Jason Smithson: Direct Resin Artistry in the Posterior and Anterior Dentition

Direct Resin Artistry in the Posterior Dentition - Novel Strategies for the New Decade

Friday Morning


Direct composite resin restorations in the posterior dentition have become a common day-to-day treatment modality for the majority of dental practitioners in the 21stCentury. However, many retrospective studies show that the majority of composite resins placed in a General Practice setting perform poorly in comparison with silver amalgam: sensitivity, marginal staining and secondary caries are common and recurrent problems. The vast majority of these failures are a result of simple operator errors, which occur at the time of placement of the restoration: in essence, many restorations have failed before the patient even gets up from the chair.

Jason’s one-day program offers a simple, easy and predictable strategy to allow the busy dental practitioner to place beautiful, aesthetic lifelike class 1 and 2 direct composite restorations using only minimal shades of composite resin and instrumentation which is common to all dental offices. All of this within a realistic timeframe with technically uncomplicated protocols.

    What You Will Learn:

    • When direct posterior composite resins are predictable and when they are not
    • Preparation design and a protocol to reduce the risk of voids, bond failure and sensitivity.
    • How to implement modern high tech instrumentation such as particle abrasion and sonic activated preparation tips.
    • Flowable composite as a liner: when, where and how? With supporting research.
    • Photo-thermal polymerization: heating composite resin, the pros and cons.
    • “C-Factor”: horizontal, vertical and oblique build-ups. Pulse activation protocols.
    • How to assess the occlusal scheme preoperatively and accurately build up your restoration so that little if any occlusal adjustment is necessary.
    • An overview of matrix systems: choosing the best for each situation.
    • Discussion of a stratification technique using simplified instrumentation to achieve lifelike resin restorations, which require minimal finishing.
    • Mono-, bi and polychromatic layering techniques. How to use tints to mimic nature and seamlessly blend the restoration with the surrounding tooth structure.

    Direct Restorations in the Anterior Dentition: Exceptional Day-To-Day Resin Artistry

    Friday Afternoon


    Direct resins in the anterior dentition can produce functional, highly aesthetic long lasting restorations, which are conservative of tooth structure.

    However, with the rise of aesthetic dentistry in the media, the public as consumers are becoming increasingly discerning: they expect and demand the best.

    Dr Smithson aims to unravel and demystify concepts such as shade selection and micro and macro-anatomy and pull them together into a simple step-by-step protocol which includes treatment planning, fee setting, diagnostics, preparation, composite placement and finishing, allowing the average practitioner to achieve outstanding results on a consistent basis.

    What You Will Learn

    • Shade selection: demystify the science and use it as a practical everyday tool.
    • Translucency, opacity and opalescence: why all composite resin is not created equal.
    • A simple, rapid, yet novel concept to make incisal edge shade and effects obvious and effortless.
    • How to quickly and inexpensively fabricate diagnostic mock-ups and palatal silicone indices to achieve precise incisal edge position.
    • Preparation design and instrumentation to realize durable resin restorations, which have margins invisible to the human eye.
    • Opaque dentin shades: when and where to use them…and why.
    • Simple, intuitive finishing protocols, which allow the operator to produce highly, polished restorations, which mimic natural enamel.
    • Handing class 3s, 4s and 5s…simple, easy and predictable.
    • How to layer resin to create lifelike incisal halos and effects such as crack lines and opacities.
    • And much, much more……………

    Hands-on Parts

    2 half day components

    The practical class is a natural partner to the presentation: all aspects will be covered on typodont models in a user-friendly manner, which is applicable to the General Practitioner and Specialist alike. Dr Smithson throughout will carry out each exercise in a stage-by-stage“Followmy Leader” fashion with close support.

    The approach is casual and delegates are encouraged to ask questions as they work.

    Hands-on Program - Posterior Component

    Saturday Morning - 20 seats max

    The hands-on component of the program introduces the participant to the technique with a simple class 1 restoration using a single shade of composite resin: the exercise focuses on mastering instrumentation and the establishment of anatomical form in the restoration

    The participant will then progress the class 2(Bichromaticlayering and external tints). This exercise introduces matrix systems and a simplified finishing protocol.

    Hands-on Program - Anterior Component

    Saturday Afternoon - 20 seats Max

    Learning Objectives:The invisible class 4 restoration

    The class is intended to be informal with questions taken“onthe hoof” throughout the day. Dr Smithson demonstrates each case in its entirety via overhead projection: the participants then have the opportunity to ask questions before completing the exercise themselves with close support from Jason.