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Digital Technology - Material Options & Design Considerations for Implant-Supported Restorations

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Michael Bergler, CDT, MDT

  • Director, CAD/CAM - Ceramic Center
  • Faculty, Department of Restorative and Preventive Sciences, Univeristy of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine

New technologies are constantly changing clinical and laboratory protocols and workflows. Numerous CAD/CAM systems have been introduced to the market and offer significantly more reliable and precise fabrication process as well as a whole range of new materials for tooth and implant supported restorations that cannot be used with traditional fabrication protocols. The great variety of new materials makes the selection process increasingly complex. Therefore, an understanding of fundamental properties based on the scientific evidence is necessary to identify the proper materials based on the patient's individual esthetic and functional needs.

Excellent esthetic features paired with favorable physical and biological properties have made high-strength ceramic materials true alternatives to conventional dental alloys in a variety of clinical indications. However, for long-term clinical success and to take full advantage of the unique material properties, it is crucial for the laboratory technician and the dentist to understand digital workflows, advantages and limitations, as well as clinical and laboratory protocols for clinical success with new technologies and materials.

This presentation will provide an update on new technologies while recognizing the importance of a team approach between dental technician and clinician in the digital age. Clinical and laboratory guidelines for long-term success with tooth and implant supported restorations, based on the most current scientific evidence, will be presented and illustrated.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to: 
  1. Understand advantages and limitations of different framework designs for fixed and removable implant restorations
  2.  Choose and implement the latest materials based on the design of a restoration
  3.  Differentiate digital treatment protocols and traditional workflows.
  4.  Recognize the importance of a team approach in the digital age for the success of implant supported restorations 

AGD Subject Code: 695

Topics: Michael Bergler, CDT, MDT, Restorations, Digital technology