Cusp Dental / ADES Anniversary Symposium in Boston

After numerous postponements due to safety precautions, the long-awaited CUSP/ADES Symposium was finally held on June 4th to great success. Special thanks to all who joined us on this special day and to Dr. Gerard Chiche and Dr. Markus Blatz for a great seminar.

Dr. Gerard Chiche -Ponte Vedra, FL Esthetic Full Mouth Rehabilitation: 40-years’ Experience and Perspective

This presentation will outline the simultaneous management of the most relevant esthetic and risk factors in a step-by-step method to maximize success of ceramic materials in esthetic rehabilitations. A long-term perspective on interdisciplinary esthetic planning and its impact on gingival management, the most decisive criteria for VDO decision and the sequencing of full rehabilitations will be discussed. Final materials decision will be analyzed on the basis of esthetics rendition and strength properties according to the state of attrition, the severity of the malocclusion, and the cause of tooth wear.

Dr. Chiche is Clinical Professor at Augusta University, Dental College of Georgia and formerly Thomas P. Hinman Endowed Professor in Restorative Dentistry, and Director of the Augusta University Center for Esthetic & Implant Dentistry. He is Past President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, and a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry. He has given over 1,000 programs in Esthetic Dentistry nationally and internationally in 35 countries and he is the author of: “Esthetics of Anterior Fixed Restorations” with Alain Pinault, and “Smile Design” with Hitoshi Aoshima, both published by Quintessence co. Emeritus Professor at Louisiana State University, in 2009, he became the first recipient of the Endowed Chair sponsored by the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society. He is recipient of the 2020 Icon Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dentistry by the Seattle Study Club.

Dr. Markus Blatz – Philadelphia, PA The ‘New Normal’ in Digital Dentistry: Intra-Oral Scanner (IOS), Chair Side Systems, Materials, and Bonding

The recent evolution in CAD/CAM and ceramic technologies offers a whole new range of esthetic, less invasive, and long-lasting treatment options. However, many questions persist: What is “the digital workflow” and how to get started with intraoral scanning and other tools? How to select the best materials considering the large variety of ceramics available today? What cements or bonding protocols should I use for the different ceramics to avoid failures? Is all zirconia the same? Can I bond to zirconia and make resin-bonded bridges? And where is the scientific evidence on all these topics?

This presentation will answer such questions and provide an update on esthetic treatment options with CAD/CAM ceramics.

• Learning objectives
• Differentiate modern ceramic materials and their indications
• Learn about CAD/CAM technologies, digital workflows, and intraoral scanning
• Understand strategies for success with ceramic restorations based on their specific properties
• Comprehend clinical guidelines for long-lasting esthetic CAD/CAM restorations

Dr. Blatz is Professor of Restorative Dentistry, Chairman of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, and Assistant Dean for Digital Innovation and Professional Development at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he founded the Penn Dental Medicine CAD/CAM Ceramic Center. Dr. Blatz is co-founder and Past President of the International Academy for Adhesive Dentistry (IAAD) and a founding member of the European Academy of Digital Dentistry (EADD). He is a board-certified Diplomat in the German Society for Prosthodontics and Biomaterials (DGPro) and a member of multiple other professional organizations, including the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the International College of Prosthodontists, the American College of Prosthodontists (honorary member), Academy of Osseointegration, and O.K.U. Honor Dental Society.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal and All-Ceramic Crowns for Posterior Teeth: Material Science and Laboratory Procedure, published In QDT and QZ

The article “Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal and All-Ceramic Crowns for Posterior Teeth: Material Science and Laboratory Procedure, published In QDT and QZ ” co-authored by Kimiyo Sawyer, RDT and Masayuki Saito, RDT was published in QDT: Quintessence of Dental Technology 2013; vol 36: 162-172 and QZ: Quintessence Zahntechnik 2014; 40(11): 1432-1443.

CUSP Launches New Educational Division: ADES (Academy of Dental Esthetics and Sciences)

Editorial Contact:
Kimiyo Sawyer, President
Cusp Dental Laboratory

MALDEN, Mass (April 29, 2014) – Cusp Dental Laboratory, a Boston-based dental laboratory today announced launch of its new educational division, ADES (Academy of Dental Esthetics and Sciences). The academy offers unique professional seminars, hands-on workshops and provides CE credits as a dedicated platform for educational advancement.

ADES was established by Cusp Dental president Kimiyo Sawyer who gave her first lecture in 2007 “Guidelines for Successful Laboratory Communications” in order to close the communication gap between dentists and laboratories, In 2009, Sawyer lectured on “Laboratory Procedures, Communication and Responsibility” and in 2010 she expanded her lecture subjects to materials and technologies from a laboratory perspective.

ADES offers an intimate group setting in which attendees gain invaluable professional insights on three critical areas: communication, fabrication and cementations.

Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts was selected as a premiere seminar location to combine intense education with an entertaining vacation for golf and beach enthusiasts. Participants gain multiple academic advantages attending well programmed seminars and hands-on learning from course speakers including world renowned Dr. Gerard J. Chiche, Dr. Markus B. Blatz, Dr. Ariel J. Raigrodski and well-respected dental technicians Mr. Aki Yoshida, RDT, Mr. Michael Bergler, MDT and Ms. Kimiyo Sawyer, RDT along with master technicians from Cusp Dental Laboratory, MA.

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About Cusp Dental Laboratory

Cusp Dental Research was established in 1990. Cusp services are provided by master dental technicians formally trained and educated in Japan. In addition to its clients in the Greater Boston and New York metropolitan areas, Cusp has established a national reputation in precision and esthetics. New England-based clients include Boston University and Harvard Dental School. Cusp also serves renowned doctors and dental schools across the United States including University of Pennsylvania and University of Washington.