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Dr. Markus B. Blatz

Dr. Markus Blatz

Dr. Markus B. Blatz is Professor of Restorative Dentistry, Chairman of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, and Assistant Dean for Digital Innovation and Professional Development at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Board-certified by the German Society for Prosthodontics and Biomaterials and past President of the International Academy for Adhesive Dentistry, he is the recipient of multiple teaching and research awards and has published and lectured extensively.

EVOLUTION - An Update on Ceramics, CAD/CAM, Bonding, and Implants
The recent evolution in ceramic, adhesive, and CAD/CAM technologies is breathtaking and offers a whole new range of esthetic, less invasive, and long-lasting treatment options in restorative and implant dentistry. Moreover, it has fundamentally changed workflows, communication, and collaboration between the clinician and the dental laboratory technician. At this time of transition, there are many open questions and straight answers are hard to find.

What are the fundamental considerations to select the best materials and treatment options for our patients considering the large variety of silica-based, high-strength, and hybrid ceramic materials available today? How to best integrate digital workflows and resin bonding technologies? Do different ceramics require specific laboratory and clinical treatment to function properly in the mouth? Is all zirconia the same? How to cement different ceramics? What are the best materials to restore dental implants? And, in this age of “evidence-based dentistry”, what is the scientific evidence on all of these topics?

This presentation will answer such questions in an unbiased manner and provide an update on aesthetic, less invasive, and long-term functional treatment options. Digital manufacturing in the dental laboratory and in clinics, fundamental material science, as well as cementation and bonding techniques of ceramics based on decades of research and the latest scientific evidence will be presented.

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to or have gained an understanding of:

  1. Differentiate modern ceramic and hybrid materials and their indications
  2. Learn about CAD/CAM technology and its diverse applications to fabricate indirect restorations
  3. Understand strategies for success with ceramic restorations for teeth and implants based on the current scientific evidence

Dr. Gerard Chiche

Dr. Gerard Chiche

Dr. Chiche is the Thomas P. Hinman Endowed Chair in Restorative Dentistry, and the Director of the Center for Esthetic & Implant Dentistry at Augusta University College of Dental Medicine in Augusta, GA. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the author of the textbooks: Esthetics of Anterior Fixed Restorations, and Smile Design - A guide for Clinician, Ceramist and Patient (Quintessence Pub.) He is the recipient of the 2003 LSU Alumni Award, and the 2007 Distinguished Lecturer Award of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics. He became in 2009 the first receipient of the Endowed Chair sponsored by the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society.

Comprehensive Esthetic Rehabilitations - Balancing Artistic and Digital
This presentation will outline the comprehensive management of esthetic and implant rehabilitations from an artistic and digital standpoint in order to optimize communication between the restorative dentist and the dental ceramics. Systematic protection management of these rehabilitations will be a strong focus to minimize porcelain fractures and complications.

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to or have gained an understanding of:

  1. How to maximize precision when working with the team approach.
  2. Various CAD/CAM possibilities for restoring complex and esthetic rehabilitations.
  3. Learn the different esthetic potential between the main three ceramic systems available.

Dr. Gordon J. Christensen

Dr. Gordon J. Christensen

Gordon J. Christensen is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Practical Clinical Courses (PCC), Chief Executive Officer of Clinicians Report Foundation (CR), and a Practicing Prosthodontist in Provo, Utah. Gordon and Dr. Rella Christensen are co-founders of the non-profit CLINICIANS REPORT FOUNDATION (previously named CRA). Since 1976, they have conducted research in all areas of dentistry and published the findings to the profession in the well-known CRA Newsletter now called CLINICIANS REPORT.

The State of Prosthodontics 2019
Prosthodontics in all of its various divisions now constitutes a major portion of dentistry. The specialty of prosthodontics is well-recognized and respected, and many general dentists are also competent in most of the prosthodontic procedures. This program includes the following and other aspects of prosthodontics: Needed interaction between dentists and laboratory technicians and how to achieve it; The crown revolution – where are we? What works and what fails?; Implants – After 30+ years, are they as good as we thought they would be? A comparison of conventional and implant prosthodontics; The 2019 ethics dilemma in dentistry; and The future for prosthodontics.

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to or have gained an understanding of:

  1. Discuss methods to improve lab/clinical interaction.
  2. List and discuss the various crowns and fixed prostheses on the market and their advantages and disadvantages.
  3. Compare conventional prosthodontics with implant prosthodontics and fixed vs. removable prosthodontics.

