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January 19 & 20, 2018


Friday: Veneers and Aesthetics
Dr. Steven T. Cutbirth, DDS - Director, Center for Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry

What you will learn:

  • Treatment planning complex veneer cases, including crowded and displaced teeth

  • Veneer tooth preparation techniques, including when and how to prepare through the interproximal contact

  • Defining the ideal incisal plane position of anterior teeth and how to reestablish that position when it has been lost through bruxism, an accident, inaccurate dental restorations, etc.

  • Blending the incisal plane with the occlusal plane

  • Using lip position of the patient to establish the ideal incisal edge position

  • Components of the ideal smile

  • Burr selection for veneer preparation

  • Fast, easy, esthetic and durable veneers

  • Cementation of veneers: selecting appropriate luting composite viscosity

  • Single anterior tooth requiring restoration

  • Extremely accurate, simple and durable impression technique

  • Optimum communication with patients so they wish to proceed with the restoration

  • Charging for veneer cases including financing

  • Veneer maintenance

  • Troubleshooting

  • Literature review of studies surrounding veneers

  • Most effective methods of working with long distance dental technicians

  • Ideal veneer restoration of dark teeth, including tetracycline stains

  • Producing restored veneer cases that look natural or better

  • Literature review of pertinent articles

Additional discussion will be had on the number and length of appointments required to restore aesthetic cases as well as estimating the cost of such cases.


The doctor & patient consultation will be discussed including how to utilize dental picture books, important things to say and the overall “tone” of the consultation appointment, so that the patient appropriately receives enough information to actually diagnose themselves. 

Participants will learn how to elevate a patient’s appreciation and understanding of excellent, comprehensive dentistry, so that the patient thoroughly understands their dental condition and their available treatment options.



Saturday: Techniques and Trends in Dental Materials.

Guest Speaker – Jon Fundingsland - Professional Service Manager, 3M Oral Care

Course Objectives:

Learn new materials, techniques and tips to optimize the performance of today’s adhesives, flowables, composites, ionomers and cements. 


During this presentation you will see both clinical and technical results with today’s restorative products and cements.  Adhesives have changed rapidly in recent years.  How are the new universal systems working?  Nanotechnology:  What can it offer to restorative materials, from adhesives to flowables to universals to glass ionomers?  We will also discuss new bulk-fill posterior restorative options.  Cements:  With the increase in ceramic restorations, cementation has become a topic of interest.  Today’s systems are stronger, more efficient, and more color stable. 

From a clinical perspective, techniques and tips collected though collaborations with clinicians around the globe will be highlighted. 

Disclaimer: The clinical examples will be 3M Oral Care products, but the techniques discussed would apply to many products.

Detailed Course Objectives

 The clinician will be able to:

  1. Optimize the use of total and self etch adhesives.

  2. Understand today’s “Universal” adhesives

  3. Identify appropriate uses for today’s improved flowable resins.

  4. Discuss the esthetic options in today’s composites.  Introduce basic and advanced layering concepts

  5. Implement new placement techniques for posterior composites.

  6. Identify problems with light-curing and how to optimize your technique.

  7. Describe when and why glass ionomers and resin modified glass ionomers might be a prudent alternative filling material.

  8. Cementation:  Describe and contrast the three main approaches to cements; RMGI, Self-adhesive, and Adhesive.  When each are appropriate.

  9. Cementation:  Use the best surface treatment of indirect restoratives for optimum performance.

After training as a Chemical Engineer, Jon Fundingsland joined 3M in 1979.  During his long career in dental materials, Jon has held positions of increasing responsibilities in the areas of Research, Product Development, Technical Services, International Professional Service, and Scientific Affairs Manager for the Restorative Business Team.  His current assignment is as Professional Services Manager.


During his years in research and development, Jon worked on such diverse product areas as the use of monoclonal antibodies to detect periodontal pathogens, dental implants, and the use of hydroxyapatite to repair osseous defects associated with periodontal disease.  Most of his experience, however, was in the area of dental adhesives, resin modified glass ionomers, and composites.


Jon has been granted 9 patents pertaining to various aspects of adhesives, and was on the development teams for such products as Scotchbond Multi-Purpose Plus, Vitrebond Liner Base, Single Bond and Filtek Supreme.  Jon has lectured extensively, in over 30 countries, on the design and efficacy of dental adhesives, composites and ionomers.  

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