Clinical Pearls to Incorporate in Your Dental Practice

Contemporary Dental Ceramics

New ceramic materials have changed the way we practice dentistry by offering a strong, esthetic and affordable restorative option for our patients. But 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. 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.

Course Objectives

  1. Review the different types of dental ceramic materials
  2. Choosing a ceramic material for anterior restorations
  3. Preparation and design considerations for posterior crowns and bridges
  4. Strategies to adjust, polish and cut off ceramic crowns

Bonding Dental Ceramics

The ability to bond 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. Each detail of the bonding procedure is based on research performed at the UAB School of Dentistry.

Course objectives:

  1. Review the indications for bonding dental ceramics
  2. Classify dental ceramics based on their appropriate bonding protocol
  3. Describe the available methods to clean ceramics prior to bonding
  4. Present a protocol for preparing the surface of ceramic crowns (ie etching or sandblasting)
  5. Review the primers used on ceramic restorations
  6. Classify the types of cements used for adhesive bonding

Anterior Discoloration Treatments

New concepts in dental materials now allow us to practice more conservative dentistry. Some of these new materials include: resin infiltration used for the treatment of incipient interproximal lesions and white spot lesions, microabrasion, bleaching used to treat anterior discolorations, and bioactive restoratives and cements used to help prevent recurrent caries. This lecture will provide evidence for these new materials and clinical protocols for the use of these new materials.

Course objectives:

  1. Show protocols and examples of how to treat white spot lesions and anterior discolorations with resin infiltration, microabrasion, and bleaching.
  2. Explain what bioactive materials are and how they are used in dentistry

Materials and Techniques to Improve Class II Composites

Class II 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.

Course objectives

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


  • Nathaniel Lawson DMD PhD is the Director of the Division of Biomaterials at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry and the program director of the Biomaterials residency program. He graduated from UAB School of Dentistry in 2011 and obtained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2012. He has served as an investigator on over 50 clinical and laboratory research grants, and published over 150 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and research abstracts. His research interests are the mechanical, optical, and biologic properties of dental materials and clinical evaluation of new dental materials. He was the 2016 recipient of the Stanford New Investigator Award and the 2017 3M Innovative Research Fellowship both from the American Dental Association. He serves on the American Dental Association Council of Scientific Affairs and is on the editorial board of The Journal of Adhesive Dentistry and Compendium. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the subject of dental materials. He also works as a general dentist in the UAB Faculty Practice.
  • Augusto Robles DMD MS is the Director of the Operative Dentistry curriculum at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. He graduated from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in 1992 and obtained his Advanced Education Certificate and his MS in Restorative Dentistry from the University of Michigan in 2006 and 2007 respectively. He is a graduate of the Dawson Academy in 2016 where he is a visiting instructor currently. He has served as an investigator in several clinical research grants. He serves as reviewers for several journals such as Operative Dentistry Journal, and the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. His research interests are the clinical evaluation of new dental materials and minimally invasive/conservative restorative dentistry. He has lectured nationally and internationally about Operative/Restorative Dentistry. He also works as a general dentist in the UAB Faculty Practice.


UF College of Dentistry
1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610

888-550-4590 (toll-free)

University of Florida

Continuing Education Units

7.5 contact hours. Lecture


Continuing Dental Education at UFCD expresses appreciation to Delta Dental for unrestricted educational grants, which helped make this course possible.

Delta Dental Teams please call the UF CDE office for pricing…888-550-4590


  • Networking Lunch is included.
  • 8:30AM – 5PM
    • Check-in begins at 8:00am
Participant Regular Fee Early Bird Fee
(Expires August 6, 2021)
Dentists $349 $299
Auxiliary $199 $149
Dates Location Course # AGD #
August 28, 2021 Gainesville 220292 780 = 2 hours, 250 = 3.5 hours & 010 = 2 hours