Dr. Terry Donovan

Dr. Terry Donovan

DDS U Alberta 1967 Private practice Canada for 13 years Prosthodontic Certificate USC 1981Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Director of the Advanced Education in Prosthodontics Program USC for many years Currently interim Chair, Department of Operative Dentistry University of North Carolina School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill.

Contemporary Ceramic Selection Based on Clinical Performance and Laboratory Surveys
Contemporary clinicians have a daunting number of ceramic options to choose from. Although PFM provides reasonable esthetic outcomes and excellent longevity, the costs of precious metals have resulted in laboratory costs that are prohibitive. This presentation will use clinical performance data gleaned from several published laboratory surveys to provide guidelines regarding which materials should be used in specific clinical situations. It will also provide data on specific ceramic systems that should be avoided.

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to or have gained an understanding of:

  1. The compositional differences between different ceramic systems.
  2. The proven clinical performance of ceramic systems.
  3. What ceramic material should be used in specific clinical situations.

Dr. Carlo Ercoli

Dr. Terry Donovan

Dr. Carlo Ercoli is currently Professor, Chairman and Program Director of the Prosthodontic Specialty Training Program at the University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health and a faculty member of the Periodontology Program.

Dr. Ercoli is a diplomate of the American Boards of Prosthodontics and Periodontology and has served on numerous dental organizations.

Soft and Hard Tissues Grafting Considerations in Implant Dentistry
While it is intuitive that presence of adequate bone volume is a fundamental prerequisite for implant osseointegration and favorable long term prognosis, the role of the soft tissues for the prevention of, and during the management of complications appears critical in establishing adequate esthetics and peri-implant health. Increasing emerging evidence points to the relationship between soft tissue quality and quantity and adequate crestal bone maintenance. The role of bone and soft tissue grafting and their intimate relationship for the management of more complex cases will be defined. This presentation will describe practical, effective ways to avoid, manage and treat complications related to site maintenance and development.

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to or have gained an understanding of:

  1. To understand the characteristics of peri-implant soft tissues in health, disease and during the management of complication.
  2. To learn how to manage complications with adequate soft and hard tissue grafting procedures.
  3. To understand that the majority of implant complications necessitate a pragmatic approach focused on patient-centered outcomes

Dr. David Gratton

Dr. David Gratton

Dr. David G. Gratton is Associate Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Director, Division of Maxillofacial Prosthodontics at the University of Iowa. Dr. Gratton received his DDS from The University of Michigan (1994), and his Certificate in Prosthodontics (1996) and Master’s of Science (1997) from The University of Iowa. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Prosthodontics and the International Team for Implantology. Dr. Gratton’s prosthodontic and maxillofacial prosthetics practice incorporates multiple digital technologies.

Digital Dentistry: Just Because We Can, Should We?
Technology is deeply engrained in our personal and social lives, but what about our professional lives as prosthodontists? Clinical dentistry (well, at least the dental laboratory industry) is embracing the application of digital technologies to replace the analog techniques with which we are so comfortable. While this is especially true in the realm of impression making procedures and prosthesis manufacturing, processes can be digitized at each phase of treatment, resulting in the virtualization of the patient from diagnosis through treatment delivery.

These digital dentistry platforms not only allow patients greater access to a variety of treatment modalities, but also allow clinicians access to treatment modalities they otherwise would not have considered providing directly for their patients. With the adoption of these technologies, the roster of the care team may change, the role of some players may be enhanced, while others may be minimized, and ultimately new members may be recruited.

Critically, the clinician is correct to ask: Does the scientific evidence support the routine clinical use of these emerging technologies for the evolving virtual dental patient? And what impact does the adoption of digital dentistry have on patient care? These clinical outcomes should always be a primary consideration. Just because we can, should we?

This course will trace the integration of digital dentistry into clinical practice and the resulting disruptions.

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to or have gained an understanding of:

  1. Appraise current and emerging technologies for each phase of prosthodontic care, especially digital intra-oral impression systems
  2. Describe the disruptive impact that technology is having on the specialist/generalist practice model
  3. Recognize the implications of a digital workflow on the patient’s involvement in his/her treatment

Luke S. Kahng, CDT

Luke S. Kahng, CDT

Luke S. Kahng, CDT; Owner and Operating Director of LSK121 Oral Prosthetics, is a world renowned master ceramist, published author, international lecturer, trainer and a dental industry innovator with nearly thirty years of experience as one of the most respected dental technicians in the world.

