Top Dental & Specialty Events to Attend in 2023

dental conferences 2023

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Becoming a dentist means seeking to be a lifelong learner. This is not only because of the ever-changing nature of dentistry, but every state dental board has continuing education requirements to renew your license each renewal period.

Continuing education is a great way to learn new skills, keep up with technology, and connect with other dentists. Here at Global Surgical, we’ve enjoyed over 25 years of meeting the doctors we work with, along with plenty of new faces along the way, by attending some of the world’s leading dental educational events – both domestically and internationally. We love educating dental professionals about the value of dental microscopes and the value they can bring to your practice. These events are a great place for you to start learning about microscopy in dentistry. 

Kicking off the new year, we’ve prepared a comprehensive list of the top upcoming association meetings, conferences, courses and more for dentists and specialty practitioners. And, as always, you can stay up to date on where you can find Global Surgical by following us on Facebook or by visiting our News & Events page.

Here are some of the leading Dental & Specialty Events to Attend in 2023, along with a short synopsis of what attendees can expect:

Domestic (US) Events:

International Events:

Chicago Midwinter Meeting

This event will be hosted February 23-25, 2023 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. This year’s event is the 158th Midwinter Meeting of the Chicago Dental Society, one of the nation’s oldest dental associations. 

The Midwinter Meeting is known for providing premiere speakers and exhibitors in dentistry from across the country. At the February 2023 meeting, attendees can access more than 240 CE-accredited courses on the latest practice management solutions and evidence-based clinical knowledge. Over 7,000 dental professionals are expected to attend this event! Registration is open through February 6, 2023. 

For more information on this year’s event, visit: 

Gordon J. Christensen Practical Clinical Courses

Dr. Gordon Christensen’s background and the proven reliability of his dentistry presentations have made him one of the most admired speakers in dentistry for several decades. He has helped initiate two new dental schools, delivered over 50,000 hours of continuing education, co-founded the most well-known private dental research institute in the world, CLINICIANS REPORT (formerly Clinical Research Associates), produced hundreds of multimedia dental presentations, and has written hundreds of articles and several books.

His Hands-on Continuing Education courses offer 15 continuing education credits and cover many areas of dentistry. His outreach courses and invited lectures provide many excellent educational dental courses and lectures around the world on most of the areas of dentistry, as requested and arranged by dental societies, dental schools, study clubs, lay groups, and other organizations.

For an updated list of live events you can attend for a PCC, visit: 


This year’s annual meeting of the American Association of Endodontists will be May 3-6, 2023 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The AAE’s annual meeting is a leading endodontic education summit, vendor exhibition and networking opportunity. With a packed educational schedule planned for AAE23, in-person attendees can earn up to 28.5 CE hours.

With more information to come from the planning committee as we near this year’s event, be sure to follow their Annual Meeting page here: 

Pacific Northwest Dental Conference (PNDC 2023)

Join the PNDC for their annual conference held on June 15-17, 2023 in Seattle, WA. Thousands of dental professionals will arrive for three days of high-quality, affordable continuing dental education, a two-day dental exhibit hall and more.

This event features an impressive selection of dental CE lectures and a hands-on workshop, all led by some of the leading practitioners in the Pacific NW region.

This event is put together by the Washington State Dental Association, which is a nationally approved PACE Program Provider. More information on this year’s even to follow, continue checking at their website: 


APICES is an annual event made for AAE Resident members and new practitioners, curated by your fellow resident and new practitioner colleagues.  Created by endodontic residents and new practitioners for endodontic residents, APICES is offered to all incoming, current and graduating endodontic resident members.

The Resident and New Practitioner Committee has worked hard to target the needs of the future of endodontists within the APICES programming. Leaders from the entire family of AAE organizations, including the AAE, Foundation for Endodontics, American Board of Endodontics and College of Diplomates, will be represented at APICES.

This year’s event will be held on August 25-26, 2023 in Phoenix, AZ. Follow along for the latest news and information on registration here: 

EndoCon 2023

Held later in the year,  EndoCon is a comprehensive program covering the latest in endodontic technology and innovation providing three days of lectures, workshops and training sessions for clinicians, staff and postgraduate residents. Separate doctor and staff tracks will be available with plenty of peer discussions and debates.

EndoCon offers something for every level of user and will give endodontists and their teams access to decades worth of experience and knowledge from today’s master clinicians and endodontic thought leaders.

More information on this year’s event will be available this summer. Continue following for more information on the dates and location of EndoCon 2023 event here: 

Sonendo Educational Events

Sonendo is a leading dental technology company focused on saving teeth from tooth decay, the most prevalent chronic disease globally. Their flagship technology is called The GentleWave® System, which has been used to treat over 800,000 patients for  tooth decay worldwide.

