Continuing Dental Education program at Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital
Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Teynampet, Chennai, was the venue of an international continuing dental education program on gold fold restorations on February 25, 2018. The theme of the CDE program was “Back to Golden Times”
Direct Gold Foil Restorations- Faculty headed by American expertise:
Gold is the world’s oldest filling material, but is labor intensive. The head of faculty conducting the CDE program was Dr. Alfred Wendell Holtz, past president, American Academy of Gold Foil Operators. Dr. Foltz has received many accolades over the course of a distinguished career including the “Commissioned Officer Award for Superior Service” by the USA Public Health Services and the “Clinician of the Year Award” by the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators. The CDE program was held in the hospital’s state-of-art 200-seater conference hall. It was jointly organized by the International College of Dentists-India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka section, Indian Academy of Gold Foil Operators (IAGFO), which is a division of the American Association of Gold Foil Operators, and IDA Madras Branch.
Keynote Lectures at the Program:
Dr. Foltz delivered the keynote lecture on direct gold foil restorations in the morning session. Other lectures in the morning session included lectures on incorporating gold into clinical practice, pulpal reactions to gold restorations, cast gold restorations, etc. The post lunch session featured table demonstrations of direct gold fillings with many of the participants expressing intent to pursue a career in gold restorations after participating in this hands-on program. All the participants in the program received certificates.
Dr. Balaji’s Continuing Passion to Enable Continuing Dental Education Programs:
Dr. S. M. Balaji, founder-director of Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, is a firm supporter of CDE programs and has been instrumental in the hospital playing host to many such CDE programs on a regular basis. He expressed the firm belief that such programs enable both academicians and practicing dentists keep abreast with the latest technical advances being made around the world.