Unveiling the Multiple Implant Options made Possible by the New Ceramic Shade Guide System
Luke S. Kahng, CDT will demonstrate for attendees that best possible options for full-mouth implants by comparing dentures, zirconia and Li-Si Press ceramic. This lectures/demonstration will draw on his experience and expertise as a master ceramist, key opinion leader and industry innovator to share the pros and cons of these three prominent restoration options as it relates to specific types of cases. Luke will also explore full-mouth, immediate transitions in the digital dentistry environment. He will explain the steps of the process of carrying out these cases while pointing out the many benefits to handling full-mouth immediate transitions in this way.

Additionally, attendees to this lecture will learn how to effectively communicate with their laboratory regarding shades related to pink, gum tissue esthetics. Luke S. Kahng will examine the full range of cases from single tooth through full-mouth, and will demonstrate the tools and information necessary to achieve the highest and most life-like aesthetics while getting the most predictable results. Attendees to this lecture can expect to leave more informed about the inner-workings of doctor-to-lab shade communications and will be better prepared to institute new techniques that will vastly improve the results they get when working with their lab."

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to or have gained an understanding of:

  1. Demonstrate the best options for full mouth implants by comparing dentures, zirconia and Li-Si Press ceramic
  2. Explore immediate transitions for full-mouth implants in a digital environment
  3. Learn how to effectively communicate pink esthetic shades on all cases from single tooth through full-mouth cases

Dr. J. Robert Kelley

J. Robert Kelley

J. Robert Kelly teaches graduate prosthodontics and biomaterials. His academic credentials include the D.D.S. (The Ohio State), an M.S. in materials science (Marquette), the D.Med.Sc. in oral biology (Harvard and MIT) and a certificate in prosthodontics (Harvard) . He is Chairman of the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products, Past-president, American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics (AAFP) and Past-president, Academy of Dental Materials.

Gazing Into Bob's Crystal Ball
Being asked to forecast the future of restorative materials and prosthodontics is a bit challenging – but I said yes so here we go! More digital is obvious both for record taking, treatment planning and reconstructions. Automated systems have allowed the introduction of materials new to dentistry, such as zirconia. Once the profession saw zirconia working-out, efforts are being spent on development of derivative zirconias chiefly addressing the opacity problem. These systems are also increasing productivity and quality, especially for large laboratories. They are also enhancing the mix of dental offices and laboratories, especially for prosthodontists. Tomorrow’s lab owner may as likely be a university graduate in computer science whom we have taught dentistry. Really far-reaching developments are also visible on the horizon, such as automated intra-oral tooth preparation. For example, an automated milling system is now being investigated at MIT. Collaborations between dentistry and engineering are becoming more common. At UCONN we now have a new department of biomedical sciences bridging both the schools of dentistry and engineering. Automated “printing” of biological tissues is widely under investigation, including the sequentially timed release of growth factors. Finally, one really should not look forward without looking back, i.e. where did traditional and current materials and processes come from? These sources are likely to be viable going forward as well.

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to or have gained an understanding of:

  1. Be aware of the current impact of automated systems on material choice and lab processing.
  2. Become aware of the current research in both universities and companies likely to lead to tomorrow's developments.
  3. Review the basic mechanisms through which traditional and current materials and processes came into dentistry.

Dr. Carlo Marinello

Dr. Carlo Marinello

1981-1989 Assistant and Associate Professor and Habilitation Thesis, Department of Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Sciences, University of Zurich. 1989-1995 Visiting Research Professor and Master of Science Degree, Department of Periodontology, University of Gothenburg. 1995-2015 Chairman of the Clinic of Reconstructive Dentistry and Temporomandibular Disorders, University of Basel. 2011 President APS.

