Location

Chicago, IL

Practice

University Dental Professionals

Dr. Graham is an internationally recognized lecturer extensively involved in continuing education for dental professionals. His lectures focus on incorporating current clinical advancements through “conservative dentistry.”

He emphasizes the same concepts he practices: dental health diagnosis, treatment plans for medically compromised patients, conservative treatment, cosmetic dentistry, and customized approaches to periodontal care, implants and laser dentistry. 

Dr. Graham is the founder of the Catapult Group, a continuing education company whose philosophy and programs use contemporary, interactive formats to ntegrate time-proven conservative dentistry with 21st century materials and techniques. Dr. Graham is a published author in many leading national and international dental journals.

EDUCATION & AFFILIATIONS

He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, Chicago Dental Society and Illinois Dental Association. Dr. Graham is a graduate of Emory Dental School. He is the former Dental Director of the University of Chicago’s Department of Dentistry. 

He enjoys providing dental care at his multi-specialty private practice group, University Dental Professionals, in Chicago, IL – Hyde Park.

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Lou Graham, DDS is an accomplished speaker available to speak at your event for half-day, full-day and multi-day lectures, custom courses, and hands-on workshops.

Diagnostically Driven Dentistry: The Business of Dentistry and How it All Fits Together
In dentistry, superior diagnostics relates to creating more efficient methodologies to result in better decision making and ultimately a higher quality of care and long-term success. Ultimately these diagnostics can actually lower the costs to the patient by creating far more customized approaches to their dental care and equally create the ideal treatment plans for long term success. This course will take the attendee into modern day general dentistry and demonstrate why the GP must be in control in how they integrate treatments with their specialists. Throughout the day, the business of dentistry will be presented, integrating the latest in software technologies and “actionable analytics” to demonstrate clear pathways in creating office/hygiene growth. This is a great team course and is designed with common sense approaches to drive your office forward.

Highlights:

  • Creating the ideal initial exam, customized per patient and how it intertwines with your in office dental plan

  • How transillumination, fluorescence, digital imaging and CBCT technology truly supplement your explorers and 2D x-rays

  • Today’s recall exam, why it becomes the health of your practice

  • New protocols that truly challenge traditional dentistry

  • Today’s initial exam and why CBCT imaging will be replacing the FMX, and it will!

  • Truly Personalizing your communications, why it is not an option!

  • The latest in clinical treatments that include:  treating refractory periodontal disease, selective caries removal, digital scanning, and a novel approach to implant restorative single units

  • Why KPI’s are becoming essential to your practice and which analytics are the keys to your office’s growth

The Challenges in Restorative Dentistry

Success is a very interesting word as it relates to a dental procedure.  What is a successful restoration?  Is it one that lasts 5 years, or 10 or 15 or 20 plus?  Or, did it prolong the life of the tooth until another replacement restoration was required?  What is success? This course is all about expanding your game as a general dentist, and covers topics that are essential to understand and equally, deliver to our patients.

 Highlights:

  • Direct Pulp Capping: The steps to success with the right materials
  • Treating Resorptive Lesions: The challenges and successes
  • Treating Cracked Teeth: Trying to make sense of it! What does the literature really say?
  • The Single Implant Crown: 3 options and yes, they are all different
  • Socket Grafting and Temporization: It’s all about the planning and what to utilize
Advanced Concepts in Restorative Direct and Indirect Dentistry

For over 100 years, the standard of care for caries diagnostics has been the explorer and x-rays.   Let’s all agree that if you are utilizing these as your solo tools for caries diagnostics, you are simply guessing way too much when to pick up the drill and equally, you are so limiting your patients on what truly you could offer them, both in prevention and early minimally invasive treatment.  The am program will challenge you with new protocols for care, problem solve many of the issues today in direct restorative dentistry. The program then transitions into far more challenging casework that will include both direct and indirect restorative clinical care.  This full day program will update the attendee with the latest in adhesion dentistry along with many of the latest techniques and materials available today.

 Highlights:

  • Modern Day Diagnostics: Is it time to put down your explorer and truly compliment your digital x-rays with the latest in caries diagnostics and offer new protocols to your patients? Yes, it’s time.
  • The key pitfalls in direct adhesion and how to avoid them, you will be surprised!
  • Advanced approaches to direct restorative: How to really, UP YOUR GAME
  • “Elevated margins” and the reason they are important
  • Posts and Cores: Unique approaches to add long term success
  • Digital Crown and Bridge: Oh the joy of impressions and more!
  • Cementation: Why Bioactive cements truly offer you excellent options today. How to choose the right cements
A Sound Recession Proof Restorative/Hygiene Practice: Integrating the Team and Creating the “Value”

The foundation of this course is based upon: Practice Growth is equated directly to Hygiene Growth. With such, the hygiene appointment has to be far more than “just a cleaning” and gone are the days of diagnostics with just a probe, an explorer and 2D x- rays! “Value” equates to customized treatment plans, in office dental plans and so much more. Adding data analytics and other essential technologies all streamline the office into 2018 and beyond. This course is recommended for the entire team. Doctors, bring your team or should I say, teams…bring your doctors!

