Provisional Restorative Materials and Techniques

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Hands-On Course – Limited Class Size

Dr. Perry is Director of the Gavel Center for Restorative Research and Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.  Highlights of his recent research and teaching activities include: principal investigator for major dental materials research studies; course director for student course in provisionals; project manager for effectiveness studies of consumer related products and bleaching materials; clinical coordinator and analyst for a clinical trials study for a major global toothbrush product manufacturer and restorative materials.

In addition to his research and teaching experience, Dr. Perry owns a private general dentistry practice, Meridian Dental Associates, in South Weymouth, MA.  He earned his doctorate in dentistry from Boston University and his MS in Dental Research at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Provisional restorations serve many important purposes.  In addition to protecting the teeth and soft tissues while the definitive restorations are being fabricated in the lab, they also serve as diagnostic aids.  This means that provisional restorations allow us to evaluate esthetics, pulpal status, periodontal responses, occlusion and phonetics.  Dentists and auxiliaries must be able to fabricate consistently excellent provisionals quickly and easily under a variety of circumstances.

This course will help develop the knowledge, skills, speed and confidence that will allow the dentist and auxiliary to fabricate provisional restorations that are durable, functional, and esthetic.  Dr. Perry will offer a detailed review of current provisional materials, their application, costs and appropriate modifications.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to

  • Understand the technical elements of provisional creation
  • Evaluate patients dental condition
  • Produce esthetic and functional provisionals
  • Review various products for provisional production