United Way Lauds Benco Dental’s Community Efforts

Posted on May 27, 2016

Nonprofit bestows prestigious ‘100+ Employee Corporate Award’ on distributor; 39 associates volunteer during annual ‘Day of Caring’   


Putting words into action. Volunteers at the United Way of Wyoming Valley Day of Caring who donated 470 volumes to support ongoing children’s book drive literally did just that.

 The United Way of Wyoming Valley requested in advance that all attendees of its annual Day of Caring opening breakfast, May 25, bring a new or gently used children’s book to benefit the youngest members of the population in the Wyoming Valley and their families.

For more than 21 years, the United Way of Wyoming Valley has sponsored an annual Day of Caring. Each year, hundreds of representatives of business, industry, education and healthcare come together as volunteers, roll up their sleeves, and set to work helping nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout the Wyoming Valley area of Northeastern Pennsylvania with projects that their limited budgets can't cover.

Since 2009, Benco Dental has invited associates of the company to participate in Day of Caring during their workday. At the event's 2016 opening breakfast, May 25, members of the Benco Dental family joined nearly 700 volunteers at Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where Bill Jones, United Way of Wyoming Valley CEO, shared the organization’s goal of reducing childhood poverty.

The organization’s executive director addressed the group he described as “a sea of blue with strong hands and big hearts” (participants received blue T-shirts bearing the slogan: “Strong Hands. Big Hearts. Day of Caring 2016”) regarding the opportunities that awaited them in the community. In his discussion he referenced an African proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” when he reminded those in attendance: “Together we are helping more children and families achieve better health and outcomes.”

During the breakfast program, organizations were recognized for their support of the United Way’s 2015-2016 Community Campaign, Benco Dental among them, as recipient of the prestigious United Way of Wyoming Valley Corporate Award (100+ employees). Accepting for the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor, Benco Dental, were Becky Clouse-Mickey, Talent Manager, and Michelle Kovaleski, Culture and People Coordinator.

“This year’s first corporate award goes to an organization that is a true United Way partner – Benco Dental. They exemplify all of the qualities we could hope for in an organization on a year-round basis. With every year that passes, they continue to astound us with the support they provide in campaigns, special events, and volunteerism,” said Don Brominski, who with his wife Rebecca Brominski, served as United Way Annual Campaign Co-Chair.

 “Generously, Benco Dental and its employees have contributed almost $900,000 over the past 13 years. Benco Dental also provides a corporate match on employee gifts and is ranked within the Top 10 companies for largest employee campaign, corporate gifts, and number of leadership gifts.  Benco’s commitment to supporting United Way doesn’t end when the campaign is over:  the company has been a long-standing supporter of our Christmas in July Food Drive, and as we can see this morning, an enthusiastic participant in the annual Day of Caring,” explained Brominski, during the award presentation.  “Special thanks to the Cohen Family and all of the employees of Benco Dental for being such great partners over the years.”

Upon hearing news of the award, George Rable, Vice President, Culture and People for Benco Dental, expressed the sentiment shared among the members of the Benco family.

“The Benco Team is very honored to receive this recognition from the United Way of Wyoming Valley.  Our associates are generous both with their time and in making financial pledges to help improve the lives of our neighbors,” said Rable.

In a record-setting volunteer turnout for United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Day of Caring on May 25, more than 949 volunteers from 68 organizations completed 56 community projects at 41 local agencies, according to Jones. Those volunteers were supported by an additional 200+ volunteers who did preparation work for Day of Caring projects. Those volunteers included local school students who created items for children’s preschool literacy kits, and assembled hygiene kits for distribution to organizations that help the homeless.  When all Day of Caring efforts are combined, a total 1,168 volunteers contributed 5,845 volunteer hours with an estimated value of $137,708, Jones added.

According to Benco Dental Talent Specialist Florence Marchesano, 39 Benco Dental associates took part in the Day of Caring efforts. Their day included:

* painting and drywall repair at Family Service Association of NEPA in Wilkes-Barre, which provides diverse services to children, individuals, seniors, and families, empowers them to achieve their full potential and results in healthier relationships and stronger communities,

* property beautification, organization and cleanup of disaster services equipment at Red Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania, which serves 600,000 people in four counties, helping residents recover from disasters like fires and floods, providing life-saving training in first aid and CPR and collecting blood donations for the entire region.

