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The Evolution of CAD/CAM Technologies Premium Member Content

The Evolution of CAD/CAM Technologies
This presentation will review some of the myths surrounding CAD/CAM ceramics and provide an update on the state of the science on functional, biologic, and esthetic properties of current ceramic restorations.

Presented By:: Markus B. Blatz, DMD, PhD
Presentation Style: Video
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Back to the Future: Feldspathic Veneers & Zirconia Layering Techniques Premium Member Content

Back to the Future: Feldspathic Veneers & Zirconia Layering Techniques
Full monolithic zirconia with external stain technique is one of the popular preference techniques used today. There are many selections of multi-layered zirconia disks and blocks available in the market, which enable dental technicians to produce faster and more esthetic results. When it comes to anterior fabrication, however, full monolithic is not always the best option to process the case. There are many varieties; unique translucencies and characterization that can be seen naturally, making it nearly impossible to achieve with just an external stain technique. That is to say, in order to achieve a natural and lifelike fabrication, a layering technique must be done. This lecture will speak about all ceramic layering technique with current technology of digital tools and how these technologies may be able to assist us.

Presented By:: Sean Park, MDC, DTG
Presentation Style: Video
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Challenges in the Aesthetic Zone: Perio-Prosthetic Approach Premium Member Content

Challenges in the Aesthetic Zone: Perio-Prosthetic Approach
In this case presentation, Dr. Stankov will share his thoughts on one particular complex case involving anterior aesthetics, periodontal plastic surgery / crown lengthening & soft tissue enhancement. Special emphasis to resolving all issues for this young female patient will be highlighted in a step-by-step protocol and workflow.

Presented By:: Ventseslav Stankov, DDS
Presentation Style: Video
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Anterior Aesthetic Zone - 100% Digital Premium Member Content

Anterior Aesthetic Zone - 100% Digital
Over the past 5 years many digital technologies have merged to allow clinician the opportunity to restore anterior teeth with implants, crowns and veneers. Many of these techniques can now be performed in a 100% digital platform. Utilizing digital imaging, file merging and digital analysis any patient can now be treated with a digital treatment plan: From planning, scanning, designing and printing, the options are endless. Determining the correct and efficient digital path will be presented for these procedures. Ideal capture of information pre-surgically and pre- preparation will allow the clinician ideal control of the hard tissue, soft tissue, tooth structure and implant abutment design. It will be demonstrated how todays digital technologies are predictable, cost effective and easy to learn through our step by step approach

Presented By:: Dean C. Vafiadis, DDS
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When Esthetic Becomes Challenging

When Esthetic Becomes Challenging
This case report shows the successful change of a young lady smile, by following standard dental esthetic guide lines. With careful, detailed examination and diagnosis, we could reach our goal toward providing a high esthetic smile change.

Author(s): Ahmed M. Shamiyah - BDS, MSc, FIDc
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CAD/CAM Solutions for Minimally Invasive All-Ceramic Rehabilitation of Extended Erosive Lesions

CAD/CAM Solutions for Minimally Invasive All-Ceramic Rehabilitation of Extended Erosive Lesions
Dental erosion is a global health problem that can lead to significant functional and esthetic impairments of the affected patients. Treatment of sever cases with augmented loss of the vertical dimension of occlusion (VDO) represents a challenge for both the dental team and the patient. CAD/CAM technology was used in the presented case to analyze the inter-occlusal space. The case report documents a practical, digital approach and discusses the advantages related to treatment time, ease of treatment, and predictability.

Author(s): Petra C. Guess Gierthmuehlen, DDS; Enrico Steger, MDT
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Updating Classifications of Ceramic Dental Materials

Updating Classifications of Ceramic Dental Materials
The indications for and composition of today’s dental ceramic materials serve as the basis for determining the appropriate class of ceramics to use for a given case. By understanding the classifications, composition, and characteristics of the latest all-ceramic materials, which are presented in this article in order of most to least conservative, dentists and laboratory technicians can best determine the ideal material for a given treatment.

