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Let’s Grow ToothExcellent Clinical Dentistry Using Bioactive/Regenerative Materials

Ever had a patient say “Doc, that tooth was never a problem until you fixed it”? Let’s stop the madness. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could make the tooth grow? With newer regenerative/bioactive materials we can stimulate dentin healing and self-repair in our direct and indirect restorations all while reducing sensitivity. These materials promote oral health by decreasing plaque, reduce bacterial accumulation, or promote cells to cause regeneration of tissues.

We will learn indications for newer liners, bases, cements, and restorative materials that encourage dentin repair, lessen sensitivity, and promote a healthier oral environment. We will apply these newer materials in our direct composite restorations while exploring matrix systems for predictable, tight, well contoured contacts and methods for efficient restorative dentistry. We will also explore regenerative materials for dentin replacement and cementation of durable esthetic indirect restorations like lithium disilicate and zirconia to reduce post operative problems and increase clinical success. We will learn how to do it right the first time and to make the practice more enjoyable and efficient.

Learning Objectives:

  • The latest in regenerative materials such as dentin liners for dentin sealing, pulp capping, and thermal insulation for increased comfort and restoration success.
  • The regenerative environment….why, how, and what materials.
  • Cementation and infrastructure for zirconia and lithium disilicate crowns with materials that promote dentin formation and sealing of the restoration margins.
  • Efficient direct composite placement – preparation, bonding, matrix selection, bulk fill and bioactive materials for long term oral health. “Re-chargeable” composites.
  • Increasing efficiency in direct composite placement and indirect restorations.
  • The latest in “Gotta-have” materials to increase office efficiency and practice enjoyment.

In the Afternoon…

The Time is NOW…Success with Digital Impressions and CAD/CAM Restorations

Digital impressions and CAD/CAM restorations have become an everyday reality for modern dentistry. Whether lab or office made, a large percentage of all porcelain restorations inserted today are designed and milled. This course is intended to “de-mystify” the world of digital dentistry while reviewing various choices in digital impression taking, porcelain selection, preparations for success, and CAD/CAM fabrication. The techniques taught for preparation, porcelain selection, and cementation applies universally to most all porcelain systems. We will discuss and show cases that may make you change the types of restorations you currently offer.

In office CAD/CAM systems such as CEREC® and E4D® restorations have gained great momentum because of advancements in computer software and ease in design. Dr. Griffin has been involved with CEREC® CAD/CAM restoration education for over 10 years and has inserted over 10,000 restorations. He hides nothing and teaches very clearly which techniques and materials have been successful and which have not. The basic concepts of this system for routine posterior restorations as well as customization of anterior teeth are covered in a very clear and entertaining fashion. Demonstrations of this technology are done as time, space, and support permits.

This course is designed for those offices wanting to do the most current dental procedures in a very efficient way. We will try to take the stress and guess work out of the newer esthetic materials and show what gives years of success in everyday practice. You will leave this course confident in your choices for routine indirect dentistry for your patients. The participation component for this course depends greatly upon the course location and ability for sponsors to provide CAD/CAM equipment and materials.

Lecture Outline:

  • An overview and comparison of tooth colored indirect material…what REALLY works.
  • Laboratory CAD/CAM – single crowns that almost never fail and fit like gold.
  • Who should and who should NOT consider owning a chairside CAD/CAM system.
  • Rational between in office or laboratory milling.
  • The advantages of digital impressions and techniques for efficiency.
  • Anterior and posterior preparations for success with all porcelain restorations.
  • Posterior restoration finishing…staining, glazing, polishing.
  • Successful and predictable porcelain bonding…making sense of a crazy cementation world.

About the Speaker

Jack D. Griffin, Jr., DMD, AAACD, MAGD, ABAD

Dr. Griffin runs a busy practice in St Louis County where he and his staff have maintained a 50-55% overhead since 1988. His Eureka Smile Center emphasizes cosmetics while doing all phases of general dentistry.

Dr. Griffin is one of a hand-full of dentists awarded by his peers Diplomat status with the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry (ABAD), accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Dr. Griffin’s unique educational philosophy focuses on improving clinical and financial outcomes while making practice more fun and rewarding. His course topics include office efficiency, digital photography, current bonding and cementation techniques, great everyday esthetics and CAD/CAM dentistry. Dr. Griffin has been the MasterTrack/CE chair for the Missouri AGD, a member and clinical evaluator for Catapult Elite, the dental industry’s premier speaker’s bureau, and is a clinical director for the Pacific Esthetic Continuum (PAC). He has also been a clinical evaluator for Reality Esthetics and served on the Council for Scientific Affairs for the Greater St Louis Dental Society.

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: 11/1/18
End date: 11/2/18
Last day to book: 10/1/18

Marriott Syracuse Downtown  for 139.00 USD  per night

Click here to book your room at the 5th District’s group rate. 



Marriott Syracuse Downtown
100 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13202 United States
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