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Top 24 US Dental Conferences in 2024

February 2024
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At :Delmain, we love working with dentists who take an active role in the growth of their practice. Attending a dental conference is a great way to become a better clinician and practice owner.

How to get the most out of a dental conference

  • Plan ahead: Take a look at the conference schedule before you attend. This purposeful approach helps you get the most of a couple of days you’ll be at the conference.
  • Blend your time with different activities: Don’t spend the whole time at educational workshops or cocktail parties. While you should still participate in these sessions and events, spend some time walking the exhibitor floor, getting coffee with other attendees, and listening to speakers.
  • Participate in conversations: Maybe the most important advice we have for those attending a dental conference is to talk with as many people as possible. Whether they’re dentists, consultants, or equipment dealers, almost everyone you meet will have something to help you get just a little bit better at running your practice.

Why attend?

  • Networking opportunities with other dentists, strategic partners, and service providers
  • Continuing education (CE credits) to expand your skills as a dentist and further your career 
  • Helpful information on how to grow new patient opportunities and increase efficiency at your practice
  • An update on what’s going on in dentistry today

Decide which conferences to attend

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Before deciding on which conference to attend, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How far do I want to travel?
  • Do I want to bring my team along?
  • What’s the goal of attending? Continuing education? Networking? Practice management? 
  • Do I want to go to a more specialized event or one focused on a specific type of dentistry?

We’ve talked to dentists around the country and compiled this list of the most popular conferences of the year. We’ve provided links, cities, and dates to help you whittle down events and research on your own.

Jump to the type of conference you’d like to attend by clicking the links below.

General dentistry conferences

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Greater New York Dental Meeting

https://www.gnydm.com/

New York, NY

Nov. 29 – Dec. 4 2024

New York County and Second District Dental Societies

In their words: Welcome to the 100th Annual Greater New York Dental Meeting! We invite you to participate in one of the largest Dental Congresses in the world. At our 2023 Meeting, we hosted over 36,081 dental professionals, including:

  • Dentists – 13,302
  • Dental Assistants – 2,027
  • Dental Hygienists – 2,320
  • International Countries – 139

Southwest Dental Conference

http://swdentalconf.org/

Dallas, TX

August 16–17, 2024

Dallas County Dental Society

In their words: The annual Southwest Dental Conference is the premier dental conference in the southwest, hosted by the Dallas County Dental Society. The event features superior education and CE opportunities, exceptional speakers discussing the latest in the dental community, and an Exhibit Hall featuring the most advanced dental equipment and technology.

AGD 2024

https://www.agd.org/agd-meeting

July 17–20, 2024

Minneapolis, MN

Academy of General Dentistry

In their words: Network with colleagues, students, and dental team members at the premier meeting for general dentistry. AGD’s annual scientific session has earned a reputation for having some of the finest dental continuing education in the world. From advanced hands-on education to clinical and practice management lectures in an innovative one-hour lecture format, all of the CE earned at an AGD meeting can be applied to the AGD Fellowship and Mastership awards.

Smiles at Sea

https://www.smilesatsea.com/

Virgin Cruise

November 8–13, 2024

Miami, FL to Dominican Republic & Bimini, Bahamas

In their words:  Bring your family and team for a 5-night dental cruise! This fun-filled round-trip adventure includes all the perks of a cruise vacation while giving you the opportunity to earn up to 14 CE’s from leading dental speakers. Lots of fun perks, like the longest water slide at sea, pool days, next-level nightlife, and excellent dining.

The Dental Festival

https://thedentalfestival.com/

Opal Key Resort & Marina

September 12–15, 2024

Key West, FL

In their words: At The Dental Festival, we want to revolutionize dental education and networking by providing an immersive, festival-like experience for dental professionals. We aim to foster professional growth, collaboration, and a sense of celebration within the dental industry.

Annual Mid-Continent Dental Conference

https://www.greaterstlouisdentalsociety.org/meetings-events/attendee-main

St. Louis, Missouri

October 24–35, 2024

Greater St. Louis Dental Society (GSLDS)

In their words: MCDC is a premier regional meeting that features a two-day trade show along with lectures, workshops, special events, and the newest products and technology in dentistry. We are thrilled to continue to provide the high-quality dental education we are known for the spectacular St. Louis Union Station.

