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Dr. Momtaheni's Lecture Topics


1. Surgical Correction of an Unaesthetic Smile

In some cases, a beautiful laminate or even a coordinated ortho-prosthetic approach to the anterior maxilla will still come short of creating a great smile. The reason for this is a lack of skeletal harmony and balance.


In this presentation, facial forms and contours will be assessed and coordinated with skeletal and dental findings.  Treatment plans to achieve an optimum esthetic smile will be discussed. Software programs to predict outcomes will also be presented.

2. Aesthetic Improvement of the Lower Third of the Face and Neck

As baby boomers are getting older, there are more and more demands for cosmetic and aesthetic improvements of their dentition, smile, and overall facial appearance.  For the past 30 years, we have been successful in addressing cosmetic dental demands.  However, historically we have ignored facial enhancement.


When aesthetic facial improvement requires skeletal correction, the best outcome is achieved when skeletal correction creates a foundation for soft tissue enhancement.  There we see the efficacy of Orthognathic Surgery and the changes of the lower third of the face and neck.


This presentation will demonstrate how you can improve your orthodontic and cosmetic dental practices by combining 3-D facial prediction analysis, and in selective cases, a minimally invasive lower third of the face esthetic improvement.


At the end of this presentation, you will be able to assess facial esthetic values and functional and non-functional esthetic facial enhancement.  You will also learn how to coordinate your cases with your surgeon, and how to proceed with the most cost effective and affordable treatment planning.

3. Arthrocentesis and Botox for Treatment of TMD

This presentation provides two effective techniques for the treatment of certain TMD cases.


Botox, Botulinum Neurotoxins, has shown effectiveness in the treatment of chronic cervical dystonia and spasticity. Similarly, patients with uncontrollable parafunctional habits and MPD can benefit from the temporary and reversible effect of this toxoid.


The effect of TMJ Arthroscopic surgery has been well documented.  It appears that the most beneficial aspect of this procedure is lysis and lavage.  These two objectives can readily be acquired and are simpler and less costly.  TMJ Arthrocentesis is an office procedure.  Needless to say, the complications of this procedure is also far less.


The latest methodology for diagnostic work-up of patients with facial pain and TMD and case selection for the procedures will be presented.  Successful management of difficult TMD cases including surgical and non-surgical modalities will be addressed.  The presentation will also provide the results of Dr. Momtaheni’s thirty-years longitudinal surgical and non-surgical cases.  The literature will be extensively reviewed and specific guidelines for clinical approach to TMD diagnosis and treatment will be provided.


This presentation is highly recommended for General Dentists, Prosthodontists, Orthodontists and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.  This lecture was given at the Greater New York Dental Meeting and the annual meeting of the Academy of General Dentists in New York.  Please see the CV for details.

4. Snoring and Sleep Apnea. A Comprehensive Review

Over fifty million Americans suffer from sleep disorders.  Approximately 45% of all normal adults occasionally snore and about 20% habitually snore.  Patients with sleep disorders can be prone to develop hypertension and stroke.


This presentation is designed for General Dentists, Orthodontists and Oral Surgeons to be part of the treatment team by offering non-surgical or surgical modalities. 


Topics Include: 

Diagnosis and treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, the anatomy and physiology of the oro-pharyngeal airway, the flexible endoscopic nasopharyngoscopy, CBCT scan of the upper airway, laser assisted uvulopalatoplastly, maxillomandibular advancement and septoplasty, genioglossus muscle advancement, oral appliances and complications, and medical/legal aspects of appliance therapy.  This full day course was given at Columbia School of Dental Medicine twice and a Zoom broadcast for student during 2020 Pandemic.


5. Oral Pre-malignancies. Diagnosis and Clinical Management

For over thirty years, I have been treating oral malignancies with goals of saving lives, maintaining human dignity and avoiding disfigurements.  These goals are achieved by an early diagnosis, employment of advance technology and a multidisciplinary approach to this complex disease entity.


This presentation also enlists pre-malignancy cases, treatment options and the final outcomes.  Literature review and statistics will be the foundation of this presentation.


6. Lip Lesions and Anomalies

This lecture provides an in-depth presentation of actual cases of lip lesions which I diagnosed and treated for over four decades.  Pathology, pathophysiology, treatment and outcomes for each case will be discussed.  Ordinary and common lip lesions as well as traumatic, congenital anomalies, and iatrogenic will also be covered.


The story telling teaching technique and actual patients behind every case will make it easy to remember the topics and contents.


This course will bring new light to the old problems of:  “What am I looking at, what is the diagnosis, what is the appropriate treatment, when to refer the patients?”


This presentation is highly recommended for General Dentists, Pediatric Dentists, Periodontists, Orthodontists and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.  A three-hour presentation of this topic was given at the Greater New York Dental Meeting in 2021.

7.  Oral manifestation of Systemic Diseases. 

Please see the CV for details.

