Dr. Raymond Bertolotti is perhaps best known for introducing "total etch" to North America in 1984. He has been credited with coining the phrase "adhesion dentistry" in 1985. Dr. Bertolotti first used "Adhesion Dentistry" when he retitled his "Cosmetic Dentistry" seminar, reflecting the true nature of what he was using to achieve aesthetic results with minimal invasion.
In America, Dr. Bertolotti also introduced Caries Detector in 1984, Panavia in 1985, cantilevered PFM adhesion bridges in 1986, tin plating in 1989, self-etching primers in 1992, HealOzone in 2004, and all-ceramic zirconia adhesion bridges in 2017. The sectional Contact Matrix system, "Microprime B", Accolade PV, "Microetcher" sandblasting, and intraoral tin-plating are also his innovations. His materials and techniques continue to reflect a compilation of international knowledge which has been evolved into a "how to do it" seminar of international reputation.
Adhesion dentistry is simply the clinical application of adhesives which enable us to bond just about any material to any other material: gold to tooth, porcelain to tooth, gold to porcelain, gold to gold, porcelain to porcelain, tooth to tooth, etc. Adhesion replaces tooth destruction The underlying incentive is easier, faster, and most important, better dentistry.
FIFTH QUARTER SEMINARS
Raymond L. Bertolotti DDS Inc. is a private provider of continuing education in dentistry which started business in 1983 as Fifth Quarter Seminars. We are not beholden to any commercial sponsors. We are recognized by the AGD and many states which have continuing education requirements. Our primary speaker, Dr. Raymond Bertolotti, has been invited to speak at most of the major US dental meetings such as the ADA, Chicago Midwinter, and the Hinman a well as major foreign meetings. We have annual guest speakers who we consider to be among the best in the world. One of our first guest speakers was Professor Takao Fusayama of Japan. Recently we have hosted Prof. Junji Tagami of Japan, Dr. Geoff Knight of Australia, Prof. Ed McLaren of USA, Dr. Graeme MIlicich of New Zealand, Prof. Matthias Kern of Germany and Prof. Paul Lambrechts of Belgium. Among our past speakers are Dr. David Winkler and Prof. Edward Lynch of the UK, Prof. Matthias Kern of Germany, Dr. Shigehisa Inokoshi of Japan, Dr. Gary Unterbrinck of Austria, and Prof. Harald Heymann, Prof. Van Thompson, Dr. George Bogen, Dr. Mike Miller, Dr. John Kois of the USA. Guest speakers sometimes share the program with Dr. Bertolotti.