David Alleman, DDS
Thursday, April 8, 2010
9 am – 4:30 pm
Recommended for: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants
6 CE Credits
The Six Lessons Approach to Biomimetic Dentistry:
An Alternative to Full Coverage Crowns
A scientific diagnostic and treatment protocol for the adhesive reconstruction of structurally compromised teeth will be presented. These highly bonded and low stressed adhesive restorations are termed biomimetic ("life-like") because they flex like a natural tooth. They are connected side to side, front to back and top to bottom. They are bonded and stay bonded for long periods of time (more than 10 years). These techniques eliminate the need for full coverage restorations and greatly reduce the incidence of pulpal death.
Six key areas of scientific research that impact the success of adhesive restorations will be evaluated. These areas are: 1. The diagnosis and treatment of caries and decay. 2. The diagnosis and treatment of structurally compromised teeth. 3. Immediate dentin sealing after decay and cracks into dentin are removed. 4. Reducing polymerization stresses in high C-Factor dentin replacements. 5. Preparing enamel for bonding. 6. Adjusting occlusal stresses.
A review of 27 scientific articles will create the evidence base upon which these protocols are based.
Dr. David Alleman has been practicing dentistry for 32 years since his graduation from the University of the Pacific in 1978. The first 3 were in the US Navy and the last 29 in Utah. In 1995 he started studying adhesive dentistry with Dr Ray Bertolotti. In 1999 he started studying with Dr. John Kois. These two mentors guided him through a 10 year/10,000 hour review of the literature that advanced adhesive (biomimetic) dentistry is based on. Other mentors and collaborators are Dr Gary Unterbrink, Dr Didier Dietschi, Dr Pascal Magne and Dr Geoff Knight. He is currently partnering with Dr Simone Deliperi from Sardinia, Italy to teach these techniques to practicing dentists.