R.V. Tucker the Annual Meeting 2023 Tokyo


The Ellsperman Lecture

October 2, 2023

Dr. Masao Yamazaki

Interdisciplinary management of complex restorative treatment

Brief Summary of Presentation:
A large change is brought to modern restorative dentistry by the innovation and development of dental materials. From the patient’s side, a voice to expect a higher level of esthetic restorative treatment is also rising because of a deluge of information and knowledge from various media and fields.
However, on the other hand, it possesses a certain element of danger.
In other words, it has a possibility to twist the essence of treatment in an excess of seeking esthetics. It is an axiomatic truth that even the esthetic restorative treatment cannot be said as a real restorative treatment if it has no considerations of function, structural mechanics and biology etc together.
That is the why we have to establish the clinical basis for the esthetic restorative treatment now, considering this knowledge. At the same time, the more complicated and difficult the clinical cases become, the more cooperation with another field, such as orthodontics, periodontics, and implantology will be needed at each clinical stage before, during, and after treatment. Thus the key to success of more refined aesthetic restorative treatment is a minute and detailed discussion with the specialist of another field about the diagnostic treatment planning.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand esthetic classifications
  2. Explore the guidelines of material selection
  3. Understand interdisciplinary treatment

Dr Yamazaki received his DDS degree from the Tokyo Dental College in 1970.
He is the founder and president of S.J.C.D International, Japan’s biggest dental study club, with over 1,000 dental professionals.
Dr Yamazaki has authored numerous scientific and clinical publications in the fields of Periodontics, Restorative Dentistry, Implantology, and Esthetic Dentistry and has given many lectures around the globe, maintaining a private practice in the heart of Tokyo.


September 30, 2023

Dr. Masashi Miyazaki

Science & technique of clinical success in composite restorations

Brief Summary of Presentation:
Changes in the age and dental health of the population may be one of the most important factors that influence clinical consideration for restorative dentistry. The reduction in the prevalence of caries and the increasing desirers for highly esthetic results of retained teeth in oral environment may be important factors for clinical decision making. Development and improvement of resin composites and adhesive systems represent major advancements in restorative treatment. Together with the various types of adhesive systems, composite restoration systems comprise the tooth colored alternatives to metallic restorations. Selection of tooth colored restorative materials that simulate the physical properties and other characteristics of natural teeth, in combination with restorative techniques provide the framework that ensures optimal development of an esthetic restoration.

Course Objectives:

This presentation will give an overview of basic technologies of the newly developed two-step universal adhesive system and its clinical effectiveness. Some clinical tips regarding to the use of the adhesive system will be covered with clinical cases.

Dr. Michael Thomas

Why Conservative Restorations, Why Gold

Brief Summary of Presentation:
A few cases will be shown demonstrating conservative restoration and the use of cast gold.

Course Objectives:

  1. Encourage participants to consider conservative restorations in their practices.
  2. Encourage participants to consider using gold in their practices.

Dr. William Liang

Game Changing principals in implant dentistry

Brief Summary of Presentation:
The very simplistic goal of implant dentistry is to replace missing teeth. A more meritorious approach would be to restore the dentition to proper form, function esthetics and durability. The latter approach is easier said than done. The results and techniques may only be validated over a long period of time in clinical function.
In this presentation, we will be introduced to the concept of Natural Implant Restoration in Stable Alveolar Bone (NIRISAB). We will examine various clinical approaches and techniques that will enable clinicians to move closer to creating a more ideal result in implant dentistry.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the concept and philosophy of NIRISAB
  2. Understand the technique of the Vascularized Buccal Inversion Flap
  3. Understand the benefits of platelet rich fibrin

Clinical Operations

September 30, 2023

Nihon University School of Dentistry Clinic

Clinical Operations Review

October 2, 2023

Dr. Richard Tucker

Brief Summary of Presentation:
Photographs will be taken of the various clinical operations as they are performed by the operators. These photographs will be reviewed for the members, discussing the variations in restoration preparations and variations in the final restoration.

Course Objectives:

  1. Attendees will achieve a greater appreciation for the details that go into making a good cavity preparation for a cast gold restoration
  2. Attendees will see the results of cast restoration finishing and enhanced understanding of finishing techniques
  3. The attendees should finish the course with a greater ability to complete a more perfect cast gold restoration