Throughout this year, Sonendo will be sponsoring learning and networking opportunities through their Sound Science Academy, some of which will feature training with Global Surgical microscopes!

The Sound Science® Academy seeks to empower clinicians and their team members by providing high quality educational opportunities related to clinical techniques, practice management and professional development. Driven by peer-to-peer and highly interactive educational experiences, Academy programs are designed to meet clinician needs at any stage of experience and their learning journey.

For an updated list on upcoming Sound Science Academy events, check out: 

Top International Dentistry Events

AEEDC Conference

AEEDC Dubai is known as the ‘The Largest Annual Scientific Dental Conference and Exhibition in the World.’ Founded 26 years ago, the AEEDC Dubai has been recognized as a beacon of knowledge and a point of reference for dentistry experts, academicians and industry professionals from across the region and all corners of the globe.

This year’s event will be held February 7-9, 2023 in Dubai. Over 60,000 dental professionals from 155 countries are expected to attend! The schedule will cover the latest advances and research in various specialities of dentistry, including eminent speakers (all covered in English). For more information on this year’s event, visit:

Pacific Dental Conference

The Pacific Dental Conference is organized by dental professionals for dental professionals. Their first annual conference was held over 25 years ago, beginning their tradition of offering exceptional continuing education programs, the latest in cutting edge techniques, and emerging technology and services.

This year’s event will be held March 9-11, 2023 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. There will be 100+ in-person open sessions and hands-on courses as well as an exhibit hall showcasing more than 225 exhibiting companies. Thousands of dental professionals from BC, other Canadian provinces and neighboring US states will hear from top notch presenters who are prominent leaders in the dental industry. As an attendee, you will have the opportunity to learn from the best while earning CE credits. For more information on this year’s event, and registration information, visit: 

IDS 2023

IDS is the leading global trade fair for the dental community, which ensures sustainable success as a platform for innovation and market trends. As one of the biggest meetings of dental professionals worldwide, 160,000 attendees from 160 countries are expected to come to Cologne, Germany for a five-day event March 14-18, 2023 for this one-of-a-kind dental conference. 

This year’s focus will be on the most important concepts and technologies for the practices and laboratories of today and tomorrow. Over 2,000 exhibitors will showcase forward-looking innovations, new products, exciting live demonstrations and practical hands-on learning.

This year celebrates 100 years of the IDS, so it’s sure to be a big celebration. For more information and registration, visit their website: 

European Society of Endodontology (ESE) Biennial Congress

For those unfamiliar with the ESE, this is an organization focused on the broad field of Endodontology, the branch of dental sciences dealing with health, injuries to and diseases of the dental pulp and periradicular region, and their relationship with general health and well-being.

ESE congresses are well known as exceptional meetings that combine the clinical science and practice of Endodontics with the underpinning biological and materials sciences. ESE biennial congresses normally include pre-congress courses and workshops, a range of lectures and symposia, a comprehensive trade show as well as exceptional social events. 

This year’s biennial congress will be held September 6-9, 2023 in Helsinki, Finland. This event will feature an impressive array of internationally renowned speakers delivering cutting edge research findings and state-of-the-art clinical techniques. Registration and more information will be available closer to the event dates.Continue following along here: 

ADF Congrès Dentaire International

The ADF Congress is one of the world’s leading events in the field of dentistry, and certainly an important European continuing education event. This event aims to combine, at the same time and in the same place, a scientific program offering nearly a hundred sessions, and an exhibition of international scope.

In 2022, this event space held 25,000 participants, hosted with 400 speakers and 350 international exhibitors. Typically a five-day event, dental professionals can expect a full schedule of scientific program sessions across a variety of areas of expertise. Speakers will come from various backgrounds, including private practice and teaching hospitals, covering both fundamentals as well as specialized topics.

This event is held every year around November at the stunning Palais des Congrès de Paris. The 2023 event has not announced dates but continue following this link for more information: 

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Many of these premier dental events continue growing each year thanks to continued interest and support from the greater dental community. Your thirst for knowledge and education makes these events such a success year after year. 

For over 25 years, we’ve exhibited at many of the world’s leading dental community meetings, both large and small, to promote the use of surgical microscopes in dentistry. Bringing our scopes as well as our other offerings have helped thousands of dental professionals truly see and feel the precision and maximized comfort of using a dental microscope in their practice.

2023 is set to be a year like no other, with more prominent dental conferences, as well as specialized courses and lectures, than ever before. As you sit down to plan your travel schedule in pursuit of education and networking opportunities, consider some of these heavy-hitting meetings this year. And, of course, don’t be shy – stop by and see us at Global Surgical. We’d love to see you!

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