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03-5631-20038: 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: August 2020
Expires: September 2023
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.

About the Authors

Martin Spiller graduated in 1978 from Tufts School of Dental Medicine. He is licensed in the state of Massachusetts and has been practicing general dentistry in Townsend, MA since 1984. Upon graduation from dental school, Dr. Spiller spent four years as an U.S. Army officer. During this time, he attended a dental general practice residency in which he received training in numerous dental specialties including oral surgery, endodontics, pedodontics, and orofacial surgical techniques and facial trauma. In 2000, he began work on a general dentistry website ( The intention at first was to educate the general public about dental procedures and the concepts behind them.

Eventually, the website became popular with professional dental students. The content of the web pages began to reflect this readership. Dr. Spiller was asked to write this course based on academic study, hard won experience in the practice of dentistry, and his proven ability to write clear and concise content.

Ms. Wright is a continuing education editor and writer as well as a Temp PRN with agencies in the Washington State area. Ms. Wright earned her MS at the UNM and Pierce College of Washington State in 1997 and certification in Utilization of the 970 Diode Laser and Safety in Dentistry in February of 2015. Ms. Wright works to implement Dental Education seminars as a Hospital-Dental Liaison building collaborative, mutual efforts to promote patient wellness between medical practitioners and dentists while prioritizing care for untreated, medially compromised patients.

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Contact Hours: 3.00
Price: $30.00

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