As health care professionals our pre-eminent desire is to treat our patients with the most contemporary, yet proven procedures and materials. Dentists and dental laboratory technicians have watched as countless of the “latest and greatest” techniques and materials come to the forefront, usually amidst a flurry of interest and advertising hype, only to see the failure of many of these systems. Add to this fact that there is a constant barrage of new products being introduced to our profession, there has never been a time when the information we receive, even in many educational venues, has been so commercially biased. Considering all of these factors, one of our greatest challenges becomes deciding when, or if, we should incorporate new restorative options into our practices.
Learning Objectives Following completion of this course, the participants should be able to:
- Describe the indications and limitations for the various allceramic options available today
- Recognize the physical properties of the all-ceramic systems and what leads to failure
- Recognize clinical situations for which gold or metalceramic restorations remain the restorations of choice
- Utilize the correct preparation design for anterior and posterior bonded all-ceramic restorations based on the clinical circumstance and material properties
- Select the appropriate luting resin and bonding technique based on the clinical situation
- Recognize the risk factors associated with various preparation designs and materials, and communicate them more effectively to the patient in terms of prognosis.
7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. Welcome and Introduction to Course – Dr. Barry D. Hammond
8:15 a.m. “A Look at New Restorative Materials through the Lens of Proven Principles” In this presentation we will pursue a completely unbiased approach of evaluating new materials and technologies using current evidence and proven principles as our litmus test of when, where, and if we should introduce them into our practices. We will examine what the contemporary ceramic materials may offer in the way of conservative preparations, esthetics, efficiency, accuracy, and even predictability. We will explore how the various materials and technologies discussed may modify our concepts of treatment planning and ideal preparation design, as well as when traditional restorations are still the best choice.
1 p.m. “Bonded Ceramic Restorations, Minus the Hype” In this presentation we will discuss the practical, real-world indications for bonded restorations based on the defects that exist in the tooth and the patient’s risk factors. We will examine the preparation details critical for anterior and posterior bonded ceramic restorations. These preparation designs vary with the planned restorative material, the luting resin system that will be utilized, the character of the dental substrate to which they will be bonded, and perhaps, most importantly, a clear vision of risks vs. benefits based on the possible modes of failure of the restoration. We will also review veneer provisionalization techniques and bonding procedures, as well as the various resin cement systems available.
4:15 p.m. Adjourn