8.  Myths and Facts of Orthognathic Surgery

Cardinal signs of skeletal dysplasia will be presented.  Complexity of facial asymmetry in cleft and non-cleft patients will be discussed.  Soft tissue esthetic consideration and the role of TMD will be covered.  Finally, myths and facts about rigid fixation will be presented.

This presentation was given to the American Society for the Study of Orthodontics, November 1991


9.  Application of CO2 Laser in Dentistry

Laser biophysics, Laser safety, Clinical use of CO2 laser in Dentistry will be presented.  This will be followed by an intensive case presentation and literature review.  A wet lab workshop can be arranged for this lecture.  This lecture was given in many settings including The First Laser in Dentistry Symposium at University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine, November 1991.  Please see the CV for details.


10.  Orthognathic Surgery and TM Joint Disorders

Forty years’ experience will be shared to address this complex topic.

This presentation was given recently at Puebla International Dental Conference I July 15, 2022.

11.  Predictability of Orthognathic Surgery

This lecture addresses all skeletal and functional abnormalities and how to avoid post-operative complications and a poor outcome.  Techniques to obtain reproducible records, sound surgical techniques in conjunction with good pre-surgical orthodontics enhances the predictability as well as stability of orthognathic surgery.  Traditional work up and model surgery vs 3D commercial approach will be visited and compared.


12.  Simultaneous LeFort I, Septoplasty and Alar Cartilage Re-positioning

The technique as well as four decades of experience and outcomes will be shared.  The article is in publication.

13.  Surgical and Prosthetic Considerations for Implant Supported Prostheses in Atrophic Maxilla and Mandible

This presentation concentrates on diagnosis and treatment planning, surgical techniques, the do’s and don’ts of selecting graft materials and prosthetic management.

Qualification of speaker:  Clinical professor of Oral and maxillofacial Surgery at Columbia University, over 40 years of experience in Dental Implantology, trained many dentists to perform prosthetic implant dentistry.  Lectured in this subject both nationally and internationally, and has extensive publications in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

14. Contemporary Surgical & Non-Surgical Management of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

This presentation concentrates on contemporary medically acknowledged Temporomandibular Joint Disorders.  The audience will be educated in differential diagnosis of TMD and other chronic facial pain disorders.  Emphasis will be placed on psychological components of chronic facial pain and proper management.  Indications, contemporary work up for surgical intervention, and long-term results will be discussed.  Finally, in office Arthrocentesis and physical therapy was well as the use of Botox for refractory TMD cases will be presented.


Qualification of speaker:  Dr. Momtaheni is a Clinical professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Columbia School of Dental Medicine.  He has over 40 years’ experience in diagnosis, surgical and non-surgical management of TMD.  He is a pioneer of Mini Residency Continuing Education Program in TMD, lectured in the subject nationally and internationally, and has extensive publications in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  He was a former Director of the TMJ Clinic at Montefiore Medical Center in NYC.

15.  Management of Medically Compromised Patients in Dentistry

This presentation will include the literature review and my experience in the role of anti-resorptive medications in Dentistry.  MRONJ diagnosis, treatment, morbidity and mortality will be reviewed.  Effects of DM, hypertension, cardiac dysrhythmia, smoking, and obesity will be addressed.


16.  The Secrets of a Successful Implant Supported Prosthetic Practice

Learn form a clinician who placed and restored dental implants for forty years in New York City.

By the end of this lecture you will learn:

Proper selection of patients for implant dentistry

How to convert your existing prosthetic patients to implant patients

How to develop proper diagnosis and treatment planning

How to avoid the “non-scientific pitch”

How to avoid controversial implant procedures

How to educate your team and what to expect from them

The evolution of implant dentistry, so you can differentiate facts from fiction

How to avoid complications and recognize the early signs for proper management

Immediate, early and late loading

Connecting implants to natural teeth

Grafting materials

Techniques that help ensure success for the final outcome for implant prosthesis

This presentation gives you the ability to create an environment that will make the practice of Dental Implantology a fun and rewarding experience

17.  Advanced Techniques for Compromised Implant Cases

This Lecture was developed in 2010.  After nearly 12 years, there are still educational demands for treating compromised implant cases. 


In this presentation, issues concerning how to treat severely atrophic alveolar bone without compromising esthetics and functional outcomes.  All In Four has deficiencies in both areas.


18.  CBCT Scan Use in Dental Practice

My first CBCT scan was purchased in 1988 and the last was in 2020 during the peak of COVID pandemic in Manhattan.  This lecture covers the decision making of purchasing a CBCT scan, how to interpret common radiographic findings and how to use it for implants and orthognathic surgery.


This lecture was given in during American College of OMFS annual meeting in 2010.


19.  Medication Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw.  Who is Telling the Truth?

As an OMFS and OMFP I have treated MRONJ for over a decade.  For many years powerful pharmaceutical companies influenced the research institutions by granting funds and obscured the casualty of MRONJ.


This presentation summarized my personal experience and extensive international literature research during my involvement in the US federal court litigation as an expert witness.  You will hear a non-bias and none funded presentation on this subject.

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