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In-Person at the Aqua Turf

Understanding the Tooth Wear and Caries Conundrum

Tips and Tricks to Elevate Everyday Restorative Dentistry

Presenter: Parag Kachalia, DDS

In-Person at the Aqua Turf
(556 Mulberry St. Plantsville, CT 06479)
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


AM Session:
Understanding the Tooth Wear and Caries Conundrum

Enamel and dentin destruction is caused by more than just caries.  More and more patients of all ages walk into our practices on a daily basis with tremendous amounts of wear on their teeth. In the past much of this wear was blamed on bruxism; however parafunctional wear is most likely only one of the many factors that are leading to this breakdown. Much of the wear that we see may be a result of either intrinsic or extrinsic acid. This course will teach you how to recognize the signs of wear caused by gastric esophageal reflux, bulimia, tooth paste, acidic beverages (energy drinks and soda), acidic foods, and bruxism. During the course you will gain the foundational skills to recognize, prevent, and treat patients who are experiencing enamel and dentinal wear caused by erosion and/or bruxism.  In addition caries is by no means eradicated and a strategies will be presented on implementing caries risk assessment and tailoring treatment that accounts for a patient’s specific risk factors. 

At the conclusion of the course participants will:

  • Be able to identify the cause(s) of tooth wear
  • Have gained an understanding of preventive strategies
  • Have learned how to implement caries risk assessment
  • Understand restorative strategies in a non-favorable oral environment

PM Session:
Tips and Tricks to Elevate Everyday Restorative Dentistry

This course will take a look at the restorative procedures we do most often in practice including direct restorations and single units crowns and provide clinical tips and tricks to allow for everyday dentistry to seamlessly blend with the patient’s dentition. Throughout the presentation relatively low cost techniques and materials will be presented to allow for an efficient placement of restorations. Furthermore the course will focus on conservative esthetic options that allow patients to elevate their smiles without taking away excessive natural tooth structure.

At the conclusion of the course participants will:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the digital smile design process
  • Understand the options that are available today with respect to indirect esthetic restorative materials
  • Gain a proper understanding of cementation and adhesive techniques with today’s materials

About the Presenter: 

Parag Kachalia, DDS is the Director of Educational Development and Industry Relations for the Seattle Study Club.  His primary charge is to focus on creation and dissemination of information for the new learner as well as to leverage synergies between industry partners and club members. In addition, he maintains a private practice in San Ramon, CA focused restorative dentistry. He is also a former tenured Associate Professor and Vice Chairman of simulation, technology, and research, at the University of the Pacific. He is a fellow of the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists and is also a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society.

In 2017 Dr. Kachalia was selected as one of the Top 10 Young Educators in Dentistry in the United States and in 2021 he was selected as one of the 32 most influential people in dentistry. He is a published author and lectures extensively around the world in the areas of adhesive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, photography, CAD/CAM technology, fixed prosthodontics, erosion, digital diagnostics, and generational marketing.

Thank You To Our Sponsors:

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