A Unique Universal Composite for Predictable Direct Restorations

  • General Dentist

  • Free

  • 1 CE Credit

  • Self-Instructional

  • November 9, 2022

  • November 9, 2025

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Course Description

Direct composite restorations are among the most frequently performed restorative procedures. Today, dentists have several options for consistently generating ideal inter-proximal contact and eliminating post operative sensitivity. There are several key elements that will determine the success of direct esthetic restorations including tooth preparation, material choice, placement technique, and curing method.

In this course, you will learn how each element can play a role in creating the best long-term direct composite restorations. We will review modern preparation design and when and where to use total-etch and self-etch adhesive systems. Additional topics will include proper composite selection and placement techniques, anatomical contouring, and finishing and polishing to achieve long lasting esthetic restorations.

Learning Objectives

  • Review composite restoration esthetic principles
  • Indications for anterior and posterior direct composites
  • Understand adhesion, when to use a total etch, self-etch or selective etch products and their role and function in modern day dentistry
  • Identify techniques tips for handling and placement of universal composites
  • Identify technique tips for generating ideal anatomic interproximal contacts
  • Identify polishing and sealing techniques for long term durability

Course Details

  • Course Fee: Free
  • Credits: Catapult Education designates this continuing education activity for 1 credit
  • Method: Self-Instructional
  • Audience: General Dentist
  • AGD Subject Code: 250

Course contents

Meet the instructors

Lou Graham, DDS 

Dr. Graham graduated from Emory Dental School and is an internationally recognized lecturer extensively involved in continuing education for dental professionals. His lectures focus on incorporating current clinical advancements through “conservative dentistry.”

Dr. Graham emphasizes the same concepts he practices - dental health diagnosis, treatment plans for medically compromised patients, conservative treatment, cosmetic dentistry, and customized approaches to periodontal care, implants, and laser dentistry.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Arthur Tomaro, DDS

Dr. Tony Tomaro is a recognized academician and clinician, an accomplished author, and lectures nationally and internationally. His lectures emphasize the same concepts he practices: comprehensive dental health exams, diagnosis, and treatment plans; conservative esthetic dentistry and materials; smile design; evaluation, diagnosis, and restoration of worn dentition; financial success (learned skills growing up in a family business).
As a member of Catapult Education, Dr. Tomaro lectures on aesthetic dentistry and his unique process for natural smile design. He has dedicated his entire career to the advancement of dental education.  
Patrick Jones - Course author

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Catapult Education, LLC is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
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Approved PACE Program Provider. FAGD/MAGD Credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. 6/1/20 to 5/31/24. Provider ID 306446.
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Catapult Education received funding from SDI for this program. Dr. Lou Graham and Dr. Tony Tomaro received an honorarium from SDI for the time involved in delivery and preparing this presentation. Catapult Education delivers clinically relevant continuing dental education programs which address the needs and preferences of our audience and provides them with the knowledge and confidence to integrate new techniques, practice management and treatment options into their respective practices. Catapult Education is committed to ensuring the content quality, objectivity and scientific integrity of all continuing education courses. Instructors are advised to support clinical recommendations with scientific research-supported data whenever possible and to disclose any conflict of interest between them and any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this CE activity. Instructors are advised, where appropriate and if relevant to the subject matter of the presentation, to mention a variety of different product choices so as to present a balanced view of all therapeutic options available and promote improvements in oral healthcare free from commercial bias.