Laboratory Technician Program

Laboratory Technician Program

8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Registration for Laboratory Technician Program Only: Members: $125 – Non-Members: $150

No charge for Annual Meeting Registrants.

Moderator – Keith Phillips, DMD, MSD, CDT

8:00 – 9:00 am
Digital Workflow Versus Analog Technique for Implant-supported Restoration
Domenico Cascione, CDT

Treatment planning for full-mouth implant restoration is the key to the success of communication between the dental technician and dentist. CAD/CAM technology in implant dentistry has grown exponentially in recent years. With an inexhaustible supply of frameworks, designs, and materials, there are no real guidelines as to the appropriate selection and design of the framework foundation and supported tooth forms. This presentation will provide a decision tree and a new classification system for CAD/CAM framework selection according to case-specific indications. In addition, recommendations for different machinable materials suitable for the framework and the restorative needs will be discussed and described. The ultimate goal is to deliver a long-term and clinically successful prosthesis with regards to esthetics, form, and function. Using simplified, yet perceived as “complex’ processes, for the development of traditional metal ceramic technique and monolithic zirconia with a stain/build technique.

Upon completion of the presentation, participants should be able to: 1) present a systematic approach based on the technician’s expertise of principles and technique, in order to obtain predictable results on the challenging implant cases; 2) create a decision tree for CAD/CAM framework selection according to case-specific indications with recommendations for different machinable materials; and 3) describe the importance of proper porcelain build-up technique for a monolithic zirconia using a PRODIGIO color.

9:00 – 10:00 am
Management of Restorative Material for Fully Edentulous Implant Cases
Yoshi Goto, DDS, MSD

Since digital technology has changed how we view implant treatment, we get an opportunity to deal many more restorative materials. This presentation will review current restorative material features and how they behave clinically as well as provide the criteria for selecting the successful combination of materials based on past experience.

Upon completion of the presentation, participants should be able to: 1) discuss the pros and cons of different materials; 2) prevent clinical complications of the full edentulous prosthesis; and 3) describe the best combination of prostheses maxilla and mandible.

10:30 – 11:15 am
The Digital Revolution: Lab Digital IQ and How to Be Our Clients’ Best Resource
Jamie Stover, CDT

Technology is evolving faster than at any other time in history, but when every lab is a “digital lab” the small things are actually the most crucial. “Digital IQ” is the measure of a lab’s ability to navigate the most current CAD/CAM landscape and to be a resource for clinicians and staff, providing comprehensive case support, education and training on new materials, digital technology application/utilization, and personalized customer support experiences.

This course discusses operating and growing a dental lab in today’s fast changing marketplace. CAD/CAM production processes, the digital workflow, customer support and education, strategies for successfully guiding dentists making the transition to digital impressions, and more will be covered.

Upon completion of the presentation, participants should be able to: 1) explain the differentiating characteristic of the second phase of the digital evolution of our industry; 2) describe why a dental lab’s Digital Strategy is vital for establishing a dental client’s perception of Digital IQ; and 3) discuss two of the most important factors for dentists to consider when selecting an intra oral scanner (IOS).


11:15 am – noon
Clinical Challenges of Implant Retreatment
Alex Shor, DMD, MSD

In a number of clinical scenarios, implant restorations may have to be retreated due to the cosmetic deficiencies, open interproximal contacts, changes in occlusion and biological or mechanical complications. Implant retreatment poss unique challenges such as finding relevant records, identifying older implant systems and removing existing restorations. The goal of this presentation is to highlight some of these challenges and present possible solutions in the retreatment process.

Upon completion of the presentation, participants should be able to: 1) discuss the limitations of implant treatment and why retreatment will be necessary in the course of the implant restoration lifespan; 2) explain the risks of implant retreatment; and 3) describe the restorative techniques and clinical tips in implant retreatment.

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Telescopic Overdenture
Arian Deutsch, CDT, DTG

Telescopic implant solutions are gaining popularity in dentistry, so we need to understand why, from the perspective of the clinician, the dental technician, and the patient. Some of the issues pertaining to screw-retained acrylic hybrid and zirconia cases will be discussed. This program covers the basics of telescopic and conical connection implant prostheses and explains the components and clinical steps necessary to create these types of implant/tissue borne prostheses with success. Insight into newer material selections, when it comes to these types of removable, yet stable and retentive implant prosthetic solutions will also be reviewed.

Upon completion of the presentation, participants should be able to: 1) explain why telescopic implant solutions are an ideal alternative to screw-retained solutions; 2) list the three components of telescopic implant solutions and clinical implications; and 3) describe material selection and clinical steps for telescopic and conical implant restorations.

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