Markus Blatz
Stefano Gracis
Nicola Pietrobon

Ceramics 2020: An Open Clinical and Technical Discussion

There are no frontal lectures in this webinar. Put a clinician, a researcher/educator and an experienced dental technician in the same “room” and see what happens when they speak freely and without filters about all ceramic materials. Which ceramic materials do they use more often and why? Do they find differences between pressed and milled glass ceramics from a clinical point of view? Which criteria do they apply to determine if a single-wing resin-bonded retainer should be manufactured in zirconia or lithium disilicate? What is their experience with the quality of the restorations when they take a digital vs a traditional impression? What is their thought about printing models from a digital file? These and other questions will be addressed in the debate.

Markus Blatz CV

Prof. Dr. med. dent. Markus B. Blatz is Chairman of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, and Assistant Dean for Digital Innovation and Professional Development at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also founded the Penn Dental Medicine CAD/CAM Ceramic Center. Dr. Blatz graduated from Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, and was awarded additional Doctorate Degrees, a Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics, and a Professorship from the same University.

Dr. Blatz is co-founder and immediate past President of the International Academy for Adhesive Dentistry (IAAD). He is a Board-certified Diplomat in the German Society for Prosthodontics and Biomaterials (DGPro) and a member of multiple other professional organizations, including the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the International College of Prosthodontists, the American College of Prosthodontists (honorary member), Academy of Osseointegration, and O.K.U. Honor Dental Society. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous recognized scientific dental journals and is Associate Editor of Quintessence International and the International Journal of Prosthodontics. He is coauthor of the international bestseller “evolution – contemporary protocols for anterior single-tooth implants”.

Dr. Blatz is the recipient of multiple teaching and research awards and has published and lectured extensively on dental esthetics, restorative materials, and implant dentistry. He was recently named one of the “World’s Top 100 Doctors in Dentistry” by his peers.

Stefano Gracis CV

Dr. Gracis received his D.M.D. degree in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania, (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) and, in 1987, from the University of Pavia (Pavia, Italy). In 1990, he obtained the certificate in Prosthodontics with an M.S.D. degree at the University of Washington in Seattle under the guidance of Dr. Ralph Yuodelis. He then returned to Milan, Italy, where he has been working ever since in private practice limiting his activity to prosthodontics and restorative dentistry.

He belongs as active member to the Italian Academy of Prosthetic Dentistry (AIOP) for which he was President in the years 2007-2008 and to the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED) for which he was President for the 2017-18 term. He is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry and of the International Journal of Prosthodontics. He has contributed several articles and chapters in the field of restorative dentistry and he is a frequent lecturer on topics related to fixed prosthodontics and implant prosthodontics.
He has been involved in the Scientific Committee of several international congresses.

Nicola Pietrobon CV

On completion of his professional training in Zürich in 1985, Nicola Pietrobon worked in various laboratories as a dental technician.

Between 1988 and 1990 he attended continuing education courses in Advanced Dental-Technology at the University of Zürich, Switzerland under the guidance of Prof. P. Schärer M.S. Between 1990 and 1993, he worked at the private clinic of Prof. Dr. K. Malament and Prof. Dr. D. Nathanson, in Boston, MA, USA.
Between 1993 and 2000, he worked as the head of the Dental Technology Laboratory, Department of Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Materials, at the University of Zürich (Director Prof. Dr. P. Schärer, after September 2000, Prof. Dr. Ch. Hämmerle).

In 1998 he joined forces with Reto Michel to open a private dental laboratory in the heart of Zürich, becoming fully established there in the spring of 2001; the laboratory specialises in aesthetic dentistry and implantological restorations.

Nicola Pietrobon is a Life Member of the “European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry” and Associate Editor of the “International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry”. He is an internationally renowned and appreciated author and presenter in the fields of aesthetic prosthodontics, dental teamwork and oral implantology.