Academy of Operative Dentistry Scientific Session 2025

 Thursday, February 21st


"Overcoming Clinical Challenges in a Restorative Dental Practice Using Technology to Master the Adhesive Interface"


Jeff Brucia, DDS
Private Practice, San Fransisco, CA

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Tucker Lecture of Excellence

“Preparation Designs that Complement Current Material Options with Indirect Restorations” 


Richard Stevenson, DDS
Private Practice, San Dimas, CA

Synopsis: We have several different options to restore teeth today, however, there exists a tremendous lack of consistency in the fundamentals of preparation design, nomenclature, and rotary instrumentation.  What one school identifies as a chamfer; another school might call a rounded shoulder.  The textbooks and much of the literature have not been able to keep up with the current materials and the subsequent preparation alterations required.  It is certainly time for our profession to embrace the proper terminology, burs, features, and dimensions indicated to create preparations that will support the long-term survival of our restorations.  This presentation will attempt to clarify what we know, what we think we know and what we need to know about preparation designs in the current era.

Learning Objectives: 
1) Understand what we can learn from engineers about three dimensional shapes, stresses, nomenclature, and preparation indications.
2) Be able to identify which bur will create which finish line and when to use each.
3) Learn the steps used to produce preparations that are intentionally designed for the material being used.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Richard Stevenson received his D.D.S. from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1986, where he also earned a Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry.  He maintains a private practice focused on Restorative Dentistry in San Dimas and is an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Dentistry at the UCLA School of Dentistry where he served as Chair of the Division of Restorative Dentistry for 17 years.  He serves on the Editorial Board of Operative Dentistry, and mentor’s dentists in clinically focused study clubs internationally and lectures extensively on Restorative Dentistry.  He has a YouTube channel on dental techniques with over 150,000 subscribers.  He is the recipient of the American Dental Association’s Distinguished “Golden Apple” Teaching Award, the Richard V. Tucker Award, the Award of Excellence from the Academy of Operative Dentistry and earned a Fellowship in Medical Education from the UCLA School of Medicine. He has published dozens of articles on restorative materials and techniques in peer reviewed journals and is the author of several book chapters in restorative dentistry.  He is the inventor numerous dental instruments. He is a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the Academy of Operative Dentistry, where he served as President. Dr. Stevenson is a Board-Certified Operative Dentist as awarded from the American Board of Operative Dentistry. He serves as the Director of Education at Stevenson Dental Education where he teaches hands-on clinical courses in general dentistry.


10:00 - 10:20


 10:20 - 11:20am
Buonocore Memorial Lecture

"Minimally invasive anterior and posterior single tooth replacement with bonded zirconia restorations – a new gold standard?"


Matthias Kern, Prof. Dr. Med Dent Habil, FADM
Professor and Chairman
Department of Prosthodontics
Propaedeutics and Dental Materials
School of Dentistry, Christian-Albrechts University at Kiel, Germany

Resin-bonded fixed dental prostheses (RBFDPs, so-called Maryland bridges) with two metal retainer wings have been introduced 40 years ago for a minimal invasive replacement of missing teeth. However due to various reasons, metal-ceramic RBFDPs are not considered a comparable treatment modality to implants by most dentists.

Cantilevered anterior RBFDPs with a single ceramic retainer wing were introduced 25 years ago. They provide better esthetics and are less invasive than two-retainer RBFDPs. In the meantime long-term data with bonded zirconia restorations for this minimal invasive treatment option are available. Similar concepts are now also implemented for the replacement of posterior teeth that show promising medium-term outcomes comparable to single tooth implants.

This lecture summarizes when zirconia ceramic RBFDPs present a favorable, minimally invasive and less costly treatment alternative to single tooth implants.

Learning objectives:
1) To learn the indications and contraindications for single retainer zirconia ceramic RBFDPs.
2) To learn how to bond long-term successfully to zirconia ceramic.
3) To learn the clinical procedures to successfully use single retainer zirconia RBFDPs.


11:20am - 12:20pm

“The AP Dimension of Speech: Demystifying Phonetic
Complications in Restorative Dentistry"

Roxanna Esguerra, DDS, MS
Private Practice, Duluth, MN

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 12:20 – 2:00 pm

2:00 – 3:00 pm
Cariology Lecture

“Assessing Pulp Health in Deep Caries and Efficacy of Vital Pulp Therapy.”

Dr. Dr. Ashraf Fouad, DDS, MS
Chair of the Department of Endodontics, and Director of the Advanced Endodontics Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

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3:00 – 4:00 pm

“Increasing Occlusal Vertical Dimension: How to be Predictable“

Van Ramos, DDS, MS
Director of the Graduate Prosthodontics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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4:00 – 5:00 pm

“Chewing and Memory: How Correct Occlusion Can Prevent Cognitive Decline“  


Matthias Troeltzsch, MD, DMD

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 Friday, February 22nd


8:15 – 9:30

“Pre-restorative Orthodontic Intrusion and Expansion – Is It Really Possible?”
The Summit Lecture of Excellence

Bill Robbins, DDS, MA
Private Practice, San Antonio, TX

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9:30 –10:30 am 

“The Place of Orthodontics in the Whole Health Paradigm.”


Dr. Brian Hockel, DDS
Private Practice, Walnut Creek, CA


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10:30 – 11:00 am


 11:00 – 12:00 pm

“A Comparison of Universal Composite Resin and Ceramic Shade Match”

Monica Cayouette, DMD, MS, FACP
Chair, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, Medical University of South Carolina

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 Stand-by Presenter 

"Enhancing Restorative Dentistry with Collaborative Orthodontics” 


Yana Nedvetsky, DDS
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthodontics, University of Illinois, Chicago