Location

Alabaster, AL

Practice

Alabaster Aesthetic Dentistry

Website

tedudney.com

Dr. Thomas Dudney is a nationally recognized educator who's programs have an emphasis on high aesthetics and restorative dentistry. 

Thomas E. Dudney, DMD is a 1977 graduate of University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Dentistry. He has served as the Clinical Director for the Aesthetic Advantage hands-on programs taught by Dr. Larry Rosenthal at New York University and the Eastman Dental Clinic in London as well as the Clinical Director for the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies (CCADS) programs taught in the US, Canada, and the UK. He presently is serving as the Clinical Director for the new Pacific Aesthetic Continuum (PAC) programs.

In addition to teaching and lecturing, Dr. Dudney has authored several articles on Aesthetic Dentistry. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Alabama Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Birmingham District Dental Society, the American Society for Dental Aesthetics, American Dental Association, the Catapult Group, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry. He maintains a private practice with emphasis on aesthetic and restorative dentistry in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Thomas Dudney, DMD is an accomplished speaker available to speak at your event for half-day, full-day and multi-day lectures, custom courses, and hands-on workshops.

To Smile or not to Smile: Why Truly Understanding Smile Design Principles is so Important to You and Your Patient

Today patients seeking aesthetic procedures and smile makeovers have high expectations. They have done their research and understand the possibilities. In order to meet these patient demands, we must summon both our artistic and scientific skills, combining  a thorough understanding of smile design principles in order to achieve the desired results. This half day lecture will discuss individually and in detail these principles and illustrate their use with clinical cases. Also included in the presentation will be the importance of composite mock-ups, provisional restorations, laboratory communication, and multidisciplinary team work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why incisal edge position is so important and how to determine it.
  • Visualization, preparation, and communication with composite mock-ups.
  • The role of provisional restorations in both patient and laboratory communication.
  • How to evaluate provisionals aesthetically, functionally and phonetically to insure clinical success.
  • Gingival recontouring with diode lasers.
  • Treatment options for gummy smiles.
  • How to prevent or eliminate dark triangles.
  • The importance of the relationship between the teeth, gingival scaffold, and lips.
  • Understanding the role of the smile in facial aesthetics and a youthful appearance.
  • Utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach when treatment planning complex cases.
MACdentistry: The What, When, How, and Why of Current Indirect Restorative Materials, Adhesives, and Cements

As restorative materials, adhesives, and cements, continue to evolve and improve, keeping up with the latest advancements is difficult. Patients continue to have high expectations for long term clinical success. Having an understanding and working knowledge of these materials will enable you to make sound decisions and drive that long term success. This half day lecture will discuss factors affecting the selection of indirect restorative materials that will satisfy the aesthetic and functional goals of the patient as conservatively as possible. Cases will be used to demonstrate the use of these materials, bonding agents, and cements in different clinical situations.

Learning Objectives:

  • The factors affecting material selection.
  •  Monolithic vs. layered restorations.
  • Combining aesthetics and function with emax lithium disilicate.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of full contour zirconia.
  • The benefits of the new universal adhesives.
  • Which cements to use when and why?
  • How to treat the tooth and the restoration when conventionally cementing or adhesively bonding.
  • The long term benefits of bioactive cements.
What’s a Dentist to Do?: Diagnosis, Treatment Options, and Rehabilitation of Difficult and Unusual Cases

Sometimes the restorative dentist encounters clinical situations that are out of the ordinary and can often be difficult to treatment plan. This half day lecture will examine several such cases in order to explore treatment options and develop treatment plans. Treatment results will be demonstrated along with helpful clinical tips on: material selection, how to determine incisal edge position, intra-oral composite mock-ups, opening bites, taking CR records, avoiding biologic width violations, fabricating and evaluating provisional restorations, multiple unit adhesive cementation, bonding to porcelain in the mouth, and fine tuning occlusal adjustments.

Learning  Objectives :

To explore treatment options and examine clinical results for:

  • Traumatic avulsion of permanent incisors.
  • The dark central incisor.
  • The severely worn dentition.
  • Class III anterior crossbite .
  • The gummy smile.
  • The appliance dependent patient.
  • The cleft lip/ palate patient.
  • The aging face.
Be Aware of Wear: A Systematic Approach to Diagnosing, Treatment Planning, and Restoring the Worn Dentition

In today's society tooth wear is more prevalent than ever and it is therefore incumbent upon the entire dental team to be well versed in recognizing the clinical signs of wear while understanding the importance of prevention when possible and the restorative options when necessary. This half-day lecture will illustrate the different types of tooth wear with clinical examples, and demonstrate a systematic approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the clinical signs of intrinsic and extrinsic erosion.
  • Office protocols to help patients prevent and/or treat acid erosion.
  • Recognize the clinical signs of horizontal and vertical wear patterns.
  • Designing an occlusal scheme that fits the grinding patterns of the patient.
  • Bite opening vs. crown lengthening vs. orthodontic intrusion to gain space for restorations.
  • The importance of an interdisciplinary team in treating wear cases.
  • A systematic approach in the treatment of simple to complex wear cases.

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