Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the USC International Restorative Dentistry Symposium for 2013. The theme for this year is “Decision Making.” Today’s dental practitioner is faced with having to choose from an ever-increasing array of dental materials and techniques that claim to improve all aspects of dental care. As a result, it is becoming considerably more challenging for the clinician to choose the “right” treatment. Some of the questions that will be discussed at this year’s symposium are:

  • How to choose when to splint and when not to splint implants?
  • When should clear aligners be considered for tooth movement versus traditional orthodontics and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
  • When should endodontic retreatment be considered over an extraction and an implant replacement?
  • What are the options available for the totally edentulous patient?
  • When should gingival grafting be considered versus composite restoration for the restoration of the cervical lesion secondary to gingival loss?
  • What are important factors with regarding to curing lights?
  • How should endodontically treated teeth be restored?
  • When should full coverage restorations be avoided and why?

These topics, and more, will be discussed by a carefully selected group of nationally and internationally renowned speakers. They will share their clinical experiences, research and opinions in order to provide the audience with a better understanding of their respective expertise. The goal of this years symposium is to enable the participants to use this knowledge to make better clinical decisions for patients in their practices. As always, there will be time allocated for open discussion between course participants and the presenters in order to enhance the learning experience.

I hope you will join me in what promises to be a most enjoyable and educational experience.

Until then respectfully,

Abdi Sameni, DDS
Symposium Chairman