The diagnosis and restorative management of the disease of tooth structure. Some key words used in course title or descriptions: Diagnostic aides and techniques to identify pathology of tooth structure, Techniques to repair and replace diseased tooth structure such as direct and indirect restorations utilizing a multitude of preparation techniques and restorative materials i.e.: Gold foil, Amalgam, Composite, Glass ionomer or any combinations of these materials and any new material on the horizon, erosion, attrition, minimally invasive dentistry
Topics may include:
- Detection, diagnosis and prevention
Education related to the risk identification, diagnosis or disease of tooth structure and how to prevent tooth breakdown.
- Minimally invasive techniques and technology
Education related to the conservation of healthy tooth structure, focusing on prevention, re mineralization and minimal dentist intervention. May include information on the uses of long-lasting dental materials that conserve the maximum tooth structure so the need for future repairs is reduced. Other key words: Microdentisty, Remineralization, Air abrasion, Sealants, Bite splints, Inlays and onlays
- Preventive restorations
Techniques and strategies to repair and prevent future disease; may include education on the use of sealants, glass ionomers and biologically stimulating materials
- Direct restorations
Education related to restorations placed directly in a tooth whether they be composite, alloy, glass ionomer etc.
- Indirect restorations
Education related to restorations made remotely either on models or computer generated whether they be crystalline type materials or cast metal material, printed or milled
- Preparation technology
Education related to the prep design and preparation of any operative procedure using any modality i.e.: rotary handpiece, laser etc.
- Emerging concepts, techniques, therapies and technology
New technology/procedures used in any aspect (diagnosis or treatment) of restoring teeth.
- Product/technology training
Training on proper use of specific products/instruments developed to aid in the diagnosis or treatment of restoring teeth. Product training courses should be directed to current users or a product and focus on proper/safe use. Courses cannot contain any marketing information intended to encourage participants to purchase the product.
This category could overlap in content with fixed prosthodontics, however this category should not include significant material related to implants as this category is related to restorative aspects of teeth only.