Dr. Frank Spear | AACD 2023 Texas Headliner

July 11, 2022 by AACD Executive Office

Dr. Frank Spear on Integrating Minimally Invasive Concepts in Complex Treatment Plans

AACD 2023 Texas attendees will be riveted on Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 am – 12 pm as the legendary Frank M. Spear, D.D.S., M.S.D. will share his wisdom on complex treatment plans. On a regular basis in practice, clinicians are faced with patient presentations that go beyond the simple decision of, does a tooth need a restoration or not? Those more difficult decisions often involve the decision to retain and restore a questionable tooth or teeth, or extract and place an implant. This presentation will focus on the potential advantages long term of retaining and restoring, especially in young patients. Long term clinical examples and literature support will be presented for the different clinical presentations shown.

Learning objectives: 

  • An algorithm of key questions to ask when deciding whether to retain and restore vs remove and replace.
  • What the literature states the long-term success rates are for different  conditions that appear questionable or hopeless.
  • How the age of the patient impacts the treatment decision of whether to retain and restore vs remove and replace, the concept of “Management vs Cure”.
  • The importance of looking forward to, “What is next”, and how that can impact the choice of what to do now.

For more information and to register for the 2023 AACD Annual Scientific Session in Grapevine, Texas, visit aacdconference.com 

Frank M. Spear, D.D.S., M.S.D.

As the founder and director of Spear Education, Dr. Spear continues to be recognized as one of the premier educators in esthetic and restorative dentistry in the world today. Dr. Spear earned his dental degree from the University of Washington in 1979, and an MSD in periodontal prosthodontics in 1982, also from the University of Washington. 

Dr. Spear has been recognized by numerous associations for his contributions to dentistry. In 1993, he was awarded the Christensen Award for Excellence in Restorative Education from the Chicago Dental Society. In 1995, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry presented him with a special award for having advanced the Art and Science of cosmetic dentistry in the United States. In 1996, he received the Saul Schluger Memorial Award for Excellence in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning from the Seattle Study Club. In 2003 he and colleague Vincent G. Kokich were awarded the first ever Presidents Award for excellence in education from the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He also earned the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Pacific Lutheran University his undergraduate Alma Mater. And in 2013 was named Distinguished Alumnus for the University of Washington School of Dentistry. In 2018 he received the first ever Charles Pincus - Ronald Goldstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Esthetic Dentistry from the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. In 2019 he received the Distinguished lecturer award from the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics.

He belongs to multiple dental organizations including the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and the American College of Prosthodontics. He is also a past President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.

Register Now for AACD 2023 and join Dr. Frank Spear in Grapevine, Texas, next April!

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