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DE0958: Digital Complete Dentures… Not Conventionally Processed Dentures Anymore – Just Better! Incoporating Digital Dentures into Everyday Practice

Date: 9/26/2024 - 9/27/2024
Course Status: Available
Facility: South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium [SEARHC]
Location: Juneau, AK
Level: Review
Audience: Assistants, Dentists, DHA
Quota: 1 - 30 students
Tuition: $0.00
Hours: 5.00 (Total CDE); 5.00 (DANB Non-Clinical); 5.00 (AGD - 670)
Joint Sponsorship: No
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Present the latest digital workflow options for the fabrication of Complete Dentures. Compare both analog and digital fabrication steps, the incorporation of basic prosthodontic principles, and present the rationale for moving to digital. Scanning of digital workflow steps will be presented. The knowledge and skill sets presented are required to facilitate the move from Conventional Complete Denture fabrication to Computer Aided Engineering [CAE], Computer Aided Design [CAD], and Computer Aided Manufacturing [CAM]. The training sessions will provide the necessary background, skill sets, and workflows to accomplish this goal.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1.   Describe fundamentals of digitally fabricated dentures compared to analog dentures.
2.   Describe the Reference Denture and Traditional Wax Rim techniques of digital denture fabrication.
3.   Describe the Wagner Try-in technique for 3-appointment digital denture fabrication.
4.   Describe Digital Immediate Denture techniques.
5.   Competently: modify master impression tray for use and modify/finalize a Wagner try-in.
6.   Discuss the conversion opportunities between conventional and digital fabrication.
7.   Be prepared to start your next denture patient using the digital denture workflow.

Speaker / Presenter:

Bridget DeYoung — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Christopher Minke — For follow-up questions, please contact the speaker at

Dr. DeYoung has no conflict of interest to report. Dr. Minke does have a conflict of interest to report - he is receiving an honorarium or expenses paid for this course, and serves as a consultant. Speaker Bio, Dr. Minke: Director of Education for AvaDent Digital Dental Solutions. Dr. Christopher Minke, a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists and is currently in his 39th year of teaching prosthodontic principles. He received his dental degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and his prosthodontic training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center where he earned a Certificate in Prosthodontics and a Master of Science in Prosthodontics upon graduation in 1990.After retiring from the USAF, he continued as an educator teaching undergraduate dentistry at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston [2002-2004] and in 2004 he took a position with the Veterans Health Administration as the Program Director of the Residency in Prosthodontics at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. In the summer of 2014 Dr. Minke and his wife moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast where he took a position in general dentistry with the Veterans Gulf Coast Health Care System in Biloxi, MS. Since retiring from Federal Service, Chris has joined AvaDent Digital Dental Solutions part time to spread the word about digital dentures. Dr. Bridget DeYoung earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from University of Maryland School of Dentistry. She completed her specialty certificate in Prosthodontics from University of Connecticut Health Center. She worked at South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium practicing prosthodontics and teaching Lutheran Medical Center Advanced Education General Dentistry residents for three years then moved to Anchorage where she worked at Southcentral Foundation practicing prosthodontics and as an attending for the Advanced General Practice Residency for seven years. She also completed a Masters of Arts Degree in Health Professions Education from University of the Pacific. Dr. DeYoung is currently the prosthodontist at Healthy Smiles Forever, a non-profit organization which provides dental care to residents in long term care facilities.

Disclosure Policy:

It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.

None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

The IHS Division of Oral Health is an accredited sponsor of continuing education under the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP). 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. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the IHS at IHS CDE Coordinator or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at



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Tuition Policy:

Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.