Minutes of the Dental Forum of Milwaukee

Scientific Meeting, April 3, 2009


The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m. in the Superior Room of the Milwaukee Athletic Club (MAC) by our president Dr. Mark Huberty.


The first annual Dr. Robert B. Morris MUSoD (Marquette University School of Dentistry) Scientific Day was arranged in a forum format and moderated by Program Chairman Dr. Jeff Keesler. A variety of dental disciplines were covered and during intermission in the program the members were given an opportunity to visit dental student poster presentations displayed throughout the room.


The program began with Forum member Dr. Michael Waliszewski, Clinical Assistant Professor General Dental Sciences/Prosthodontics. Dr. Waliszewski presented a well thought-out historical account of the Evolution of RPD Design. He discussed the modern philosophical advantages of the removable partial denture (RPD) and encouraged clinicians; “Don’t ignore the RPD”.


Dr. Jose Bosio, Assistant Professor Dental Surgical Sciences, followed with A Review on TMD .He began by quoting F. H. Garrison, who said, “When one uses many different therapies to treat one illness or one treatment to treat several illnesses; one still knows very little about that disease”. Dr. Bosio reminded the members of how the process of TMD (temporomandibular disorder) is still very misunderstood and how it is often over treated. It is still unclear how long it takes a patient to develop joint derangement/ disc displacement, but it is clear that 60% of patients that have a problem with one joint typically have a problem in the other. Dr. Bosio suggested therapies be developed to focus on the cause and not so much on the treatment of TMD. He urged clinicians to treat with caution. “If clinicians stay with conservative and reversible care, other effective treatments are still available and will be helpful in the treatment of TMD”.


After a brief intermission Dr. Joseph A. Best, Clinical Assistant Professor Dental Surgical Sciences/Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, followed with his presentation; The Truth about Oral Sedation – Safe Anxiolytic Therapy in the Dental Office. Dr. Best believes a fearful patient avoids routine dental care. In a survey of dentists, 57% reported that the most stressful factor in dental practice is managing the “difficult” patient. He further believes “pain is a source of anxiety, anxiety is a factor that increases pain, and increased pain incites further anxiety”. He suggested that clinicians can avoid this pain-anxiety paradox if they control anxiety through anxiolytic therapy. Managing anxiety can be done safely and effectively in the dental office with what one has learned in dental school, but one must know their patient and the drugs they prescribe them.


The morning program concluded at 11:45 a.m. Dr. Mark Huberty called for the introduction of guests and students in attendance. Afterward, those in attendance engaged in conversation over cocktails and enjoyed a tasty MAC lunch of grilled Tilapia with Citrus Beurre Blanc, Risotto and Asparagus, freshly tossed salad and Tiramisu for dessert.

The afternoon program resumed at 1:30 p.m. with Mr. Brian Trecek, Director of Admissions. He gave an Admissions Update. Mr. Trecek reassured the members that the funnel of dental school applications from Wisconsin residents remains consistent but, he still encouraged the members to continue to recruit and cultivate an interest in dentistry. Every applicant who gains acceptance to MUSoD receives an interview. Mr. Trecek believes strong candidates display strong academic performance, strong test taking ability, and are mature personable people who display strong ethical behavior and moral character. 78% of practicing Wisconsin clinicians attended MUSoD. Some nonresident graduates stay to practice in Wisconsin and some resident graduates leave then later return to practice in the state. Mr. Trecek concluded his presentation with the statement, “The line between privilege and entitlement is huge; admission (to MUSoD) is a privilege”.


Next, the dental students introduced their poster presentations. Senior dental students, Mr. Travis Hunsaker, Mr. Guy Leavitt, and Mr. Aaron Salmon presented a Bisphosphonate Review and Mr. Charles Polzin presented a review of Forensic Dentistry. Graduate Prosthodontic students Dr. Kelly Beck presented a Sleep Apnea Appliance Case Report and Dr. David Kachelmeyer presented Alginate Mixing Options. Lastly, Dr. Kathryn Ryan presented Factors Affecting C. Albicans Monospieces Biofilm Growth on Novel PMMA Resins.



Dr. Keesler organized a remarkable forum which was engaging and did not disappoint. The varied presentations elicited many questions and commentary from the members and their guests.  The scientific session was adjourned by Dr. Mark Huberty at approximately 3:25 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,




David G. Martyn D. D. S.


The Dental Forum of Milwaukee