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The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology has announced the upcoming launch of a new Virtual Full Denture Training Program.
The program was underwritten and produced through the generosity of DENTSPLY Prosthetics to provide new learning tools for dental technicians in removable technology.
This five-module removable video program documents a patient case from initial chairside assessment through placement of the final dentures. Each individual module was scripted and produced to document each step of the denture process between the dentist and the dental laboratory technician. Dr. Lars Bouma and Mr. Jerry Kaizer (Murray-Kaizer Dental Lab) provided clinical and technical guidance throughout the program development and production. The program reportedly provides a visualization of the chairside and labside protocols and is written to deliver key insights into the collaboration needed between the dentist and the technician to ensure the best denture solution for the patient.
"The Foundation’s mission is to ensure accessible high quality education to meet ever changing workforce needs," says Leon Hermanides, CDT, foundation chair. "Removables continue to be a growing segment of the dental laboratory market, and many technicians, who focus on crown and bridge, are getting to this arena and have skills gaps on dentures. Additionally, today’s dental school graduates receive less hands-on training in removable prosthetics. This program will serve as a valuable resource for both target audiences”
The new program will be available formally through the online education platform on the Foundation website by the end of the first quarter, 2015.
“DENTSPLY Prosthetics has been committed to removable product solutions for more than 110 years. As part of our corporate commitment to give back to the industry, we are pleased to have this opportunity to work with the Foundation to enrich their training tools and curriculum in Removable Technology Programs. We believe this new virtual training program and live video materials will provide significant value to a broader base of dental professionals,” says Catherine Bonser, Director of Marketing, DENTSPLY Prosthetics.
For more information on the Foundation (to donate, learn about grants and scholarships and continuing education programs), visit dentallabfoundation.org