2018 Theodore J. Urban, PhD Continuing Education Lecture

2018 Theodore J. Urban, PhD Continuing Education Lecture
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 7:30am - 3:15pm

The State-of-the-Art and Future Advances in Dental Composite Restorative Materials


The purpose of this lecture is to describe the current state-of-the-art of dental composite restoratives, and to identify future trends in the development of these complex and continually changing materials.


  • Describe the composition of current dental composites and explain how it affects their physical properties.
  • Describe the modifications in dental composite formulation that allows them to be used as bulk-fill restoratives.
  • Explain the meaning of bioactive materials and how they can be incorporated into dental composites to provide beneficial effects.
  • Identify the future trends in dental composite restorative materials.

Presented by Jack Ferracane, MS, PhD

Jack Ferracane is Professor and Chair of Restorative Dentistry, and Division Director of Biomaterials and Biomechanics at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon. Dr. Ferracane received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological Materials from Northwestern University. He is a founding fellow and past-President of the Academy of Dental Materials. He is a past-President of the Dental Materials Group of the International Association for Dental Research. He is a past President of the American Association for Dental Research. He is the recipient of the Wilmer Souder Award from the Dental Materials Group of the IADR, and the Founders Award from the Academy of Dental Materials. He is an honorary member of the American College of Dentists and the Oregon Dental Association. He has been inducted as a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He serves on the editorial board of ten journals, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Dental Research and Odontology. He has authored a textbook entitled “Materials in Dentistry. Principles and Applications.” He is a co-editor of a textbook entitled “Summitt’s Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry. A Contemporary Approach.” He has published and lectured extensively on dental materials, including dental composites, adhesives, amalgam, and practice-based dental research. His current research interests are in developing new monomers for enhanced dental composites, studying the factors that affect biofilm formation around dental composite restorations leading to secondary caries, and the use of bioactive glasses as potential antimicrobial and remineralizing agents in resin-based dental materials. He also is actively involved in the conduct of dental clinical research in the private practice setting, and is currently involved in a large scale clinical study of the characteristics and progression of cracked teeth. His research is funded by the NIH/NIDCR as well as private industry.

Elevating Your Everyday Restorative Practice –Anterior Direct Composites


Provide tips and techniques for predictable and sensitivity-free bonded restorations in daily practice; and provide guidelines for shade selection, cavity preparation, layering style, contouring and polishing to obtain functional and esthetic restorations. A step-by-step approach will be used to present how to achieve excellence in bonding and in various direct restorations including, Class IVs, diastema closures and direct veneers.


  • Utilize adhesives to obtain sensitivity-free restorations.
  • Select a direct resin composite for esthetics restorations.
  • Understand the key aspects to obtain anterior esthetic resin composite restorations.

​Presented by Marcos A. Vargas, DDS, MS

Dr. Marcos Vargas attended Cayetano Heredia University School of Dentistry in Lima, Peru and graduated in 1985. He spent two years, 1990 to 1992, in the AEGD program at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York. Dr. Vargas received his Certificate and Master Degree in Operative Dentistry in 1994 at the University of Iowa where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Family Dentistry. His primary research interests are in dental materials including glass ionomers, dentin bonding, composite resins and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Vargas is also recognized for his expertise of Direct Restorative Treatment Procedures and conducts numerous lecture and hands-on seminars in the US and internationally. Dr. Marcos Vargas has published extensively in the area of dental adhesion and resin composites for over 25 years. He maintains a private practice limited to Operative Dentistry with an emphasis on aesthetic dentistry.


7:30 a.m.
Registration, Table Clinics, Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Marcos A. Vargas, DDS, MS

10 a.m.

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Vargas Lecture Continues

11:30 a.m.

12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Jack Ferracane, MS, PhD

2:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Dr. Ferracane Lecture Continues

3:15 p.m.

Education Credit


Creighton is an ADA CERP Recognized provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education.  ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp.

The Creighton University School of Dentistry designates this activity acceptable for 5.5 continuing education credits for the State of Nebraska.

Creighton University is an approved continuing education provider by the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. This course meets the requirements for credit in Nebraska.


Creighton University Alumni: $150
Non-Alumni: $200
Current Creighton University School of Dentistry Faculty: $75

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