Advanced Composite Restorations: A Hands-on Program (Course Two)

Advanced Composite Restorations

Friday-Sunday, January 12-14, 2018

This course is part of the Postgraduate Program in Contemporary and Esthetic Dentistry: Level II - The Patient Series. You may register for the Advanced Composite Restorations session as a stand-alone course, independent of the full-course series.

Would you like to expand your practice through wider application of direct composite techniques? Would you like to master time and stress-saving techniques with composite restorations?

This hands-on program will give you the background and experience to use direct composite resins in all areas of the mouth. You will gain skills in contour strip isolation, preparation design, bulk placement and polymerization of composites, as well as finishing and polishing techniques. In addition, you will learn how to fabricate fiber-reinforced composite bridges. You will benefit from over-the-shoulder mentoring from top clinicians in composite dentistry today.


You will take away from this course the capacity to:

  • utilize the contour strip for isolation, gingival contouring and bonding advantages.
  • manage shrinkage and patient sensitivity with composites.
  • prepare, place, polymerize and finish complex anterior restorations including diastema closure, peg lateral build-ups and restoration of fractured teeth with composites.
  • prepare, place, polymerize and finish complex posterior restorations including techniques for amalgam removal, distal slot preparation and restoration of a cusp with composites.
  • integrate fiber-reinforced composite bridges into your practice.
  • creatively use composite materials for geriatric problem-solving, traumatic injuries and post-endodontic treatment.

Who Should Attend

This continuing dental education course is open to any dentist who wants more practical experience with the application of advanced direct composite techniques.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, live patient demonstration, hands-on exercises, patient simulation, journal article presentations and discussion.

Corporate Support

GC America

Course instructors

This course is under the direction of Dr. Doug Lambert and Dr. Marcos Vargas; with mentorship from Dr. Paul Olin, Dr. Michael Spencer, Dr. Steven Flinn and Dr. Michael Flinn. Dr. Olin is the Director of the Postgraduate Programs in Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

douglas lambertDouglas L. Lambert, D.D.S., F.A.C.D., F.A.S.D.A., F.A.S.D., A.B.A.D, Diplomate, American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Lambert is senior partner in an esthetic-based practice in Edina, Minnesota, emphasizing cosmetic, comprehensive and sports dentistry. He has authored and co-authored several articles on cosmetic and aesthetic topics and has presented numerous lectures and hands-on seminars nationally and internationally for dental organizations, universities and study clubs. Dr. Lambert has been recognized by Dentistry Today as one of the top educators in continuing education for 14 consecutive years. He also serves as an independent consultant and clinical researcher for many dental manufacturers.

Dr. Marcos VargasMarcos Vargas, B.D.B., D.D.S., M.S., Professor, Department of Family Dentistry, The University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Vargas teaches restorative dentistry to graduate and undergraduate students. His areas of expertise include adhesion, direct and indirect restorations, and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Vargas has published extensively in these areas and he lectures nationally and internationally.


  • Final registration will begin at 12:00 PM Friday, January 12.
  • Light refreshments will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 12:30 PM to 8:45 PM on Friday; from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM on Saturday; and from 8:00 AM to 12:15 PM on Sunday.
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks midmorning and midafternoon. Dinner will be at 4:30 PM on Friday. Lunch will be from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM on Saturday. The luncheon and dinner are included with your registration.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

Special instructions

Please note that on weekends, you must enter Moos Tower from the second floor (the Washington Avenue entrance located below street level) or use the tunnel from the Washington Avenue parking ramp to access Moos Tower.


Because credit is earned on an hour-per-hour basis, your credit will reflect the hours that you attend the program. However, if you are taking this module in order to complete the "Certificate Program in Contemporary Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry" you will need to complete all of the hours listed. Please keep this in mind, especially when making your travel arrangements.

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one month (30 total days) before the January 12-14, 2017, session. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the January program, $595 will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Moos HS Tower is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus, at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street SE.

Get directions to Moos Tower and the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp.


Parking is available in the Washington Avenue Ramp. The Washington Avenue Ramp is located at 501 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

You will need to push the button on the stationary box in order to receive a parking slip and activate the gate. Detailed instructions for exiting the ramp will be provided during the program. Parking charges will be billed to Continuing Dental Education.

If the ramp is FULL or EVENT PARKING is in place, please inform the attendant that you are attending a Continuing Dental Education conference in the School of Dentistry.

PLEASE NOTE: If you park anywhere besides the Washington Ave. Ramp, you will be responsible for the parking fees.

The Graduate Minneapolis hotel guests only: If you are staying at the Graduate Minneapolis (formerly the Commons Hotel), we encourage that you make parking reservations directly with the hotel. We cannot validate parking for overnight stays. Validated parking is only available during course hours.


Hotel accommodations are available at the Graduate Minneapolis, located directly across the street from the Dental School. To reserve your room at the special Continuing Dental Education rate:

  • Call the Graduate Minneapolis, 612-379-8888, and ask for in-house reservations. Tell the reservationist the dates of your stay and that you want a room under the reservation for “Continuing Dental Education.” Ask the reservationist to enter your name for one of the rooms at the special Continuing Dental Education rate.
  • If you are outside the United States or do not wish to call, please email with the dates you intend to stay and ask to have your name entered for one of the reservations under “Continuing Dental Education.”

Link to a list of hotels near campus

Enrollment is limited to 20.


$1,895 dentist

A $595 deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance of the tuition is due on or before December 15, 2017.

Tuition includes food, parking, materials and supplies.


25 hours*

*5 credits will be earned through extended coursework in the dental office

Minnesota Credits
24 fundamental
1 core (Diagnosis & Treatment Planning)

Eligible for AGD Mastership credit in esthetics, operative dentistry, radiology & oral diagnosis and special patient care.


12:30 PM to 8:45 PM (Friday)
8:00 AM to 5:15 PM (Saturday)
8:00 AM to 12:15 PM (Sunday)


6-410 Moos HS Tower
(Lynda J. Young Conference Room)
Minneapolis Campus

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