The Final Touch



The Final Touch

2:10 – 2:45 P.M.
Edward A. McLaren, DDS
University of California, Los Angeles
Jonathan Esquivel, DDS
Louisiana State University

Following this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Review a detailed 10-step process of finalizing indirect restorations, both porcelain and monolithic cubic zirconia.
  • Describe how to appropriately surface finish ceramic restorations.
  • Discuss how to create ceramic restorations that are natural and esthetic.

This presentation will cover the final touches of contour, texture, surface colorants, and polish that can take an average looking restoration and create an exceptionally esthetic result. These steps are critical to the success of dental restorations, whether they are composite or porcelain, especially as monolithic lithium disilicate or translucent zirconia are becoming the norm. The lecture will also cover the esthetics of the individual tooth, the individual form, and color characteristics of teeth. A detailed 10-step process of finalizing indirect restorations will be a main focus of the presentation.

Biography: Dr. McLaren is a Prosthodontist and Master Dental Ceramist. Dr McLaren is a retired Professor from both UCLA and UAB School of Dentistry. Dr. McLaren currently is the CEO of ArtOral America a private teaching institute based in Park City Utah, he maintains a private practice limited to prosthodontics and esthetic dentistry in which he did all of his own ceramics.

Biography: Dr. Jonathan Esquivel received his dental training at Universidad Americana in his hometown of Managua, Nicaragua. After working in private practice for four years, Dr. Esquivel pursued specialty training in prosthodontics at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, where he also completed an esthetics and surgical implant fellowship. Dr. Esquivel is currently an Assistant Professor, Department of Prosthodontics at Louisiana State University.