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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Leveraging Advances in Restorative Dentistry

Categories: Restorative Dentistry

Author(s): Scott Coleman, DDS, MAGD

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this article is to provide the reader with information on contemporary practices in general dentistry.
After reading this article, the reader will be able to:

1. Describe modern-day detection methods including current radiographic techniques and the use of transillumination.
2. Review modern techniques to remove diseased tooth structure and procedures for restoration preparation.
3. Describe the benefits and drawbacks of different adhesive techniques as well as the main reasons for postoperative sensitivity.
4. Compare various composite systems available for tooth restoration.

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Dentistry is an ever-evolving field. As technology improves, we are able to take these advances and apply them to clinical practice. Notable developments in the field of radiography have drastically improved practitioners’ ability not only to diagnose caries and pathologies more effectively but also earlier than ever before. Diagnoses with more detail, as well as the more precise location of these potential problems, are also possible with modern-day radiographs. Technological advancements in dentistry are not limited to improved diagnoses. Caries removal and tooth preparation instruments, bonding systems, and restorative materials have improved over the years and provide practitioners with a wide array of choices in treatment. Some of the purported benefits of these advancements are improved chair time management, less pain reported by patients, and more retentive restorations. It is up to the individual practitioner to stay current on the new technologies available in the field, as well as their benefits and drawbacks. This article provides some examples of advancements in the field of restorative dentistry.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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