Clint Stevens DDS, FAGD, FICOI Blaire A. Bowers DDS, MS & Lauren E. Klaus DDS, MS

Clint Stevens DDS, FAGD, FICOI: Evidence-Based Dentistry: The Gap Between Theory &  Practice

Blaire A. Bowers DDS, MS & Lauren E. Klaus DDS, MS : Esthetic Management of Complex Recession Defects

Saturday, April 2   |   9:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Two (2) CE Hours  | Category B


Course Descriptions

Dr. Clint Stevens: Evidence-Based Dentistry- The Gap Between Theory & Practice

While in theory we practice in an era of “Evidence-Based Dentistry”, it’s not reality. Our profession has become exceedingly myopic, focusing on laboratory and clinical surrogate markers that are limited or useless in their ability to predict clinical survival and/or success, from either a patient or a practitioner perspective. At the same time, we cling to “gold standards” for treatment that persist thanks to tradition, not science.

We practice in a time of information overload, making it ever-more difficult for clinicians to identify fads from paradigm-shifting concepts. It’s easy to understand why practitioners often choose to stick with the “tried and true” rather than explore new workflows and armamentarium. However, if patient outcomes are to be our primary focus, it’s imperative to evolve our clinical practices over time to ensure we’re providing the best possible solutions for our patients.

In this lecture, we will briefly explore:

  • The primary obstacles we face in fulfilling the “Evidence-Based Dentistry” mantra
  • Where the current literature base falls short in helping to determine best clinical outcomes
  • Approaches for evaluating and integrating new concepts from the literature into daily practice


Drs. Blaire Bowers and Lauren Klaus: Esthetic Management of Complex Recession Defects

Evaluation of gingival margins and tissue quality are important factors to be addressed when considering highly aesthetic outcomes.  Several soft tissue augmentation options exist, each with appropriate indications. Gingival grafting, used in non-esthetic areas, will augment the zone of keratinized tissue and is the most predictable option with regard to correct of mucogingival deformities.  Historically known as a “non-esthetic graft”, new surgical techniques offer more predictability for root coverage and color matching outcomes . Connective tissue grafts and allografts are more commonly used in the aesthetic zone as they are a minimally invasive submarginal graft. A combination of these two techniques is called a “bilaminar graft” and is an excellent treatment option for multiple recession defects when palatal tissue is limited, but necessary over prominent roots and thin tissue. This presentation will review updated surgical techniques which require modification of the gingival margin position prior to restorative or orthodontic therapy.

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • Understand guidelines for selecting patients that are candidates for soft tissue grafting.
  • Diagnose the indications for different types of soft tissue grafting.
  • Become familiar with new and emerging concepts in soft tissue grafting.




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Speaker Bio:

Dr. Clint Stevens: A full-time private practitioner, Dr. Clint Stevens focuses on the use of modern, evidence-based materials in providing the highest level of comprehensive dental care. He graduated from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio and completed a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University of Michigan. He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, the International College of Oral Implantologists, and is a member of the Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry. He is also an instructor at the MOD Institute in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dr. Stevens is engaged in ongoing laboratory and clinical research dealing with adhesive restorative materials, digital dentistry workflows, endodontics and dental implants. He serves as a key opinion leader to several dental manufacturers and is a member of the editorial advisory board for Compendium. Dr. Stevens has numerous publications in peer-reviewed literature and lectures internationally on the practical implementation and application of modern materials and workflows into daily practice.


Dr. Blaire Bowers was born and raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma, in 1984. Sooner born and sooner bred, she attended college (2002-2006) and dental school (2006-2010) at the University of Oklahoma. Before returning to Oklahoma to complete her masters in Periodontics, she attended the University of Colorado for a general practice residency in 2010. After graduating from Graduate Periodontics in 2014, she focused on private practice in Oklahoma City with her mentor Jacob Hager, before starting two other practices. In 2015, she started a periodontal practice out of her dads office in her hometown of Shawnee, where her father, grandfather, and great grandfather all practiced general dentistry. She currently practices full time with her sister, Dr. Lauren Klaus, and Dr. Jacob Hager in Edmond, OK. Outside of dentistry, her passion is doing anything and everything with her husband Nic, and their 18 month old daughter Bonnie Rose.


Dr. Lauren Klaus grew up in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She attended the University of Oklahoma for both her undergraduate education and dental school. After graduating dental school in May 2014, she started her Masters of Science in Periodontics from the OU College of Dentistry, where she graduated in May of 2017.  Dr. Bowers Klaus attends Faith Bible Church in Edmond, OK with her husband, Ben. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness, baking, supporting OU sports and spending time with her dog, Pro.