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Predictable Excellence in Esthetic Fixed Prosthodontics:

  • April 09, 2021
  • 08:00 - 16:10
  • Online
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John A. Sorensen,

DMD, PhD, FACP


Integrating Modern Materials, Digital Technology and Traditional Prosthodontic Principles Into Clinical Practice

Synopsis

Enabled by today’s advanced materials and the control of the CAD process, digital technologies have advanced prosthodontics to levels implausible only 10 years ago. This synergy produces exceptional clinical prosthodontics with speed and efficiency, fabricating prostheses as accurate or frequently superior in precision to conventional prosthodontics. But, there are times that there seems to be too much hype about the wonders of digital dentistry. Digital technology is just a tool and not a substitute for thorough and comprehensive treatment planning, appropriate materials selection or sound treatment rationale. It will not compensate for a compromised tooth preparation or repair poor soft tissue management.

This one-day course aims to present the latest available information on all things in digital prosthodontics, exploring the exciting developments and current status of dental ceramics, and evidence based materials selection for both conventional and implant prosthodontics. Treatments ranging from single tooth up to complex full mouth rehabilitation will be covered.  Utilizing clinical cases Dr. Sorensen will delve extensively into practical clinical principles and techniques ranging from in-depth esthetic analyses, tooth preparations, treatment planning and the iterative process of working with provisional prostheses as a prototype for the definitive prosthesis, conventional and digital workflows for definitive prostheses and clinical-laboratory steps for the finishing touches in delivery of the final prosthesis. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of digital impressions relative to conventional impressions.
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of the various parts of the digital workflow in prosthodontics for both the clinical and laboratory technology aspects.
  • Understand the principles of adhesive ceramic tooth preparation design for posterior restorations.
  • Identify how digital tools can enhance patient communication and acceptance, treatment planning and visualization of esthetic and functional outcomes.
  • Understand how the digital workflow can be used to efficiently design and fabricate the provisional prosthesis as a prototype for the definitive prosthesis.
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of applications of the various classes of dental ceramics.
  • Understand how conventional and novel esthetic systems for monolithic zirconia and lithium disilicates. 
  • Understand selection criteria for material systems, digital technologies, implant abutments and cements.  

Biography

Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry Director, Biomimetics Biomaterials Biophotonics Biomechanics & Technology (B4T) Laboratory
Director of Research, Graduate Prosthodontics Program School of Dentistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States

Dr. Sorensen is Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry; Director, Biomimetics Biomaterials Biophotonics Biomechanics & Technology Laboratory; Director of Research, Graduate Prosthodontics Program; Director of Research, Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Washington. The B4T team is actively engaged in materials science investigation, developing new diagnostic and analysis tools, research and development of digital work flows for conventional prosthodontics and implant surgical-prosthodontics and clinical trials.

From 2003-2012, as founder and director of The Pacific Dental Institute in Tigard, Oregon, he conducted clinical trials and materials testing, and hands-on and live-patient treatment CE programs. At PDI he had a full-time prosthodontic practice with in-house technicians and then an implant specialty center for 9 years. From 1994-2003 he was The ODA Centennial Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Director, Dental Clinical Research Center at Oregon Health & Sciences University.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Dr. Sorensen was awarded the 2018 Clinician-Researcher Award by the American College of Prosthodontists. He has published over 90 research articles and chapters as well as over 145 research abstracts. He has given over 150 invited lectures in 35 countries as well as over 300 lecture courses, hands-on programs and patient-treatment classes.



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