Dental Ceramic Restorations – Selecting the appropriate material

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  • Dental Ceramic Restorations - Selecting the Appropriate MaterialJan 14, 20239:00 am - 12:00 pm


Digitally through the University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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January 14, 2023    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Since its introduction in dentistry, dental ceramics have fascinated dental practitioners and the public due to their excellent esthetics and mechanical properties. More recently, the development of new compositions has opened new frontiers to clinical application. However, the high amount of data available nowadays makes this topic challenging to understand for a broad audience. This course aims to demystify this complex world of dental ceramics. The main groups of dental ceramics, such as Zirconia, Lithium Silicate glass-ceramics, and Feldspathic porcelains, will be studied, focusing on their advantages and limitations. This course is designed for all those who work with dental ceramics: general dentists, dental specialists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental technicians.

This course intends to provide an overview of dental ceramics compositions, classification, historical development, mechanical and esthetics properties, and clinical performance. Also, this course will provide a basis for an evidence-based plan to assist dental practitioners in making appropriate clinical material selection to fabricate restorations that support the needs of the patient.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the basic concepts of dental ceramics
  • Describe the different kinds of dental ceramics
  • Compare the advantages and limitations of each group of dental ceramics
  • Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of the leading commercial products

Speaker (s)

Rodrigo Franca, DDS, MSc., PhD

Dr. Rodrigo França received his DDS degree in 1988.  His MSc and PhD in Dental Materials were obtained from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Subsequently, he obtained a second PhD, in Biomedical Engineering, at Montréal’s École Polytechnique. He has taught Dental Materials, at both under­graduate and graduate levels for the past 20 years and he has an extensive publication record. Currently, he is the Associate Professor and the Head of Dental Materials division at the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry and Director of the Dental Biomaterials Research Laboratory at the University of Manitoba (Canada). He also has a cross-appointment at the Department of Oral Biology. He is a core member of the Biomedical Engineering graduation program, a member of the Manitoba Institute of Materials, the Academy of Dental Materials, Canadian and International Association of Dental Research, and the Canadian Biomaterials Society.


Bundle Course Fee:  (must contact CPD to register)

Dentist:  $645        Dental Hygienist:  $345        Dental Assistant:  $245

Single Course Fee:    Dentist:  $225         Dental Hygienist:  $125       Dental Assistant:  495

This event is available online only. You will be emailed connection information prior to the event.

Refund Policy

Registrants may receive a refund provided they give written notice no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the event. An administration fee will be retained to cover staff costs of processing refunds and other costs associated with cancellations.

The University of Manitoba reserves the right to cancel or postpone any educational program due to an insufficient number of registrations. The decision to cancel will normally be made at least fourteen (14) days prior to the program date. Each registrant will be notified by email and provided with a full refund of all registration costs. The University of Manitoba is not liable for any loss, damages or other expenses that such cancellations may cause, including, but not limited to, non-refundable airline fares, hotel penalties or lost income.

Study Credits

This course provides up to 3 hours of Continuing Dental Education (CDE) Credits.

Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, University of Manitoba Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2026. Provider ID# 214210 Subject Code 610

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