November 15, 2024

Pursuit of Excellence: Optimizing Direct and Indirect Restorative Outcome - Material Selection and Clinical Application

Dr. Taiseer Sulaiman, DDS, PhD

Seminar Schedule:

Registration & Breakfast

Lecture begins

Mid-Morning Break

Lecture resumes

12:00pm - 1:00pm:

1:00pm - 3:30pm:
Lecture (no break)

3:30pm - 3:45pm:
Questions & Answers

Course breakdown

The first two phases of any restorative care are treatment planning and clinical execution. The third phase, material selection and clinical application, is often underestimated, resulting in failure to serve our patients. The abundance of restorative dentistry materials, such as dental ceramics, adhesives, composite resins, cements, and provisional material, coupled with the constant release of new materials by manufacturers, can be daunting. When clinicians comprehend the fundamental features and characteristics of each material as well as their precise application, the maximum potential of each material can be achieved, resulting in extraordinary patient care. This course will focus on clinical recommendations and material selection criteria to complement the pursuit of restorative dental excellence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the advancement of adhesive systems, tooth-colored direct restorative materials, and which adhesion technique maximizes bonding to the tooth structure. In addition, understanding the relevance of light-curing and the polymerization process, as well as the role it plays in extending restorative therapy.
  • Establish criteria for the selection and use of modern ceramics, including bonding, with a focus on monolithic zirconia, its numerous generations, and how an understanding of ceramic material qualities can lead to successful and long lasting indirect restorative treatment.

About the Speaker

Taiseer Sulaiman is a Tenured Associate Professor and the Director of the Advanced Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials Research at the Adams School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned his clinical certificate in Operative Dentistry and his PhD in Dental Materials from the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry and Biomaterial Sciences from the University of Turku in Finland in collaboration with the Department of Operative Dentistry at UNC. Dr. Sulaiman is a wet-handed clinician, and a researcher who is passionate about bridging the gap between dental research and clinical application. Dr. Sulaiman’s research focus is on dental ceramics, adhesion, cements, color and appearance in dentistry, and biomimetics. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is a member of many academies including the Academy of Operative Dentistry (where he serves as councilor to the academy), the Society of Color and Appearance in Dentistry, IADR/AADR, and the American Dental Association. He has presented on numerous national and international stages and serves as a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals.