Posterior Composites: It’s the Singer AND the Song

     Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Time: 6:30-8:30pm 

Credits: 2 CE Hours


McManama Carl 2016

Carl McManama, DDS: is a Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and course director for several courses at Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine where he has taught since 1976. In addition to his teaching, he has maintained a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the past forty-five years. Dr. McManama has presented over 100 CE courses on topics related to restorative and operative dentistry to all levels of dental audiences.

Posterior Composites: It’s the Singer AND the Song

The short- and long-term success of posterior composites depends on both the singer and the song: very careful attention to detail and a logical, evidence-based selection of materials. Most of us will agree that a class II composite is significantly more technique sensitive than a class II amalgam, and that the selection of materials (and equipment) can be confusing and frustrating. The instructor will take a hard look at the state of the class II composite in 2023 and will address questions like: Is composite always a better alternative to amalgam?  Why should we practice minimally invasive dentistry? What about extension for prevention? Which generation of bonding agents should we use? What is the best matrix, and why? Why, and how, should flowable composites be used? What about bulk-fill materials? Is incremental curing still the gold standard? What is the best curing light?

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply a logical and effective technique for restoring posterior teeth with composite resin.
  • Choose restorative materials and techniques based on three things: scientific evidence, anecdotal experience, and common sense
  • Appreciate the value of healthy skepticism when deciding to use a new material
  • Apply concepts of minimally invasive dentistry and understand what it really means
  • Make logical decisions that are based on a balance between skepticism and risk-taking

Ancy Verdier


Ancy Verdier, DMD: is the founder of Worcester Periodontics, a periodontal dental practice located in Worcester , MA where he practices periodontology and implant dentistry. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University, DMD and Periodontal residency at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Verdier is a Fellow in the International College of Dentists and American College of Dentists. He is also a regular contributor to Tufts Practice Based Research Network.