Note: This event is closed.
Jun 22-23, 2012
University of Florida College of Dentistry
1395 Center Drive

Recent developments in digital technology are rapidly changing the way we approach planning and treating patients with dental implant supported restorations. Predictable outcomes are routinely derived through a coordinated effort between the restorative dentist, surgeon and technician. It is therefore imperative that the treatment team have common goals, knowledge of available technology and desire to incorporate this technology into the workflow to achieve optimal patient care and esthetic results. This two-day course will consist of a combination of lecture and hands-on sessions introducing participants to the collaborative approach to interdisciplinary digital dentistry.

Participants will learn how to incorporate guided surgery software into everyday practice to achieve treatment success. Specifics on mandibular nerve detection, segmentation, implant selection and placement, and abutment selection and placement will be covered in detail. The hands-on component of this course will allow participants to practice treatment planning implant cases using the guided surgery software. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to place dental implants using a surgical template and guided surgery instrumentation on models. Participants will also learn how the lab fabricates the radiographic template and surgical guide.

Following an in-depth surgical planning and guided placement protocol, the crown-down philosophy of restorative dentistry will be discussed as it relates to intra-oral impressions and CAD/CAM technology. Accurate impressions through intra-oral scan systems can better capture soft tissue and margins, leading to more accurate final restorations. The intra-oral scan data can be imported to CAD/CAM software for design without a model, saving the technician and restorative doctor time and money. Hands-on demonstrations will focus on implant-level digital impressions, quadrant and full-arch scans, and reading and editing the data to send a precise digital impression directly to the laboratory for CAD design and fabrication.

CAD/CAM dentistry offers technicians great flexibility and a variety of materials. Instructors will review the techniques for traditional wax up abutments and scanbody abutments for a complete-digital design to accurately sculpture the soft tissue and make any adjustments to the cementation line. Single crown to multi-unit framework restorative cases will be detailed. Participants will review the indications for screw-retained bars and bridges and abutment restorations and learn collaboration and planning techniques for the surgeon, restorative doctor and laboratory technician to help ensure a premium esthetic result.

Learning Objectives:

Understand the workflow of the different links in the digital dentistry chain and how to incorporate them into team practice.

  • Identify the benefits of digital dentistry as it relates to interdisciplinary dentistry
  • Create radiographic and surgical templates from guided surgery software information
  • Nerve detection, segmentation and implant placement for prosthetic-driven implant planning with guided surgery software
  • Wax abutment techniques and scanbody techniques for implant abutment restorations
  • Identify the benefits of digital impressions compared to traditional impressions
  • Understand the workflow between the dental office and lab when taking digital impressions
  • Recognize how to incorporate recent technological advances as part of the treatment plan
  • Understand the materials and processes available for CAD/CAM restorations
  • 14.0 hours of ADA credit