The Digital Restorative Model

Todd Ehrlich, DDS, FAGD, The Digital Restorative Model
Speaker: Todd Ehrlich, DDS, FAGD
Category: CAD-CAM
CE Credits: 1.5
Format: PDF
The digital dental model increases the efficiency of restoration fabrication, is the only way to make a popular ceramic material, and gives the patient something to testify to his friends about his hi...more
  • Released: 7/1/2012
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2019
  • Review Date: 6/30/2016
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Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 615.

There is no fee to view this course. There is a fee of $36 to take the exam and claim CE credits for this course.

The computerization of our society has definitely penetrated the dental industry and has an impact on material selection and efficiency. A popular dental material, zirconia, may only be made digitally. Although dentists continue to send physical impressions to their dental labs for these restorations, they must be digitized to allow for the CAD/CAM application of zirconia. With this process, a digital model is required.

If the doctor initiates the process with a digital optical scan, rather than a physical impression, the information can be analyzed by the doctor for preparation quality. This is done during the scanning process and prior to uploading the information through the Internet to their lab. Subsequently, the lab can use the digital model for restoration fabrication in a timely fashion. With modern tooth modeling algorithms and tools, the design process for the prosthesis is quickly rendered. Therefore, the restoration can be made efficiently and the patient can be delighted with the high-tech feel for the process.

Description of Speaker:
Dr. Todd Ehrlich graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School and served as president of its Alumni Association. He is a certified CEREC Trainer through the International Society for Computerized Dentistry, Sirona Dental Systems, and Patterson Dental. His “Cerecology” training program is considered one of the premiere training seminars for the CEREC method. He is a beta tester for CEREC and Emax CAD. He has lectured internationally on dental CAD/CAM technologies, and has published articles relating to practice management, digital photography, and the CEREC method in numerous dental trade journals. His case presentations are well known for his attention to detail, aesthetics, and photography. He serves as one of the few Administrators on Dentaltown’s Web site forums. Dr. Ehrlich runs a successful family and cosmetic practice outside of Austin, Texas with his wife, Kristine.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
  • 1. Understand the basic digital optical scanning pros and cons.
  • 2. Use digital scanning as a tool to analyze the quality of preparations.
  • 3. Discover the various attributes and uses of a digital model.
  • 4. Understand the opinion of laboratory owners with digital models and techniques.
  • 5. Review current popular dental ceramics, like zirconia, and how they are made digitally.
  • 6. Explore how computerized tooth modeling speeds up the restoration design process for the lab and dentist.
  • 7. Recognize that digital dentistry has strong internal marketing implications for patients.

The author declares that neither he nor any member of his family have any financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering any financial support or grant monies for this continuing education dental program, nor does he have a financial interest in any commerical products or services discussed in this article.

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American General Dentistry (AGD), Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) approved, FAGD / MAGD CreditApproved PACE Program Provider
FAGD / MAGD Credit
Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or
provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement.
1/1/2016 to 12/31/2018
Provider ID# 304396
American Dental Association (ADA), Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) provider
Farran Media is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
This activity meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council Lifelong Learning scheme and represents 1.5 hours of verifiable CPD.

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To reap the full benefits of this CE course, the presenters (Howie Horrocks and Mark Dilatush) have agreed to create a marketing plan specifically tailored to your practice and your specific market area. Having your marketing plan printed and open while you view the course material, will greatly individualize your learning experience.

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