Continuing Dental Education

Simplifying and “Selling” Complex Cases & Considerations in Achieving Exquisite Restorative Dentistry

Mark T. Murphy, DDS, FAGD and Dale Sorensen, DDS

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This course is offered in partnership with the Seattle King and Snohomish County Dental Societies.

Course Description

This evidence based overview of occlusion, differential diagnosis, treatment planning and materials will emphasize how to apply risk assessment and make predictable decisions about complex restorative cases. The focus will be on developing skills that you can put to use right away in planning and restoring cases for your patients. By utilizing excellent communication skills, patients will say “yes” more often to you and to your treatment plans. Dr. Murphy will demonstrate how to improve the educational value of the examination experience and overcome the insurance entitlement behavior that patients often exhibit.

Learning Objectives

  • Broaden the understanding of managing forces on the stomatognathic system.
  • Strengthen the participants understanding of treatment options.
  • Choose behaviors and communications that support better patient education and choice.
  • Develop a more co-discovery, curiosity inducing new patient examination experience.
  • Help patients understand the true role of dental “insurance”.

Considerations in Achieving Exquisite Restorative Dentistry: Preparations & Provisionalization

Dale Sorensen, DDS
For dentists, proper preparation design and technique is essential in order to have esthetic, biocompatible and optimum-fitting restorations. How can we make our preparations more predictable and consistent? What are the elements or components that need to be addressed in order to achieve our objective? A detailed step-by-step rationale and systematic protocol for successful and consistent anterior tooth preparations will be examined. Armamentarium and selection of proper burs and diamonds critical to achieving success will also be covered.

What role do provisionals play in the restorative process? How important are they? It would seem they are merely a necessary evil or purely a means to an end. However, could they serve a much higher purpose? Do they allow us the opportunity to extract vital and important information that ultimately determines our success or failure? An in-depth look into the provisionalization process will reveal the numerous assets that excellence in provisionalization provides in our restorative procedures, especially when it comes to anterior esthetics.


Mark T. Murphy is the Principal of Funktional Tracker and Lead Faculty for Clinical Education at Microdental. He also serves on the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy and the Pankey Institute where he also served on the Board of Directors. He practices general dentistry on a limited basis in Rochester, Michigan and lectures internationally on Leadership, Practice Management, Communication, Case Acceptance, Planning, Occlusion and TMD. He is an informative and entertaining speaker, blending a stand-up style of humor and anecdotes with current evidence based research that you can take home and use in your practice right away.

Dale Sorenson attended Wabash College for his undergraduate education where he earned All-American honors in swimming. He received his dental degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Since 2012, he has served as the Director of Essentials Education at the Pankey Institute being responsible for the curriculum and Faculty of the four core Essentials classes. In addition, he also serves as a Lead Visiting Faculty at the Pankey Institute recently being awarded the designation of Pankey Scholar. He is a member of the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners and served 9 years on the Indiana State Board of Dentistry. He was appointed to sit on the Board of Directors of the L.D. Pankey Foundation and is a Class One Triple Plus Club member. He previously was Chairman of the Provost Committee at the Pankey Institute which serves the Executive Director and is a past president of the Pankey Alumni Association. He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and is an active member of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, American Equilibration Society, Fellow in the American College of Dentists, Fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, ADA, IDA and First District Dental Society. He is a recognized speaker and educator and has lectured throughout the United States and Canada.

Course Logistics

Friday, March 10, 2017

Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036

This course is primarily designed for dentists; however, hygienists and assistants will also find the information useful.

Register for this course through Seattle King County Dental Society – online, by phone at (206) 448-6620 or download the registration form and fax to (206) 443-9308.

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

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Early Bird – June 1 – September 30
$149/Retired Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants and Office Staff

Early Bird – October 1 – November 30
$169/Retired Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants and Office Staff

Early Bird – December 1 – February 9
$189/Retired Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants and Office Staff

Standard Price – February 10 – March 10
$209/Retired Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants and Office Staff

7 hours

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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

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