    Rocky Mountain Dental Convention

    http://rmdconline.com/

    Denver, CO

    January 23–25, 2025

    Metro Denver Dental Society & Mountain West Dental Institute 

    In their words: The Rocky Mountain Dental Convention (RMDC) is the largest gathering of dental professionals in the Rocky Mountain region. Invest in yourself and your career and attend for three days of cutting-edge dental education for the whole dental team, connection with colleagues and dental partners and fun!

      Yankee Dental Congress

      https://www.yankeedental.com/

      Boston, MA

      January 25–27, 2024

      Massachusetts Dental Society 

      In their words: Yankee Dental Congress is New England’s largest meeting for professionals seeking the highest quality dental continuing education, as well as dental products, services, and resources. With 26,000 dental professionals in attendance, encompassing all members of the dental team, Yankee Dental Congress is the fifth largest dental meeting in the country. Held in Boston each January, Yankee is the best source in New England for industry professionals on the cutting edge of oral health care.

      Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting

      https://www.cds.org/midwinter-meeting

      Chicago, IL

      February 22–24, 2024

      Chicago Dental Society

      In their words: We invite you to Chicago for the 159th Midwinter Meeting at Chicago’s McCormick Place West. Enjoy our world-class city of Chicago while you learn from engaging programs and exciting events. Plus, an exhibit hall featuring the latest dental innovations by hundreds of exhibitors.

      Pacific Northwest Dental Conference

      https://www.wsda.org/continuing-education/pacific-northwest-dental-conference

      Seattle, WA

      May 9–11, 2024

      Washington State Dental Association 

      In their words: Join thousands of dental professionals in Seattle at the 2023 Pacific Northwest Dental Conference for three days of high-quality, affordable continuing dental education, a two-day dental exhibit hall, and more! Choose from an impressive selection of dental CE lectures, all of which are included with your registration for no additional charge. You won’t want to miss this!

      Star of the North Dental Meeting

      https://star.mndental.org/

      St. Paul, MN

      April 25–27, 2024

      Minnesota Dental Association 

      In their words: The Star of the North Meeting is the Upper Midwest’s premier dental conference. With the latest technology and services and CE tracks customized to meet your needs, this meeting has it all! Sign up for 3 days of continuing education, 2 days of exhibit hall, and lots of opportunities to network with dental colleagues.

      TDA Meeting (SmileCon)

      https://tdameeting.com/

      San Antonio, TX

      May 16–18, 2024

      Texas Dental Association 

      In their words: The TDA Meeting is the premiere event for dental professionals in Texas. This is an unparalleled opportunity for Texas dentists and staff to hone professional skills, discover information on cutting-edge topics, and network with peers. The TDA Meeting is open to dentists, dental residents, dental students, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental office staff, laboratory technicians, and family members of all the above dental professionals.

      SmileCon (New Orleans)

      https://www.ada.org/education/smilecon

      New Orleans, LA

      October 17–19, 2024

      American Dental Association

      In their words: Registration opens May 8! Join dental professionals from around the nation for SmileCon® 2024, Oct. 17–19 in New Orleans. SmileCon® offers endless ways to connect you with dental professionals at all career stages and specialties.

      AACD Conference

      https://aacd.com/

      Fort Washington, Maryland

      April 3–6, 2024

      American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

      In their words: This is your chance to learn from the very best educators in comprehensive esthetics, be inspired by your rock-star peers, and connect with friends new and old. Your all-inclusive conference tuition includes general sessions as well as…

      • All open lectures and applicable hands-on workshops
      • Access to esthetic-focused exhibitors featuring the latest dental technologies and practice-related services
      • Breakfasts, networking lunches, and social hours
      • Social events, including the Welcome Reception and Exhibitor’s Socials.

      Annual Hawaiian Dental Forum

      https://dentsem.com/hawaiian-dental-forum

      January 27–February 3, 2024, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
      February 3–10, 2024, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

      Dental Seminars & Symposia, LLC

      In their words: Dental Seminars & Symposia , LLC, has provided continuing education and travel-related programs since 1979. The organization was created to review the educational needs of practicing dentists and to provide the most current, technically accurate information available.

