[National Prosthodontics Awareness Week] Keynote: "Cosmesis Vs. Esthetics: Ethical Treatment Is EZ When Needed!" by Kenneth S. Kurtz

Apr, 2019
06:00 PM-08:30 PM

William W.M. Cheung Auditorium | Penn Dental Medicine
240 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Time: 6:00 pm Light Dinner Fare | 6:30 – 8:30 pm Lecture
Registration Fee: Free; registration is required
CE Credits: 2.0 lecture credits
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Course Description

Patients requiring maxillofacial prosthetic treatment can present with either congenital or acquired treatment needs. Facial disfigurement is traumatic for both the patient and their family and friends. Unfortunately, some patients are not candidates for surgical reconstruction, and require prosthetic rehabilitation Details of treatment approaches for patients requiring midfacial prosthetic rehabilitation will be elucidated. Similarly, esthetic dental reconstructions are usually elective procedures. However, in some instances, destructive habits require invasive restorative dental therapies to restore the patients’ ability to interact with friends and family in a confident manner. Cosmesis & esthetic outcomes are linked to informed consent for both maxillofacial prosthetic and elective, esthetic dental restorative treatments. Pertinent scientific literature and the associated treatment rationale will be presented within the framework of clinical treatment.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be:

  • Understand cosmesis and causes of facial disfigurement
  • Understand eating disorders and deleterious effects on the dentition
  • Embrace non-conventional occlusal therapy as a conservative alternative to enamel mining


Kenneth S. Kurtz, DDS, FACP, FRCPSS (Glasgow), FRCSI Dr. Kurtz received his DDS degree from the New York University College of Dentistry After practicing general dentistry for a dozen years, he received prosthodontic specialty training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and subsequently Maxillofacial Prosthetic training at the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery/Bronx VAMC. He completed the NYU Implant Fellowship in 2009. Dr. Kurtz is board certified in prosthodontics.

Presently Dr. Kurtz is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Division of Maxillofacial Prosthetics at the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and is the Director of Prosthodontic Research at Montefiore Medical Center/AECOM. He is a Clinical Professor at the Hofstra/Northwell School of Medicine and an Attending Maxillofacial Prosthodontist at the affiliated Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, and both the Royal College of Surgeons Scotland & Ireland. He has co-authored over forty scientific papers and was the recipient of the 2014 ACP Clinician Researcher Award. Dr. Kurtz maintains a practice limited to prosthodontics in New Hyde Park NY, “Academic Prosthodontics of Long Island.” (AP-LI.com)

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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 2.0 continuing education credits.