Saturday Mar 3

Laboratory Technician Program

  8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Moderator: Keith Phillips, DMD, MSD, CDT

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8:00 – 8:10 am
Welcome and Introduction

8:10 – 9:00 am
New Interdisciplinary Perspectives with All-Ceramic Restorations
Anabell Bologna, DDS

Anabell Bologna
The optimal results in the areas of esthetic compromise, are influenced by clinical and technical aspects, such as bone level and thickness, soft tissue control, implant position, selection of the restorative material, and appearance of the final restoration. Beyond the type of restoration, either a single crown or a dentogingival prosthesis, the challenge is to mimic the natural esthetics and harmony of shape and color. The interdisciplinary team approach is the key to success in order to meet the esthetic expectations of patients; accompanied by a scientific support when it comes to material selection, and a combination of science and art when it comes to reproducing nature.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) discuss material selection and different lab techniques when trying to mimic nature; 2) describe the incorporation of CAD/CAM technologies and new generation restorative materials in the execution of natural appearance restorations; and 3) explain the relevance of interdisciplinary approach to achieve the esthetic goals.

Objectives: TBD

9:00 – 10:00 am
The Power of 3-D Printing in Digital Dentistry
Marko Tadros, DMD

Marko Tadros
Digital dentistry has been around for quite a while. Not until recently has it truly taken the spotlight and became a major topic within the last few years due to the recent availability of many high-quality consumer level 3-D printers and open-file format from major dental software. The issue that we face today is the lack of digital knowledge and communication between the dentist and lab to unleash the full potential of digital dentistry. We will cover concepts and facilitate closing the communication gap. The future is now a reality, true esthetic and functional digital dentistry is the next big thing. Is your practice/lab ready?

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) explain how 3-D printing can benefit the practice or lab; 2) explain differences between different 3-D printers; 3) identify areas within the practice where we can utilize 3-D printing; and 4) determine which printer is best for your needs.

10:30 am – noon
Unique Digital Workflows from Surgery to Restorative
Lee Culp, CDT

Lee Culp
As dentistry evolves into the digital world, the successful incorporation of computerization and new technology will continue to provide more efficient methods of communication and fabrication while at the same time retaining the individual creativity and artistry of the skilled dentist and dental technician, while the utilization of new technology will continue to enhance the close cooperation and working relationship of the dentist/technician team. This exciting multimedia presentation will offer participants a unique insight into the digital design from surgical planning to using the printed diagnostic wax-up and milled provisional PMMA restorations, and their digital replicas to guide us in the creation of CAD/CAM restorations, for implant supported prosthetics, will be presented.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) explain how to adapt conventional techniques to digital technology; 2) explore new ways to achieve optimal Dentist/Surgeon/Technician teamwork, using digital communication; and 3) describe new restorative options, available with new technology and materials.

1:30 – 2:30 pm
The Digital Patient: 3-D Virtual Design and Planning in Implant Dentistry
Michael Bergler, CDT, MDT

Numerous CAD/CAM systems have been introduced to the market and offer a significantly more reliable and precise fabrication process as compared to traditional fabrication techniques. Both clinical and laboratory protocols and workflows are affected and need to be adapted to the digital world. Different production technologies like milling, 3-D printing or laser sintering are already established for a variety of dental applications. It seems much more challenging to handle and implement new features for the 3-D virtual design and planning in the advanced digital workflow. Specifically affected are full-mouth implant-supported restorations by new software features, which dramatically alter the traditional approach in the dental laboratory. However, to take full advantage of the virtual 3-D design and planning, it is crucial for the laboratory technician and the dentist to establish new ways of communication in order to manage and achieve optimal outcomes in a completely digital workflow. This presentation will provide an update on new virtual design options in the dental laboratory while recognizing the importance of a team approach between dental technician and clinician in the digital age. Different approaches of the digital workflow will be presented and illustrated on selected tooth- and implant-supported cases.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) differentiate digital treatment protocols and traditional workflows; 2) describe different software features for the complete digital workflow; and 3) choose and implement the latest materials based on the design of a restoration.

2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cubic Containing Zirconia: Laboratory and Clinical Consideration
Edward McLaren

Edward McLaren
Recently, versions of Zirconia have been released that are much more translucent than the original Zirconia, with claims of esthetic potential to be used in monolithic form for incisors, and are also claimed to be as translucent as the translucent forms of well accepted lithium disilicates. This new zirconia material has an altered structure and increased amount of “dopant” that increases the amount of the cubic form of crystal. This presentation will explore some of the available products of this newer translucent zirconia, compare it to older versions of zirconia, compare physical properties of different zirconia’s, discuss potential long-term clinical situations related to physical properties, compare translucency differences from old and new materials, compare translucency to translucent forms of Lithium Disilicates, and present and anterior monolithic and posterior molar case presentation with the newer translucent zirconia both gradient and painted versions for audience evaluation as to esthetic value. This presentation will also cover some of the customization techniques the author uses with this new material.

Upon completion of the presentation, participants should be able to: 1) describe how surface treatments affect strength; 2) discuss how to customize internal colorize cubic zirconia; 3) explain how to custom texturize monolithic cubic zirconia; and 4) describe how to custom surface color monolithic zirconia.