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Digital Impressions


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Dental Academy

This hands-on course aims to take the dentists and dental nurses on a journey from start to finish of incorporating digital impression techniques into everyday dental practice.

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Course Date

9th March 2018
Course Description



Michael Thomas, Senior Teaching Fellow, Specialist Clinical Teacher, Conservative & MI Dentistry KCL Dental Institute at Guy's Hospital.

Mark Patterson, 38 years as a Dental Technician, 25 as a Laboratory Owner. Established reputation and career on traditional techniques with an eye for aesthetic craftsmanship and a focus on customer relationship and “doable” scale, is now actively involved in developing new digital products alongside surgeons to improve longevity for the patient.

Steve McDonagh, 35 years in IT as both a technician and as CEO of a Microsoft Gold Partner.
Team member of early ARPANET and ICL HSO design and implementation, focused on implementing technology that improves business processes.

Caroline Corbett, has worked in dentistry for 20 years and has had a varied career centred around improving the aesthetics of customers. She has an eye for colour and design and understands the how important the communication process is in dentistry.


Digital advances in dentistry are taking place at a rapid pace. Adopting new technology may require capital investment, but also requires investment in changing established concepts and routines. This course will provide delegates with practical advice on the use of digital technology to obtain impressions and how these images can then be used to design and manufacture restorations. This course therefore is suitable for those who are interested in finding out about the new technology as well as for those who wish to incorporate the technology into their daily working routines.


By attending this course you will:

  1. Be able to appreciate the various applications and benefits of intra-oral scanning and impression scanning and the associated bite registration needed to achieve a good ICP.
  2. Understand the role and interface with the dental laboratory, thereby increasing communications and enhancing their prosthetic skills.
  3. Be given hands on experience in using the intra-oral scanners, reviewing the scans, cropping flak from images, understanding the pit falls and limitations.
  4. Develop an understanding of the new restoration types that can be produced in our digital age, along with the processes to complete them.
  5. Understand the components required for implant scanning.
  6. Develop the use of dental nurses to improve the surgery and digital workflow.
  7. Understand what internet connection is required to future proof the surgery.
  8. To observe the process of a scan, design, mill and finish of a restoration using a selected scan.

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