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Blending Technique and Technology in Dentistry: A Recap of Our Hands-On Workshop with Dr. Nikhil Bahuguna

On May 11th, we had the pleasure of hosting an exceptional 3.5 CPD Hands-On Workshop led by the esteemed Dr. Nikhil Bahuguna. A distinguished figure in the field of dentistry, Dr. Bahuguna brought his vast expertise in Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics to our event, guiding participants through the intricate blend of traditional techniques and modern technology in the realm of bio-aesthetics.

About Dr. Nikhil Bahuguna
Dr. Bahuguna's impressive credentials include an MDS in Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics and a Diplomate status from the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry. He serves as the President Elect of the Indian Academy of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry and is a key opinion leader for leading dental brands such as Edelweiss Dentistry, Dentsply Sirona, Dentapreg, and Pulpdent. With an extensive career marked by global influence, Dr. Bahuguna's contributions to dental      education and practice are unparalleled. He has previously held the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics at Kalka Dental College and Hospital and currently leads Demystifying Smiles in Noida.
Workshop Overview: Digitizing Bio-Aesthetics and Function
The workshop, titled "Blending Technique and Technology - Digitizing Bio-Aesthetics and Function with Semi-Direct and Indirect Restorations," provided an in-depth exploration into modern adhesive dentistry. Dr. Bahuguna emphasized the importance of combining material science with a deep understanding of the stomatognathic system to achieve minimally invasive, aesthetically pleasing, and functionally reliable dental restorations.

Key Objectives and Lecture Highlights
Participants left the workshop equipped with the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Execute semi-direct and indirect restorative techniques using hybrid glass materials.
  2. Achieve precise and reliable aesthetic outcomes in clinical practice.
  3. Understand and apply the science behind cementing, bonding, and luting protocols for various restorations.
  4. Characterize restorations with colored composites and resin stains.
  5. Customize treatments to individual patient needs effectively and efficiently.
  6. Deliver bio-aesthetic and functional results in a single appointment.

The lecture portion covered essential topics, including:

  1. The evolution of tooth-colored dentistry.
  2. Overcoming challenges in direct composites and indirect ceramic procedures.
  3. The development and application of Edelweiss Dentistry techniques.
  4. A comprehensive overview of CAD/CAM technology, from preparation to finishing.
  5. Hands-On Practice and Demonstrations

Dr. Bahuguna's workshop included practical, hands-on activities that allowed participants to apply their newfound knowledge in a controlled environment. They practiced:

  1. Creating semi-direct veneers and occlusion vertical dimension (VD) adjustments on typodont models.
  2. Preparing and characterizing hybrid glass restorations.
  3. Mastering cementation protocols for semi-direct and CAD/CAM-based restorations.
  4. A Glimpse into the Future of Dentistry
  5. This workshop was a testament to the seamless integration of technique and technology in modern dentistry. Dr. Bahuguna's insights and practical demonstrations highlighted how advancements in material science and digital tools can enhance both the aesthetic and functional aspects of dental restorations, ultimately leading to improved patient outcomes.

Edelweiss CAD-CAM Blocks

Workshop participants were provided with a free Edelweiss CAD-CAM Block as a part of their kit. Participants can send this block to our distribution partners - XYZ Dental in Melbourne to get them milled for a case they would like to use it for. 
XYZ Dental run their own milling center Axioss Medical and Dental and are experts at using the hybrid-glass material that the Edelweiss blocks are made up of. They can even guide participants who own a milling machine at their own practice to provide them with the input parameters. 

The Edelweiss CAD-CAM Blocks are unique in the aspect that they do not require a sintering furnace and are extremely easy to polish. Our Dental Business Unit Manager - Danny also demonstrated this during the workshop to show how easy it is to polish a CAD-CAM restoration made of Edelweiss's patented material - you don't even need to be a dental professional to be able to make it shine! 

We are incredibly grateful to Dr. Nikhil Bahuguna for sharing his expertise and inspiring our participants to elevate their practice. Stay tuned for more enriching events and workshops as we continue to explore the cutting-edge developments in dentistry.

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