2022 Speaker Series


Crown & Bridge Revolution:  Methods & Materials for Restorative Success

7L CE | AGD 610 Fixed Orthodontics

with Michael DiTolla, DDS, FAGD

Friday, December 9, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
12:15 p.m. Lunch
Course Description:

Crown and bridge procedures are responsible for a large percentage of most general dentist’s monthly production. Nearly 85% of the crown and bridge cases done by general dentist’s are one and two-unit cases, and it is critical for practice success to become efficient at these procedures and to reduce remakes as much as possible.  Techniques will be presented to ensure that dentists give their laboratory technicians the best chance to fabricate a beautiful restoration. A modern approach to local anesthesia, shade selection, tooth preparation, impression making, and crown material selection will be discussed with an emphasis given to working with the new classes of high-strength, all-ceramic monolithic materials. Adjusting, polishing, de-contaminating, cementing, bonding, and cutting off solid zirconia will be covered, as well as the differences between the three generations of zirconia oxide restorations.

Course Objectives:

Participants in this course will gain knowledge in the following areas:


  1. Learn a predictable prep technique and how to select specific burs based on the chosen restorative material to ensure adequate reduction.

  2. Understand how to combine prep technique with an impression protocol that will improving the quality of your preps and impressions and impress your laboratory.

  3. Be familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of monolithic and bi-layered restorations, especially including indications, contraindications and prep design.

  4. Learn the different generations of zirconia oxide restorations, their indications and contraindications, and how to de-contaminate, select the correct primers, and determine the most appropriate cement for these restorations.

  5. Learn how to adjust contacts and occlusion, the safest way to cut off monolithic restorations, and be familiar with the burs and polishers most suited for them.

  6. Understand why the shade guides many dentists use today are inadequate, and learn to use a logical, scientific shade guide that can help ensure esthetic results and cut your shade remakes in half.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Michael DiTolla is a 1988 graduate of University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. He was awarded his Fellowship in the AGD in 1995. Mike was in private practice for 15 years before becoming Director of Clinical Education for Glidewell Labs for the next 15 years, giving him an intimate knowledge of American dentists’ crown and bridge habits.  From 2006 to 2009 he led the clinical team that developed and brought BruxZir Solid Zirconia to market.  In 2011 he received the "Most Effective Dentist Educator" award in a nationwide survey of dentists. He has given over 1,000 lectures to dentists worldwide, and his online videos have been viewed more than 15 million times by dentists worldwide.


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