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The Best Dental Conferences to Attend in 2019

A list of the dental industry networking, research, and professional development events to keep your office ahead of the curve

Posted by Taylor Rose on Jun 13, 2019

As a Dental Hero, you always want to be on the top of your game to bring the best care to patients and help your practice run as efficiently as possible. One of the ways you can do that is by pursuing as much professional development as possible. We operate the same way. In fact, one of our core beliefs at Renaissance is “be curious.” (It’s part of the reason why last year we allocated $750,000 to professional development for our employees.)

We want you to be the best Dental Hero possible too; so we created software to help process your claims faster and save you time. We do that part through Remote Lite powered by rPractice. We also write posts to give you valuable information — like this quick reference guide for the top dental industry conferences that are coming up for the rest of 2019.

The ADA is one of the big players in the dental industry, providing continuing education, clinical resources, and practice management tools. This year’s conference particularly stands out because it’s the first time in over two decades that the FDI World Dental Federation has met alongside the ADA annual meeting.

  • The NADP (National Association of Dental Plans) Converge, Sept. 16-19, Championsgate, Florida

This conference covers educational sessions concerning business development, government and professional relations, to name a few. This specific event is geared toward the insurance payer side of the dental industry, but is a great introduction for someone considering a career change. Renaissance’s industry-leading EDI clearinghouse, Tesia, will be in attendance as well.

Last year 52,320 people showed up, representing over 146 countries. In terms of international networking, this conference is one of the best. Tech is the name of the game here. The expo area lets you use and compare cutting edge dental tech to see what would work best for your practice. They also touted the World Implant Expo, the Fourth Annual Global Orthodontic Conference, 3D Printing Conference, Oral Health Symposium, and Pediatric Summit.

  • AADOM 15th Anniversary, July 17-19, Orlando, Florida

The American Association of Dental Office Managers has the only conference that is dedicated specifically to office managers, but they also have dozens of online resources. AADOM also holds local chapters all around the country for continued networking resources. The annual conference has sessions over insurance, legal issues, increasing production, and HIPAA.

This year the International Association of Dental Research will be held in conjunction with the 48th annual meeting of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the 43rd annual meeting of the CADR (a division of IADR). The main session is heavily scientific focused and will present new research and critiques.

Presented by the Dallas County Dental Society, this conference is a mix of continuing education courses, speakers, and an exhibit hall with the latest dental tech.


The Academy of General Dentistry has a huge focus on networking. This is especially a great opportunity for those new to the field with a reception just for students and early career dental workers. For the more seasoned veterans, their CE courses have a distinct hands-on emphasis covering clinical and practice management. All courses are done in a hour-long lecture and can be applied to AGD Fellowship and Mastership awards.