DATE: Sunday, April 2, 2023

TIME:  Registration 8:30 a.m. - Lecture: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is recommended; registrations can be completed the morning of class.

LOCATION:Loma Linda University School of Dentistry - 11092 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA 92350

TUITION: $195 DDS / $145 AUX

CREDIT: This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 7 units of continuing education.

AGD Code: 250

Nathaniel Lawson, DMD, PhD

Associate Professor and Director
Division of Biomaterials
School of Dentistry
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

An Update to Dental Ceramics


90% of crowns and bridges are now fabricated from a ceramic material according to a report from one of the largest US dental laboratories.  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.  The ability to bond these 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.  In this course, 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.


  • Review the different types of dental ceramic materials
  • Choosing a ceramic material for anterior restorations
  • Preparation and design considerations for posterior crowns and bridges
  • Strategies to adjust, polish and cut off ceramic crowns
  • Review the indications for bonding dental ceramics
  • Present a protocol for preparing the surface of ceramic crowns (ie etching, sandblasting, priming, cleaning)
  • Classify the types of cements used for adhesive bonding

Materials and Techniques to Improve Posterior Composites


Posterior 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.


  • Discuss treatment guidelines for interproximal caries and caries removal endpoints.
  • Discover materials and techniques to promote a long lasting adhesive bond and create a well-adapted restoration.
  • Analyze matrix utilization and contouring instruments to achieve a tight and well-contoured contact.

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