Dr. Terry Donovan, Hillsborough, NC

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The contemporary dentist has a myriad of ceramic materials available for patient treatment.

Many contemporary ceramic materials are considerably more durable than those available previously. Two of the most important materials are lithium disilicate and zirconia. Both of these materials can be used in the monolithic form and the layered form. In addition, there are several generations of zirconia, and these generations have significantly different clinical performance. This presentation will examine evidence of clinical performance for these materials and make specific recommendations for use in specific clinical situations.

“This presentation will also discuss the relative accuracy of digital vs. analogue impressions and restorations.”

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the differences between different generations of zirconia.
  2. Understand the predictable life span of various ceramic materials.
  3. Understand the utility of laboratory surveys in predicting the survival of ceramic restorations.

Bio: Dr. Terry Donovan received his D.D.S. from the University of Alberta in 1967, and practiced full time in Regina, Saskatchewan for 13 years. He received his Certificate in Advanced Prosthodontics from the University of Southern California in 1981. He was Professor and Director of the Advanced Education in Prosthodontics Program at USC from 1988 – 2006. He has been Associate Dean for General Practice and Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern California, as well as the Chairman of the Department of Restorative Dentistry from 1984 – 1991, and 1994-2001. He is currently Professor and Section Head of Biomaterials in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill. He has published extensively and has lectured world wide on the topics of restorative dentistry and materials science. He is a member of the ADA, CDA, North Carolina Dental Society, CAlC, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the American College of Prosthodontists, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and an Honorary Life Member of the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan, The Association of Prosthodontists of Canada, The Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, The American Dental Society of Europe, and the Western Canada Dental Society. He is past Chairman of the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Materials, Instruments, and Equipment.

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