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Mastering Morphology: The Foundation of Aesthetics


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Class Summary

This two-day lecture and hands-on course focuses on the fundamentals of aesthetic dentistry: Shape and Color. Modern dental materials and techniques allow dentists to accurately recreate lost tooth structure, but we need to have a thorough understanding of the natural form so that we can mimic nature in our restorations.

Dr Costa will review color concepts and how they relate to dental composites, as well provide an in-depth look at dental morphology and the steps necessary to ensure that your restorations are anatomically accurate. This course provides intensive hands-on instruction and numerous practice exercises.

Class Overview/Schedule

Day 1

  • Lecture:
  1. Color theory
  2. Review of composites
  3. Central incisor morphology
  4. Armamentarium
  • Hands-on:
  1. Veneer tab exercise
  2. Model veneer


  • Hands-on continued:
  1. Finish and polish model veneer
  2. Cutback / Tinting / Layering veneer
  3. Class IV exercise
  • Lecture:
  1. Lateral incisor and canine morphology

Day 2

  • Lecture:
  1. Posterior considerations
  2. Armamentarium
  3. Molar morphology
  • Hands-on:
  1. Class 1 composite
  2. Class 2 composite


  • Hands-on:
  1. Class 4 on model veneer
  • Lecture:
  1. Premolars
  2. Occlusal Stent
  3. Case Study
Upcoming Dates

November 5-6, 2020

Course Fee

$3,295 includes breakfast, lunch and materials


Day 1 - 8am to 5pm
Day 2 - 8am to 5pm


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16 CE hours

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401 N. Michigan, Ave., Chicago IL

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Dr Matt Costa BioDr. Matt Costa is a 2008 graduate of Temple University School of Dentistry. He maintains a full time private practice in Quarryville, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, the Lancaster County Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry. Dr. Costa centers his practice around aesthetic restorative dentistry with an emphasis on bonded restorations.

agd Center for Esthetic Excellence (CEE) is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2020. Provider # 208378.
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Center For Esthetic Excellence 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 ADA.org/goto/cerp. Center For Esthetic Excellence current term of approval extends from May. 2016 to June, 2020.

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