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XTX Talks

Spring Scientific Seminar

Friday May 10th 2024
Chelsea Piers, NY
Current (at Pier Fifty Nine) - Get Directions

Schedule of Events

8:00 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast with Sponsors

8:45 AM - Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:00 AM - Frank Celenza, DMD

9:50 AM - Miles R. Cone, DMD, CDT

10:40 AM - Coffee Break with Sponsors

11:20 AM - Ye Shi, DDS, MS and Pierre Wohlgemuth, DDS

12:15 PM - Luncheon and Business Meeting

1:50 PM - Oren Tepper, MD

2:40 PM - Mr. Lucas Lammott

3:30 PM - XTX Talks

4:30 PM - Adjournment and Cocktail Reception

“Game Changers in Orthodontics”

Speaker: Frank Celenza, DMD

The specialty of Orthodontics has undergone some dramatic transformation in the past decade or so. New technologies have arisen and developed that have both changed the way treatment is instituted, and opened the door for new possibilities.

First among this list has to be aligner therapy. Led by Invisalign, the very appliance that is utilized to align teeth has been revolutionized. Further, this technology has evolved far beyond what was originally introduced, and the variety of case types that are amenable to aligner therapy has expanded greatly. Secondly is the utilization of extra-dental sources of anchorage. Implants and miniscrews are now commonly employed as part of orthodontic mechanotherapy to effect dramatic movements and to expedite treatment. Lastly, “orthodontic acceleration” has become a buzzword. Whereas efficiencies for many years were directed at appliance design and streamlined mechanotherapies, a shift in thinking has occurred to where now the biologic aspects of tooth movement are being addressed instead. Originally accomplished by surgical means, the information that was attained through these techniques has led to some very non-invasive and effective methods to stimulate and accelerate tooth movement. Other advantages of these methods are also being realized as a result.

This presentation will address these modalities through carefully documented clinical cases and literature citations. Interdisciplinary case types will be illustrated that are of interest to dentists and dental specialists of all walks.

Course Objectives:

Participants will gain an:

  1. Appreciation for the physiology of tooth movement

  2. Understanding of various anchorage concepts

  3. Insights into interdisciplinary treatment planning

  4. Exposure to periodontal aspects of tooth placement

About the Speaker:

Dr. Frank Celenza Jr. is uniquely dual-certified in the specialties of both Orthodontics and Periodontics, a very unusual and distinctive set of credentials. This dual specialty uniquely positions him to a deeper appreciation and understanding of the adult dentition, from treatment planning right through to treatment execution. He has been involved in Post-Graduate teaching for over 20 years at institutions such as New York University, and currently at Rutgers, NJ. He is widely published in the dental literature and has written six textbook chapters. He is an acclaimed speaker at major dental conferences both domestically and internationally. Dr. Celenza has pioneered techniques and innovations in his field and his work, combining implant dentistry with orthodontics was ground-breaking. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Celenza is passionate about Motor Sports (a 2011 and 2012 National Champion), Cycling and Bass Guitar. He was raised on Long Island, NY, currently resides in New Jersey and has 3 children. Dr. Celenza has offices in New York City, and Westchester County, NY.



“Hiding in Plain Sight: Creating Fake Teeth for Real People in the Age of Cosmetic Cliché”

Speaker: Miles R. Cone, DMD, CDT

The dental community has witnessed a significant increase in the utilization of implant therapy and various esthetic restorative materials in recent years to help meet the cosmetic demands of our patients. This wave has been primarily driven by in-office access to digital technology, corporate advertising and cultural pressure from social media. Treatment outcomes, which frequently depart from a natural esthetic, often carry an insidious burden of an inappropriate biological foundation and a poor long-term oral health prognosis. This presentation will discuss the clinical team’s management of patient expectations in the information age, collaboration with other dental specialists and the dental laboratory, and the bold effort to rekindle the love affair with hyper-real fixed and implant prosthodontics.

Course Objectives:

  1. List properties of dental materials that coincide with contemporary natural esthetics

  2. Facilitate communication with other dental specialists and dental technicians to improve optimal collaboration

  3. Describe shortcomings and solutions for managing and meeting patient expectations

  4. Apply new concepts and techniques within the dental clinic to ensure successful patient outcomes

About the Speaker:

Dr. Miles Cone is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He completed a three-year
Prosthodontic residency program while serving in the United States Army. 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, Maine and his role as a Key Opinion Leader. When
Dr. Cone is not at the chair, in the classroom teaching, or at the lab bench, he can be found traveling the world
looking for adventure, or relaxing at home with his wife, four children, and English Bulldog.