Author(s): Edward A. McLaren, DDS, MDC;Johan Figueira, DDS
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Retrospective Analysis of 26 Complete-Arch Implant-Supported Monolithic Zirconia Prostheses with Feldspathic Porcelain Veneering Limited to the Facial Surface

Retrospective Analysis of 26 Complete-Arch Implant-Supported Monolithic Zirconia Prostheses with Feldspathic Porcelain Veneering Limited to the Facial Surface
The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the clinical performances of 26 implant-supported, complete-arch, monolithic zirconia restorations with facial feldspathic porcelain veneers for the rehabilitation of completely edentulous patients. Eighteen patients were treated with a total of 26 complete-arch fixed prostheses. The mean follow-up time was 20.9 months. In total, 154 implants were placed supporting 309 retainers and pontics. The results of this retrospective evaluation showed that monolithic zirconia restorations with facial porcelain veneer provided satisfactory clinical performance and suggest that these rehabilitations are a viable treatment option for completely edentulous patients.

Author(s): Pietro Venezia, MD, DDS; Ferruccio Torsello, DDS, PhD; Raffaele Cavalcanti, DDS, PhD; and Salvatore D’Amato, MD, DDS
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Back to the Future: Feldspathic Veneers & Zirconia Layering Techniques Premium Member Content

Back to the Future: Feldspathic Veneers & Zirconia Layering Techniques
Full monolithic zirconia with external stain technique is one of the popular preference techniques used today. There are many selections of multi-layered zirconia disks and blocks available in the market, which enable dental technicians to produce faster and more esthetic results. When it comes to anterior fabrication, however, full monolithic is not always the best option to process the case. There are many varieties; unique translucencies and characterization that can be seen naturally, making it nearly impossible to achieve with just an external stain technique. That is to say, in order to achieve a natural and lifelike fabrication, a layering technique must be done. This lecture will speak about all ceramic layering technique with current technology of digital tools and how these technologies may be able to assist us.

Presented By:: Sean Park, MDC, DTG
Presentation Style: Online Self-Study Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit)
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Biofunctional Dynamic Occlusion Premium Member Content

Biofunctional Dynamic Occlusion
Overall, this lecture will create an understanding and relationship between the cervical spine and mandibular movements and the trilogy between Joints, Muscles and Occlusion. Most of the patients that we treat for dysfunction, were compromised during the early stages of growth and development. Overtime these created accommodations and compensations in the system induced by the physiology of the airway. After a proper structural, functional analysis, and diagnostic, phase II offers the alternative of orthopedic facial development where we can restructure the architecture of the face and the airway.

Presented By:: Javier Vasquez, DMD, CDT
Presentation Style: Online Self-Study Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit)
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The Digital Smile Designer Journey: Step-by-Step of the Facially Driven Smile Design Process Powered by 3D Technology Premium Member Content

The Digital Smile Designer Journey: Step-by-Step of the Facially Driven Smile Design Process Powered by 3D Technology
Understanding how to break down into rational steps the challenging process of designing beautiful smiles in harmony with faces and integrating esthetics with function. Utilizing 3D digital technology to facilitate this process. Integrating the DSD principles of documentation and facial analysis with CAD softwares and utilizing this 3D process to improve team communication, interdisciplinary diagnostics and treatment planning.

Presented By:: Christian Coachman, DDS, CDT
Presentation Style: Online Self-Study Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit)
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Guided Preparations and the Future of Minimally Invasive Dentistry Premium Member Content

Guided Preparations and the Future of Minimally Invasive Dentistry
An introduction to describe the use of digitally designed, 3D-printed guides to prepare teeth. This state of the arts technology allows dentists to efficiently prepare teeth and deliver the final restoration in one visit. The objective of this presentation is to provide the audience an introduction to with the advancement of 3D-printing in dentistry and it’s use as it pertains to restorative options. With computer aided procedures we can now digitally design and prepare 3D-printed guides to precisely prepare teeth and deliver the final restoration without the need for a temporary.

Presented By:: Cyrus Tahmasebi, DDS
Presentation Style: Online Self-Study Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Credit)
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