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03-5631-17038: Dental Ceramics

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits (3 CEs).
Cost: $30.00
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Published: October 2012
Updated: July 2017
Expires: August 2020
Pages: 34
Course Instructor: Martin S. Spiller, DMA,
Health Science Editor: Megan Wright, RDH, MS
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity the learner will be able to:

  • Understand the various categories of dental ceramic products.
  • Understand basic chemical processes for different components of dental ceramics.
  • Review of basic tooth structure and anatomy as it relates to dental ceramics.
  • Know types of dental ceramics used in clinical dentistry.

Course Description

This course is a review of the history of ceramics, and a basic overview of dental ceramics—and assumes some basic understanding of physical chemistry. The reader will gain understanding of refractory and glass components of ceramics and the differences between earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. This course discusses the roles of feldspar, quartz, and kaolinite and other mineralsas well as fluxes in ceramics. Various firing techniques are described as well as sintering and fusing processes. Tri- axial blends are discussed, along with a short description of dental feldspathic porcelain. The last third of the course is a focus on aspects of restorative Dental Ceramics and modern applications. The last sections are composed with authors in addition to Dr. Spiller. Much of the information is technical, yet is a great review or introduction for various dental professionals.

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Contact Hours: 3.00
Price: $30.00

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