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Virtual Treatment Planning

This four part lecture series will build upon each other and cover the full workflow with its necessary software applications from 3D data collection to complete virtual treatment planning for all aspects in restorative dentistry.

From reality to virtuality, technology can do the work for you…

The latest developments in digital dentistry allow the creation of virtual patients on screen. It enables us to gather and have access to detailed case specific information which has never been possible before. With advanced scanning technologies like intra-oral and or laboratory scanning, 3D face scanning and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), a variety of data sets can be generated. Those data sets can be combined for 3D case evaluation, implant planning and the simulation of restorative and or surgical treatment protocols of all kinds.

However, in order to get valuable data sets, accurate and reliable digital workflows have to be established to secure the most precise 3D foundation for all further steps, especially in the fully digital environment. Advanced 3D design software provide a number of digital tools which then can be used to further edit the captured data sets. Digital tooth extraction and positioning, 3D virtual pontic design, 3D emergence profile design and virtual implant placement just to name a few, are applications which enable the treating team to get full control over the treatment planning aspect and later on to design and to produce implant and or tooth supported restorations. Only the perfect interaction between digital case set up and design software secure a predictable and reliable end result.

A variety of different treatment options can easily be simulated and will support a detailed and predictable treatment protocol. Datasets can be saved in a variety of file formats. 3D designs of the provisional phase can be used and either transferred into materials manufactured for final restorations or changed for further steps for an on going treatment protocol.

Michael Bergler, MDT, is internationally recognized in the area of esthetic ceramic restorations and CAD/CAM-technology. Furthermore he is co founder of the CAD/CAM-Ceramic-Center at University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. He has published and lectured extensively on restorative materials and dental technology. In July 2013 he received a faculty position in the Department of Restorative & Preventive Sciences. Mr. Bergler is an active member of the International Academy for Digital Dental Medicine (IADDM). He trained in Germany at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Department of Prosthodontics, and earned his Certificate of Master Dental Technician (MDT) at the Masterschool of Freiburg, Germany. In addition to holding numerous appointments within the Department of Prosthodontics at the School of Dentistry, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany, he served as a Master Dental Technician with Dental Laboratory Rainer Semsch, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. His dental laboratory training has included study under Kazunobu Yamada, CUSP Dental Laboratory, Nagoya City, Japan; Hitoshi Aoshima, Pearl Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan; and Dr. Gerad Chiche, Chairman of the Prosthodontic Department, Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, New Orleans, La.


Date/Time Lecture Title
Wednesday, May 19
6:00-7:00 PM EST
Virtual Treatment Planning – Creating the 3D Patient – An Overview: What is Required and How Can We Use it? Learn More»
Wednesday, May 26
6:00-7:00 PM EST
Data acquisition – Laboratory scanning, Intraoral Scanning, Face Scanning and Dicom Files: The Foundation of the Digital Workflow. Learn More»
Wednesday, June 2
6:00-7:00 PM EST
Workflow A: Virtual Wax-up Design for Tooth Supported Restorations. Design – Visualization – Production – Predictability Learn More»
Wednesday, June 9
6:00-7:00 PM EST
Implementation and Transfer of Digital Wax-up Designs into Final Tooth Supported Restorations. Data Management – Design Techniques – Material Selection – Production Technology – 3D Printing. Learn More»

CE Credits: 1.0 credit hours per lecture


For general information, contact:
Office of Continuing Dental Education
Penn Dental Medicine

Continuing Education