Digital Dentures - A Comprehensive Review
Valerie Cooper DDS, MS
Nate Farley DDS, MS, FACP
For many years, dentures have had little progression. With the rise of digital technologies, the denture process has stood on its head. Digital dentures are exploding throughout our industry with all major players working on their own methods. We are all faced with choosing a system and knowing how to navigate the differences in this digital workflow.
This course is for everyone, whether you are a doctor, educator, or technician. While the course is being held at AvaDent headquarters, the course is meant to cover digital dentures in general. We plan to touch on all systems and discuss the pros and cons of each. Because we are going to be at AvaDent though, we will be able to take a tour to see how they work their magic.
Over two days, we plan to cover a lot of material.
Some of the topics are as follows:
- Basics of dentures
- Basics of digital (in general)
- How digital dentures can be more profitable
- Using intraoral scanners
- Border molding principles (including hands on practice with chewing gum)
- Review of available systems with pros and cons of each
- How to shorten the number of appointments
- Learn multiple techniques for gathering records
- Options for digitizing impressions and records
- A glimpse into what might be possible in the future with Virtual Reality (yes, you get to try VR glasses)
- Discussion on options for teeth and where things are likely going
- Learn about the pros and cons of CAM (milling vs. printing)Come and learn from some leaders in the digital denture movement, prosthodontist who have completed hundreds of digital dentures in the last couple years. We are on the cutting edge of this shift and have learned a lot along the way. We are excited to help you pick up some tips and tricks that we know will make the transition to digital more easy.
14 CE Credits for completing this course (via PACE)
Dr. Cooper is a private practice prosthodontist with a passion for dentures. Called the “Denture Queen” by her prosthodontics co-residents, the name stuck, and her love for removable prosthodontics grew with time. She presents a systematic approach to digital denture treatment which she has been refining since she switched to all-digital denture fabrication in 2015.
Dr. Cooper’s practices are located in Dayton, Ohio, her hometown. She owns a practice limited to prosthodontics as well as a general dentistry practice. Since 2013 she has fabricated free dentures for patients in her community during National Prosthdontics Awareness Week (NPAW). Many volunteer lab technicians, students, and prosthodontists helped prepare up to 20 dentures in a single week. Now that the process is all digital and requires less human touch, her focus has turned to education during NPAW and beyond.
Her prosthodontics training and Master of Science in Dentistry was completed at The Ohio State University in 2009. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at The Ohio State University in 2006. Dr. Cooper was selected for Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society, as well as received several awards for general clinical and academic excellence.
Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Biology, also from The Ohio State University, 2002. Currently, she is a member of the American College of Prosthodontics, American Dental Association, and serves on the board of directors for the Dayton Dental Society.
Dr. Farley is a board certified prosthodontist with a passion for all things digital. He completed both dental school and his prosthodontic residency at the Ohio State University.
While in residency, he created http://whatimplantisthat.com, a free online resource for radiographic implant identification. This passion for dental information led him to co-found Infodontics, LLC, a company committed to put dental information right at people's fingertips through innovative, useful, and free online resources. Also in residency, he completed his masters thesis by comparing the accuracy of CAD/CAM surgical guides to traditional guides. Over the years, he has had experience with five different implant planning programs.
Back in his undergrad, he learned 3D modeling and animation, something that started him down this road that recently intersected with dentistry. With experience in various 3D modeling programs, he has taken to Meshmixer and Blue Sky Plan like a duck to water, and is thrilled to help others learn to use both programs to achieve some fantastic results.
He has lectured nationally and internationally on immediate interim hybrids, implant complications, guided impant surgery, implant identification, and digital dentistry. He is married to an amazing woman and has three kids, with whom he enjoys hiking, biking, and building Legos.