and effective, and her ability to initiate change is remarkable. One thing is certain: when Sheri Kay presents a program, your whole team will be engaged, involved, and inspired!

March 25, 2019
Two Presentations: 

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Ethics, Fraud and Public Health--What Does that Have to Do with Me?

Dr. Cathleen Taylor-Osborne, DDS, MA, FACD

Dr. Taylor-Osborne will present ethics discussion, including case studies, to fulfill the Kansas licensing requirements. This presentation will bring to attendees information from the realm of public health, including: teledentistry, dental therapist legislation, ADA's code on diabetes screenings, HPV/oral cancer and community water fluoridation.

About Dr. Taylor-Osborne...
Cathleen Taylor-Osborne is the State Dental Director and the Community Clinical Linkages and Oral Health Director for Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
After practicing dental hygiene for 15 years, Cathy graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry and subsequently practiced dentistry in Overland Park  for 11 years. She has been continually active in organized dentistry including participation in state and local committees, professional organizations, multiple positions in the Fifth District, and serving  on KS Mission of Mercy projects. In 2011, Cathy completed her MA in Bioethics and Health Policy and traveled to  Bangalore, India to establish a dental clinic.
She is the recipient of multiple awards including the 2016 KDA Dentist of the Year, and Kansas Dental Champion in 2015.


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Ethics, Identity Theft and Fraud

Presented by ​Mr. Steven Anderson, Special Agent to the Kansas Attorney General Office

Mr. Anderson will discuss his investigations including Medicaid and insurance fraud, compliance programs and identity theft, and ways to protect you and your practice. 

About ​Mr. Anderson...
Steven Anderson is the Special Agent in Charge of the Medicaid Fraud & Abuse Division of the Kansas Attorney General’s Office. His law enforcement experience includes over two years with the Medicaid Fraud & Abuse Division and over 27 years in Federal law enforcement. He served as the Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, Washington Field Office. He was previously the Special Agent in Charge with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, and held investigator positions with the General Services Administration, OIG, and U.S. Air Force, Office of Special Investigations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management of Human Resources from Park University and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. 

Study Club FAQs

What is Study Club?

As a courtesy to our members, each year the Fifth District offers five quality, affordable CE programs in September, October, January, February, and March, providing a minimum of six CEUs per event. We call it Study Club.

How does Season Membership work?

Current members of the Fifth District Dental Society (ADA members whose primary practice is located in Franklin, Johnson, Linn, or Miami County) are eligible to become season members by prepaying for all five programs at a reduced rate.

What if I’m not a member of the Fifth District?

If you are a current ADA member whose primary practice is located outside Fifth District boundaries, you may choose to become an Associate Member of the Fifth District Dental Society for an annual fee of $130. This entitles you to the privileges of Fifth District membership (except voting or holding office), including eligibility to purchase the Study Club Season Membership package. (Only members of the ADA are eligible to purchase a Study Club Season Membership.)

What about Life or Retired Members?

At this time, attendance at Study Club meetings is complimentary for Active Life, Retired and Retired Life Members. Your only cost is for lunch at the venue.

What if I am a recent graduate or full-time dental school faculty?

There is a reduced fee schedule available for you. Call the Fifth District Dental Society, 913.338.2227, for more information.