Early Diagnosis, Minimally Invasive Cavity Design, and Bioactive Dental Materials: A Winning Combination


AGD Member:  $49* 

Student Member: $37.50*

Speaker:  Robert A. Lowe, DDS, FAGD

Non-Member:  $70

Credit Hours:  1.5

Subject Code:  250 – Operative (restorative) Dentistry

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In this webinar, Dr. Lowe will discuss technologies that allow for early diagnosis of carious lesions and demonstrate techniques to conservatively prepare and restore these teeth using bioactive restorative materials.  Our preparation philosophy should no longer be “extension for prevention, but must be “prevention of extension”.  We live in a time when many of our patients are living into the eighth decade of life and beyond.  Teeth that have been prepared and restored several times, losing more precious healthy tooth structure every time, may not go the distance.  The “watch and wait” philosophy diagnosing dental decay with an explorer is no longer a standard of care.  Our goal as dental health care providers should be to maximize tooth longevity by diagnosing caries early and restoring with materials that can heal and strengthen the compromised tooth.

We are moving toward a day when dental restoratives are no longer inert materials that merely occupy the space made by the cavity preparation. Cavity liners and restorative materials now have the capability of helping to rebuild and remineralize affected tooth structure and help protect the teeth from acid attack.  Learn when and where use of these materials is indicated.  Today’s new “smart” materials, in combination with efficient finishing techniques will enable simple, yet “world class” placement of state of the art restorations for your patients tomorrow!

Learning Objectives:

  • About the latest “tools” for early diagnosis of dental decay – beyond the “x-ray and explorer”.
  • Techniques for conservative, minimal preparation of carious lesions that conserve a maximum amount of tooth structure.  What is the difference between “infected” dentin and “affected” dentin?
  • What are bioactive dental materials and how can they help in the repair “sick” teeth?
  • Finishing and polishing techniques that create natural surface texture and reflection.

Robert A. Lowe, DDS, FAGD, received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1982. After graduating, he completed a one-year residency program at Edward Hines Veterans Administration Hospital. He received postgraduate training in different areas of dental care, including restorative and rehabilitative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, prosthodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, sedation dentistry and surgical anesthesia. He served for 10 years in a full- and part-time capacity as an associate clinical professor of restorative and rehabilitative dentistry at Loyola.

Lowe went into private practice in Chicago after completing his residency, at which time he began to pursue clinical teaching. He has lectured at meetings sponsored by the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. In 2005, he was nominated to receive diplomate status on the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry. Lowe authors a monthly column in Dental Products Report and was a contributing author to the recent textbook “Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry: Principals and Practice.”

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Time and Period of Availability for Internet Based Courses

Until review/expiration

Original Release Date

July 24, 2018

Expiration Date

July 23, 2021