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Thursday 12:05 - 12:40pm

Full Ceramic Restorations: The Art Behind the Design

Today’s aesthetic dentistry invests in a broad range of knowledge coming from many sciences and the arts. The great contributions of modern technology in the field of materials and machinery, combined with today's most advanced manufacturing techniques, is the key to satisfying the aesthetic and functional demands of patients.

The need for optimum results in the areas of aesthetics, function, and biocompatibility necessitates the use of all-ceramic restorations, implants, and their combination.

However, knowledge, talent, technique, artistic ability, and the perception of the dental technician remain the biggest and most important factors in creating impeccable work. The dental technician must have the ability to assess all factors to select a suitable patient therapy and modify his technique wherever it is necessary for the design and execution, so that the best result can be obtained.

In this presentation, we will describe the daily laboratory process step-by-step, and the way that art and technology in combination with artistic ability manage to fulfill the requirements of each individual case with great success and accuracy. The methods and handling for analysis and design will be described so one can understand and be able to select the proper solution for the optimal result.

At the conclusion of this lecture participants will have gained an understanding of:

  1. Framework design and its importance to the increase of the Pressable restorations’ aesthetics
  2. Internal stain techniques and fluorescent increase on Zirconia restorations
  3. Step by step layering on Feldspathic Veneers with the “One Bake Technique”


Nondas Vlachopoulos, CDT

Nondas Vlachopoulos was born in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the school of dental technology in 1985. He then acquired a BSc Hons from the School of Dental Technology of the Technological Educational Institution of Athens (1989).

In 1990, he established his own dental laboratory, AestheticLab, in Athens. Since 2001, he has been Opinion Leader for Noritake Dental, Ivoclar Vivadent and MPF Brush Co. in Greece. Since May 2014 he has served as an editorial reviewer at the AACD’s Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry. He specializes in aesthetic all-ceramic and implant restorations.

His laboratory collaborates with the Dental School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece and its postgraduate programs of Dental Prosthodontics and Dental Surgery, as well as with the Department of Prosthodontics of the Eastman Institute of Oral Health of the University of Rochester.

Since September 2015, he has been contributing to the practical education of the postgraduate program leading to a Master of Science degree in dental biomaterials/materials of dental technology. The program is operated by the Department of Dental Technology of the Technological Institution of Athens in conjunction with the Dental School of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Nondas Vlachopoulos has led many educational hands-on courses in Greece and worldwide (USA, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East). He has been invited to lecture on dental aesthetics at international meetings and congresses. He has published articles in Greek and international dental technology journals.

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