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Dental Ceramics

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.

Direct Bonded Restorations

Due to our patients esthetic desires and the advantages of minimal tooth preparations, direct bonded restorations are a mainstay of most dental practices.  Although advances in materials have improved the outcome of composite restorations, these restorations can still be accompanied by post-op sensitivity, marginal breakdown and secondary caries.  This course aims to review the techniques for optimal bonding based on evidence as well as highlight the uses of new bonding systems that can simplify your technique while maintaining performance.  We will also look at the clinical applications for bulk fill composites and bioactives.

Prevention and non-surgical treatment of caries

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).

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