Advanced Restorative Techniques with Intensive Hands-on Training

Fridays 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Module I: October 28-30, 2022

Module II: December 2-4, 2022

Module III: January 27-29, 2023

Module IV: March 3-5, 2023


This four-module, 80-hour workshop features numerous topics and intensive training in the broad realm of restorative dentistry, aimed at taking you and your practice to the next level. Each weekend module will focus on a different area of restorative dentistry and will include lecture, lab and hands-on training.


During the sessions, you will be presented with a practical and clinically validated approach towards occlusal stability for all of your restorations - anterior and posterior. You will learn how to harmonize aesthetics and function to provide your patients with long-lasting, natural-looking restorative results. Regardless of the stage of your dental career, a seasoned practitioner or a recent graduate, you will benefit from this Super Dentist Boot Camp. This four-part series will provide you with a no-nonsense, evidence-based, scientific approach which is highly focused on hands-on techniques that are designed for dentists seeking skills enhancement to up their game in private practice.


This in-person program at the Dugoni School of Dentistry is the only comprehensive, four-module series offered by Drs. Stevenson and Lopez in the nation.



Who Should Attend

This continuum is intended for general dentists seeking advanced training in restorative techniques.


Module I: Posterior Composite Restorations

October 28-30, 2022

This module will cover the latest advancements in the broad realm of posterior composite restorations. It is designed to provide the clinician with a deep understanding of the entire restorative process from materials science and adhesion to the placement and adjustment of the finest composite restorations possible. The importance of isolation and techniques to simplify this process will be practiced. Knowing when to perform pulp capping and what materials to select are critical to overall success and patient satisfaction. Understanding how to mitigate polymerization shrinkage via 3D layering can be efficient and fun to do. Contouring, finishing and polishing the final restoration with occlusal and longevity in mind will ensure better results.



  • Step-by step protocols
  • Adhesive options
  • Liners and bases and pulp capping materials
  • Preparation designs
  • The 'snow-plow' and the 'wall and lobe' techniques
  • Complex situations: deep lesions, cusp coverage, rotated teeth, discolored teeth
  • Occlusal adjustment


Module II: Anterior Composite Restorations

December 2-4, 2022

In this module, the focus will be on anterior composite restorations. The course is designed to provide you with a deep understanding of shade selection, preparation design, layering and polishing techniques to provide excellent anterior composite restorations. Function/dynamic occlusion plays an important role as well as shade matching and contouring in this challenging arena of direct restorations. You will learn the most effective methods to close diastema, restore the fractured incisor and complete chairside veneers with seamless restorations in the aesthetic zone. Using advanced layering techniques is not just limited to artistic geniuses - you can accomplish amazing results with just a few important techniques.



  • Shade matching
  • Layering techniques
  • Imperceptible class III, IV and V restorations
  • Direct facial composite veneers
  • Diastema closure
  • Using tints and opaques
  • Occlusal adjustment for chewing pathways


Module III: Posterior Ceramic Restorations

January 27-29, 2023

A comprehensive review of posterior ceramic restorations will be covered in Module III. Dr. Stevenson will stress the adherence of proven, well-documented techniques based on clinical studies, and will take you through numerous scenarios of preparation design, temporization techniques and cementation. How to incorporate the biomimetic approach to conserve tooth structure is integral to this session.



  • Assessing the tooth structure for the most conservative options
  • Supragingival prep via margin elevation
  • Variations in preparation design: inlays, onlays, vonlays, crowneers, 1/4 crowns, ACCs
  • Cementation procedures
  • Immediate dentin sealing
  • CAD/CAM scanning and design
  • Milling, staining and glazing techniques


Module IV: Anterior Ceramic Restorations

March 3-5, 2023

During the final module, Dr. Stevenson will review the latest advancements in the broad realm of anterior ceramic veneer, crown, partial coverage 'crowneers' and vonlay restorations. The course has been designed to provide you with a deep understanding of the entire restorative process from materials science and adhesion to the placement and adjustment of the finest anterior ceramic veneer restorations possible. Dynamic occlusion plays an important role, as well as aesthetics, in this challenging arena of indirect restorations. A decision tree for which material to use in each case will be presented which is sure to improve your understanding and execution of both monolithic and bi-layered restorations of lithium disilicate, zirconia and feldspathic ceramics.



  • Diagnostic wax-ups and putty guides
  • Lab communication
  • Sophisticated veneer provisionals
  • Ceramic material choices
  • Try-in pastes
  • Using resin cements of various shades



You Will Learn:

  • How to replicate form, function and aesthetics in both direct and indirect restorative materials
  • To utilize adhesive materials in order to increase retention and longevity with minimal complications
  • To assess and diagnose occlusion, and make appropriate alterations to restorations to maintain/improve occlusal stability
  • How to approach complex restorative cases with a risk-based diagnostic and treatment planning algorithm that simplifies the process
  • How to implement Digital Smile Design in your practice workflow
  • Predictable techniques to close diastema, restore large class IV defects and veneer anterior teeth with seamless composite restorations
  • To create exceptional ceramic veneers which resist chipping and staining over time
  • To integrate the right material for the right case depending on biological, structural, regional and financial aspects



About Us

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years. The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care. The Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.



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Course is limited to 24 participants.

CE Credit

This activity is designated for 80 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Early Bird Tuition $7,995* (for tuition received by September 28)

Regular Tuition: $8,495*

*Program is limited to 24 attendees; includes afternoon coffee and tea services on Fridays and continental breakfast and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.


Program Director:

Richard G. Stevenson III, DDS, earned his DDS degree and AEGD certificate from UCLA School of Dentistry and obtained board certification from the American Board of Operative Dentistry. His work as a mentor for Richard V. Tucker Study Clubs, combined with teaching at the predoctoral levels at UCLA, have forged his commitment to excellence and passing on the knowledge to other dental professionals. He garnered Teacher of the Year awards from numerous classes at UCLA, including the prestigious ADA Golden Apple Award for Teaching. He is a graduate of the Kois Center and has served as a CE faculty member for UCLA's Aesthetic and Implant Continuums. He maintains multidisciplinary practices in West Los Angeles and San Dimas, California. After a 26-year academic career, he started Stevenson Dental Solutions in 2015 to fill the gap between traditional education and real-world clinical dentistry for practicing dentists. 

Cristina D. Lopez, DMD, is a 1991 graduate of the University of the East. After practicing general dentistry in the Philippines, she immigrated to the United States and obtained her dental license.  She began as a lecturer in restorative dentistry at UCLA School of Dentistry in 2007, where she has served in several roles, including assistant to the chair in both the fixed prosthodontics and operative dentistry courses.  She has given presentations and table clinics throughout the U.S. and Asia in the area of cast gold, veneers and dental materials.  She is a member of the Los Angeles Advanced Restorative Study Club and has taught with Dr. Stevenson since 2008. She is also a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry where she serves on the Rising Star Committee and the Executive Council.



Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

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San Francisco, CA 94103

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