Simplify Composites

Dr. Dennis Brown, Simplify Composites
Speaker: Dr. Dennis Brown
CE Credits: 1.5
Format: MP4 Video
Composite is not white amalgam. Composite requires isolation and visibility. This course presents several straight-forward methods to obtain the needed prep isolation and visibility.
  • Running Time: 1 hour
  • Released: 6/24/2020
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2025
  • Review Date: 6/30/2022
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Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 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.

Composite demands attention to detail but that doesn’t mean composites cannot be placed in a timely manner, be profitable and give the dentist pride in a job well done. The biggest challenge is maintaining isolation throughout composite placement. A rubber dam is considered ideal by many but it cannot always be used. The good news isolation can be accomplished without a rubber dam even in very difficult areas such as second molars.

Using a simple tofflemire a tight Class II contact is readily possible. If the embrasure space is wide and/or there is deep root decay, a tight contact can be fabricated with a tofflemire set up. Equally tight contacts on both sides of a MOD’s predictable every time. Again, accomplished with a tofflemire setup. Furthermore, all contacts described above made without the use of traditional aggressive wedging.

Mylar strips and wedges make undesirable black triangles and are terrible at isolating the prep. Class III and Class IV preps can be isolated and emergence contours can be burnished into the matrix with a tofflemire. Yes, a tofflemire is an excellent choice for anteriors.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
  • Accomplish excellent isolation for Class II, Class III, and Class IV composites.
  • Customize the matrix to fashion ideal emergence contours for Class II and Class IV composites.
  • Fabricate predictable tight contacts on any variety of Class II and Class IV composites.
  • Completely isolate and provide access to sub gingival Class V preps.
Description of Speaker:
Dr. Dennis E. Brown, DDS has been practicing dentistry for 42 years. He is a Vietnam veteran. After leaving the Army he attended The Ohio State University receiving his DDS degree in 1977. Dr. Brown opened a private practice in his hometown of Owensville, Ohio in October 1978. Dr. Brown combined his practice with Cincinnati Dental Services in 2018. He is also the founder and owner of Greater Curve matrix band.

In the past 12 months, the lecturer/speaker declare that they have had a financial interest, arrangement or affiliation within the field of dentistry or health care with the following: Greater Curve.

This CE activity is supported by an educational grant from Core Scientific.
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