Continuing Dental Education

Untangling the Confusion of Today’s Restorative Materials

Edward J. Swift, Jr., DMD, MS

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

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. 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 be able to:

  • Understand how dentin bonding systems work.
  • Know the four current strategies for bonding to tooth structure, including the self-etch and universal systems.
  • Explain the benefits of contemporary nanofill and bulk-fill composite materials.
  • Understand current concepts of visible light-curing.
  • Know the various types of cements for indirect restorations, and when they should be used.


Ed Swift received his dental 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 the Associate Dean for Education at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Dr. Swift has been involved in dental materials research, particularly in the area of dentin bonding and other aspects of adhesive and esthetic dentistry. He 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 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 discloses that he has served as a consultant for 3M ESPE and has received honoraria for past courses from 3M ESPE and Dentsply.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Friday, October 7, 2016

Emerald Queen Conference Center
5700 Pacific Highway E.
Fife, WA 98424

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

Register for this course through Seattle King County Dental Society, 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 until September 28, 2016
$150/Retired Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff

After September 28, 2016
$175/Retired Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant 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.