Laboratory Technician Program
All Laboratory Technician Program presentations will be recorded for on-demand viewing after the meeting.
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Registration for Laboratory Technician Program Only:
AO Members: $125 | Non-Members: $150
No Charge for Annual Meeting Registrants
8:00 am – noon
Synergy Created by Technology and Materials
Jack Marrano, CDT and Conrad Rensburg, ND, NHD
This presentation will discuss how modern-day technologies, combined with innovative restorative materials, are positively impacting the quality of prosthetics and efficiency of clinical workflows! These factors combine to create more effective communication while facilitating a synergetic partnership between clinician, technician, and surgeon.
These technologies are influencing almost every aspect of restorative dentistry: from digital dentures to all-on-X restorative procedures and even nightguards to single crown fabrication. By utilizing advanced diagnostic and surgical planning software, guided surgery techniques and latched conversion processes, the surgeon now plays an integral part in guaranteeing a predictable restorative outcome. When these technologies are used effectively, it allows for more predictable implant placement, which in return helps with faster prosthetic turnaround times. Ultimately this results in less clinical appointments which produces more economical and functional prosthetics. The largest impact these materials and technologies are having can be seen in the removable part of the industry! Exceptional advancements in additive technologies and printable polymers are also playing a prominent role in advancing these products into the 21st century!
Today’s innovative technologies brings the surgical and restorative teams together with multiple new restorative avenues and options. By showing case studies, this presentation will provide the restorative team with the information required to restore their patients more economically and with greater efficiency.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) describe guided surgery from planning to final prosthesis; 2) explain the hybrid restorative process – one hybrid, two appointments; 3) discuss innovative restorative materials and how they are more esthetic and functional than ever; and 4) create profitable digital denture and nightguard workflows.
10:00 – 10:30 am
Noon – 1:30 pm
Boxed Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Combined Team and Laboratory Technician Program
1:30 – 2:15 pm
Emerging Trends from a Laboratory Perspective
Neil Park, DMD
This course will provide a review of the latest restorative trends as seen from the laboratory perspective. The relationship between the clinician and the laboratory is a key element in successful patient care. This presentation will discuss the impact digital technology has had on the dental laboratory in helping to deliver faster, more predictable results.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) discuss what happens to your case when it arrives to the laboratory; 2) explain the influence digitization has had on the laboratory; 3) review the fabrication methods utilized in the lab today; and 4) identify the latest material trends prescribed by clinicians.
2:15 – 3:30 pm
Proven Techniques for Successful Implant Restorations
Taylor Manalili, DDS
Restoring dental implants requires the clinician to make a series of decisions regarding the type of prosthesis, the materials to e used, to cement or screw-retain, and to splint or make free-standing. Whether working with single units, short- and long-span bridges, or full-arch prostheses, this lecture will explain the rationale for these decisions, as well as the latest concepts for efficient, predictable workflows – from analog and digital impression techniques to deliver of the definitive prostheses.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) compare and apply both digital and analog implant restorative workflows; 2) identify implant abutment and restorative material options; 3) compare the advantages and disadvantages of screw- versus cement-retained restorations; 4) explain prosthetic instrumentation use and insertion techniques; and 5) administer the latest protocols to create successful outcomes.