* cleaning, gardening and painting at SPCA of Luzerne County, which offers a variety of programs and services designed to help both people and animals and strives to create solutions to many of the animal-related issues facing our community, and

* cleaning at the West Pittston Library, which enriches the lives of community members by creating an environment for growth, discovery and connection.

For details about the United Way of Wyoming Valley Day of Caring or to support its efforts, visit: http://www.unitedwaywb.org/day-of-caring.html.

To learn more about Family Service Association of NEPA, visit: http://www.fsawv.org/, Red Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania, visit: http://www.redcross.org , SPCA of Luzerne County, visit: http://www.spcaluzernecounty.org/ and West Pittston Library, visit: http://www.wplibrary.org/ 


During the May 25 United Way Day of Caring breakfast program at Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, more than 700 gathered to prepare for a day of volunteerism. At the breakfast, organizations were recognized for their support of the United Way’s 2015-2016 Community Campaign, Benco Dental among them.  The nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor was recognized with the prestigious United Way of Wyoming Valley Corporate Award (100+ employees).  Shown, accepting the award from United Way of Wyoming Valley CEOBill Jones, are Becky Clouse-Mickey and Michelle Kovaleski, representing Benco Dental.


Benco Dental associates participated in the May 25 United Way Day of Caring, during which representatives of business, industry, education and healthcare come together as volunteers to help nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout the Wyoming Valley area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Benco Dental associates are shown volunteering at the West Pittston Library: first row, from left, Donna Lasota, Ashley DeFlice, second row: Ryan Alunni, Mandy Welman, Mary Gregor, third row: Jim Soroka, Ken Lee, Kathy Jesso, and Becky Clouse-Mickey.


Thirty-nine Benco Dental associates participated in the May 25 United Way Day of Caring, during which representatives of business, industry, education and healthcare come together as volunteers to help nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout the Wyoming Valley area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. . Benco Dental associates are shown volunteering with employees from Pride Mobility at the Red Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania: Cassandra George, Valerie Sanchez, Stacy Wardle, Geoff Fontenova, Bill Emmett, and Calvin Strohl.



Thirty-nine Benco Dental associates participated in the May 25 United Way Day of Caring, during which representatives of business, industry, education and healthcare come together as volunteers to help nonprofit and charitable organizations throughout the Wyoming Valley area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Benco Dental associates are shown volunteering at Family Service Association: clockwise, from left, Rachel Pugh, Loriah Webby, Eric Larsen, Jennifer Ochman, Kelly Hilsey, Keely Brazil, and Kristie Ceruti.

Five Tips for Making Tenure

Posted on May 27, 2016

by Stephen D. Senturia

While the words “tenure track” make it sound like there’s a smooth set of rails that will take you from hiring through to a position on the permanent tenured faculty, “tenure obstacle course” might in fact be a better description. During my 36 years on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), I mentored dozens of faculty along that tenure track, almost every time, successfully. As I gained experience, I found I could boil my mentoring system down to five goals that I would share with new hires and, when the time came for promotion, with tenure candidates. These aren’t necessarily easy goals to meet, but they’re the right stuff:

1. Pick Good Problems

Before you can ever get that letter offering you a tenure track position, you have to survive what has become one of the most competitive hiring squeezes anywhere. It is not uncommon to have more than one hundred applications for a single opening. How can you stand out amid this crowd?

I’m guessing that you have already published something, either a book or book chapter based on your thesis or several research papers based on your thesis or on work done during a post-doctoral associate position. These need to be good papers (more on that below), but the content of those papers would not be the reason you would be hired. Universities hire faculty because of what they will do, not for what they have already done.

Think about your cadre of peers. Each one is smart, capable, well-educated, and motivated like mad. Ultimately, what will distinguish you from them is the importance of the problems you choose to work on. Competent work on an important problem is important. Even brilliant work on an unimportant problem, regrettably, is unimportant.

Important problems share certain attributes: centrality, extensibility, and accessibility. Centrality is my term for how work on one problem can impact work on analogous problems, even in fields somewhat distant from your subject. Extensibility is the promise of a rich pasture for silage if you succeed in getting through the gate of that first problem. And accessibility is the requirement that you be able, within a few years, to make meaningful progress.

If the research plan you submit outlines a program that has centrality, extensibility, and accessibility, there is a better chance of attracting attention than if you simply want to follow up on your PhD work. Think positive. Think big. But not too big, since accessibility is critical to success.

