Implant Dentistry in the New Age of Zirconia Ceramics and Digital TechnologyDate(s)
Subject: 690 Implants
Speaker: John A. Sorensen, DMD, PhD, FACP
Audience: Dentists, Office Staff, Students, Recent Graduates
This course is sponsored by Ivoclar Vivadent Description Enabled by the outstanding physical properties of zirconia and the computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) process, digital technologies have advanced prosthodontics to levels that were implausible only 10 years ago. In pursuit of more lifelike optical properties for zirconia, manufacturers have introduced a variety of novel innovations in ceramic structure, milling disk/block structure and shade gradation, shading technologies, and unique ultrathin layering materials. This presentation will survey, explain and critically evaluate currently available strategies for state-of-the-art esthetics in monolithic zirconia for implant prostheses.
- Understand the surgical-prosthodontic implant workflow from site assessment, treatment planning, surgical placement, provisional prosthesis and definitive prosthesis.
- Identify how the digital workflow can be used to efficiently design and fabricate the provisional prosthesis (as a prototype for the definitive prosthesis) and the definitive prosthesis.
- Understand the mechanisms of improved zirconia esthetics by ceramic structure, milling disk/block structure and shade gradation, shading technologies, and unique ultrathin layering materials.
- Discuss the advantages and limitations of the various parts of the digital workflow in prosthodontics for both the clinical and laboratory technology aspects.
Speaker Bio: John A. Sorensen, DMD, PhD, FACP, is professor and director of research, Department of Restorative Dentistry; director, Biomimetics Biomaterials Biophotonics Biomechanics & Technology Laboratory and director of research, Graduate Prosthodontics Program, University of Washington.