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All Third District Dental Society members are invited

to attend the in person

General Membership Meeting Virtually

Installation of the 2021-2022 Officers



Accept nominations, elect the slate of officers, committee positions, NYSDA and the ADA representative. Reports on district finances, vote on the 2021-2022 Budget, and other district business.

Proposed Bylaws Amendments  View Document

Live Streamed CE Courses Via Zoom

Friday, September 24, 2021

Two Morning Courses



“Implant Assisted Prosthodontics:

Fixed and Removable “


Miles Cone, DMD, CDT, FACP

9 am = 3 m.c.e.




For the Dentist and anyone interested from the dental team


Dr. Miles R. Cone is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed a three-year Prosthodontic residency program while serving in the United States Army before being honorably discharged as a field grade officer in the rank of Major. In addition to achieving board certification and diplomate status within his specialty, Dr. Cone has also successfully challenged all the requirements necessary to earn his designation as a Certified Dental Technician. Currently,


Dr. Cone’s career in civilian life revolves around his dual role as the owner of Nuance Dental Specialists, a private practice dental clinic limited to prosthetic dentistry in the heart of Portland, ME, and his role as Editor in Chief of the American College of Prosthodontists quarterly publication, The Messenger. He is also a member of Catapult Educations speakers bureau and evaluates new products for numerous dental manufacturers.


When Dr. Cone is not at the chair, in the classroom teaching, or at the lab bench, he can be found lecturing on the international circuit and publishing extensively in peer-reviewed journals.


Course Description:

The first portion of the session will focus on fixed implant prosthetics by demonstrating the fabrication of a direct/indirect immediate single tooth implant provisional restoration. Steps will include diagnostic casts, wax-up, provisional matrix, implant impression techniques, soft-tissue mask, development of soft-tissue profile, bisacryl injection technique, flowable resin addition, provisional contouring, and custom staining. The second portion of the session will be devoted to removable implant prosthetics. The focus will be on the chair side pick-up of commonly used overdenture attachments for a 2-implant-supported overdenture.




Learning Objectives:

● Review various treatment planning principles found in the field of contemporary implant dentistry for both fixed and removable prosthetic options.

● Analyze many of the current materials available to the clinician and dental technician that can be utilized in the restoration of implants, fixed crown and bridge, and removable prosthetic treatment plans.

● Determine the chairside/benchtop protocols that will ensure the highest level of quality and efficacy that will augment successful patient outcomes in the final product at delivery.

● Apply new concepts and techniques within the dental clinic and dental laboratory.







“The Power of the 89%: How Focused Hygiene Protocols

Can Extract the Most from our Everyday Practice”


Timothy M. Bizga, DDS, FAGD


9 am = 3 m.c.e.


For the Dental Hygienist and any other dental team

Dr. Bizga is a general dentist practicing in Cleveland, Ohio. His practice focuses on comprehensive care, with Dr. Bizga’s special interests in implants, cosmetics and facial aesthetics.


His background in dentistry is lengthy and diverse. Once a former chairside assistant, he also worked as a dental lab-technician, making his perspective unique among others in the field of dentistry. He received his DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He is currently a member of the American Dental Association and a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Bizga is a Certified John Maxwell Speaker/Trainer/Coach, a certified DISC profile trainer, clinical consultant for The Dental Advisor and member of Catapult Education. Dr. Bizga gives back to the community via dental missions around the world.


Course Description:

Have you ever presented an idea only to feel like you are pulling teeth to get answers? Maybe you need to start thinking differently. In this revealing interactive session, world-class communicator, Dr. Tim Bizga, will demonstrate key insights to clinical practice success, with an emphasis on where patients spend 89% of the time in your practice—the hygiene visit.


By course end, the audience will discover key clinical insights to enhancing practice efficiency and creating effective workplace partnerships.


Course Objectives:

1. Learn current trends is today’s general practice

2. Talk common sense, “real-world” approach to treatment planning and the benefits of   


3. Gain understanding of how certain materials and techniques can save time and increase efficiency

4. Provide an effective method to having greater case acceptance





Afternoon Course



“Direct Restorations in Contemporary Practice”


Foroud Hakim, DDS

1 pm = 3 m.c.e.

For the Dentist and anyone interested from the dental team


Dr. Hakim has balanced private practice and dental education for over 27 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a true passion for restorative dentistry ranging from complex rehabilitation to optimally conservative, single tooth restoration. He is former Vice Chair of the Department of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences at University of the Pacific and has been a Director in the Esthetics, Implant and Complex Care Clinic at Pacific.


Dr. Hakim has lectured nationally and internationally in many venues including seminars, continuums and hands-on workshops on topics ranging from technology, esthetic dentistry, occlusion, smile design, CAD/CAM, photography, and adhesive and composite dentistry. Dr. Hakim has several publications and has authored two chapters in the 2010 text, Esthetic Dentistry in Clinical Practice from Blackwell Publishing.


Dr. Hakim earned his DDS in 1991 from Pacific and later went on to complete an MBA from his alma mater. He is a member of OKU dental honor society and past president of the Delta Delta Chapter. He is also a fellow and graduate of the ADEA Leadership Institute class of 2007 and sits on the board of Catapult Education.




Course Description:

While the use of amalgam as the default direct restorative material has declined worldwide and has even ceased completely based on region, the need for a direct restorative substitute has never been greater. With heightened patient desires for esthetic restoration alternatives, the elimination of metal based restorations and conservative, earlier restorative intervention, resin dentistry is a staple of the
modern general practice.

This course aims to:

  • Review the fundamentals of adhesive dentistry.

  • Demystify the selection process for the best bonding agent for a given practice.

  • Review latest market entries for all composite resin categories.

  • Discuss the latest recommendations for selection, preparation, restoration and polish protocols.



Course Objectives:

  • Doctors will be able to treatment plan and triage for resin appropriate restorations.

  • Doctors will be able to create anatomically and esthetically ideal final restorations.

  • Doctors will have a clear understanding of versatile isolation techniques.

  • Doctors will be able to create ideal proximal form and contact function.

  • Doctors will understand the concept of building 3 dimensional color within restorations.

  • Doctors will be exposed to ancillary products and techniques that have redefined the efficiency and quality with which direct posterior and anterior composite restorations are delivered.

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Friday CE:

Third District and other NYSDA members:        100.00

Non-ADA Dentists:                                             200.00

Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants                   90.00

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Dr. Foroud Hakim's Sponsors

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Sponsorship Opportunities

for the NEW Virtual Event

The Greater Capital District Dental Symposium has gone VIRTUAL in 2021


Once again the Third District Dental Society’s  Greater Capital District Dental Symposium (GCDDS) holding the event virtually to continue to consider the safety of all that participate. Sadly, we lose the personal touches of the Exhibit Hall and CE presentations and hope they can return soon. We are offering two levels of sponsorship for all our supporters to provide you  with exposure as well as to continue to work together for the dental profession.


The Virtual Challenger rises to today’s challenges when it comes to supporting their clients and potential clients in the dental community.

$250.00 Support


Your logo with your link on all the GCDDS publications in advertising, emails and handouts. 

The Virtual Challenger will receive a list of attendees with their office addresses within 1 week of the live event.


The Virtual Warrior is ready to stand and support the GCDDS and putting their face forward to great the course attendees

$500.00 Support


The opportunity to have 3 minutes to speak to the attendees the beginning of one live presentation.

Your logo with your link on all the GCDDS publications in advertising emails and on digital handouts. 

Attendee name and email list within one week of the event for one use / not for re-sale