Highlights of the Course:

  • Why the outlook on dentistry has changed and your office must be ready for these changes and this means efficiency both clinically and business savvy.
  • You’re running a business, do you know your Key Performance Numbers that can predict growth or the opposite, a practice in decline. This will fascinate you as too what “we need to know” and equally, what to do with this information!
  • Understanding the “WHEEL” which will define consistency and communication between the doctor, hygienist, and patient.
  • Understanding the latest in diagnostics for the hygienist/doctor team and why these new technologies provide you with so much more information and equally, allow you to show and deliver far more diagnostically driven outcomes. The explorer…really☹
  • Running a time efficient HUDDLE, why this essential before every day
  • Customizing Home Care: Unique approaches to achieve oral periodontal health with emphasis on our geriatric patients
  • The value of Oxygenation, a game changer in our approach to refractory periodontal patients and so much more! Instant growth for your practice and a MUST HAVE.

Objectives:

  • To present the latest approaches to running and growing your team and your business
  • To update the team on the latest diagnostic approaches for a general dental practice
  • The latest methodologies to compliment hygiene growth and how adjunctive therapies are bringing us far more success in treatment
Geriatric Dentistry: The Fastest Growing Demographic in Dentistry

With patients entering their 8th and 9th decades of life and even more, our role as health care providers continues to face new challenges in treating this population.  As these patients walk into our offices, they present challenges that are often unique and require customized approaches to their care.

Highlights:

  • Prevention is for all ages and doesn’t stop here! 
  • Why this patient population loves our in-office: PREVENTION PLAN”
  • Customizing your approaches for plaque, xerostomia and so much more
  • Reparative dentistry, when, where and why and what materials are best to utilize
  • Customized periodontal protocols that go beyond brushing and flossing
  • Advanced restoratives technique for: post and cores, deep class 2’s, “elevating the margin” technique, perio-splinting, choosing the right cement
Diagnostically Driven Technologies and Their Essential Role in Advanced Concepts in Restorative Direct and Indirect Dentistry

For over 100 years, the standard of care in dentistry has been an explorer, an x-ray and a periodontal probe. This program will challenge the audience as too how today’s diagnostic technologies can be integrated into our offices for and how they impact diagnostic protocols today. Truth be told, we have been guessing far too much and the more information we can attain, the far greater the ultimate clinical result. The program throughout the day takes everyday clinicals situations and how to both maximize diagnostics and equally important, long term outcomes.

Highlights:

  • Why traditional diagnostics are so limited and why newer technologies bring so much more to the table
  • Incorporating Modern Day Diagnostics into new protocols for patient care
  • Customizing what diagnostics are best for your practice and how ultimately this raises long term outcomes and decision making
  • Communication and Treatment Plan Acceptance: Implementing new approaches to Growth
  • How your own In Office Dental Plan ties in our day
  • Clinical Casework and outcomes supporting diagnostically driven dentistry

Objectives:

  • To update the attendee in regards too, “what’s best for the patient”
  • How Upping your diagnostics drives greater treatment plan acceptance
  • Incorporating many of the latest materials and techniques to result in superior long term outcomes

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Course Comments

"Thanks for the great education on the cementation process of cementing crowns onto implants.  It was a wonder webinar.  You are a remarkable clinician." - Dr. Keith Boyd, 9/11/18 Webinar

"Excellent, good audience participation. Very happy I attended"

 "Excellent, good audience participation. Very happy I atten I appreciate all of the restorative materials and techniques I never would have known about. Dr. Graham welcomed all of our questions and gave great answers."

 "I thoroughly enjoyed the course and wished I could attend the course he was teaching the next day on direct restorative. "

"I wish I had signed up for his class on Saturday too.."

 "One of the best lecturers I have heard in a long time! "

 "This was one of the most exciting speakers I have heard in 35 years."

 "Very informative! We learned much today. Thorough, relaxed, so prepared. This dentist is an educator!"

 " Lou, a great presentation. I was only coming for an hour. I had intentions of joining my family for the rest of the day. Instead, I stayed in your course for the day!! Your information was very timely."

- Dr. Jerry Baluta, Odyssey Dental and member of the Winnipeg Dental Society

 “My staff and I took your course at the Annual Pennsylvania AGD meeting and really enjoyed. We thought that your course was absolutely the best course, out of all of the programs that we took at this three day event. It was was full of good tips and advice.” 

- Dr. Hema Nair

 "Excellent program. I understand why his office is so busy! Dr. Graham was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of dentistry. I would recommend this Dr. to everyone. I wish he was my dentist. Every dentist could learn a lot from him."

"I wanted to thank you for being such an inspiration. I came to the seminar not really knowing what to expect and left with a clear vision of the type of dentist I aspire to be and the type of practice I wish to have. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to listen to you speak."

-Dr. Depal Parikh

 

"His approach to geriatric dental treatments is quite spot on and very practical. He has different points of view and I picked up some of good, useful tidbits that I can apply to my practice."

-Xcel Seminars 8/30/2015

 

"Dr. Graham, Thank you for an amazing course at the ADA. I was at your friday afternoon session for Indirect. I really wished I could have made it to your other course but I only came up for the day. I have been practicing 14 yrs. plus and I have taken hundreds of hours of CE but in the end I have always been left thinking "well I didn't get that much out of that". I thoroughly enjoyed your course and took away a lot of pearls. I hope to take another course with you in the future. Your speaking style is very engaging and you're not putting down your audience for a "stupid" question. I'm often intimidated to ask questions during the course but you made it easy to do that. Have a great day!"

- Sarah Lorei, DMD - Millennium Way Dental Studio, Enola, PA

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