Academy of Operative Dentistry Scientific Session 2025


 Thursday, February 21st


 8:00-9:00am

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

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Jeff Brucia, DDS
Private Practice, San Fransisco, CA

Synopsis:
Balancing a busy day in private practice with the many different materials and techniques we are all exposed to can be confusing, frustrating and overwhelming.  Accurate diagnosis, proper material selection and great clinical skills are critical for success.  Minimally invasive procedures have proven to provide predictable and long-lasting results when the very best adhesive techniques are applied.  This fast-paced lecture will use adhesive science to support the clinical presentations of several cases.

Learning Objectives:
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About the Speaker:
Dr.  Brucia is a graduate of the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Dental Practice.   He is practicing Esthetic and Restorative dentistry full time in San Francisco, California.  Dr. Brucia is the chair of the FACE occlusion study club where he directs all clinical education.  He is the 2011 recipient of the Gordon J. Christensen Recognition Lecturer Award and the 2021 recipient of the Goldstein Burning Bush award for excellence in dental education.  In 2010, Dr. Brucia was elected a fellow in the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and presently serves as Academy immediate Past President. He has also been selected by Dentistry Today as one of the top clinicians in dental continuing education.


 

9:00-10:00am
Tucker Lecture of Excellence

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

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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
Break


 

 10:20 - 11:20am
Buonocore Memorial Lecture

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

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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

Synopsis:  
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.

About the Speaker:
Graduation from Dental School in Freiburg, Germany in 1985. Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics, University of Freiburg 1985-1991. Dr. med. dent.  thesis 1987. 1991-1993 Visiting Research Associate Professor, University of Maryland at Baltimore, USA (Grant of the German Society of Research). 1995 Dr. med. dent. habil. thesis, Vice Chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics, University of Freiburg. 1997 Professor and Chairman of the Department of Prosthodon­tics, Propaedeutics and Dental Materials, Christian-Albrechts University at Kiel, Germany. In 2011 Dr. Kern received the Schweitzer Research Award of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics (GNYAP). Dr. Kern served as President of the German Society for Prosthetic Dentistry and Biomaterials (DGPro) from June 2012 until September 2016. In 2020 Dr. Kern received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Prosthodontics and Implants. Dr. Kern serves in the Editorial Board of more than ten peer-reviewed scientific journals and has published more than 500 scientific articles. In 2017 his book “RBFDPs – Resin Bonded Fixed Dental Prostheses – minimally invasive – esthetic – reliable“ has been published by Quintessence.Graduation from Dental School in Freiburg, Germany in 1985. Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics, University of Freiburg 1985-1991. Dr. med. dent.  thesis 1987. 1991-1993 Visiting Research Associate Professor, University of Maryland at Baltimore, USA (Grant of the German Society of Research). 1995 Dr. med. dent. habil. thesis, Vice Chairman of the Department of Prosthodontics, University of Freiburg. 1997 Professor and Chairman of the Department of Prosthodon­tics, Propaedeutics and Dental Materials, Christian-Albrechts University at Kiel, Germany. In 2011 Dr. Kern received the Schweitzer Research Award of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics (GNYAP). Dr. Kern served as President of the German Society for Prosthetic Dentistry and Biomaterials (DGPro) from June 2012 until September 2016. In 2020 Dr. Kern received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Prosthodontics and Implants. Dr. Kern serves in the Editorial Board of more than ten peer-reviewed scientific journals and has published more than 500 scientific articles. In 2017 his book “RBFDPs – Resin Bonded Fixed Dental Prostheses – minimally invasive – esthetic – reliable“ has been published by Quintessence. 

11:20am - 12:20pm

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

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

Synopsis:
The incidence of phonetic complications in restorative dentistry has been reported as high as 85%. Specifically, implant-supported prostheses and “cosmetic dentistry” rank among the highest offenders. Despite this, very little effort has been made to systematically observe and identify patient-specific risk factors for phonetic complications prior to initiating treatment. Further, the fundamental literature on phonetics in dentistry is largely based on edentulous patients and complete denture therapy, not fixed prosthodontics, and operative dentistry. This presentation will briefly review the phonemes in human speech, with an emphasis on sibilant sounds, as well as how to complete a pre-treatment phonetic assessment. Based on the patient’s treatment objectives and the restorative plan, we will discuss the use of reversible treatment strategies where possible to ensure phonetic-esthetic harmony prior to initiating irreversible treatment. Once the phonetic determinants have been established, this can be successfully transferred to the definitive restorations.


