The Daily Grind: Practical Oral Pathology for your Practice AND Cutting Wedge Technology: An In Depth Look At The Importance Of Wedges In Direct Composite Restorations

  • Wed, Oct 19, 2022 | 2:00 PM - Wed, Oct 19, 2022 | 9:00 PM

The Daily Grind: Practical Oral Pathology for your Practice 
Cutting Wedge Technology:  An In Depth Look At The Importance Of Wedges In Direct Composite Restorations

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October 19, 2022
Wednesday 2:00pm-9:00pm

Encino Golf Course Banquet Room 
Monterey Encino
16821 Burbank Blvd. 
Encino, CA 91436
$49 Members (for the 1st 60 members - A MEMBER BENEFIT VALUE!)                        $69 Members (after 60 members) $99 Non-Members
$99 Non-Members
$49 Auxiliaries & Retired Members
$49 Dental Students & Residents

$100 Members
$200 Non-Members
$100 Auxiliaries & Retired Members
$100 Dental Students & Residents


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 Matthew Burton, DDS    

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    Ashley Clark, DDS, FACD


Course Description: The Daily Grind: Practical Oral Pathology for your Practice

This course will cover basic lesions of the oral cavity with a variety of topics ranging from benign to malignant. The goal of the course is for the participant to become more comfortable recognizing common oral lesions and knowing how to manage their patients with these conditions.

Learning Objectives:

After completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Recognize common lesions of the oral cavity
  2. Determine which lesions should be viewed as potentially malignant
  3. Discuss how to manage patients with oral pathology


Course Description Cutting Wedge Technology:  An In Depth Look At The Importance Of Wedges In Direct Composite Restorations

Composite dentistry is the work horse of any office...and it shouldn’t be stressful!

Consistently great results in composite dentistry require a consistent approach from dentists.   However, there are a multitude of variables involved in posterior & anterior composite dentistry that greatly impact outcome and predictability.  It is important to understand how to identify, and ultimately control, these variables, paving the way for consistent success.   I have found that with a consistent approach, AND THE RIGHT TOOLS, that I am able to conquer just about anything thrown my way!

In this lecture I will shed light on one of the biggest struggles with Class 2 restorations:  The Wedge.  We will focus on what physics are involved in the wedging step, how current wedges struggle to overcome these hurdles, and what we need to do to fix it.  I will also share how using some key tools that are critical in allowing dentists to broaden their horizons in direct composite restorations. Ultimately resulting in better outcomes, more consistent results, greatly improved efficiency, and a more confident dentist. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the lecture attendees will:

  1. Understand how wedging has been overlooked and ultimately plays a major role in all facets of Class 2 success
  2. Understand how to identify these wedging issues and overcome them.
  3. Become aware of a key new wedge technology that eliminates many of our everyday struggles.
  4. Learn a simplified placement technique that minimizes voids, accounts for C Factor, and produces consistent and efficient restorations 
  5. Become more comfortable utilizing individual components from different matrix systems to produce predictable & outstanding results.




  • Registration, Sponsor Tables     2:00 pm -- 3:00 pm
  • Session 1                                  3:00 pm-- 4:30 pm
  • Break                                         4:30 pm -- 4:45 pm
  • Session 2                                  4:45 pm -- 6:00 pm
  • Dinner                                       6:00 pm -- 7:00 pm
  • Session 3                                 7:00 pm-- 9:00 pm
  • Conclude                                  9:00 pm



Ashley Clark, DDS, FACD, is a Board-Certified Oral Pathologist currently serving as Associate Professor, Division Chief, and Laboratory Director at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. She has published over 40 papers and abstracts, authored the oral pathology sections of both Dental Decks and Dental Hygiene Decks, and is on the professional board for Digital Dental Notes and Oral Cancer Cause.

Dr. Dr. Matthew Burton, DDS has worked as an established dental practitioner in Illinois since 2008. Like most dentists, his schedule was filled with one of the most common procedures: the Class II composite restoration. After several years in his practice working on hundreds of fillings, Dr. Burton became frustrated with the available Class II matrix systems. He tried nearly every system, but none of them provided the efficiency and consistent results he was seeking. He found that the major difficulty lies in properly placing and wedging the matrix bands. If not performed correctly, it cost him valuable time, required unnecessary & timely post polymerization adjustments, and ultimately led to a lack of confidence in the procedure.   Furthermore, Dr. Burton has discovered that different components from different matrix systems, when combined, produce consistently outstanding results. 

Dr. Burton began contemplating new ideas to make his chair-side time more efficient. He discovered that he could simplify & streamline the Class II restoration process by simply re-designing the wedge to "split" down the middle. The flexible Split Wedge allows for proper gingival seal, perfect matrix contour, while greatly minimizing flash.  He ultimately realized that the design of this wedge played a critical role in achieving excellent outcomes in an incredibly efficient way.  With no other products like it on the market, Dr. Burton knew there would be demand for his matrix systems. In 2017, he formed Burton Dental Innovations to begin marketing and selling his products to other dentists who face the same challenges in their own practices. 



Sponsored by:           

       San Fernando Valley Logo
      LARESSwiss Monkey 
     rectangle health logo   provide logo

 Integrity logo      Bank of SoCal

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How to Register for the Course – 3 Easy Ways

Register for the Live In-Person course with SFVDS for payment (for members, non-members, and auxiliaries):

  1. Register completely online by clicking on REGISTER, OR
  2. Click on link to download a registration form from the SFVDS website. Once you complete the form, Email it to or Fax it to 818-576-0122, OR
  3. Call the office at 818-576-0116 and register over the phone


REFUND POLICY: It is the policy of the San Fernando Valley Dental Society that no refund will be made unless the Central Office is notified of a cancellation of your attendance by 5 PM three-days preceding the event.  No refund will be made for no-shows. 

LATE FEES:  It is the policy of the San Fernando Valley Dental Society that you will be charged a late fee of $25 (for members) and $50 (all others) for anyone who registers after the closing of the registration of the event.