2018 Speakers

     Composite Artistry 

Ronald Jackson, DDS, FAGD, FAACD


The greatest impact of cosmetic or esthetic dentistry is providing patients with beautiful smiles that enhance self-esteem. However, materials and techniques have undergone significant evolution and dentists are challenged to keep current. In addition, esthetic standards have been raised and quality outcomes redefined by today’s educated patient. Restoring anterior teeth with a single shade and single opacity is no longer acceptable.

This presentation will illustrate the versatility and value of using direct composite resin for treating anterior restorative needs and cosmetic desires. The logical, conservative techniques shown will lead to a result that pleases the patient and encourages referrals.

In the hands-on workshop participants will have the opportunity to use IPS Empress Direct (Ivoclar Vivadent), a state of the art, naturally shaded composite system. Exercises will include placement of an invisible Class IV and Diastema Closure. Bringing your magnification is recommended. All other materials will be provided.

The educational objectives for this presentation are for the participants to be able to:

1.Achieve life-like conservative restorations and cosmetic enhancements with composite resin
2.Gain a practical understanding of opacity/translucency, form, color, characterizations, texture and contour
3.Create dental art without being artistic