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Continuing Dental Education

Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning 2023: Integrating minimally invasive concepts in patients with more complex problems.

Frank M. Spear, DDS, MSD and Greggory Kinzer, DDS, MSD

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In person lecture on UW Campus - Kane Hall


Course Description

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.

Course Objectives – As a result of attending this course, you will learn:

  • An algorythm 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.


Dr. Frank SpearAs the founder and director of Spear Education, Dr. Frank 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.

He belongs to multiple dental organizations including the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and the American College of Prosthodontics.

Dr. Greggory KinzerGreggory Kinzer received his DDS degree from the University of Washington in 1995, and an MSD and certificate in Prosthodontics in 1998. Dr. Kinzer is an internationally recognized speaker who serves as Faculty Chair and Director of Curriculum and Campus Education for Spear Education in Scottsdale, AZ. and as an affiliate assistant professor in the Graduate Prosthodontics Department at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Kinzer has written numerous articles and chapters and serves on the editorial review board for various dental publications.

Dr. Kinzer is a gifted academician and clinician who is committed to advancing the art and science of restorative dentistry. His interdisciplinary approach to dentistry is founded in empirical based research and clinical experience. Dr. Kinzer’s unique ability to impart complex clinical processes in a logical, systematic and clear methodology differentiates him from other dental educators. He maintains a private practice with his wife in Seattle, WA limited to comprehensive restorative and esthetic dentistry.

Course Logistics

Friday, September 15, 2023

University of Washington
Kane Hall, Room 130
Seattle, Washington 98195

This course is designed for anyone involved in dentistry.

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Until September 13, 2023 (after, $25 more)
$139/RDH, Dental Assistant, Office Staff
$170/Current UW SOD Dental Alumni Member
* Registration will be open until Wednesday, September 13, 2023 for us to prepare in-person course materials, but you are welcome to register at the door on Friday, September 15, 2023 – note there will be a $25 late registration fee.

4 hours


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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 4 continuing education credits.