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The morning:

Be Aware of Wear: A Systematic Approach to Diagnosing, Treatment Planning, and Restoring the Worn Dentition

In today’s society, tooth wear is more prevalent than ever, and it is therefore incumbent upon the entire dental team to be well versed in recognizing the clinical signs of wear while understanding the importance of prevention when possible and the restorative options when necessary. This half-day lecture will illustrate the different types of tooth wear with clinical examples and demonstrate a systematic approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the clinical signs of intrinsic and extrinsic erosion.
  • Office protocols to help patients prevent and/or treat acid erosion.
  • Recognize the clinical signs of horizontal and vertical wear patterns.
  • Designing an occlusal scheme that fits the grinding patterns of the patient.
  • Bite opening vs. crown lengthening vs. orthodontic intrusion to gain space for restorations.
  • The importance of an interdisciplinary team in treating wear cases.
  • A systematic approach in the treatment of simple to complex wear cases.

In the afternoon:

To Smile or not to Smile: Why Truly Understanding Smile Design Principles is so Important to You and Your Patient

Today patients seeking aesthetic procedures and smile makeovers have high expectations. They have done their research and understand the possibilities. In order to meet these patient demands, we must summon both our artistic and scientific skills, combining a thorough understanding of smile design principles in order to achieve the desired results. This half-day lecture will discuss individually and in detail these principles and illustrate their use with clinical cases. Also included in the presentation will be the importance of composite mock-ups, provisional restorations, laboratory communication, and multidisciplinary teamwork.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why incisal edge position is so important and how to determine it.
  • Visualization, preparation, and communication with composite mock-ups.
  • The role of provisional restorations in both patient and laboratory communication.
  • How to evaluate provisionals aesthetically, functionally and phonetically to insure clinical success.
  • Gingival recontouring with diode lasers.
  • Treatment options for gummy smiles.
  • How to prevent or eliminate dark triangles.
  • The importance of the relationship between the teeth, gingival scaffold, and lips.
  • Understanding the role of the smile in facial aesthetics and a youthful appearance.
  • Utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach when treatment planning complex cases.

About the Speaker

Thomas E. Dudney, DMD is a 1977 graduate of University of the Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. He has served as the Clinical Director for the Aesthetic Advantage hands-on programs taught by Dr. Larry Rosenthal at New York University and the Eastman Dental Clinic in London. He was the clinical Director for the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies (CCADS) live patient hands-on programs taught in the US, Canada, and the UK. Presently he is the clinical director for the newly formed Pacific Aesthetic Continuum (PAC) hands-on programs. He has presented workshops and lectures at dental meetings around the country and authored several articles on aesthetic and restorative dentistry. He is a member of Catapult Education, the American Dental Association, the Alabama Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also an accredited member of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics and a Diplomat of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry.

Hotel Information

Should you wish to stay at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown for our meeting, we have secured a group rate.  Please use the link below to make your reservation.

Fifth District Dental Society Winter Meeting

Start date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
End date: Friday, January 24, 2020
Last day to book: Monday, January 6, 2020

Marriott Syracuse Downtown  for 129.00 USD  per night

Book your group rate for Fifth District Dental Society Winter Meeting


Please print off the handouts below, as none will be provided the day of the course.  If you do not have access to a printer please let us know in advance.

Master Tooth Wear

Smile Design



Jan 24, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13202 United States
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