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Thursday, June 6
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Session I: The Creation of Optimal Ceramic Esthetics


CAD/CAM in Esthetic Dentistry


Markus B. Blatz
Friday, June 7
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Grand Ballroom (Salon G-K)

The range of materials and treatment options with CAD/CAM technology have widened in recent years, making CAD/CAM an integral part of modern dentistry to provide less invasive, better fitting, more esthetic, and increasingly predictable restorative treatment options. Now almost all restorative dental material groups—from ceramics to metal alloys, composite resins, acrylic resins, and even wax—can be milled with CAD/CAM technology to fabricate restorations ranging from provisionals to implant-supported fullmouth reconstructions. Concurrent with these developments, new especially high-strength ceramic materials are progressively applied for tooth- and implant-supported restorations. These evolutions, paired with the development of new adhesive bonding materials, have vastly shifted traditional treatment paradigms and offer a whole new range of treatment options that are not only more esthetic and less invasive but also more functional in the long term, such as the CAD/CAM-fabricated all-ceramic resin-bonded fixed partial denture. The advantages of CAD/CAM technology are even more beneficial for the design and precise fabrication of full-mouth reconstructions, specifically on dental implants, where accurate fit is fundamentally important. This program will provide an update on CAD/CAM technology as it relates to dental esthetics, ceramics, and adhesion and will discuss guidelines for long-term success with tooth- and implantsupported CAD/CAM restorations based on the current scientific evidence.


Markus B. Blatz, DR MED DENT, PhD, is a professor of restorative dentistry and chairman of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr Blatz previously served as chairman of the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry and Biomaterials, assistant dean for clinical research, and director of the Master of Sciences Program in Oral Biology at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry in New Orleans. Prior to joining LSU, he was a senior faculty member in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Freiburg School of Dentistry in Germany. Dr Blatz is an associate editor of Quintessence International and Quintessence of Dental Technology and an editorial board member for several recognized dental journals, including the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, the Journal of Adhesive Dentistry, and Practical Procedures & Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr Blatz has published and lectured extensively on the various facets of restorative dentistry, implantology, and dental materials.