2. Write Good Papers

Oh, if only one could get that paper accepted by the journal. I spent seventeen years as co-editor of two different journals, and as I navigated through the shoals of reviewer reports and unhappy authors, I developed something that I call the “Believability Index.” It’s a way of organizing good papers, especially scientific papers. The point is to write the paper in order of decreasing believability. Start with well-established facts, then with documentation of the methods and demonstrations that the methods are valid, next with results, and only after the results have been fully described and presented, go into speculative discussion of how the results should be interpreted.

There is only enough space here to scratch the surface. My more detailed article, “How to Avoid the Reviewer’s Axe,” is available at www.stephendsenturia.com/articles.

3. Ask Questions at Conferences

When you come up for promotion, your department will collect reference letters from prominent people in your field. Will they know who you are? One of the best ways to get known is to ask questions, good questions, at conferences, especially when just starting out. Go to the microphone after a presentation. Say in a loud, clear voice, “This is so and so from such and such university, and here is my question.” If your question is a good one, the graybeards in the room will notice, and if you do it more than once within a given conference, they will begin asking each other, “who is that so and so from such and such university?” Do it often enough and you will invited to join the program committee for the following year’s conference, and once on that committee, you’ll meet a whole new set of more senior colleagues.

4. Know Your Top Ten

It’s often difficult to describe “your field.” After all, the reason you were hired is that you do something different from what the others on your faculty do. My recommendation is to define your “field” by listing the top ten senior people you consider to be in your field, or at least well-enough related to it to be so-named. The reason for making this list is that when promotion time arrives, your department chairman will go out for letters. Some of these requests will go to names you suggest, but others, typically, will not. Instead, they are highly likely to come from the top ten. If the top ten know your work, great. If not, you have some work to do.

5. Proactive Inviting

If, as often happens, you make your list of the top ten and discover that you only know half of them, it is time for some proactive inviting. You send an email saying you will be in his or her area on such and such a day, and would it be possible to visit. Usually, if the date works, you get a yes and you also get an invitation to present a seminar. Now you and your work are known, at least to that top-ten member.


While you can’t control all the events that might lead to your tenure decision, there’s a lot you can do that will help build the kind of visibility that is so essential for success at a top-flight university. Much more can be said on these subjects, and I’ll be happy to hear your story and answer questions by email. Send me a note at www.stephendsenturia.com/contact.

Stephen D. Senturia is a former Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he spent 36 years teaching thousands of students and mentoring dozens of colleagues applying for tenure. Learn more about Senturia at: www.stephendsenturia.com.

StarDental Unveils Powerful 430 Torque

Posted on May 26, 2016

Malvern, PA (May 12, 2016) – StarDental®, a manufacturer of high quality dental handpieces, recently introduced the newest member of its 430 high-speed handpiece line at the annual California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim, the 430 Torque. Available in various configurations, the 430 Torque delivers freedom of choice and unprecedented power.

Ergonomically designed with rugged 100% stainless steel construction, the 430 Torque is outfitted with an attractive satin finish, resulting in a stylish yet durable handpiece. The 430 Torque is available with or without fiber optics, and either a lubricated version or StarDental’s patented LubeFree version that provides dental practices with substantial cost and time savings.  

The StarDental 430 Torque offers 27 watts of power – feel the difference! An independent test by The Dental Advisor shows 430 Torque has the highest watts of power, of the handpieces tested, at 27 watts* and maximum power output. The double bucket rotor design and dual air control maximizes airflow to the turbine, allowing the 430 Torque to deliver powerful performance for every procedure.

The coaxial water spray optimizes the direction of the water pressure in order to thoroughly cool the bur and flush the working area, keeping the instrument, as well as the operatory site, cool and clear. Moreover, a unique vortex washer design minimizes harmful debris and “suck back” into the housing of the handpiece, inhibiting unwanted buildup that leads to eventual turbine engine damage.

The small head design of the StarDental 430 Torque provides superior oral accessibility and operatory field visibility, and the high power enables fast and precise removal of tooth surface and amalgam. What’s more, the low noise level of the 430 Torque reduces the possibility of auditory damage and provides a more pleasant patient experience.

The balanced design and angled head of the 430 Torque allows for a neutral wrist position, an important factor in minimizing hand fatigue. The dual beam glass design prevents shadowing in front of the bur to assure an unobstructed, clear view regardless of handpiece positioning or lighting.

