James Kessler, DDSJames Kessler, DDS
Merging New Materials with Proven Principles: A Blueprint for Success
Six (6) Hours of CE Available
Friday, April 25, 2014
9:30 AM -12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Lecture recommended for every member of the dental team

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Course Synopsis
This presentation will involve an unbiased, objective review of the current state of information related to available indirect restorative materials. Questions explored will include: What are the most common modes and mechanisms of failure for various materials?  How are success and failure defined in the studies that are being quoted by those with commercial interests?  Is fracture resistance of tooth-colored restorative materials the only significant concern? In which clinical situations should more traditional restorative materials be considered? 

Course Objectives            

  • To understand the physical properties of the various all-ceramic materials with particular emphasis on what most frequently leads to failure, and perhaps more importantly, what constitutes failure.
  • To know which all-ceramic systems are most likely to succeed in given situations based on evidence from the current literature.
  • To determine what longevity to realistically expect from the various contemporary restorative options, thus avoiding frustration for dentists and their patients.
  • To recognize clinical situations for which gold or metal-ceramic restorations remain the restorations of choice.
Dr. Jim Kessler is the Director of Advanced Esthetics and Technologies at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. Jim is a 1977 graduate of the Oklahoma College Of Dentistry and after 20 years in private practice, he is now in his sixteenth year in dental education.  He has taught at the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Oklahoma, and served as the Chairman of the Department of Education at the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Key Biscayne, Florida. In September 2012 Jim returned to the University of Oklahoma to direct the newly established Advanced Esthetics and Technologies Program. Jim was honored as the 1987 and 2011 Alumnus of the Year for the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and is a Past-President of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Kessler’s primary areas of interest are materials and technologies for the clinical and laboratory fabrication of esthetic ceramic restorations. He has published many articles, as well as contributions to four textbooks including the most recent fourth addition of Shillingburg’s Fundamental of Fixed Prosthodontics. Jim enjoys producing technical illustrations and he creates all of the illustrations utilized in his presentations. He is an active lecturer for both Dentists and Dental Laboratory Technician groups and has presented over 400 lectures throughout the United States as well as Canada, Europe and Asia.               

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