Untangling the Confusion of Today’s Restorative Materials

Edward J. Swift, Jr., DMD, MS

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Mountaineers
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98115

This course is designed for prosthodontists, pediatric dentists, general dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants.

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Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Until October 23 (after, $10 more)
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

CREDITS: 7 hours

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.

Course Description

The development of new materials has proceeded so rapidly that many clinicians are left confused by the wealth of new products that are available in many areas. This course will present the latest information available on current dentin/enamel adhesives, composite resins, and light-curing technology. It also will cover contemporary cements, a confusing area that is important to the success of our routine indirect restorations and esthetic cases. Finally, the presentation will provide an update and overview of tooth whitening. Although bleaching has become commonplace over the last 20 years, new information and products are constantly available as patient demand continues to increase. Information provided will be based on scientific evidence, but the clinical use of all materials will be emphasized.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you will:

  • Discuss how dentin bonding systems work.
  • Exercise the four current strategies for bonding to tooth structure, including the self-etch and universal systems.
  • Apply the use of resin primers and adhesives for desensitization.
  • Describe the benefits of contemporary nanofill and bulk-fill composite materials.
  • Identify current concepts of visible light-curing.
  • Learn the various types of cements for indirect restorations, and when they should be used.
  • Explore contemporary issues in tooth whitening.


Ed SwiftEDWARD SWIFT received his DMD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in Operative Dentistry from the University of Iowa. Dr. Swift practiced general dentistry for several years, and has taught at the University of Mississippi and the University of Iowa. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Dr. Swift is actively involved in dental materials research, particularly in the area of dentin bonding and other aspects of adhesive and esthetic dentistry. He also maintains a part-time intramural practice devoted to restorative and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Swift is a member of various professional organizations including the American Dental Association, Academy of Operative Dentistry, and International Association for Dental Research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the Academy of Dental Materials. He is also a member of the Dentsply Corporate Education Advisory Board and a founding member and current president of the Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry.

Dr. Swift has published over 200 journal articles and is a co-editor of a leading dental textbook, Sturdevant’s Art and Science of Operative Dentistry. He has presented many continuing education courses and scientific papers regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has been an invited speaker for several professional organizations and was recognized as one of the “Annual Leaders in CE” by Dentistry Today for several consecutive years.

Dr. Swift has received grants or research support from the 3M, ESPE, and Kerr. He has received honorarium support from Dentsply.

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University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.

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