For more information about the StarDental 430 Torque or to request a demo, visit www.dentalez.com/torque, or for all DentalEZ products and services, please visit www.dentalez.com

ADA Applauds FDA Nutrition Label Requirements for Added Sugar

Posted on May 26, 2016

Washington, D.C. — ADA President Carol Gomez Summerhays, DDS, this week thanked the US Food and Drug Administration for its decision to require that food packagers highlight added sugars on nutrition labels. The ADA urged the FDA to take this step in comments filed with the agency in 2014 and again in 2015.

“We applaud FDA for giving consumers another tool to make informed decisions about the food they eat,” said Summerhays. “For years, we’ve encouraged consumers to monitor—and minimize—their added sugar intake. Now they can do so simply by reading a nutrition label.”  

“We know that a steady diet of sugary foods and drinks can damage teeth, but unfortunately research on the sugar-caries (cavities) connection over the long-term is limited,” Summerhays said.

The ADA has called for greater scrutiny of added sugar’s effect on oral health. In lobbying Congress to provide adequate research funding for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, for instance, the ADA has cited the need to understand the effects of added sugars and other sweeteners on oral health.

“We need more data about the extent to which dental caries rates fluctuate with changes in total added sugar consumption, and over what periods of time,” Summerhays said. 

While more research is critical, the ADA believes the FDA’s recent action on food labeling will go a long way toward helping Americans monitor, and hopefully limit, the amount of added sugar they consume.

E-Cigarette Explosions Causing Serious Mouth Injuries

Posted on May 26, 2016

ROSEMONT, Ill., May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Oral Trauma and Tooth Avulsion Following Explosion of E-Cigarette," featured in the June issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, examines the oral hard- and soft-tissue injuries resulting from an e-cigarette explosion. The University of Cincinnati study describes in detail the severe oral and abdominal burns, oral lacerations, and lost and fractured teeth sustained when an e-cigarette exploded in an 18-year-old's mouth. According to the victim, the explosion occurred the moment he pushed the button that activated the device. This is the first report published in the scientific literature describing this extent of damage and oral injuries resulting from an e-cigarette explosion.

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are sold under some 450 brands and come in more than 7,600 flavors. The vaporizing ("vaping") device that delivers nicotine through e-cigarettes includes a heating element and a cartridge that holds the vapor solution, a mixture of nicotine, flavorings and other additives. The device's power source is usually a lithium-ion battery triggered a button.

E-cigarettes are designed to resemble conventional cigarettes, but are touted as a healthier alternative. Most consumers view them as a smoking cessation aid. However, this claim is countered by reports citing other adverse effects linked to some components of e-cigarette vapors. Reports of explosions and fires caused by e-cigarette delivery devices have led the US Fire Administration to evaluate their safety.

The authors emphasize that the damage suffered will require multiple procedures to reconstruct the lost tissue, and to reestablish functional and cosmetically acceptable results. In addition surgeries to repair the damage will involve substantial time and cost expenditures. They stress that the reporting of such injuries in the literature will be beneficial until concrete data from large-scale studies becomes available.

Read the complete study findings at Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 74:1181-1185, 2016 found at www.joms.org DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joms.2015.12.017

Midmark Introduces ClearVision CR Dental Reader

Posted on May 26, 2016

DAYTON, Ohio, May 25, 2016Midmark Dentaltoday introduced the Midmark ClearVision® CR Dental Reader, an easy-to-use and cost-effective dental imaging solution that is designed to rapidly deliver high-quality digital images for busy dental practices.

The ClearVision CR Dental Reader features a small footprint that enables it to seamlessly fit into any size dental office and exam room without causing any disruption to office workflow. The automated, magnetized feeding tray offers push and go functionality, making it effortless to operate. The reader is low maintenance with no brushes for ease of cleaning and reduction of image artifacts.

“We are excited to add the ClearVision CR Dental Reader to the Midmark imaging product line,” said Bill Zulauf, senior product manager. “Many dental practices prefer the advantages of a phosphor plate system, and this new product provides a compact, cost-effective solution for those customers.”  

The reader follows the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard, making it compatible with existing systems. The product uses a full range of bitewing and intraoral imaging plates that can be easier and faster to position than intraoral sensors. A true size 4c imaging plate is available, which enables clinicians to capture more dental anatomy on a single image without software stitching.

The Midmark proprietary Progeny® Imaging Software comes standard on the reader, optimizing image acquisition, processing and management. Clinicians can use the software to view images immediately, as well as export, email or print them for insurers, patients or referrals.

For product inquiries, please call the Midmark Dental Customer Experience Department at 1-800-MIDMARK or visit midmark.com/reader.

