Richmond County Dental Society - Schedule of Events


The Richmond County Dental Society, the Branch Society of Second District, meets several times annually, offering presentations that are current and pertinent to its members. The January meeting is devoted to the Installation of Officers at the Annual Dinner Dance. The April meeting is held in conjunction with the regular Second District Dental Society Scientific Meeting.


A Board of Trustees meeting is held at 6 P.M. and members are invited to a no host pre-meeting cocktail hour in honor of the guest speaker at Nino's Restaurant, located at 1110 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10305 beginning at 6 P.M. The general membership meeting starts at 7 P.M., followed by dinner at 7:15 PM. The scientific session begins at 8:00 PM. Please contact Dr. ​Charles Mistretta at (718) 370-1911 for further information.


Each lecture qualifies for two (2) mandatory continuing education units unless otherwise stated.


*Unless otherwise stated, all featured speakers have disclosed that they do not have any relevant financial arrangements or affiliations with any corporate organizations that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning the continuing education activities stated below.


2020 Schedule of Meetings

Saturday, January 25, 2020 (7 P.M. Cocktails, 8 P.M. Dinner)

RCDS Annual Installation of Officers and Dinner Dance

Richmond County Country Club

135 Flagg Place, Staten Island, NY 10304


Celebrating the Installation of incoming president Dr. Charles J. Mistretta and the 2020 RCDS officers. Also honoring 2020 RCDS Lifetime achievement award recipient Dr. Donald R. Ratcliffe. $125 per person. Black Tie Preferred. For more information, please contact Event Chairperson Dr. Michael Costa at (718) 442-3982 or Dr. Charles Mistretta at (718) 370-1911. 




Tuesday, October 20, 2020*

*This lecture was originally scheduled to take place during the RCDS March membership meeting.

Subject: "Oral Pathology for the General Practitioner"

Essayist: Michael C. Mistretta, D.D.S., M.D.
Attending Surgeon, Staten Island University Hospital


This course will detail the common presentations of various pathologic conditions seen in the practice of dentistry. Using a clinicopathologic approach to facilitate discussion, clinical presentations on various types of pathology will be discussed. The discussion will include traumatic lesions, mucosal disease, inflammatory processes, salivary gland pathology, and benign and malignant neoplastic growths. These general categories will be discussed, as well as some of the specific entities within each category, with an emphasis on diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Upon successful completion of this lecture, attendees will learn how to recognize common oral pathology conditions seen in everyday practice. Diagnosis and appropriate treatment, or appropriate referral for these conditions, will be discussed, as well as the common pitfalls associated with failure to diagnose and treat these conditions according to accepted standards of care.


Webinar Registration (for all devices EXCEPT iPhones)

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*Thursday, April 23, 2020 CANCELLED

*This meeting is a combined regular April membership meeting for SDDS and RCDS members. Click here for additional program information.




Tuesday, May 19, 2020 CANCELLED

Subject: "Fluoride: What it is and How it Works"
Essayist: Phyllis G. Merlino, D.D.S.
Attending, Staten Island University Hospital


Fluoride is a form of the element fluorine, which can be found in a variety of natural sources. It is known for its ability to help prevent tooth decay and strengthen teeth, which is why it is commonly found in dental health products such as toothpaste and mouthwash, as well as in drinking water. It helps strengthen teeth by making them more resistant to tooth decay, which is manifested in the form of dental caries. Fluoride can help prevent tooth decay and cavities because it alters the chemical structure of the tooth enamel to make it more effective at fighting the harmful effects of acid. Not only does fluoride help strengthen teeth, it has also been shown to actually reverse damage caused by acid attack through a process called remineralization, which takes place after the tooth enamel has been weakened by plaque bacteria.


Fluoride has also been proven to help prevent cavities and tooth decay from occurring in the first place, due to fluoride inhibiting the ability of plaque to produce acid, meaning plaque isn't as effective at damaging the teeth once it comes in contact with fluoride. This lecture will discuss the process of bacterial infiltration and tooth decay and the ways we can use fluoride to combat this bacterial attack that all teeth are under on a daily basis. We will also discuss fluoride as a "poison" and the way that silver diamine fluoride has taken the pediatric dental world by storm and has been proven to arrest tooth decay from minute one of being applied to demineralized teeth. We will also touch on the topic of how teeth that have been treated with silver diamine fluoride are to be restored. Upon successful completion of this lecture, attendees will receive a well-rounded review of fluoride and how it exactly works to better the health of teeth, as well as its downfalls and the new ways it has come to the forefront in arresting caries on the young and old alike.




Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Subject: "Creating Implant Provisionals to Support Soft Tissue Management"
Essayist: Jeff A. Misiaszek, B.Sc., MBA
Straumann Representative 



In order to provide an excellent esthetic final restoration, creating a provisional is one necessary step in dental implant treatment. Many anterior cases require a provisional to contour and guide the gingival tissue, preparing the site for the final restoration. Evaluating esthetics of the anterior dentition, shaping and developing the peri-implant tissue/subgingival tissue, and the transfer of appropriate data to the laboratory technician must be considered when creating provisional restorations. A provisional should resemble the projected final restoration while satisfying sound biologic and esthetic principles. Attendees will learn how to perform customized impression procedures that transfer the developed emergence form to the master cast and dental technician. Communication tools and techniques between the dental laboratory and clinician will be discussed. CAD/CAM materials for provisionalization and final abutment options will be presented.


Upon successful completion of this lecture, attendees will understand the importance of a provisional restoration to emergence profile and soft tissue management. Participants will also learn how to fabricate contoured provisionals and customized impression copings, and how to transfer necessary data to the laboratory for the provisional and final restoration.




Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Subject: "Cybersecurity for the Dental Office
Essayist: Craig S. Ratner, D.M.D.
Founding Member, New York State Dental Association Information Technology Committee



Is your office safe? Can hackers break in and steal important electronic protected health information (ePHI) or worse yet, prevent you from accessing this vital information? What would that mean for your practice? Could you practice without access to this information? Protecting your office and your patients' information is getting harder and harder. This presentation is designed as a practical guide for dentists and their teams on how to protect their patients' ePHI. It will educate dentists and dental teams in a fun, common sense, step-by-step and realistic way on how to protect their offices and themselves from theft and intrusion from cyber criminals. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will have a better sense of what threats there are to their sensitive ePHI. They will be more aware of what steps they need to take to protect their offices and themselves from disaster.