Dr. Richard D. Tucker


Cast gold restorations offer the patient service extending many decades.  Careful attention to detail can result in these restorations being totally invisible, or in more extensive cases, still esthetically pleasing.

As the patient’s teeth wear overtime, the material wears as the patient’s teeth wear, adapting to the ever-changing occlusion of the natural dentition. The preservation of tooth structure will be stressed, at this is the key to success with this technique.  The step by step procedure for creating beautiful long lasting cast gold restorations will be covered, with attention to the reasons for the choice of the individual materials.  Additional techniques will also be presented to address problems often encountered in designing restorations to fit atypical situations.

Objectives:

  1. The attendee will understand the basic requirements for a good inlay preparation
  2. The steps for the finishing of a cast gold restoration will be understood
  3. The variations in cavity design will be covered in detail
  4. Material choices and underlying reasons for selection should be clear

Bio: Dick Tucker graduated from the university of Washington School of Dentistry in 1976, and has maintained a private dental practice in Bellingham Washington for the past 40 Years.  He is an operating member of one clinical study club, which meets monthly, and mentors three clinical study clubs in cast gold restorations also monthly.  Dick has lectured in Mexico, Canada, the United States, and Europe.  Other educational endeavors include teaching an elective course in cast gold restorations at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, and teaching the Tucker Institute course in Cast Gold Restorations.

He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and past president of the American Academy of Golf Foil Operators.  If he can’t be practicing dentistry, he enjoys fishing, sailing and mountain climbing, having climbed six peaks over 18,000 feet.