Keystone Hosts Second Annual LATAM Seminar

Posted on May 25, 2016

Late May in Miami, Florida was taken over by the Keystone Industries Dental Group and participants from around Latin America for the second annual Keystone LATAM Seminar.

Hosted by Keystone at the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel, the second annual seminar paved the way for many Latin American dentists, dental dealers, dental technicians, and dental hygienists to learn about and use great products in their businesses. It was not your standard lecturing and reading – attendees were wowed with hands-on demonstrations showcasing how well Keystone products work along with one-on-one questions and interactions with all presenters.

Key Opinion Leader, Dennis Urban, CDT, highlighted the LATAM Seminar’s presentations, as he’s done in the past at many worldwide dental conferences and seminars. Mr. Urban touched on the correct protocol and procedures in removal technology, displayed cases done with various Keystone dental lab products, and then gave a start-to-finish demonstration on creating a denture with Diamond D denture acrylic and the Tecnoflask microwaveable flask.

Throughout day two of the seminar were presentations from Mike Prozzillo, VP of Domestic & International Sales and Sales Manager, Wayne Allen. Mr. Prozzillo enlightened the crowd on the technology behind custom-fit mouth guards, which Keystone has lead in the marketplace for decades.  Keystone also introduced its newest addition to the Pro-Form line, the PF2 Mouthguard.

With the swarm of MMA-like sports taking over Latin America, mouthguards are taking off south of the US border faster than ever before.

“We are extremely excited to begin working thoroughly with our Latin American customers on education with mouthguard protection,” said Prozzillo. “The more and more athletes and dentists learn about the importance and advantages of oral protection, the more the market has to grow in those countries.”

Mr. Allen, who came joined Keystone when it acquired the Harry J. Bosworth Company, shared his knowledge and expertise with attendees on the state of the dental hygiene marketplace and how Keystone can benefit their business practices. Among many products and Q&A sessions, live demonstrations with the ProphyBrite Air Polisher and Consistency Impression Material engaged attendees throughout.

“The Latin American markets have presented significant growth opportunities for Keystone over the past several years,” said Ira Rosenau, President of the Keystone Industries Dental Division. “Our focus and dedication to growing Keystone’s presence in these territories has been rewarded by having fantastic, energetic business partners in Latin America.  It is a real treat for us to be able to spend time with our loyal customers in such an interactive setting like our Miami seminar.”



For more information on Keystone Industries or the annual LATAM Seminar, please contact Alejandra Molina or Michael Prozzillo below, or visit Keystone Industries online at www.keystoneindustries.com.

Alejandra Molina

Regional Manager for Latin America

Keystone Industries

Phone: 800-333-3131 or 856-663-4700

Fax: 856-224-9444



Michael Prozzillo

VP of Sales, Domestic & International

                             Keystone Industries

Phone: 800-333-3131 or 856-663-4700


AAID Releases Comprehensive Implant Dentistry Benchmarking Study

Posted on May 25, 2016

Chicago, IL (May 25, 2016)  - The American Academy of Implant Dentistry announced the release of the first benchmarking study for the implant dentistry practice in the United States.  This comprehensive resource provides dental professionals with critical information and statistics about the implant dentistry field. The AAID Benchmarking Study helps dentists better understand trends related to:

•    Staffing models, compensation and benefits

•    Overall practice performance in terms of revenue and expenses

•    Procedures and fees

•    Effective marketing techniques used to drive business

•    The various technologies leveraged in implant practice

The AAID retained McKinley Advisors, a highly regarded research and consulting firm, to develop the questions, collect and compile the data, and provide insights based on years of experience in analyzing research data. Nearly 600 dentists completed the online survey during late summer and early fall, 2015.  Respondents included a significant percentage of non-members of the AAID as well as members.

Some of the key findings were published in the Spring 2016 issue of the AAID News. Just a few of the key findings include:

•    57% of Implant dentists reported that implant dentistry represents less than 25% of the gross receipts of the practice. Another 25% said it represented between 26% and 50%.

•    75% practice both surgical and restorative phases of implant dentistry

•    42% reported total receipts in the practice of less than $1 million

•    Non-owner dentist and non-dentist employees represent 38% of all expenses in the practice

The AAID Field Study is an essential tool for all implant dentistry professionals. For practicing implant dental professionals, benchmark your practice performance against peer practices of similar size and focus, and against the broader field as a whole.

