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With a B.S. in biological anthropology and an extensive research background, Mehrdad reached his long-term dream of studying dentistry at Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he spent a year focusing on his research in the field of neurosurgery and was part of six major publications at David Geffen School of Medicine of UCLA. His passion for creation and research carried through his path as a dental student and allowed him to be involved in various research projects. Mehrdad’s journey in dental research began by joining Dr. Pascal Magne’s research laboratory during his first year as a dental student. Since then, Mehrdad has been part of multiple projects, alongside visiting scholars, under the mentorship of Dr. Pascal Magne. His focus has been on restorative techniques and dental materials. He has been part of publications in the esteemed Journal of Dental Materials and International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry and practices general and restorative dentistry at WLA Dental Center, a private practice in Los Angeles.





In this lecture we will discuss two extremely valuable findings about the use of composites in everyday clinical cases. To this date, we still question if we should use pre-heated composite as our luting agent when bonding indirect restorations. Exploring a thorough research done at University of Southern California, in the research laboratory of Dr. Pascal Magne, Mehrdad will explain how seating accuracy of indirect restorations is affected by using pre-heated composite as luting agent, when compared to a convectional dual cure cement.



In the second part of this lecture; we will be discussing a very simple technique that allows us to decrease the amount of intra-later gaps produced in everyday multi-layered composite restorations. In this study, we will look at microscopic slices of Class II composite restorations done with two different techniques to better understand the advantages of this simple solution to decrease gaps and bubbles.

At the completion of the course, participants will be able to discuss:

  1. Evaluation of seating accuracy of indirect restorations when luted with pre-heated composite

  2. Minimizing layering gaps in multi-layered direct composite restorations