Debate: Save or Extract

Speaker: Ye Shi, DDS. MS and Pierre Wohlgemuth, DDS

Teeth can be compromised for various reasons including trauma, caries, and periodontal disease. In the past, the primary treatment approach was to address the underlying etiology and attempt to regenerate lost periodontium to preserve the tooth, as dental implants were not well understood and lacked sufficient evidence. Nowadays, dental implants have become a popular solution for replacing compromised teeth. Extensive evidence supports the long-term survival rate of implants, and we have gained a deep understanding of achieving functional and esthetic outcomes of implants through a biologically and prosthetically-driven approach.

In the dental implant era, there has been a prevailing trend to extract compromised teeth and replace them with implants. However, the long-term prognosis of dental implants might not be comparable with teeth. Complications, failures, and diseases such as peri-implantitis are not uncommon. As a result, the pendulum seems to shift back towards preserving teeth rather than opting for extraction. Several treatment options, such as endodontic surgery, periodontal regeneration, intentional replantation, and auto-transplantation, offer competitive success rates compared to dental implants. More significantly, they allow for the retention of natural teeth in the dentition for a prolonged period. During treatment planning, it is essential to consider these alternatives and discuss with patients to dispel any misconceptions about teeth and implants.


The lecture will be a discussion between an endodontist and periodontist about treatment strategy-whether to save or extract the compromised teeth. Different treatment options of implants such as immediate implant placement or ridge augmentation will be demonstrated in the lecture, as well as the aim to save compromised teeth such as endodontic surgery, periodontal regeneration or intentional replantation.

Course Objectives:


  1. Discuss the indication and contraindication of different treatment options

  2. Review long-term prognosis of different treatment strategies and options

  3. Demonstrate cases with different treatment options of replacing compromised teeth with implants or saving them with endodontic and periodontal surgery

About the Speakers:

Dr. Ye Shi received her DDS degree from Nanjing Medical University in China in 2011 and then completed a 3-year post-graduate residency and accomplished her master’s degree of Prosthodontics in Peking Union Medical College, China. Afterward, she came to the United States for further training. She first completed a 3-year Advanced Program for International Dentists in Implant Dentistry at NYU College of Dentistry and then she had her 3-year periodontal training in the Advanced Education Program of Periodontics at NYU College of Dentistry.

Dr. Shi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry, as well as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. She serves as Chair of the Membership Committee of the Northeastern Society of Periodontists and Vice Chair of the Clinical Innovation Committee of the Academy of Osseointegration. She maintains membership in multiple organizations such as the
American Association of Periodontology, the Northeastern Society of Periodontists, the International Team for Implantology and the Academy of Osseointegration.

Dr. Shi is currently the full-time Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Implantology
at NYU College of Dentistry.

Dr. Pierre Wohlgemuth is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. He received his DDS degree from Lorraine University, France in 2014. After practicing as a general dentist in Paris and his hometown city, Metz, he decided to pursue his education by completing the Endodontics program for International Dentists at NYU College of Dentistry in 2015. He then went to Switzerland to practice Endodontics in a private practice setting. He later decided to resume his education and integrated into the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics at NYU College of Dentistry and graduated in 2018. Before working for NYU School of Dental Medicine, Department of Surgical Dentistry, Division of Endodontics, Dr. Wohlgemuth was a full-time Assistant Professor at Colorado University School of Dental Medicine, Department of Surgical Dentistry, Division of Endodontics.


Dr. Wohlgemuth is currently the Assistant Director of the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics at NYU College of Dentistry and a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Endodontics.







"Important Lessons on Facial Esthetics from the Perspective of Esthetic and Reconstructive Surgery: The Evolving Synergy Between Dentists and Plastic Surgeons"

Speaker: Oren Tepper, MD

Facial analysis has long played an integral role in the fields of both Dentistry and Plastic surgery. Despite their common threads, it seems that these two specialties often exist in isolation of one another. This phenomenon unfortunately may limit the ability to appreciate evolving trends and techniques in our respective fields. A mutual understanding and multidisciplinary approach would not only offer a more holistic approach to facial esthetics, but also provide the opportunity for comprehensive care to our patients.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this session participants should have an understanding of :

  1. How plastic surgeons routinely perform facial analysis, and how this may differ from that of cosmetic dentistry

  2. The significance of the overlap between surgical techniques in both reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery

  3. Potential ways that plastic surgeons and dentists can work together to enhance peri-oral and facial aesthetics.


About the Speaker:

Dr. Oren Tepper is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon with a passion for esthetic surgery that is coupled with unique expertise in reconstructive surgery. Dr Tepper is the Director of both Esthetic Surgery and Craniofacial Surgery at Montefiore Health System, as well as the Co-Founder of Greenwich Street 497 – a brand cosmetic surgery center located downtown Manhattan.


