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Petra Guess-Gierthühlen, DDS, PhD

Saturday, October 20

Digital Work Ows & Minimally Invasive Dentistry: Predictable Outcomes

Lecture Description: 

The recent paradigm shift in xed prosthodontics from traditional to minimal invasive treatment approaches is evidenced by the clinical long-term success of bonded glass-ceramic restorations. Moreover, advancements in all-ceramic/resin matrix ceramics and CAD/CAM material systems, digital restoration planning and fabrication enable the development of innovative treatment concepts for the rehabilitation of severely compromised dentition. Digital face scans and novel CAD/ CAM applications offer a standardized manufacturing process, resulting in a reliable, predictable and economic work flow for complex rehabilitations. Moreover the esthetic outcome with respect to color and appearance of these CAD/CAM fabricated restorations and their integration into the facial harmony is superior. The lecture
will present case series and the scienti c evidence pertaining to the clinical success of all-ceramic and CAD/CAM materials as well as digital restorative technologies.


• The lecture will provide recommendations for modern all- ceramic, resin-matrix ceramics and CAD/CAM materials.
• The lecture will give rationale of case based selection of CAD/CAM systems related to their optical properties such as color, translucency and gloss.
• The lecture will present scientific evidence pertaining to the clinical success and esthetic outcome of CAD/CAM materials and digital work ows.

About presenter: 

Dr. Guess, graduated and received her DDS from Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Ger- many in 2001. She was an Assistant Professor (2001-2006) at the Department of Prosthodontics (Chair Prof. Dr Dr. h.c. J.R. Strub), University, Freiburg, Germany and is a Board certi ed Prosthodontist (2005) of the German Society of Prosthodontics and Dental Materials (DGPro). From 2006-2009 she was a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Biomaterials & Biomimetics (Chair Prof. Dr. V.P. Thompson), NYU, New York, USA. In 2009 Dr. Guess was appointed Asso- ciate Professor at the Department of Prosthodontics, University, Freiburg, where she accom- plished the Habilitation in 2011. Since 2016 she is Professor and Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics at the Heinrich-Heine University in Duesseldorf, Germany.