ADACE: A Voluntary Dental Experience of a Different Kind

September 21, 2015 at 3:37 PM

I am always looking at ways to evolve, modify and improve my dentistry based on sound scientific research.  So imagine my excitement when I was asked if I was interested in assisting with Dr Pascal Magne’s lecture and hands-on course in Australia.  My answer… “ABSOLUTELY!”

Dr Pascal Magne DMD, Ph. D is an Associate Professor with Tenure Don of the Sybil Harrington Foundation Chair of Esthetic Dentistry in the Division of Restorative Sciences, University of Southern California, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

He is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards and the author of numerous clinical and research publications on aesthetics and adhesive dentistry.  He is a highly sought after educator for lectures and premium hands-on courses and his schedule is booked for several years in advance.  His book “Bonded Porcelain Restorations in the Anterior Dentition – A Biomimetic Approach” has been translated into 12 languages and is considered as one of the most outstanding books in this field of dentistry.

Despite all his achievements and accolades, Pascal is a genuinely lovely person.  He has an engaging personality and has admirable strong, solid, balanced personal and professional values.  His depth of scientific dental knowledge is indisputable and he is extremely generous in sharing it.  His teachings are based not only on science, but also on common sense and experience.  He openly discusses techniques and materials that he has had success or failure with.  He does not receive any financial remuneration from dental companies which allows his teachings to remain unbiased and independent.

Pascal’s dental philosophy lies in the biomimetic approach to restorative sciences, which in turn is dependent on adhesive dentistry and minimally invasive approaches – ideally no post, no crown dentistry.  He strives to implement treatment that will preserve as much of the tooth as possible.  He believes as dentists we need to continually undergo training and gain as much experience as possible because the “operator factor” is more critical to the long-term final restorative success than the choice of product and technique.  His ultimate goal is to simulate nature.  This means respecting biological parameters such as pulp vitality and emulating mechanical function as it exists in nature.  Once pulp vitality is lost, it will not come back and the tooth has a significantly reduced long-term prognosis.

Today it is possible to restore the original stiffness of a tooth.  Various degrees of stiffness can be obtained with the right knowledge of combining different dental materials to mimic a natural tooth.  Enamel is extremely brittle (more brittle than glass) and dentine wears easily, yet, bonded together they can make a tooth that can withstand stress and function for a lifetime!

Dentists from all over the Asia-Pacific Region attended Pascal’s course which included two 2-day hands-on and a 2-day lecture.  He covered state-of-the-art minimally invasive concepts for direct, semi-direct and indirect techniques in composite and ceramics.  We have entered the “post amalgam/post full crown” era.  He presented the foundations of this evolution based on scientific evidence and clinical experience.

After attending this special continuing education event, I feel inspired and empowered to provide my patients with durable treatments that are more conservative and aspire to mimic nature… authentic anti-ageing dentistry!

Please feel free to contact me for any continuing education enquiries.


Enjoy your dentistry,

Usha Narshai

ADACE Coordinator



Pascal emphasizing the importance of biomimetic principles.



Pascal demonstrating preparation technique.



Pascal demonstrating modifications of an attendee’s preparation design.



Pascal’s lecture.



Selfie with the maestro!

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