October 2010
Volume 1, Issue 1

Learning to Survive

Dental Technology CE Thrives

How will the dental technology industry endure in an education crisis?

Pam Johnson

The success that many manufacturers are having with continuing education hands-on, online, and lecture series courses given by global opinion leaders attests to the demand for educational opportunities in dental technology. Educational opportunities such as online webinars and podcasts have proven to be a popular alternative to traditional courses for customers who are challenged by the economy and reluctant to travel. Below is a list of manufacturers providing valuable and well-attended CE programs throughout the year.

Dentsply Prosthetics

Dentsply offers 1- to 3-day continuing education courses throughout the year at their facility in York, Pennsylvania and their new Technical Education Center (TEC) in Burlington, New Jersey. The three-level curriculum covers a broad range of topics, including some basics for technicians new to the business in addition to advanced and master's level courses on topics such as metal-free restorations and creative ceramics.
800-487-0100 Ext. 56040

GC America

Holding courses at their Alsip, Illinois training center and in cities throughout the US, GC America offers a variety of product-specific education as well as courses on infection control, esthetics, and fit and function.

Ivoclar Vivadent

Ivoclar Vivadent offers an extensive lineup of fundamental and advanced CE courses held throughout the year at the ICDE center in Amherst, New York or the Implant Esthetics Center of Excellence in Sarasota, Florida. Course topics include the IPS e.max brand, fundamental and advanced complete denture techniques, CAD/CAM technology, and implants.

Jensen Dental

Jensen provides an extensive lineup of online webinars on numerous topics, including infection control, alloys, and refining as well as hands-on courses for the Creation, Authentic, and Pulse Interface brands. The company also offers an online virtual study club for interacting with colleagues and key opinion leaders. Hundreds of technicians come from all over the country to learn from master dental technicians at the Jensen Days tradeshow held each year during the Chicago Midwinter meeting.


For users of the Straumann CAD/CAM system, the company offers a series of hands-on courses to teach customers how to create simple and complex CAD-designed restorations, including single copings, three-unit and long-span bridges with bite registration, Maryland bridges and inlay/onlay bridges with bite registration, provisional restorations, full-mouth rehabilitations, and custom abutments.


This year Vident launched VITA University, a nationwide educational initiative reaching 10 major cities in the US and taught by leading technicians. A wide variety of topics are covered, including profitability of titanium-milled copings, shade layering using a foil technique for veneers, the latest CAD/CAM material advancements, Sirona inLab training, pressable ceramics, basic principles of setting denture teeth, and digital dentistry summit panel discussions.
800-828-3839 Ext. 238

Whip Mix

Through a series of interactive webinars, Whip Mix offers training and education on a variety of topics including LEAN, phosphate investments, the Pro Series furnaces, the Vericore virtually designed implant abutment, implant-supported milled implant bars, and function and occlusion.

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