March 31, 2010
The above link will take you to an article that I just published in April 2010 issue of Inside Dentistry.
The article focuses on the esthetic potential of minimal prep, no prep, and a new concept that I’ve been working on that we call partial prep for porcelain veneers.
The article shows several example of these different options to give the reader a perspective on the options that are available. Also helps to provide the reader with some parameters of case selection……which is key in these conservative cases. I think that there is alot of exciting applications in cosmetic dentistry for these ideas.
I’m always interested in feedback.
Let me know what you think.
May 6, 2009
I have just returned from attending and presenting at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s (AACD) annual meeting.
It was a busy week. I gave three different presentations during the week. The first was a discussion in the corporate symposium venue discussing Septodont’s new composite n’Durance. The second was on the AACD main program reviewing and discussing the topic of Elective Cosmetic Dentistry and Adolescents and Young Adults. This program focused on the many conservative options available to enhance the smiles of this patient demographic. Lastly, I ended the week with a workshop on porcelain veneer preparation skills. In this workshop we discussed and practiced with several variations of porcelain veneer preparation design and how material selection effect the design.
In addition to my speaking responsiblilities I am on the Professional Education Committee (PEC) for the AACD. This committee is responsible for the the annual scientific session, along with other education efforts of the AACD. In Hawaii my duties where minimal and mostly in a support capacity. However, I will be the AACD program chair for the 2011 meeting in Boston. So my work for the AACD and the PEC has just begun.
The AACD is a great organization. It is one of my favorite weeks of the year. A great week of learning, sharing, and seeing many friends.
February 18, 2009
Recently we have started testing two shade taking devices.
The potential of this technology is very exciting. We have the Vita EasyShade Compact and the Olympus Crystal Eye. If this technology works it will be a huge advantage for dentists trying to do better (and profitable) cosmetic dentistry. The EasyShade, is just that very easy. the Crystal Eye, though easy to use is a far more complex machine. To date we have not done enough evaluation to give a fair opinion on either, but our initial impression is that these can certainly be helpful tools in arrive in the correct color selection.
That being said, it does not appear to be able to completely eliminate the human element of using your own eyes and make informed decisions. Certainly the potential exists to be able to more accurately select the appropriate shade for an anterior bonding case or a porcelain veneer case and even the dreaded single unit anterior crown!!
November 5, 2008
Getting ready to head out to Bonita Springs, Florida this afternoon.
I’m the program chairman of the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (www.acesthetics.com) annual meeting. I’m excited to see many new friends and hear a number of great speakers. Should be a great meeting both educationally and socially.
I am doing a shortened version of my porcelain veneer lecture. I’ll be focusing on the basics in porcelain veneer preparation. Will be discussing minimal preparation, partial preparation, and no preparation veneers. The no prep concept is very interesting. DenMat and Lumineers have done a great job of creating interest in the general public. There is alot of information and misinformation on this subject. On Saturday I’ll be sharing my experience and opinion on this area of “controversy”.
Gary Radz, DDS
October 25, 2008
I’ve been sitting in the Professional Education Committe board meeting all day.
I’m really excited about the program the PEC has put together for this meeting. Lots of great speakers, excellent workshops, a fantastic venue. This has all the makings of a great meeting.
I’ll be very busy at this meeting. Aside from a number of courses that I’m looking forward to attend, I will be taking the written examination for accreditation to maintain my sustaining member status as I continue my accreditation process. Additionally, I’ll be doing 3 presentations:
Monday: I’m doing a corporate symposium for Septodont to discuss their new composite resin system, and will focus on the posterior applications as well as it’s potential for anterior bonding.
Thurs: AM) Will be my favorite lecture “Cosmetic/Elective Dentistry for Adolescents and Young Adults”. This program discusses bleaching, bonding, no-prep veneers (discussion of Lumineers and other similar porcelain products), and focusing on minimally invasive elective dentistry that can create great, improved smiles. PM) I will be leading a hands on workshop for Heraeus featuring the uses of the VENUS porcelain system and it’s application for use as a porcelain veneer system to create smile makeovers. Did this program last year and recieved excellent feedback. So I’m excited to present it again in Hawaii in ’09.
Hope to see you there!
gary radz, dds