      Career advancement conferences

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      National Dental Association Annual Convention

      https://ndaonline.org/meetings/2024-nda-convention/

      Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

      July 25–28, 2024

      National Dental Association

      In their words: The National Dental Association promotes oral health equity among people of color by harnessing the collective power of its members, advocating for the needs of and mentoring dental students of color, and raising the profile of the profession in our communities. 

      Charter Oak Dental Meeting

      https://www.csdadentalmeeting.com/

      Sky Convention Center at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT

      May 15–17, 2024

      Connecticut State Dental Association

      In their words: CSDA’s 157th Annual Charter Oak Dental Meeting has grown to be a world-class three-day event offering numerous opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment. Build your knowledge with hands-on participation courses and information-packed lectures that will excite and inspire you. Meet up with friends and colleagues in person while you learn from the leaders in dental continuing education. This is your chance to see some of the most sought-after speakers close to home AND at an unmatched cost compared to other dental meetings. We look forward to seeing you there!

      The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting

      https://hinman.org/

      Atlanta, GA

      March 21–23, 2024

      The Hinman Dental Society

      In their words: Come home to Hinman this March and experience our unsurpassed hospitality and world-class dental CE for the entire practice!

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      AAOMS Annual Meeting

      https://www.aaoms.org/meetings-exhibitions/annual-meeting/106th-annual-meeting

      Orlando, FL

      September 11–14, 2024

      American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)

      In their words: At the conclusion of the AAOMS Annual Meeting, participants should be able to:

       

      • Recognize emerging issues and trends in oral and maxillofacial surgery and be at the forefront of research and innovation.
      • Apply knowledge and increase competencies by participating in didactic presentations, skill-building workshops, and distinctive educational formats to support complex concepts in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
      • Demonstrate for all members of the OMS team the various evidence-based approaches and treatments applicable in oral and maxillofacial surgery and foster interprofessional collaboration in practice to improve patient outcomes.
      • Network with peers and mentors to find support, guidance, and leadership opportunities in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

      CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry

      https://www.cda.org/education-and-events/cda-presents/

      Anaheim, CA

      May 16–18, 2024

      California Dental Association 

      In their words: Get the skills you need to level up your business and patient care with three full days of in-depth learning, learning tracks specific to your role, exclusive shopping deals, and endless networking opportunities.

        Kois Symposium

        https://www.koiscenter.com/symposium

        Seattle, WA

        July 25–27, 2024

        Kois Center

        In their words: The Kois Center is far more than a dental training center; it’s a supportive community of motivated dental professionals, with the inclusion of their families, who encourage one another in professional development and growth while in mutual pursuit of advancement in dentistry.

        The primary focus of the annual Kois Center Symposium is centered around providing a yearly update on the newest research, products, and protocols in dentistry. It also has another important purpose: to offer Kois Center members and their families a great opportunity to build and maintain meaningful relationships and friendships with like-minded peers.

        Practice management conferences

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        AADOM Dental Management Conference

        https://www.aadomconference.com/

        Las Vegas, NV

        September 5–7, 2024

        Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

        American Association of Dental Office Management 

        In their words: The mission of the American Association of Dental Office Management is to educate, connect, and empower dental office managers and practice leaders across North America.

        Academy of Dental Management Consultants Annual Meeting

        https://admc.net/

        Chandler, Arizona

        October 7–9, 2024

        Academy of Dental Management Consultants

        In their words: We’d like to personally welcome each of you to the 30th ADMC’s Annual Meeting. It’s an exciting time for ADMC as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated, and responsive to our membership and our partnering sponsors.

        Crown Council Annual Event

        https://www.crowncouncil.com/annual-event

        Frisco, TX

        February 6–8, 2025

        The Crown Council

        In their words: The Crown Council’s Annual Event is the only event in dentistry with the singular focus of helping you create a culture of success in your personal and professional life. You will learn to be a better leader, a better member, and a better person to serve the patients in your practice.

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