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June 2019 General Meeting

Dental Implant Esthetics

Speaker:  Frank L. Higginbottom DDS

Date:  June 18, 2019   

Time:  FREE Happy Hour: 5:30pm – 6:30pm * Meeting starts at 6:30pm  

Austin Country Club – 4408 Long Champ Dr, Austin 78746

          Lecture Course * 2 Hours CE Credit

Cost: $40 member dentist/$50 members with late registration (if available)

$50 guest of member dentist; $70 nonmember dentist

RSVP: By 10:00am FRIDAY, JUNE 14

To RSVP & PAY with Credit Card, go to

To RSVP & PAY with Check or Cash, call 512.335.1405

If you need a vegetarian, vegan or gluten free meal, tell Nancy

when making your reservation.  Reservations are released at 6:30pm

Reservations not cancelled by 10:00am Friday, June 14 will be billed

This program will review the necessary pre-requisites for success in the Esthetic Zone.  It is important to evaluate the patient’s “Esthetic Risk” for a given situation. A prescription for success will be presented.  It is important to: have an acceptable site, place the implant properly in all three dimensions, position and design of the microgap, have a stable abutment connection, and create an acceptable ceramic outcome.  The final restorative result will not be successful unless the transition zone is managed with an emergence profile provisional restoration.

Participants will learn:

  • Evaluation of Esthetic Risk
  • Pre-requisites for success
  • The Importance of Provisional Restorations to create emergence profile restorations
  • The Importance of Treatment Planning

Frank L. Higginbottom DDS

Frank L. Higginbottom is a 1971 graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry.  He has a private practice of Esthetic, Restorative, and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, Texas.  He is a Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences and Graduate Prosthodontics at Texas A&M College of Dentistry as well as the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics at University of Texas San Antonio.  He lectures nationally and internationally on the subjects of Dental Implants, Restorative Dentistry, Provisional Restorations and Treatment Planning. He has authored numerous articles and contributed to textbooks on these subjects. He is active in basic research in the field of dental implant systems and is a member of the ITI, a world education group.  Other memberships include the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry where he just finished service as President, Fellow of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and the Academy of Osseointegration in which he is a Fellow and where he served as a Director. Dr. Higginbottom was awarded Fellowship in both the American and International College of Dentists.  He was awarded Honorary membership in the American College of Prosthodontists. Dr. Higginbottom served as Director and Vice-President of the Texas Dental Association. He was the 2009 Dallas County Dental Society’s Dentist of the Year, was awarded Baylor College of Dentistry’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2010 and University of Oklahoma’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2019.


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President’s Message June 2019

Greetings fellow CADS members and colleagues.  I am excited to introduce myself as your 2019-2020 CADS President.  This year promises to be another great one for all of our current, new, and future members, and I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful group of like-minded dental professionals.  Our membership in this tripartite organization is a testament to our devotion to our profession, our patients, our staff, and our families. Read more

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Editor’s Corner June 2019

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Capital Area Dental Society Installation of Officers Party

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm  

Location: ABUELO’S Mexican Restaurant  

   2901 S. Capital of Texas Highway * Austin 78746

   Barton Creek Square Mall Building #7

Cost: $35 per Person
Dress: Casual

RSVP: By 10:00 a.m. MONDAY, MAY 13

To RSVP & PAY with Credit Card, go here

To RSVP & PAY with Check or Cash, call 512.335.1405

Only CHECKS & CASH accepted at the door

Reservations not cancelled by 10am Monday, May 13 will be billed





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Texas Dental Association Legislative Day

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Greene Vardiman Black

Greene Vardiman Black (1836–1915), commonly known as G.V. Black, is known as one of the founders of modern dentistry in the United States.  He is also known as the father of operative dentistry.  He was born near Winchester, Illinois on August 3, 1836.  He spent his early life on a farm and quickly developed an interest in the natural world.  After the Civil War, in which he served as a Union scout, he relocated to Jacksonville, Illinois.  It was here that he began an active career and research in the developing field of dentistry.  He studied dentistry for 20 months, as was common at the time, followed by an apprenticeship. He taught in the Dental Department at the University of Iowa, beginning in 1890 before moving to Chicago.

He researched many important topics in dentistry, including the cause of dental fluorosis and ideal cavity preparations.  One of his many inventions was a foot-driven dental drill.  He is also known for his principles of tooth preparations, in which he outlines the proper methods to prepare teeth for fillings.  These cavity preparations used principles of engineering and material sciences to maximize strength and retention of the amalgam filling and minimize fractures as well as tooth anatomy, to minimize pulp exposure.  The phrase, “extension for prevention”, is still famous in the dental community today and represents Black’s idea that dentists should incorporate more grooves and pits than those currently exhibiting decay as a preventive measure against those grooves and pits developing tooth decay in the future, although today ideas have changed and focus much more on minimal intervention.  Black published his concepts and ideals in his text Manual of Operative Dentistry in 1896.

Further, he organized ‘Black’s Classification of Caries Lesions’ which is still in use today.  Since that time, only one more category has been added to his classification system.

Black’s Classification of Caries Lesions:

  • Class I Caries affecting pits and fissures on occlusal third of molars and premolars, occlusal two thirds of molars and premolars, and lingual part of anterior teeth.
  • Class II Caries affecting proximal surfaces of molars and premolars.
  • Class III Caries affecting proximal surfaces of central incisors, lateral incisors, and cuspids without involving the incisal angles.
  • Class IV Caries affecting proximal including incisal angles of anterior teeth.
  • Class V Caries affecting gingival 1/3 of facial or lingual surfaces of anterior or posterior teeth.
  • Class VI (never described by Black, added later by W J Simon in 1956) Caries affecting cusp tips of molars, premolars, and cuspids.

In addition to developing a standard for cavity preparations, G.V. Black also experimented with various mixtures of amalgam.  After years of experimentation, Black published his balanced amalgam formula in 1895.  This formula and its variations quickly became the gold standard and would remain such for almost 70 years.  Black’s son, Arthur continued the legacy of his father, continuing dental research, gaining academic and political support for the importance of the sciences in dental education, and making university education mandatory for dentists.

G.V. Black was the second Dean of Northwestern University Dental School, where his portrait hung until the school’s closure in 2001.  His statue can be found in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.  He was also inducted in the International Hall of Fame of Dentistry of the Pierre Fauchard Academy on February 25, 1995.


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David J. Acer (November 11, 1949 – September 3, 1990) was an American dentist who was accused of infecting 6 of his patients with HIV. One of his alleged victims was Kimberly Bergalis
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