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Chairside Live – Case of the Week Compendium 15: Clinical Tips & Practice Management II

Case Studey Models - Clinical Tips & Practice Management - Dental CE Course
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Course Objectives (3 CE Credits)

Michael C. DiTolla, DDS, FAGD

As a confluence of art, science and business, sustaining a thriving practice in restorative dentistry requires a multidisciplinary approach that demands a consistently evolving knowledge of new materials and techniques, and benefits from a diversity of unique services that expand patient demographics.

In this presentation, Dr. Michael DiTolla uses a series of case examples and interviews taken from episodes of Chairside Live to illustrate how adopting digital updates to traditional methodologies can enhance results, as well as how pioneering clinicians have incorporated fringe specialties into their practices in order to meet and exceed patient expectations. Participants who view this presentation will acquire useful information on various practice management topics, including:

  • Using digital scanning software to pinpoint preparation pitfalls
  • Addressing undercuts with CAD/CAM technology
  • Working with CAD/CAM diagnostic wax-ups
  • Ensuring the bite accuracy of a double-arch impression
  • The materials, techniques and progression of high-esthetics dentistry
  • Technologies and protocols for increasing the esthetic results of implant restorations
  • Delivering efficient and convenient care through forward-thinking practice models
  • Expanding your practice through alternative treatment options


As the digital revolution continues to expand the proliferation of affordable dental care, those clinicians able to differentiate themselves through technological expertise and distinctive services will be well-positioned to thrive. Dentists can ensure their business remains a valuable commodity in the community both by providing superior, cost-efficient dental care, and by offering myriad related assistance that improves the quality of life for their patients.

In this presentation, Dr. Michael DiTolla uses case examples and interviews featured on Chairside Live to illustrate the benefits of utilizing the ever-improving assortment of CAD/CAM tools and software to deliver ideal restorations in a practice that offers desirable ancillary services unavailable elsewhere.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.


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