Dental Assisting 2.0: Take it to the next level "Seriously Doctor? How do we use all these new materials?":

This half day course for dental assistants and EFDA's provides the assisting clinician with a step by step overview of bonding techniques, filling techniques and new materials. The ever-changing science and constant influx of new adhesives and materials can be overwhelming for both dentist and dental assistant. Each step of the process builds on the previous step and each is critical for clinical success. The role of the dental assistant can play in the elimination of sensitivity and bond failure issues will be presented. A look at the newest materials like low stress bulk flowables and universal option adhesives and vertical filling techniques, new composites, bioactive materials and more will be covered.

We will look at these materials and techniques through the framework of restorative cases along with some cosmetic cases. This approach allows the assistant to utilize the step by step techniques exactly as she/he would in a daily schedule.

Learning Objectives:
• The Dental Assistant will gain an understanding of how adhesives work on teeth and when each type may be appropriate. This understanding will help the assistant to know when to dry, when to cure, when to allow the adhesive to process on the prep.
• The Dental Assistant will understand her/his role in eliminating sensitivity in restorations.
• A simplified technique can relieve stress and increase speed for the Dental Assistant
• The Dental Assistant will be able to evaluate new materials and effectively utilize new products in their daily practice.
• This course will help the Dental Assistant better understand adhesive materials and their indications. She/he will then be better able to serve the patient's restorative needs and desires.

  • Course Code: S2
  • CE Credit: 3
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  • Supported by:Bisco Dental Products
  • Supported by:Pulpdent
  • Supported by:Ultradent Products
  • Supported by:PreXion Inc
Susan McMahon

Susan McMahon, DMD

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, Dr. McMahon (Petruska) enjoys the largest cosmetic dental practice in Western Pennsylvania. She is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a fellow in the International Academy of Dental-Facial Esthetics, and a fellow in the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. An author and lecturer, Dr. McMahon has devoted her professional career to the pursuit of advanced technologies in cosmetic dentistry and smile design. She is a past clinical instructor in Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine and a guest lecturer at the University of West Virginia, School of Dentistry. She also lectures in both the United States and Europe on cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening. A seven-time award winner in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Annual Smile Gallery, Dr. McMahon has twice been awarded gold medals. Additionally, Dr. McMahon has developed and licensed an esthetic dental media marketing and practice branding program. The program provides practice image, print, radio, television, and internet-ready marketing materials and strategy. Dr. McMahon lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her three children.