Techniques and Material Selection for Optimum Esthetics

The Pankey Series of Online CE on Dentaltown
Series View Cost: $89
Course Count: 3
Series Credit Cost: Included
Total Credits: 4.5
James C. Kessler, BS, DDS, Techniques and Material Selection for Optimum Esthetics
Speaker: James C. Kessler, BS, DDS
CE Credits: 2
Format: MP4 Video
The challenge of keeping up with the rapidly evolving array of options in esthetic restorative dentistry can be daunting. It is critical that both the dentist and the dental laboratory technician main...more
  • Running Time: 1.5 hours
  • Released: 11/14/2012
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
  • Review Date: 6/30/2019
CE Details
Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 2 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 250.

The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.

The fee to view the entire series is $89. This cost includes all fees to take all exams and claim your CE credits.

The challenge of keeping up with the rapidly evolving array of options in esthetic restorative dentistry can be daunting. It is critical that both the dentist and the dental laboratory technician maintain an understanding of the indications and limitations of the various systems.

In this presentation, discussed are the indirect restorative materials available, and the strengths and weaknesses of each. Additionally, covered are critical communications that must take place between the dentist and ceramist, and how to determine what materials best satisfy different restorative situations. Subjects presented include, determining when the metal-ceramic restoration is still considered the restoration of choice, what situations are best satisfied by bonded porcelain restorations, which all-ceramic restorative systems can dependably mask discolorations and metallic build-ups, and how some systems match particular shade and translucency situations better than others.

Description of Speaker:
Dr. James C. Kessler is a 1977 graduate of the University Of Oklahoma College Of Dentistry. He spent ten years in dental education, teaching first at the University of Oklahoma and then at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 1988 he entered private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he spent eighteen years. In January 2007, Dr. Kessler returned to dental education. He is currently the Herbert T. Shillingburg Professor and Chair of the Division of Restorative Dentistry at the Oklahoma University College of Dentistry. Dr. Kessler’s primary areas of interest are in the clinical and laboratory fabrication of esthetic ceramic restorations. He is an active lecturer for both Dentists and Dental Laboratory Technician groups and has lectured throughout the United States as well as Canada, Europe and Asia.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
  • 1. Gain an understanding of the various all-ceramic systems, their relative strengths, methods of fabrication and how they should be bonded or cemented.
  • 2. Learn to recognize which restorative systems might best satisfy a given set of esthetic and functional demands.
  • 3. Learn the critical aspects of preparation design that are unique to all-ceramic, milled restorations and gain confidence in communicating these.

Dr. Kessler declares that he has financial interests with the Pankey Insititute.

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