The renowned Professor Brian Millar from King College London who led a successful composite study day for the FGDP WM last year returned to provide an update on new technologies and techniques available to GDPs in composite dentistry; materials were kindly provided by Coltene/Whaledent.
The AM session - introduced by Dr Kaushisk Paul – consisted of a series of talks by Prof Millar on: anterior composite theory, cavity design and preparation, bonding techniques (total etch vs self etch techniques) and minimally invasive aesthetic dentistry. The diagnosis of bruxism and the differences between the use of protective vs therapeutic splints in the management of the condition. After the tea break Prof Millar outlined using various previously treated cases, the different phases in the management of toothwear patients including digital smile design and provisionalisation, “snap-on-teeth” and their use, as well as effective and predictable shade matching, tooth anatomy/surface anatomy/micro anatomy. The mornings hands-on session involved the placement of direct composite veneers on anterior teeth using Coltenes BRILLIANT EverGlow system.
After lunch the PM session covered topics including: the use of Componeers, minimal intervention restorations, and techniques on the placement of deep class 1 and 2 composites. Candidates had the ability to try out the Garrison 3D sectional matrix system for the class 2 restoration and Fill-Up dual cure composite as the restorative material.
This was an intensive study day and extremely popular with our candidates. It allowed delegates the ability to try out new restorative materials, bonding agents, and composite placement techniques.
Following the success of today’s study day, we are also organising another composite training study day and hopefully a tooth wax up course to help dentists better understand anterior and posterior tooth anatomy.
We would like to thank Prof Millar for the fantastic study day, and Coltene for providing the materials