Hands On Course – Class Size Limited
DAVID N. BARDWELL, D.M.D., M.S. Clinical Professor, Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
SIMONE DELIPERI, D.D.S. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and private practice, Cagliari (Italy)
PETER ARSENAULT, D.M.D., M.S. Clinical Associate Professor, Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
OLYMPIA KARACOSTA, D.M.D. Assistant Professor, Diagnosis and Health Promotion, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
This program is designed for dentists who wish to improve their technique and increase their success rate with direct posterior composite restorations. Current evidence-based research supporting this technique will be presented. Clinical success with direct composite restorations is becoming more predicable by proper selection and use of high-performance adhesive systems, composite resins, and light curing systems. The course will review layering techniques for both enamel and dentin in an attempt to reduce the C-factor and stress from polymerization shrinkage, as well an analysis of restoring enamel and dentin as different substrates. Additionally, sculpting each restoration before curing will be illustrated, as well as supporting minimal adjustment, contouring, and polishing.
The hands-on portion of this course will include selection of: composite resin and light curing system, bonding agents and matrices. Also included will be the use of composite placement techniques, light curing sequences, finishing and polishing, occlusal wear consideration, and build-ups requiring cuspal coverage.
Upon completion of the course, participants will have the skills to “go resin” in most direct posterior applications and the confidence to achieve consistent long-term success!
- Understand a stress-reduced approach for the restoration of structurally compromised teeth with layering and curing protocols
- Compare a stress-reduced direct technique with traditional techniques available for the restoration of Class II restorations
- Know how to improve results on Class II composite restorations
- Understand how to replicate esthetic appearance and the creation of anatomical proximal contacts
- Become familiar with a new technique for direct cuspal coverage utilizing a resin buildup protocol