Audience: This course was created for doctors and dental assistants.

For most general dentists, traditional restorative dentistry accounts for a large percentage of the revenues earned in practice. While there are many interesting disciplines that a G.P. can learn, mastering the “bread and butter” procedures can make dentistry more predictable, profitable and enjoyable. In this virtual super-symposium, three nationally recognized practitioner/educators will share their perspectives on everything from diagnosis to execution of the most common procedures, along with perspectives on troubleshooting common errors. A live panel discussion and question/answer session will follow.

In these symposia presentations, the following topics will be discussed:

Part 1:  “Diagnostics and Technology to Streamline Patient Care”  with Sam Halabo, DMD

• Diagnostic steps for higher treatment acceptance & collection
• Office efficiency skills that lead to immediate success
• How to use technology to streamline patient care

Part 2: “Eliminating the Pain Points in Contemporary Restorative Care” with Foroud Hakim DDS

• Addressing adhesive failures and sensitivity
• De- predictable shade matching
• Mastering clean margins for impressioning and scanning

Part 3:  “Indirect Pearls for Function and Esthetics”  with Peter Auster, DMD

• Learn how the latest zirconias (Y3 vs Y5 vs Hybrid) may help or hinder specific cases.
• Differentiating and selecting cements that make sense based on the application and current climate.
• Putting it all together: forging functionally sound esthetic dentistry

This course is sponsored by Prexion and Ivoclar Vivadent.






  • Course Details: 3 Live Lecture CE Credits - Subject Code 250 - No Prerequisites


Nov 06 2020


Eastern Time
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Nov 06 2020
  • Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm




  • Dr. Foroud Hakim DDS
    Dr. Foroud Hakim DDS

    Dr. Foroud Hakim is a nationally recognized educator with a broad range of engaging topics from technology to all facets of restorative dentistry.  His passion for restorative dentistry and education has led him to maintain a thriving private practice as well as a teaching position at the University of the Pacific.

    Dr. Hakim has balanced private practice and dental education for over 27 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a true passion for restorative dentistry ranging from complex rehabilitation to optimally conservative, single tooth restoration. He is former Vice Chair of the Department of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences at University of the Pacific and has been a Director in the Esthetics, Implant and Complex Care Clinic at Pacific.

    Dr. Hakim has lectured nationally and internationally in many venues including seminars, continuums and hands-on workshops on topics ranging from technology, esthetic dentistry, occlusion, smile design, CAD/CAM, photography, and adhesive and composite dentistry. Dr. Hakim has several publications and has authored two chapters in the 2010 text, Esthetic Dentistry in Clinical Practice from Blackwell Publishing.

    Dr. Hakim earned his DDS in 1991 from Pacific and later went on to complete an MBA from his alma mater. He is a member of OKU dental honor society and past president of the Delta Delta Chapter. He is also a fellow and graduate of the ADEA Leadership Institute class of 2007 and sits on the board of Catapult Education. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Mana, two kids Ash and Tara, traveling, golf, fishing and competitive team sports.

  • Dr. Peter Auster DMD
    Dr. Peter Auster DMD

    Dr. Peter Auster continues thirty years of experience in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry in his private practice in Pomona, N.Y. He is a graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine. Dr. Auster has lectured from Portland, ME, to Portland, OR and internationally. He frequently participates in national podcasts, and webinars. He has been quoted in Women’s Health, OK!, Glam Bellezza, and Natural Health magazines and voted a “Top Dentist in the Hudson Valley by his peers for the last 10 years. He is published frequently.  His most recent article, “Evolution, Revolution: Groundbreaking Composite Dentistry” is the February, 2019 cover story of Dentistry Today Magazine.

    He is a new Fellow of the American College of Dentists. Dr. Auster recently completed two terms on the board of directors of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and chair of their leadership committee.  Dr Auster is founder and past-president of the New York Affiliate of the AACD, the Greater New York Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is a “Dawson Scholar” and received a “Concept of Complete Dentistry Award” from the Dawson Academy. He is a member of Catapult Education, participating in product reviews and lecturing often.  He is very proud of his selection as an AACD Humanitarian of the Year and Certificate of International Voluntary Service from the ADA. Dr. Auster’s volunteer work includes 11 years of volunteer dentistry in Jamaica; Give Back a Smile; ADA Donated Dental Services, and Smiles for Life in which his office has contributed over $55,000 to children’s charities.


  • Dr. Sam Halabo DMD
    Dr. Sam Halabo DMD

    Dr. Sam Halabo is an accomplished international speaker, author, and product evaluator. For over 20 years he has run a state-of-the-art private practice in San Diego, CA. He is a graduate of Boston University’s Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry and he completed a General Practice Residency at the Loma Linda Veterans Hospital.

    Dr. Halabo is an adjunct faculty member at the University of California at San Diego and an Editor for ‘Inside Dentistry’ Magazine. He served as the director of dental care at the UCSD Homeless clinic in Pacific Beach, CA. He has been involved in product evaluations for both Catapult Education and Clinicians Report (CR) for many years and is proud and honored to share his knowledge and experience with those seeking to provide excellent dental care for their patients. Dr. Halabo lectures on a variety of topics with an emphasis on improving patient care and the Dentists’ enjoyment of their profession by combining technological and clinical advancements with the use of simple practice management tools.

    He is a member of the San Diego County Dental Society, California Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Laser Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.