A Message from Your President

Joseph Huryn

Dear APS Family,

Though it feels far off, our 89th Annual Scientific Meeting will be here before you know it. The educational programming will cover a wide range of important topics to get to the heart of the meeting's theme, "At the Crossroads of Discovery: Technology & Art." While we are passionate about prosthodontics for what it has been and what it is now, our meeting in February will give us the tools and excitement to see what prosthodontics can be. During your down time, get to know the digital poster presenters and learn about the latest research and innovative ideas from some of the youngest and brightest minds in the field.

Through education, conversation, and community, we will continue to focus on the future of prosthodontics. I look forward to seeing you in Chicago in February.


Joseph M. Huryn, DDS

Remembering Dr. Harold R. Ortman

Dr. Harold R. Ortman
Dr. Harold R. Ortman

Dr. Harold R. Ortman, past President of the American Prosthodontic Society (1979) passed away October 14 at the age of 98.

Dr. Ortman graduated cum laude from the University of Buffalo Dental School in 1941. He joined the faculty of his beloved school, and became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Removable Prosthodontics, which he was instrumental in establishing in 1964. The school's graduate Prosthodontics Clinic is named in his honor.

Dr. Ortman was a popular lecturer, known for his attention to students and his technical excellence. Of significance, during his 25 years as Chairman of the Department, he personally reviewed and approved every set of complete dentures for every patient served by the dental school. Unbelievable but true!

He authored many scientific articles and contributed to several dental textbooks. He also presented demonstration clinics, courses and lectures throughout the U.S. and Canada, and in South America, South Korea, Thailand, and Egypt. He became a professor emeritus in 1988.

While teaching at UB, he also maintained a private practice for more than 60 years, retiring in the early 2000s. He was proud that he, his father Dr. Harold T. Ortman, and his son Dr. Lance Ortman, provided dental care and dental education in the Buffalo area for more than 100 years. According to “The Ortman Era,” an article in the UB Dental School magazine Winter 2011 issue, it is said that Dr. Ortman “worked 16-hour days. He started his day seeing patients at his home office near the University Campus, hiked across the Grover Cleveland golf course at mid-morning to teach at the dental school, returned to his office late afternoon to see more patients, stopped for dinner and then continued working until late evening seeing patients and doing his own lab work for his patients.”

Dr. Ortman was a fixture at the APS meeting. He was instrumental in providing guidance for his students and encouraging them to join his beloved Society. Having been a recipient of this, I can personally attest to his commitment to the APS.

Dr. Ortman was a superb Prosthodontist, great educator, and a wonderful human being. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

Salvatore J. Esposito, M.S., D.M.D., F.I.C.D
Executive Director

Member Spotlight

In an effort to get to know our members better, we've recently added a Member Spotlight section to our website and member communications. Meet three outstanding APS members below and look forward to seeing more in the near future.

If you are interested in being featured or know someone who should be featured, please contact Senior Account Coordinator Michelle VanAlstyne at mvanalstyne@thesentergroup.com.

ADA Cerp Recognition


The American Prosthodontic Society has been awarded a four-year term of recognition by the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition (CCEPR). The newly awarded term will extend from November 1, 2016 - December 31, 2020. Congratulations, and thank you to those who worked hard to make this recognition possible!

Around the Dental Profession

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    "Archaeologists have discovered an ancient set of dentures while excavating a site in Tuscany. The prosthetic teeth, found at the monastery of S. Francesco at Lucca, include three central incisors and two lateral canines, repurposed from their original owners and strung together with a golden band."
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  • E-cigs are as bad for teeth as regular cigarettes
    "Electronic cigarettes are as equally damaging to gums and teeth as conventional cigarettes. Researchers say this is the first scientific study to address e-cigarettes and their detrimental effect on oral health on cellular and molecular levels. Electronic cigarettes continue to grow in popularity among younger adults and current and former smokers because they are often perceived as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes."
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  • Dental Crown and Bridges Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast to 2020
    "Europe dominates the global market for dental crown and bridges followed by North America due to presence of major players in the region and rising aging population. Asia is expected to show high growth rates in the next five years in global dental crown and bridges market."
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Corporate Corner

Our sponsors and exhibitors will play a large role at the 89th Annual Meeting. Based on attendee feedback from last year's meeting, the Exhibit Hall will now be open all day on Thursday, giving attendees more time to meet exhibitors and learn about the latest products and technologies in the industry.

We expect over 300 dental professionals - ranging from generalists to specialists to technicians - to gather in Chicago, eager to engage in conversation with fellow industry professionals. As a member of the Society and a presumptive attendee of the 89th Annual Meeting, we're interested in knowing what companies you'd like to see in the Exhibit Hall come February. Visit the APS website to see the list of current sponsors and exhibitors and contact An'Cherise Taylor at ataylor@thesentergroup.com or 312.265.3992 with any questions.