Margaret Duszyk: 2nd Place AACD Scientific Poster Competition

Fourth-year Penn Dental student Margaret Duszyk was recently recognized for her clinical skills, taking second place in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) Scientific Poster Competition on clinical cases. The competition was held as part of the AACD Annual Scientific Session, held in San Diego in April.

Ms. Duszyk’s case, titled “Combined Direct-Indirect Technique for Prepless Composite Veneers,” involved a direct-indirect technique for CAD/CAM veneers milled from resin blocks.

“The goal was to avoid a conventional veneer preparation to preserve as much tooth structure as possible,” explains Ms. Duszyk. “The direct-indirect technique allows for proper facial contouring with CAD/CAM-designed and -milled veneers while proximal areas are restored directly with composite resin.” The case involved multiple teeth in the esthetic zone including triangular teeth with proximal undercuts.

Ms. Duszyk was mentored by Markus Blatz, professor and chair of preventive and restorative sciences, and Julian Conejo, Clinical CAD/CAM Director, who also spoke at the meeting on the topic of “Optimized Bonding and Material Selection for Chairside Ceramic Restorations.