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Thomas Dudney, DMD

General Dentist
 Alabama, USA

Lecture Topics
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry

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About Dr. Dudney

Thomas Dudney, DMD is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama at the Birmingham School of Dentistry. He has previously 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.

Presently he is the clinical director of the Pacific Aesthetic Continuum (PAC) hands-on programs. In addition to teaching hands-on programs, he has presented workshops and lectures at dental meetings and has authored several articles on aesthetic and restorative dentistry.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Alabama Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also a fellow of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics and a Diplomate of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry as well as a member of Catapult Education's Speakers Bureau.
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Honors and Achievements

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry

Alabama Dental Association
American Dental Association

American Society for Dental Aesthetics


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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 and identifying 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

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 are more knowledgeable than ever of the possibilities that exist and therefore present with higher expectations. In order for restorative dentists to meet these higher expectations, they must not only be able to combine art and science, but also possess 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 ensure 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, change, and improve, it becomes more difficult for restorative dentists to keep up with the latest advances. With increasingly higher patient expectations for long term clinical success, it is important that the dentist has an understanding and working knowledge of these materials in order to make sound decisions. 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 pose a challenge to treatment planning. This lecture will examine several such cases in order to explore treatment options and develop treatment plans, often utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach.  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.

During this course you will explore treatment options and examine clinical results for:
  • Primary failure of eruption
  • Class III anterior crossbite
  • Matching a dark anterior tooth
  • The gummy smile
  • Traumatic avulsion
  • The aging face

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