Participants in the study received a free copy of the full report.  The full 68-page report can be purchased from AAID for only $245 to $295 for members of the AAID members and $345 for non-members.

Established in 1951, the AAID is the only dental implant organization that offers credentials recognized by state and federal courts as being bona fide. Its membership, which exceeds 5,500, includes general dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, and prosthodontists from across the United States and in more than 60 other countries.

Dennis Urban, CDT Teaches VITA Denture Course

Posted on May 25, 2016


In the competitive world of aesthetic restorations, details matter. In VITA’s Premium Denture course, participants learned the technical and business side of implant retained dentures from well-known instructor, trainer and author, Dennis Urban, CDT. Urban shared exclusive techniques on waxing, processing and finishing. “One technique I shared is a characteristic wax-up process which makes a wax try-in look exactly like a finished denture,” he says. “Because this procedure creates so much value for the patient and dentist, lab owners can charge a higher price for the final case.”

Students learned the most profitable techniques for a variety of restorations, including all-on-4®, all-on-6, implant hybrid cases, implant overdentures and case planning methods. “My goal was to learn more about the all-on-4 denture implant technique,” says Danny Leeseman, MDT, owner of Valley Dental in Chico, CA. “The instructor did an excellent job of explaining the process and showed us how to use his custom microwaving technique to reduce curing time from hours to minutes. I was able to apply it in my own lab the next week.”

Taking place in VITA North America’s new state-of-the-art Training Center, attendees focused on proper case planning and learned to correct common setup mistakes. “A common mistake that technicians make is underestimating the importance and strategy of a proper setup technique for denture teeth,” says Urban. “By the end of this course, participants were able to identify the different types of occlusions much better and perfect their setup technique.” Efficient waxing and finishing techniques were also reviewed, while protocol and procedures on implant overdentures, hybrid cases and all-on-4 and all-on-6 conversions were also covered. Urban encouraged participants to implement the techniques they learned to impact their bottom line. “To build a more profitable business, I tell technicians they can’t skimp on materials,” he says. “If they use top quality materials and the best processing techniques, then they can approach the doctors they work with for higher fees.”

For more information on how to customize your technique to maximize your profits, register for a VITA course at http://vitanorthamerica.com/courses-ce.


Participants (L to R):

Skyler LaFreniere (VITA), Oscar Macedo (San Diego Dental, San Diego CA), Lisa Graye (VITA), Matt O’Connell (President VITA NA), Cirenia Garcia (Nash Dental Lab, Temecula CA), Javier San Martin, CDT (Custom Craft Dental Lab, Sylmar CA), Pamela Place (Nash Dental Lab, Temecula CA),Chris Horny, CDT (CAD Dental Lab, Glendale CA), Dennis Urban, CDT (Instructor), Manuk Kuyumjyan (Master Lab Inc, Burbank CA), Dr. Cyrus Bandary (Cyrus Bandary, DMD, Woodland Hills CA), Artak Badalyan (Dental Art Group, Burbank CA), Danny Leeseman, CDT (Valley Dental Lab, Chico CA), Havsep Hovakimyan (Master Lab Inc, Burbank CA), Richard Vicente (Vicente Dental Lab, Newark CA), Darin Wise (VITA), Miguel Monterroza (Valley Dental Lab, Bakersfield CA)

Pizzi to Host Ceramics Course

Posted on May 23, 2016

Peter Pizzi, CDT, MDT, will host a two-day hands-on course, "Ceramic Options for Our Future Restorative Dental Team," on June 11-12 at Pizzi Dental Studio in Staten Island, New York.

Tuition for the course, which is part of Pizzi's Esthetic Realitie is $1050.

A press release for the course says: "Our educated patients and the advancement of materials have created a need for us to didactically move through the diagnostic process. This two-day course will focus on a rational methodology to help eliminate the frustrations often encountered during this endeavor. Communication, material options, the importance of photography as an aid for ceramic builds, and color communication can be incorporated into a routine regiment that will enable the dentist and technician to achieve a high level of predictability. The ability to understand each material’s optical and functional parameters will be a key to future success."

The course will cover case management; diagnostic communication; preparation guided ceramic layering and contours; the use of new technologies; the importance of photographic communication and perception; and material choices for proper case management.

A tissue cast for a 3-unit combination case will be provided. 

To register, contact Jennifer at 718-477-3771 or jcrane33@aol.com or pizzi7@aol.com. Pizzi Dental Studio is located at 4038 Victory Blvd. in Staten Island, New York.

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