Learning Objectives:
1.  Complete a pre-treatment phonetic assessment

2.  Identify phonetic risk factors based on the pre-treatment assessment and planned restorative treatment
3.  Differentiate between reversible and irreversible treatment and how to employ reversible treatment strategies to confirm phonetic parameters prior to initiating treatment
4.  Transfer the phonetic determinants from the provisional to the definitive restoration


 12:20 – 2:00 pm
LUNCH


2:00 – 3:00 pm
Cariology Lecture

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

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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

Synopsis:  (Details to Come)

Learning Objectives:  (Details to Come)


 

3:00 – 4:00 pm

“Increasing Occlusal Vertical Dimension: How to be Predictable“

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

Synopsis:  
The goal of this presentation is to teach the clinician a standardized methodology to appropriately change the occlusal vertical dimension for a patient with worn dentition.  To apply this methodology, the clinician must also consider a particular occlusal philosophy and set patient expectations based on the results of a standardized facial evaluation.  These topics will also be discussed within the presentation.

Learning Objectives: 
1.  Describe and apply an appropriate occlusal philosophy for wear patients.
2.  Describe the single factor that controls the increase in OVD.
3.  Describe the process used to replicate intraorally what was done on the articulator.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Ramos is a Clinical Teaching Professor and the Director of Graduate Prosthodontics at the University of Washington.  He recently retired after 30 years of active duty service from the United States Army Dental Corps where he was the Prosthodontic Residency Program Director and the Prosthodontic Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army.  Dr. Ramos received his D.D.S. from the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston in 1985 and his certificate in the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1994.  He is a Diplomate of The American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists. 


 

4:00 – 5:00 pm

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

 

Matthias Troeltzsch, MD, DMD

Synopsis:  (Details to Come)

Learning Objectives:  (Details to Come)


 Friday, February 22nd


 

8:15 – 9:30

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

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

Synopsis:  In the not-too-distant past, the orthodontist’s tool box was fairly limited in the adult patient. It included aligning teeth, intruding anterior teeth and orthognathic surgery. Today orthodontists have many procedures and techniques, which have opened a new world of treatment planning for the pre-restorative orthodontic patient. The major advantage of pre-restorative orthodontic treatment is the ability of the restorative dentist to provide more conservative treatment, both in a fewer number of teeth requiring restorative treatment and less tooth removal in the preparation phase. These orthodontic treatment options include, surgically facilitated orthodontic treatment (SFOT), temporary anchorage devices (TADs), skeletal anchorage plates, micro-implant assisted rapid palatal expansion (MARPE), custom MARPE, and distraction osteogenesis with maxillary expansion (DOME). This presentation will provide an overview of these procedures.

Learning Objectives: 
1.  Describe the indications for SFOT
2.  Describe the indications for TADs
3.  Describe the indications for skeletal anchorage
4.  Describe the indications for the MARPE appliance
5.  Describe the surgical options for palatal expansion

About the Speaker:  (Link to CV)

 


 

9:30 –10:30 am 

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

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

 

Synopsis:  (Details to Come)

Learning Objectives:  (Details to Come)


 

10:30 – 11:00 am
BREAK


 

 11:00 – 12:00 pm

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


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Monica Cayouette, DMD, MS, FACP
Division Chief and Associate Professor of Pre-Doctoral Prosthodontics in the Department of Reconstructive & Rehabilitation Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

Synopsis:  Currently there are many universal composite shades on the market. Each actual composite resin has differing chemistries, but the basic concept is particles included in each resin allow for the material to reflect the color of existing tooth structure. A study of several universal composite resins was completed looking at the shade match to ceramics. Data was gathered from dentists blindly evaluating the ability of these composite resins in shade matching. The results and applications of this study will be presented and considered.

Learning Objectives:
1. Define the definition of universal shade composite resins and indications for use.
2. Presentation and discussion of data from a comparative study of universal composite resins with respect to clinical applications.
3. Understand how different composite resins performed in this research project matching ceramics.


 Stand-by Presenter 

"Enhancing Restorative Dentistry with Collaborative Orthodontics” 

 

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