Course Synopsis

Presenter: Michael DiTolla, DDS, FAGD

As crown & bridge procedures make up a large percentage of monthly production for general practitioners, it is critical for practices to become efficient at these procedures and reduce remakes as much as possible. This course will demonstrate how dentists can give their laboratory technicians the best chance to fabricate a beautiful restoration. Modern approaches to local anesthesia, shade selection, tooth preparation, impression making and crown material selection will be discussed, with an emphasis on working with new classes of high-strength, all-ceramic monolithic materials. Techniques for adjusting, polishing, decontaminating, cementing, bonding and cutting off solid zirconia will also be covered, along with the differences between zirconia oxide restorative materials.

Learning Objectives

  • Administer a predictable prep technique and select specific burs based on chosen restorative material to ensure adequate reduction
  • Combine prep technique with an impression protocol to improve prep and impression quality
  • Summarize strengths and weaknesses of monolithic and bilayered restorations, including indications, contraindications and prep design
  • Adjust contacts and occlusion, demonstrate the safest way to cut off monolithic restorations, and describe which burs and polishers provide optimal results
  • Apply critical information needed by your laboratory in order to achieve predictable, esthetic results, including shade communication, photography and characterization

Glidewell Education Center 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.

The Glidewell Education Center is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or any other applicable regulatory authority, or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 3/1/2015 to 2/28/2021. Provider ID# 216789

Course Details


Feb. 28, 2020 (Elizabeth, NJ)
Smile USA - Center for Educational Excellence
815 Salem Ave.
Elizabeth, NJ 07208

March 20, 2020 (Philadelphia, PA)

May 22, 2020 (Washington, DC)

Oct. 9, 2020 (Chicago, IL)


9 a.m.–5 p.m.


$595 per Doctor + $195 per Staff Member

Available CE:

7 Hours



Dr. Michael DiTolla

Michael DiTolla, DDS, FAGD

Dr. Michael DiTolla is a graduate of the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and he is a fellow of the AGD. After working in private practice for 15 years, he became director of clinical education and research at Glidewell Dental, where he gained an intimate knowledge of U.S. dentists’ crown & bridge habits. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. DiTolla led the clinical team at Glidewell Dental 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. Four years later, he became the director of clinical affairs at Dentsply Sirona, and in 2017 he was named the vice president of clinical affairs and communications at AEGIS Communications. Dr. DiTolla has given over 1,000 lectures to dentists worldwide, and his online videos have been viewed more than 10 million times by clinicians.

Product Code: 70-1148-GIT0774

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