Contemporary Dental Ceramics (3 hrs)

New ceramic materials have changed the way we practice dentistry by offering a strong, esthetic and affordable restorative option for our patients.  But ceramic materials do not handle the same as metal-based restorations and improper selection or handling can lead to premature failure.  This course will teach you how to select and handle different types of  ceramic materials that are currently used in dentistry that will be much less confusing than typical marketing rhetoric.  We will review the best clinical practices based on research studies conducted at the UAB School of Dentistry and provide pearls for you to take back to the office.


Course objectives:

  1. Review the different types of dental ceramic materials

  2. Choosing a ceramic material for anterior restorations

  3. Preparation and design considerations for posterior crowns and bridges

  4. Strategies to adjust, polish and cut off ceramic crowns

Bonding Dental Ceramics (3 hrs)

The ability to bond dental ceramics allows the practitioner to perform more conservative tooth preparations.  As there are many different types of dental ceramics available (zirconia, lithium disilicate, porcelain, processed composite, etc), determining the correct protocol for each type of ceramic can be confusing.  This lecture aims to simplify the process of bonding ceramics and provide the clinician with a protocol that can be used to bond any type of dental ceramic.  Each detail of the bonding procedure is based on research performed at the UAB School of Dentistry.


Course objectives:

  1. Review the indications for bonding dental ceramics

  2. Classify dental ceramics based on their appropriate bonding protocol

  3. Describe the available methods to clean ceramics prior to bonding

  4. Present a protocol for preparing the surface of ceramic crowns (ie etching or sandblasting)

  5. Review the primers used on ceramic restorations

  6. Classify the types of cements used for adhesive bonding

Materials and Techniques to Improve Class II Composites (3hrs)

Class II composite restorations remain the bread and butter procedure of many general dentists.  Although this procedure may seem trivial, there are many clinical factors which lead to a long-lasting restoration, including diagnosis, isolation, caries removal, cavity preparation, use of liner, matrix and wedge placement, bonding technique, composite placement, and finishing and polishing.  This course aims to review the techniques for each of these steps based on current evidence.


Course objectives

  1. Discuss treatment guidelines for interproximal caries and caries removal endpoints.

  2. Discover materials and techniques to promote a long lasting adhesive bond and create a well-adapted restoration.

  3. Analyze matrix utilization and contouring instruments to achieve a tight and well-contoured contact.

Hot Topics in Restorative Dentistry and New Materials for Conservative Dentistry (3 hrs)

New concepts in dental materials now allow us to practice more conservative dentistry.  Some of these new materials include: silver diamine fluoride used to arrest caries, resin infiltration used for the treatment of incipient interproximal lesions and white spot lesions, microabrasion used to treat anterior discolorations, and bioactive restoratives and cements used to help prevent recurrent caries.  This lecture will provide evidence for these new materials and clinical protocols for the use of these new materials.


Course objectives:

  1. Describe how SDF works and how it can be used to arrest caries in an adult population

  2. Show protocols and examples of how to treat white spot lesions and anterior discolorations with resin infiltration, microabrasion, and bleaching

  3. Explain what bioactive materials are and how they are used in dentistry

Prevention and Non-Surgical Treatment of Caries (3hrs)

Despite our best efforts to restore natural dentition with adhesive dentistry, all restorations are inferior to natural tooth structure and susceptible to secondary caries.  This lecture presents a simple approach for treating caries based on the risk factors of our patients.  We will discuss new products and techniques used for re-mineralization (such as MI Paste) as well as review time-tested approaches (such as fluoride-containing products and diet modification recommendations).  This course will also discuss conservative non-surgical treatments for caries and/or enamel defects (such as resin infiltration and micro abrasion).  This course if friendly for the entire dental team (including dentists, hygienists, and assistants).

Course objectives

  1. Review four distinct types of high caries risk patients

  2. Present protocols and techniques for treating each type of high caries risk patient

  3. Review the evidence for fluoride

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