Top 23 US Dental Conferences in 2022 (& 2023!)
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.
- 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
- 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.
Continue below to read through the events or jump to the type of conference you’d like to attend by clicking on the links below.
General dentistry conferences
Greater New York Dental Meeting
New York, NY
Nov. 25, 2022 – Nov. 30, 2022
New York County and Second District Dental Societies
In their words: Welcome to the 98th Annual Greater New York Dental Meeting! We invite you to participate in one of the largest Dental Congresses in the world. At our 2-21 Meeting, we hosted over 23,000 dental professionals, including:
- Dentists – 9,692
- Dental Assistants – 1,253
- Dental Hygienists – 1,565
- Dental Technicians – 260
Southwest Dental Conference
August 26-27, 2022
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.
July 27 – 30, 2022
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 Land Event
The Dental Festival 2022
Comeback Cruise: November 4-7, 2022
In their words: Dental Cruise & Learn to tropical destinations for 12-16 hours of continuing education. The best learning experience you will ever have in your life!
Annual Mid-Continent Dental Conference
St. Louis, Missouri
October 27-28, 2022
Greater St. Louis Dental Society (GSLDS)
In their words: Celebrate 80 years of Mid-Continent Dental Congress (MCDC)! Two days of CE courses and hands-on workshops presented by nationally recognized speakers. The convention has averaged:
- 2500 attendees
- 60+ courses
- 30+ speakers
- 100+ exhibit booths
Rocky Mountain Dental Convention
Jan 20 – 22, 2022
Metro Denver Dental Society & Mountain West Dental Institute
In their words: We look forward to seeing you in 2023. Don’t miss industry leaders including Mr. Kirk Behrendt, Ms. Kiera Dent, Dr. David Galler, Dr. Mia Geisinger, Dr. Gerard Kugel, Dr. Sam Strong, and more.
Yankee Dental Congress
Jan 26 – 28, 2023
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
Feb 23 – 25, 2023
Chicago Dental Society
In their words: We invite you to Chicago for the158th 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
Nov. 10-12, 2022
Washington State Dental Association
In their words: On behalf of the volunteer dentists and staff who plan the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference, we are excited to announce that PNDC will return to the Emerald City. Join us for three days of high-quality continuing dental education, a two-day Exhibit Hall, and a fresh conference experience you won’t want to miss.
Star of the North Dental Meeting
St. Paul, MN
April 28 – 30, 2022
Minnesota Dental Association
In their words: The 2021 Star of the North Meeting is the Upper Midwest’s premier dental conference. With networking opportunities, the latest technology and services, and CE tracks customized to meet your needs, this meeting has it all!
TDA Meeting (SmileCon)
October 13 – 17, 2022
Texas Dental Association
In their words: Next year, the TDA Meeting, GHDS Star of the South, and ADA SmileCon are combined into one meeting. Mark your calendars for SmileCon, October 13-17, 2022 in Houston! TDA, ADA, and GHDS are joining forces to consolidate the number of dental conferences in 2022, and to bring you and your team the best possible event. And it’s going to be great. (Please note: for 2023, the TDA Meeting will be back to its usual format.)
New Orleans Dental Conference
New Orleans, LA
April 7 – 9, 2022
New Orleans Dental Association
In their words: At this 3-day conference, we focus on providing attendees with a value for their continuing education dollars. Reduced registration fees and nominal charges for continuing education sessions allow attendees the ability to customize their goals based on time available and budgets. For dentists and team members seeking an economical source of continuing dental education, this is your meeting. For those seeking information and training from the industry’s premier speakers on “hot” topics, that’s available too. Against the backdrop of a fun festival weekend, the New Orleans Dental Conference & LDA Annual Session offers a great opportunity for learning, fine dining, and fun. It’s among the most unique of experiences.
April 27 – 30, 2022
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
In their words: Cosmetic dentistry’s biggest event is your premier opportunity to network with leading dental professionals from around the world. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD) is dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of comprehensive cosmetic dentistry and encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care.
Annual Hawaiian Dental Forum
February 11-18, 2023, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
February 18-25 2023, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
Dental Seminars & Symposia
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
National Dental Association Annual Convention
New Orleans, LA
July 14-17, 2022
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
Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort, CT
May 11 – 13, 2022
Connecticut State Dental Association
In their words: CSDA’s 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
2023 dates TBD
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!
Innovation in dentistry conferences
103rd Annual Meeting Scientific Sessions and Exhibition
New Orleans, LA
September 12 – 17, 2022
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 on 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
May 12-14, 2022
California Dental Association
In their words: Our popular convention returns to Anaheim this spring as a dynamic in-person event. Learn and connect with your dental community live at the Anaheim Convention Center and online with a selection of live stream options.
July 21-23, 2022
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
AADOM Dental Management Conference
September 8–10, 2022
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
Salt Lake City, UT
August 22- 24, 2022
Academy of Dental Management Consultants
In their words: We’d like to personally welcome each of you to the 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
January 26–28, 2023
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, a better person to serve the patients in your practice.
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