Dr Mahul Patel. Part 1. Decision making in restoring the posterior dentition

Posted on 15 March 2017
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Aims and Objectives
• Present a decision-making pathway for the treatment planning of the restoration of structurally compromised vital or root canal treated teeth.
• Identify current materials used for posterior restorations, where they may be applied and there limitations.
• Discuss approaches to assessing the restoration of structurally compromised vital or root canal treated teeth.
• Understand the restoration and preparation design in relation to specific materials used for indirect restorations.
• Present and discuss clinical cases exploring options that influence clinical decision-making.

The three types of cuspal coverage restorations.
Understand the decision making process and what factors lead to the decision-making.
The decision-making pathway and the steps.
Step 1 Material selection AND specific choices for each type of restoration, based on tooth position from a functional and aesthetic viewpoint.
Limitations of various materials.
Properties of ceramics – understanding which one would be suitable in aesthetic cases based upon properties.
Step 2 Direct vs. indirect restorations discussing merits of amalgams, composite resins.
Step 3 Tooth structure, considerations for root treated and non-root treated teeth.
Tips on assessing dentine volume to assess restorative tooth structure.
Tips on core structure.
Understanding the role of adhesion and biomimetics.
Understand the role of restoration design associated with the tooth structure.

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