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FDC2023 Session Directory

The Epidemic of Cracked Teeth: New Science of Strong Teeth

Course Code: C31
Speaker: Dr. David Clark, DDS
Co-Speaker(s): Dr. Jennifer Roe, DDS
CE Hours: 3.00
Start: Friday, June 30, 2023, 9:00 AM
End: Friday, June 30, 2023, 12:00 PM
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Practice Administrators


 EARLY 4/14


 ONSITE 6/16 















Currently, the diagnosis and treatment of cracked and fractured teeth is largely symptom-based and is, therefore, often a sad, end-stage diagnosis. The fracturing process is one of dentistry’s last great mysteries and is poorly understood throughout the generalist and specialist dental communities. In this engaging and entertaining lecture, attendees will learn to understand and diagnose pathologic cracks utilizing magnification and other modalities to treat long before symptoms arise or the tooth becomes unsalvageable. Dr. Clark will teach routine identification of early cracks and teach the Clark Class II saucer shaped nonretentive preparation and Fissurotomy Class I that are a significant departure from the GV Black preparations that are a leading cause of cracked teeth. He will share his published approach to diagnosis based on 16X magnification, step-by-step predictable treatment, endodontic and periodontal implications and when to extract.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • have confidence identifying early tooth fracturing based on high level magnification.
  • learn why new Class II cavity preparations and other modalities are crucial to preventing eventual tooth fracture.
  • receive a blueprint for diagnosis and treatment of complete and incomplete fractures.
  • understand the fissurotomy, calla lilly and overlay preparations for Class I restorations.

Speaker: Dr. David Clark, DDS

About the speaker: Dental degree, University of Washington School of Dentistry; director, Bioclear Learning Centers International; founder, Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry; developer, Bioclear Matrix System; private practice, Tacoma, WA.

Disclosure: I or members of my immediate family have a financial relationship with Bioclear Matrix System that may be relevant to this presentation.

Co-Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Roe, DDS, Wimberley Dental Center

About the speaker: Dental degree, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio; fellow, Academy of General Dentistry; private practice, Wimberly, TX.

Disclosure: Neither I nor members of my immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to this presentation.

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