Wright – The Making of a Tooth: From Genes to Clinical Care



Clinicians are faced daily with the challenges of diagnosing and treating defects in the dentitions. Developmental defects such as missing teeth, enamel hypoplasia and malformed teeth are relatively common and can be tremendously challenging to diagnose correctly and to select optimal treatment approaches. The explosion of information occurring in this post-genomic era has greatly advanced our understanding conditions such as affecting the teeth that can occur in isolation or as part of many diverse syndromes. Coupled with the many environmental conditions that can affect tooth formation, the clinician can have difficulty making the correct diagnosis and selecting optimal treatment approaches for managing the diverse restorative and esthetic challenges presented by these conditions. This course will provide practical information on the current diagnostic approaches for developmental defects and an understanding of how specific dental conditions can be treated to achieve optimal form, function and esthetics in even the most challenging cases. Exciting new breakthroughs in tissue engineering and building a tooth will be reviewed.

Educational Objectives:

  • Provide practical information on the current diagnostic approaches for developmental defects of teeth
  • Review treatment of specific dental conditions directed at achieving optimal form, function and esthetics

CE Credit Units:

4 CEUs

Level of skill recommended for participants:

Of interest to Dentists, Students & Residents, Auxiliaries and Office Staff

Instructor Information:

Dr. Wright, is the Bawden Distinguished Professor and Chair in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of North Carolina. He received his DDS degree from the University of West Virginia and completed his specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has extensive clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of developmental defects of teeth. His research involves both the diagnosis and treatment of hereditary diseases involving teeth and the craniofacial complex.

Instructor Disclosure of any conflicts of interest:


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