A Hymn to Teamwork in Prosthodontics
Virtually all of our current clinical and technical Prosthodontics procedures can be supported or realized by new digital technologies. As the majority of clinicians and technologists move to digital processes and procedures, communication among the dental team (dentist, dental technologist, dental hygienist, dental colleague and patient) and the prosthodontic procedures themselves will drastically change, becoming faster and more efficient. More people will then be able to request treatment, more patient-adequate solutions and patient-centered care will be available, and more personalized dentistry will happen. Especially elderly people will need payable dental treatment methods and materials. They will look for less invasive clinical steps, greater simplicity, high product quality, predictability, less patient involvement, and enriched quality of life as a whole. The shift from analog to digitally generated production processes will change and ideally simplify clinical and technologic procedures and adapt the communication among the dental team. The fusion of medical and dental data into digital medical records will nurture interdisciplinary patient management based on best practice standards, guidelines, and workflows that will strongly attract the next generation of dentists to the profession. At the same time, the most important personal interaction between the prosthodontist and the patient has to survive this technical revolution. The time gained by more efficient clinical and technical procedures must be invested, especially with our frail aging patients, in more time for diagnosis, dialog, and maintenance care.

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to or have gained an understanding of:

  1. To understand some of the multiple changes prosthodontics is faced with.
  2. To understand megatrends such as digitalization and gerodontics and their impact on prosthodontics.
  3. To understand the significance of communication among the dental team.

Dr. Dean Morton

Dr. Dean Morton

Dr. Morton (BDS University of Sydney) completed his Prosthodontics training and Master of Science at the University of Iowa. He serves as IDA Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at Indiana University, and Director of the Center for Implant, Esthetic and Innovative Dentistry. He serves as a Director and Examiner for the American Board of Prosthodontics and on the Board of Directors of the ITI. Dr. Morton is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants.

Contempory Implant-Assisted Options for Complete and Partial Edentulism
This program will provide clinical recommendations to enhance evidence-based practice utilization of dental implants for a range of indications. It will focus on providing relevant didactic and clinical information for contemporary prosthodontics specialists. The program theme will concentrate on accurate and complete diagnosis and effective treatment planning to provide predictable outcomes for partially and completely edentulous patients. Specific areas of focus will include:

1. Surgical and radiographic options,
2. Optimizing esthetic outcomes,
3. Contemporary materials and fabrication options,
4. Placement and loading protocols for dental implants,
5. Contemporary options for management of edentulous arches and
6. Managing and avoiding complications.

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to or have gained an understanding of:

  1. Systematic use of parameters of relevance to contemporary diagnosis and treatment planning (SAC/ERA).
  2. Existing and developing evidence as it relates to implant assisted clinical treatment options.
  3. Contemporary surgical and restorative options relevant to obtaining predictable outcomes from a functional and an esthetic perspective.

Dr. Todd Schoenbaum

Dr. Todd Schoenbaum

Associate Clinical Professor UCLA, Director of UCLA CE. Published over 50 papers, 7 chapters, and one textbook. He is the recipient of the scientific writing award from the JPD. He maintains a private practice limited to implant treatment with Dr. Peter Moy.

25 Tips for Implant Success
This lecture will present 25 practical tips for the process of restoring implants. Included will be techniques and protocols related to impressions, digital scanning, provisionals, soft tissue management, lab processes, delivery protocols and more. When available, these useful tips will be supported by the best available, current evidence.

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to or have gained an understanding of:

  1. Implement practical techniques that will minimize complications with the restoration of dental implants.
  2. Deliver additional implant treatment modalities to their patients.
  3. Increase the predictability of implant restorations.

Aram David Torosian MDC, CDT

Aram David Torosian MDC, CDT

Aram David Torosian MDC ,C.D.T. is a Master Dental Ceramist at the Ronald Goldstein Center for Esthetic and Implant Dentistry – Dental College of Georgia, Augusta University, directed by Dr. Gerard Chiche. Mr. Torosian received his Associate of Science degree in Dental Technology from Los Angeles City College in 2005. He completed his Masters in Dental Ceramics in 2010 from UCLA School of Dentistry’s Center for Esthetic Dental Design, under the direction of Prosthodontist and Master Ceramist Dr. Edward McLaren. Mr. Torosian is actively involved in many areas of prosthodontics, including authoring numerous dental publications, research and has presented several podium lectures across the nation.

TBD
This presentation will outline the comprehensive management of esthetic and implant rehabilitations from an artistic and digital standpoint in order to optimize communication between the restorative dentist and the dental ceramics. Systematic protection management of these rehabilitations will be a strong focus to minimize porcelain fractures and complications.

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will be able to or have gained an understanding of:

  1. How to maximize precision when working with the team approach.
  2. Various CAD/CAM possibilities for restoring complex and esthetic rehabilitations.
  3. The different esthetic potential between the main three ceramic systems available.