A peer-reviewed article written by Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, FACD, FPFA, DICOI, DADIA, DIDIA
Restorative dentistry has become increasingly conservative in its treatment of incipient lesions of enamel and dentin. Preservation of native tooth structure improves the longevity of the tooth, and identification at its earliest stages of demineralization allows more conservative intervention. We will discuss methods to treat white-spot lesions to reverse demineralization and prevent involvement of the underlying dentin. Additionally, methods will be discussed for conservative tooth preparation of incipient lesions and better methods for selective tooth removal of affected dentin.
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:
1. Describe how to treat white-spot lesions
2. Identify what treatments can be employed for conservative caries treatment of incipient lesions
3. Describe treatments that may be employed for root exposure
Gregori M. Kurtzman,DDS, MAGD, FACD, FPFA, DICOI, DADIA, DIDIA, is in private general dental practice in Silver Spring, Maryland, and is a former assistant clinical professor at University of Maryland in the departments of Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics. He is a former AAID Implant Maxi-Course assistant program director at Howard University College of Dentistry. Dr. Kurtzman has lectured internationally on the topics of restorative dentistry, endodontics, implant surgery and prosthetics, removable and fixed prosthetics, and periodontics. He has more than 680 published articles and several eBooks and textbook chapters. He has earned fellowship in the AGD, American College of Dentists (ACD), International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI), Pierre Fauchard Academy, ADI, mastership in the AGD and ICOI, and diplomat status in the ICOI, American Dental Implant Association (ADIA), and International Dental Implant Association (IDIA). He is also a consultant and evaluator for multiple dental companies. Dr. Kurtzman has been honored to be included in the “Top Leaders in Continuing Education”by Dentistry Today annually since 2006 and was featured on their June 2012 cover. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.