Dr. Thomas McDonald Restorative Dentistry Athens, GA
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  • Private practice: restorative dentistry  
  • Clinical Instructor Oral Rehabilitation, Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University
  • Editorial Review Board, Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry

Thursday Courses
Anterior Tooth Positioning for Occlusion and Esthetics
Time: 12 - 3 PM
Room: Omni,
Type: Registered    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $95.00  Other Fee: $65.00

The anterior teeth provide 98% of our esthetic requirements and 90% of our occlusal requirements. Proper shaping and positioning of the upper and lower anterior teeth are critical for the success and longevity of the restorative case. With modern ceramic materials, the chance for catastrophic failure due to incorrect shape and function is increased. Learn a protocol for the functional and esthetic positioning of the anterior segment of dentition as well as techniques for diagnosis, provisionalization and trial restoration.

Friday Courses
Diagnostic Waxing for Complex Cases
Time: 8 - 11 AM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Participation    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Diagnosis, treatment planning and staging of complex cases can be the most challenging aspect of restorative practice. Spending time with diagnostic patient information, photographs and mounted diagnostic casts is the best way to develop a treatment plan and establish a proposed final result. This preoperative time spent translates to extreme confidence during the consultation and helps facilitate clinical treatment. In this course, participants will be guided through an actual treatment planning exercise by manipulating instruments and materials for diagnostic waxing.

Occlusal Splint Fabrication
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 PM
Room: GWCC,
Type: Participation    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Splint therapy can be a valuable tool for the advanced restorative practice. Occlusal splints can be used for TMJ diagnosis and therapy, stabilization of mobile teeth, confirmation of the starting position for treatment, testing of the proposed occlusal treatment scheme and an incredible form of phase one treatment. Use this lab-intensive handson course to refine your skills. You will manipulate an occlusal splint and establish an ideal occlusion for an actual clinical case.

Saturday Courses
Staging Complex Restorative Cases: Putting Things in the Proper Order
Time: 8 - 11 AM
Room: Omni,
Type: General    Handouts: Yes
Dentist Fee: $0.00  Other Fee: $0.00

Modern dentists have developed vast knowledge in esthetics, occlusion and restorative dentistry. However, when presented with a complex case, many clinicians have difficulty deciding where to start and what is the proper sequence for treatment. Learn to apply a time-tested system for diagnosis and treatment sequencing of complex esthetic-restorative cases with an emphasis on segmental restoration. This approach is often more technically achievable for the clinician and an important step toward efficiency in today’s economy.


Registering for the Hinman Dental Meeting is required to attend ALL courses and Special Events.
Course type description:
General = No additional fee (registration required for these courses – we no longer accept walk-ups)
Registered, Interactive, Participation and Special Events = Fee courses