Expanding the Bounds of Adhesion Dentistry

Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Many misconceptions remain relative to bonding agent efficacy and bonding agent sealing of dentin, the causes of post-operative sensitivity, the long-term efficacy of fluoride release, and composite resin adaptation in cavity preparations. This course will provide scientific guidance to correct these misconceptions.


Advances in our understanding of how a tooth functions at the biomechanical level have led to significant changes in how we prepare and restore teeth. Historically the emphasis has been on creating a strong restoration without regard to preserving tooth structure, too often leading to catastrophic tooth loss.Biomimetic designs now focus on how to protect vital biomechanical components of tooth structure while providing esthetic and durable restorations.


A key component to this paradigm shift is to fully utilize adhesion to all hard surfaces. Adhesion replaces mechanical retention. Improved bonding options combined with current advances in restorative materials and techniques allows us to come closer to reproducing Mother Nature's designs than ever before.

This course presents a paradigm shift away from traditional dentistry where the emphasis is on strong restoration but not on preservation of the natural teeth.


You Will Learn:

  • Why full crown preperations too often lead to endodontic treatment
  • How ceramic margins can be kept both supragingival and esthetic
  • Why to never restore a posterior endodontically treated tooth with a full crown
  • How to bond both any metal and any ceramic easily and with the same adhesive
  • Why many popular self-etching cements should never be used
  • How to avoid bond failure when using CAD-CAM
  • Why elevation of margins with composite is superior to extending restorations subgingivally
  • How to bond a 'flat' prep with retention approaching 1000 pounds on a molar
  • Why mechanical retention leads to post-op bite pressure sensitivity
  • How to bond zirconia by several methods
  • Why direct composite can result in sensitivity and the correction to this problem
  • How to re-attach a fractured tooth fragment without using composite
  • How to utilize adhesion to replace mechanical retention in many applications


Who Should Attend
This program is designed for dental practitioners and prosthodontists.

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.



CE Credit

CEU: Units - 6

This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Regular Tuition: $295 Dentists; $195 Allied Dental Professionals

*Course includes lunch and coffee/tea service in the morning


Raymond L. Bertolotti received his D.D.S. degree from the University of California, San Francisco, after working as a Ph.D. metallurgical and ceramic engineer at Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Bertolotti is perhaps best known for introducing “total etch”  to North America in 1984.  He also introduced  Panavia in 1985, tin plating in 1989,  self-etching primers in 1992 and HealOzone in 2004. The sectional Contact Matrix system, "MicroPrime", "MicroEtcher" sandblasting and intraoral tin-plating are also his innovations. He is a well known international lecturer, having presented in over 30 countries.



Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

155 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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