Saturday Mar 16

Saturday Morning

Laboratory Technician Program

  8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Laboratory Technician Program

8:00 – 8:10 am
Welcome and Introduction
Moderator: Robert Faulkner, DDS

8:10 – 9:00 am
Digital Prosthetic Advances
Tad Thompson, CDT
Tad ThompsonWhat the patient “wants” and what they may receive can have differing unexpected results. Technology offers the opportunity for blending the talents of the clinician and technician through digital communication and planning together to achieve esthetic and long-lasting restorations.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) identify the “wants” of the patient; 2) describe “no plan” failures and lack of communication between clinician and the technician; and 3) explain how a digital plan and a few restorative options can provide the patient with an esthetic and long-lasting implant restoration.


9:00 – 10:00 am
Two Case Studies Utilizing Digital Dentures
Vincent Verderosa, CDT, MDT

Vincent VerderosaWe will examine a streamlined workflow, for both the dentist and the laboratory for fabrication of digital dentures. We will discuss the steps for scanning and designing a digital denture and compare the workflow between analog and digital dentures and showing case results. We will evaluate two patients where a digital denture was fabricated and share our findings and discuss how to increase profits in your removable department with outsourcing.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) describe a streamlined digital denture workflow; 2) increase profits with a removable department; and 3) describe patients results upon insertion of a digital denture.


10:30 am – noon
A Paradigm Shift in Macro Implant Design: Enhancing Restorative and Esthetic Outcomes
Stephen Chu, DMD, MSD, CDT
Stephen Chu

Immediate tooth replacement therapy [ITRT} has become a mainstream treatment modality for single tooth implants in the esthetic zone. However there exists rewards and risks associated with ITRT. Risks involve the loss of the labial bone plate with time due to avascular necrosis if the labial bone plate is too thin post-treatment. The threshold amount of bone to achieve a vascular network for esthetic sustainability will be discussed and supported through evidence-based studies. The second risk involves the loss of the interdental papilla due to horizontal formation of biologic with as well as the potential for crestal bone resorption. In addition, solutions for screw-retained restorations versus cement-retained will be elucidated with the use of subcrestal angle correction implants. Lastly, the future solutions in macro implant design, the diameter or ‘body-shift concept in regards to implant diameter and shape, will be demonstrated and supported with pre-clinical and clinical research to enhance esthetic outcomes.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) describe the value of peri-implant tissue thickness with platform switched implant designs; 2) explain how angle correction implants can enhance peri-implant soft tissue thickness as well as increase the incidence of screw-retained definitive restorations; and 3) discuss the biologic and esthetic outcomes associated with the ‘body-shift’ implant design concept in shape and diameter.


Noon – 1:30 pm
Complimentary lunch in the Exhibit Hall


1:30 – 2:20 pm
Advanced Protocol for Immediate Loading of Implants for the Full Arch
Tony Prestipino

Tony PrestipinoIn this course we will cover in detail how to fabricate an immediate denture. How to convert an immediate denture in the operating room into a temporary fixed hybrid on the full arch in one day. Restorative options after Osseointergration.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to 1) convert an immediate denture into a fixed temporary hybrid in the same day; 2) explain the role of a dental technician during the surgery on an immediate load procedure; 3) describe to restore a full arch hybrid after osseointergration; and 4) discuss how to compete with the implant supercenters.


2:20 – 3:10 pm
Implant Prosthetics: Calibrating Communication Between Clinician and Technician
Jack Goldberg, DDS, MS

Jack GoldbergPatients either with a failing tooth or with terminal dentition have become one of the most common problems we see in our everyday practice. Over the past decades, osseointegrated implants have provided extraordinary solutions, either supporting or retaining prosthetic devices aimed to restore esthetics, form and function.

This lecture will explore the essentials of treatment planning and implant restorative design through the analysis of different scenarios ranging from single implant supported crowns to full arch prosthetics. It will provide guidelines that can be easily implemented in practice to help interdisciplinary communication between the restorative dentist, the surgeon and the laboratory.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) explain treatment planning and how to properly stage the multiple phases of treatment; 2) discuss how to utilize a novel classification for edentulous arches that will allow the participants to better comprehend treatment indications and patient risk assessment for the edentulous maxilla; and 3) describe to optimize communication between the restorative dentist and the laboratory in the digital era.


3:10 – 4:00 pm
Bridging the Gap Between Dentists and Technicians in a CAD/CAM Workflow
Tim Hess, DDS

Tim HessDentists and Laboratory Technicians have a symbiotic relationship in their attempt to provide the best care/restorations to patients. Unfortunately, these two groups often function in isolation without a good understanding of which each other is doing on a daily basis. this is especially true in today’s rapidly changing tech heavy CAM/CAM environment.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) explain the challenging divide between the dentist’s clinical procedures and the role of the laboratory technician; 2) discuss the metamorphosis of “traditional” techniques in the CAD/CAM era; and 3) recognize the “gaps” in knowledge and communications between dentist and laboratory technicians based on experience in operative dentistry, fixed prosthetics and the dental laboratory.