Date: Tuesday, March 23
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Drilling-No Thanks! Micro-Invasive Caries Management Options
- $5 – Students
- $15 – Retired Members
- $25 – Members
- $35 – Non-Members
Dr. Phark is an Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry in the Division of Restorative Sciences at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California, where he also serves as the Section Chair in Cariology and Biomaterials and as the Co-director of the Master Program in Biomaterials and Digital Dentistry. He is associate editor of Quintessence of Dental Technology. Dr. Phark has been serving as reviewer for several journals and has lectured and published nationally and internationally. He is author of several journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Phark’s main interest is in the fields of caries management as well as biomaterials, especially on ceramics, composites, and bonding to dental structures. He is the recipient of the IADR Arthur Frechette Award in Prosthodontics.
Summary of Learning Objectives for the Course:
Modern management of caries has more facets than just “drilling-and-filling”. Current concepts include caries risk assessment, non-invasive measures, such as fluoridation, dietary control, and oral hygiene instruction, sealants, as well as invasive measures using restorations. Additionally, newer, intermediate treatment options for inter proximal caries and post-orthodontic white spot lesions have shown to be effective in preventing and inhibiting caries. Such new micro-invasive techniques include the application of resins on interproximal caries lesions, which infiltrate and seal the carious lesion, improving the inhibition of caries progression and improving the esthetic appearance as well. Clinical data show that this micro-invasive technique complements existing treatment options for early caries, by delaying the time point for a restoration and so closing the gap between non-invasive and invasive treatment options. Emphasis of this lecture will be on linking research data to its clinical procedures in esthetic and preventive dentistry.