Shade Selection

January 10, 2023
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Michael DiTolla, DDS, FAGD

Course Objectives

1 CE Credit

Getting the right shade is critical to success in crown and bridge dentistry. This course demonstrates a systematic protocol for utilizing a modern value-based system to select shades for crown and bridge restorations. Unlike the most commonly used shade guide, the value- based shade system distributes shades in a logical manner, to enable easy and accurate shade selection. Using this system will reduce the number of remakes, and provide more efficient service to your patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine weaknesses with the most currently used shade guide system.
  • Describe the advantages of using a value-based shade system.
  • Determine the correct shade with ease and accuracy.
  • Communicate the shade effectively to their dental technician.

Recognition & Approval

ADA CERP Recognition

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.

Pace Approval

Glidewell Education Center
Nationally Approved PACE Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority, or AGD endorsement. 3/1/2021 to 2/29/2024.
Provider ID# 216789

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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, 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 that developed and brought BruxZir® 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.


Data derived from Glidewell dental Lab experience of over 4 million crowns up to the year 2012.

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