Robert Winter

CV / Bio

Dr. Winter graduated in 1981 from Marquette University School of Dentistry, and in 1983 completed his Prosthodontic Specialty Residency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the VA Medical Center.  Since 1983, he has maintained a private practice limited to Prosthodontics and a commercial laboratory specializing in highly esthetic restorations.  In addition, since 1984 he has taught clinical and technical courses worldwide to dentists and dental technicians.  Dr. Winter is a principle instructor at Spear in Scottsdale, Arizona, the world’s largest private continuing dental education facility.  He is a Past President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry where he remains a member and is a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the American Dental Association.  Dr. Winter is a member of the graduate prosthodontics faculty at the University of Washington and the University of Southern California, and is on faculty at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona. Having taught more than 900 didactic, clinical, and technical courses in over 40 countries, Dr. Winter is recognized around the world as a premier clinician, dental technologist, and master ceramist.  This unique blending of disciplines and talent continues to keep him in high demand as an educator and speaker.  Dr. Winter sits on the advisory boards for the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, The International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry, and the International Journal of Implant Dentistry.  He is involved in research and product development pertaining to new dental materials. Dr. Winter has a line of specific preparation design burs developed for Brasseler, USA, and was a co-developer of d.SIGN® dental ceramic for Ivoclar-Vivadent.  In 1991, he was the second recipient of the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award for Excellence in Restorative Education, and in 2005, Dr. Winter was named Marquette University School of Dentistry Distinguished Alumni of the Year.  In 2018, Dr. Winter received the inaugural Distinguished Lecturer Award from the prestigious American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.

High Expectation Patients: Guidelines for Successful Outcomes

Treating patients who have high expectations for their final treatment outcome can be challenging from multiple perspectives.  It can be emotionally stressful for the patient, the dentist, their staff, and the dental technician.  It can be financially detrimental for the dental practice and laboratory if there are significant adjustments or remakes of the final restorations are required.  Guidelines will be presented to assist the practitioner to successfully accomplish the goals of treatment.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify patients you do not want to treat.
  • Discover how to establish realistic expectations before treatment has begun. 
  • Understand and communicate essential information to the laboratory to successfully meet dentist and patient expectations.