Mesaros Symposium and Rural Health Celebration

September 8, 2023
Erickson Alumni Center
Morgantown, WV

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Course Description
The use of digital technology has become a critical component of dentistry to transform dental practices in many areas such as implant dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and cosmetic restorative dentistry. While many dental professionals continue to use traditional analog techniques, newer digital technology such as
CBCT, intraoral scanning 3D printing, 5-axis wet/dry milling, digital implant planning guide software and CAD/CAM softwares have proven to deliver better and faster clinical outcomes. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of current digital technology, its advantages and pitfalls. This course will also instruct on methods to select the most suitable technology for various clinical cases. The afternoon session consists of an in-depth discussion of IOS scanning, implant planning software, CAD/CAM software, 3D printing and milling, case-based dental material and technology choices, and future application of these technologies; for those who have expanded interests in the subjects.


Dr. Michael Yeh
Dr. Michael Yeh grew up in Taipei, Taiwan received his DDS from National Taiwan University, School of Dentistry for his undergraduate dental degree. He attended the University of Washington for graduate degrees. He received his D.D.S. degree in 1990 and his M.S.D. and certificate in Prosthodontics in 1998. Dr. Yeh is a clinician and is considered an expert in restorative, esthetic and implant dentistry around the world. His interdisciplinary approach to dentistry is based in both empirical research and clinical experience.

His ability to practice both surgical and restorative aspects of implant dentistry, in addition to multi-disciplinary dentistry, has allowed him to treatment plan cases in a systematic method utilizing multidisciplinary approaches when beneficial.

He has been utilizing digital technologies such as digital photography, CBCT, digital IOS technologies, facial scanning. That help facilitating implant planning, surgical guide design and fabrication, DSD, facially generated treatment planning and CAD design. He also incorporated 3D printing and milling in his practice. He is excited in sharing his experience in his digital journey.

For his entire career, Dr. Michael Yeh has been committed to furthering the art and science of dental education. He serves as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the department of Graduate Prosthodontics at the University of Washington. In addition, he has taught minimally invasive esthetic dentistry and surgical and restorative aspects of implant dentistry locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Yeh has won several awards and recognition during his career, including Diplomate of American Board of Oral Implantology and American Board of Implant Dentistry. He was awarded Fellow and Diplomate from both American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and American Dental Implant Association (ADIA). He was also awarded IPS Mastership, Fellowship and Diplomate from International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). Dr. Yeh is a member of many professional organizations including the American College of Prosthodontics, Academy of Osseointegration, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American academy of cosmetic dentistry. In his free time, Dr. Yeh cherishes spending time with his family and pets. He loves going on walks with his cats and his dogs. He enjoys traveling and great food from all over the world.

Dr. Valerie Perrine
Dr. Valerie Perrine graduated from West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 2009. Dr. Perrine graduated with honors and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon.  She received the Most Outstanding WVUSOD Teacher Award in 2017, ASDA student advocacy award (given to a student mentor) for the region in 2019. Selected for the WVU Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and both the American and International College of Dentists in 2021.

Dr. Perrine has been in private practice with her father in Cowen, WV, since 2009. She provides comprehensive dental care, including restorative, prosthodontic, endodontic, and oral surgery treatment to patients of all ages. She developed and implemented a school-based dental program for Webster County students and serves as the dental liaison for the Webster County Board of Education and provider of dental services in Webster County Elementary Schools.

Dr. Perrine is currently the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Community Health and Outreach at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. She has over twelve years of teaching experience in preclinical exercises and clinical work, and is course director for two restorative dentistry courses and laboratories. In this role, Dr. Perrine directs the rural rotation outreach program, the global engagement program, the advising program, the mentorship program, the tutoring program, new student orientation, and student events.  Currently, Dr. Perrine is serving on the West Virginia School of Dentistry Alumni Association Board of Governors, is on the board for the Center for Rural Health Development, is the Secretary of the West Virginia Dental Association, and Alternate-Delegate to the American Dental Association.