During his career, Dr Tepper has pioneered work in 3D imaging and virtual reality in plastic surgery, and has authored over sixty textbook chapters and journal articles. In 2017, Dr. Tepper received international acclaim for his leading role in the successful separation of conjoined twins Jadon and Anais McDonald. The historic event of separating two young boys attached at the head was featured as a CNN exclusive and an Emmy award-winning documentary.


After graduating from the University of Michigan, Dr Tepper attended NYU School of Medicine. He then completed, at the world-renowned Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center, his Plastic Surgery residency and two additional fellowships in Microsurgery and Craniofacial surgery.

Dr Tepper lives in Connecticut with his wife and 3 children.




“There Is No ’I’ in Team, But There Is One in Niche"

Speaker: Mr. Lucas Lammott

Rising tides do lift all ships, but those ships must be exceptionally built to withstand all manner of storms. In this presentation, Lucas Lammott will be discussing the importance of systematizing workflow for occlusal/esthetic excellence, and the overall endurance of the laboratory team. Having joined the Niche Dental Studio team in 2022, Dr. Lamott will share some insights regarding the correlation between the empowerment of a team and the durability and predictability of the work.

Course Objectives:

  1. Working solo may lead to ‘winning games’ but teamwork wins ‘championships’. The importance of a focused team-oriented lab in creating consistently great work

  2. Daily sharing of work and processes through social media is not ego-driven but facilitates discussion and provides real-time continuing education

  3. Your patient is a person, not just a tooth. Philosophy from a technician’s POV

About the Speaker:

Mr. Lucas Lammott is a technician and ceramist at the prestigious Niche Dental Studio in Voorhees, NJ. With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Lamott has had the privilege of being educated and mentored by some of the most esteemed technicians in the business. It has been his great honor to lecture and share his knowledge on quality esthetic dentistry. Mr. Lamott is a member of the visiting faculty at the Pankey Institute while he also teaches and lectures internationally. When he is not layering ceramic, he is an avid photographer, musician, and father of two.



“XTX Talk: An Interactive Session”

with Richard B. Smith, DDS, Moderator

With the evolution of the NGS AMD to a true multidisciplinary organization, a new perk of memberhsip is access to XTX, or Cross-Treatment Talks. XTX Talks are treatment planning style seminars conducted several times per year in a virtual format and are intended to reflect the current trend of cross-discipline education and team dentistry. Patient treatments are presented and attending members from various specialties are invited to collaborate on how they would treatment plan and execute the cases


The program will be devoted to giving members and guests a look into a live XTX-style treatment planning seminar. In addition to hearing the speaker give his/her  scheduled preesntation, everyone can participate with the speaker as he/she presents and reviews patient treatment. With Dr. Richard Smith, we’ll get insight into how this highly skilled and knowledgeable dentist approaches a complex, mutiisciplinary treatment with his own specialist perspective. After the case has been discussed by him we will open up the floor to questions. Audience participation will be encouraged.


The objective of the presentation is the same as that of the NGS AMD as a whole: high-quality educational
content in a supportive and collaborative environment

About the Moderator:

Dr. Richard Smith received his dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry. After completing a general practice residency at Booth Memorial Medical Center, he earned a specialty certificate in prosthodontics from NYUCD’s Postgraduate Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics. He returned to NYUCD obtaining a unique level of training as a Fellow in the Postgraduate Implant Surgical Program. He is a former Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at NYUCD, and the former director of the Periodontal-Prosthetics residency program at New York Hospital Queens. Dr. Smith also served as an Associate Clinical Professor at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in the Department of Prosthodontics, where he taught postgraduate Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry. He continues to lecture, locally, nationally and internationally, and has had numerous articles, including his original research, published in the dental literature. Dr. Smith maintains a private specialty practice along with his partners at SDNY Dental in midtown Manhattan.






Meeting Sponsored by the NGS Academy of Multidisciplinary Dentistry



This Meeting Qualifies for 6 hours of continuing education by the CERP of the ADA

The Northeastern Gnathological Society is an ADA CERP recognized provider of continuing education credit. 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. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at .

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