This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 610.
The fee to view this course is $89. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.
Dentaltown presents a three part CE course series from the Pankey Institute.
Course 1: Solving Technician/Dentist Problems Through Mutual Understanding of Occlusion
This course focuses on critically important issues that will make our dentistry more predictable and longer lasting. Many times the dentist misplaces the blame of the need for excessive adjustment when inserting new crown and bridge restorations. Both dentist and dental technician must be fully schooled in the various possibilities relative to occlusal planning and occlusal conditions that can lead to much greater value of these restorations for our patients.
Course 2: Techniques and Material Selection for Optimum Esthetics
The challenge of keeping up with the rapidly evolving array of options in esthetic restorative dentistry can be daunting and it is critical that both the dentist and the dental laboratory technician maintain an understanding of the indications and limitations of the various indirect restorative materials available, and the strengths and weaknesses of each. Subjects presented include, determining when the metal-ceramic restoration is still considered the restoration of choice, what situations are best satisfied by bonded porcelain restorations, which all-ceramic restorative systems can dependably mask discolorations and metallic build-ups, and how some systems match particular shade and translucency situations better than others.
Course 3: Improved Predictability With Advanced Esthetics
Clinical success can be defined by achieving a result that is aesthetic, functional and predictable. Today's demand for such a high level of aesthetics and predictability require a collaborative effort between the dentist and technician. This seminar investigates the factors that allow a relationship between the dentist and technician to result in extraordinary and predictable results. Discussed is how destruction occurs because of Parafunction, not function. If we can create restorations that exist within this envelope of parafunction, we have better opportunity for success.
Description of Speaker:
Dr. Irwin M. Becker previously chaired the Department of Education of The Pankey Institute for more than twenty years. He attained his Board eligibility from the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry, in Periodontal Prosthodontics.
Dr. Becker lectures, and has published, extensively on clinical topics and on a philosophy of the practice of dentistry. He has active membership in the American College of Dentists, American Equilibration Society and American Academy of Restorative Dentistry. In 2005, Dr. Becker was honored with the Weclew Award by the Academy of General Dentistry, one of the highest awards given for extraordinary accomplishments in dental education.
Dr. James C. Kessler is a 1977 graduate of the University Of Oklahoma College Of Dentistry. He spent ten years in dental education, teaching first at the University of Oklahoma and then at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 1988 he entered private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he spent eighteen years. In January 2007, Dr. Kessler returned to dental education. He is currently the Herbert T. Shillingburg Professor and Chair of the Division of Restorative Dentistry at the Oklahoma University College of Dentistry.
Dr. Kessler’s primary areas of interest are in the clinical and laboratory fabrication of esthetic ceramic restorations. He is an active lecturer for both Dentists and Dental Laboratory Technician groups and has lectured throughout the United States as well as Canada, Europe and Asia.
Michael C. Fling, D.D.S. began his career in dentistry in 1976 as a laboratory technician. Graduating from Oklahoma University College of Dentistry in 1984, he received the "Young Dentist of the Year Award" in 1988 from the Oklahoma Dental Association. Maintaining a private practice with an emphasis on aesthetic and restorative dentistry, he has served as Course Director and as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics at the O.U. College of Dentistry. He is the founder and President of “Fling Seminars”, providing advanced dental education to dental teams and technicians throughout the country. He has been named by Dentistry Today as one of the "Top Clinicians in Continuing Education" since 2005. Currently he serves as a guest lecturer at O.U. College of Dentistry in the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics and as an Associate Faculty at the L.D. Pankey Institute. Dr. Fling is also on staff with the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency Program at the O.U. College of Dentistry. He is part of a select handful that has completed the process to earn the distinction as a "Pankey Scholar". As a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and the American College of Dentists, he has lectured internationally to dental and laboratory associations and to various study groups on fundamental principles of aesthetic and restorative dentistry, philosophical and managerial concepts, and achieving technical excellence.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
- Understand how the anatomically based starting point and reference point, Centric Relation Arc of Closure, leads to predictability at insertion.
- Learn how and why specific occlusal interferences are not only a nuisance but a trigger of muscle activity.
- Learn how the Pankey- Mann-Schuyler method and sequence of treatment planning can make even the most difficult case fall into place like a jig saw puzzle both for the Lab Tech and the dentist.
- Learn what the basic requirements to effectively and efficiently work together are when utilizing correct occlusal principles and objectives.
- Gain an understanding of the various all-ceramic systems, their relative strengths, methods of fabrication and how they should be bonded or cemented.
- Learn to recognize which restorative systems might best satisfy a given set of esthetic and functional demands.
- Learn the critical aspects of preparation design that are unique to all-ceramic, milled restorations and gain confidence in communicating these.
- Seven essential steps of treatment planning for aesthetics and predictability
- Communication to the technician of the desired occlusal outcome and ensuring restoration fabrication within parafunctional parameters
- How digital technology can improve predictability
Drs. Becker, Kessler, and Fling declare that they have financial interests with the Pankey Institute.
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