Top 24 US Dental Conferences in 2020 (& 2021)

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 

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 in 2020. 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

November 27th – December 2nd, 2020

New York County and Second District Dental Societies

In their words: Welcome to the 96th Annual Greater New York Dental Meeting! We invite you to participate in one of the largest Dental Congresses in the world. At our 2018 Meeting, we hosted over 52,000 health care professionals at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center featuring over 1,600 Technical Exhibits which demonstrated the newest technology for the dental profession. 

Southwest Dental Conference

Dallas, TX

August 21-22, 2020

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 2020

July 15-18 2020

Las Vegas, NV

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

Cruise from Miami, Fl-Nassau, Bahamas 

April 23-26, 2020

Smiles at Sea

In their words: This convention was created specifically for the lighthearted dental professional to have the best continuing education experience ever! We pride ourselves on being the best team building experience in existence! 

Annual Mid-Continent Dental Conference

St. Charles, Missouri

October 22-23, 2020

Greater St. Louis Dental Society (GSLDS)

In their words: The Mid-Continent Dental Congress (MCDC) offers two days of CE courses and hands-on workshops presented by 30+ nationally recognized speakers. The convention has averaged a total attendance of 2,300 to 2,550 over the past four years, with an audience consisting of dentists, hygienists, assistants, office staff, dental technicians and exhibitor representatives. The Exhibit Hall is open both days and features 100+ exhibit booths.

Rocky Mountain Dental Convention

Denver, CO

Jan 21-23, 2021

Metro Denver Dental Society & Mountain West Dental Institute 

In their words: Mark your calendars for the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention (RMDC). Headline speakers include Dr. Newton Fahl, Dr. Jeff Brucia, Dr. David Clark, Prof. Karen Baker, Dr. Seena Patel, Dr. Bobby Birdi, and more!

Yankee Dental Congress

Boston, MA

Jan 30-Feb 1, 2020 (2021 dates to be announced)

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

Chicago, IL

Feb 25-27, 2021

Chicago Dental Society

In their words: Enjoy our world-class city of Chicago while you learn from the leaders in dental education. Choose from more than 200 courses, including valuable hands-on workshops, lectures and live patient demonstrations.

Pacific Northwest Dental Conference

Seattle, WA

May 28-30, 2020

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 in 2020! 

​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

Apr 23-25, 2020 

Minnesota Dental Association 

In their words: The 2020 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

Austin, TX

May 7-9, 2020

Texas Dental Association 

In their words: The TDA Meeting is the premiere event for dental professionals in Texas. This annual event offers 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.

New Orleans Dental Conference

New Orleans, LA

May 7-9, 2020

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.

AACD Conference

Orlando, FL

Apr 22-25, 2020

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

January 30-February 6, 2021 (Maui) & February 6-13, 2021 (Kauai)

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 9-12, 2020

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 6-8, 2020

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

Atlanta, GA

Mar 19-21, 2020

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! Registration opens December 10. Book your hotel room now to get your first choice. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

Innovation in dentistry conferences

102nd Annual Meeting Scientific Sessions and Exhibition

San Antonio, TX

October 5-10, 2020 

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

Anaheim, CA 

May 14-16, 2020

California Dental Association 

In their words: Welcome to Anaheim and the nation’s most exciting dental convention. CDA Presents brings together hundreds of speakers, exhibitors, and volunteers who work collectively to share the best of the art and science of dentistry with thousands of attendees. 

Kois Symposium

Seattle, WA

July 23-25, 2020

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

AADOM Dental Management Conference

Boca Raton, FL

September 10-12, 2020

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

Orlando, FL

October 13-14, 2020

Academy of Dental Management Consultants

In their words: We’d like to personally welcome each of you to the ADMC’s 33rd 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

Salt Lake City, UT

January 28-30, 2021 

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.

The Voices of Dentistry Podcast Summit

Scottsdale, AZ

January 24-25, 2020 

Voices of Dentistry 

In their words: The Voices of Dentistry Podcast Summit was established in January of 2017. It was founded and conceptualized by Alan Mead, Jason Lipscomb, Mark Costes and Shawn Van De Vyver. The world’s first dental podcast summit was such a hit that we decided to make it an annual event! The first event was held in Nashville, TN. This year, the event will be hosted once again by Alan Mead, Jason Lipscomb, Mark Costes and, freshly onboard, Justin Moody. Our purpose is to bring your favorite dental podcasts to one central location and have a fun-filled weekend of podcasting, networking and continued education.

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