IDEM 2020: Going Digital


Due to the changes in event dates, the organisers expect there to be changes to the current programme. We are happy to update that our valued conference sponsors have expressed their continued support for IDEM and would like to express our gratitude to them. Please check back at a later date for further updates.


How will AI technology applies in the field of general dentistry and aligner treatment? How will it change your traditional approach and treatment?

Remote Monitoring has all the answers. Using Artificial Intelligence provides doctors with a measurable way to monitor patients’ treatments leading to improve clinical outcomes, practice efficiency and convenience for both doctor and patient to a higher level of care.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to successfully implement this technology to increase your conversion rate and your practice efficiency
  • How to increase your patients’ compliance through remote monitoring
  • How to significantly reduce the treatment time, number of appointments and refinements with your aligner treatments
  • The concept of dynamic aligner protocols
  • The art of delegation
  • How to create decision trees

The use of all-ceramic restorations for the restoration of the natural dentition has become the cornerstone of the modern general dental practice. However, the constant evolution of materials and techniques has made the planning and execution of these modalities of restorations increasingly challenging.

This bespoke 2-day program, presented by Dr Christopher Ho and Dr Anthony Mak, aims to provide participating dentists with the core knowledge and confidence to predictably deliver these forms of restorations in everyday practice.

The program introduces a comprehensive approach for the restoration of anterior and posterior restorations with ceramic-based restorations. The emphasis will be on the adhesive, minimally invasive tooth ceramic restorations from treatment planning, tooth preparation, impression taking, provisionalisation, and final cementation and finishing.

The goal of the course is to provide participants with the following learning objectives:

  1. For the participants to confidently select and manage the provision of all-ceramic restorations for their patients in general practice.
  2. To provide the practical training in the form of hands-on exercises in the 2 critical aspects of this modality of restorations: Preparation and Cementation.
  3. To provide a step-by-step workflow to allow the immediate implementation of the concepts and techniques taught.
  4. Aspect relating to the delivery of these forms of restorations not covered in detail in the program will be provided in a comprehensive technical and diagrammatic course notes collated and written by the speakers.
  5. Participants will also have the opportunity to work under microscopes and have the opportunity to experience the use of modern digital impression scanners and in-office milling units.

Course Outline

  • All Ceramic Restorations
    • Material Science
    • General Indications
    • Lithium Disilicate
    • Zirconia (Monolithic, Layered)
    • Feldspathic


  • Diagnostic Records
    • Wax Up, Mock-Ups
    • Use of Silicone Stents – Prep Reduction Guides and Temporary Templates
    • Basic Smile Design 101 (Analog, Digital)


  • Preparation Guidelines
    • Veneers, veneer-lays, Full Coverage Anterior Crowns, Posterior Inlays and Onlays, Posterior Crowns
    • Margin Designs for different restorations and materials
    • Immediate Dentine Sealing
    • Margin Elevation


  • Impressions


  • Conventional
  • Digital


  • Temporisation


  • Single to Multiple Units for anterior and posterior applications
  • Use and indications of shell temporaries
  • Relining protocol for temporaries


  • Cementation


  • Adhesive vs. Cohesive cementation (when and where)
  • Cement selection protocol (based on material selection)
  • Management of internal fitting surfaces of the restoration.
  • Use of heated restorative composite as a cementation medium


  • Polishing and Finishing


Hands-On Exercises and Demonstrations

  1. Preparation of simulation model teeth for the following restorations:
    1. Posterior Onlay Restoration
    2. Full Coverage Anterior Crown for all-ceramic
    3. Veneer-lay (breaking contact)
    4. Conventional veneer preparation (not breaking contact)
  2. Cementation of anterior veneers and crowns and Posterior Onlay on the prepared teeth.

For over 30 years CEREC has pushed the boundaries of clinical excellence in restorative dentistry and technology integration. CEREC is the past, present, and future. This course is for clinicians who want to get the best out of their CEREC system or anyone considering incorporating this amazing technology into their practice. How to get beautiful fitting restorations? How to get tight but manageable contact points? How to make restorations drop right in with little adjustment? How to master tooth shape and shade so that whatever you do is invisible? How to master the surface characterization and ideal texture of anterior restorations?

Enjoy this session where we discuss tips and tricks to enhance your chairside restorations in an efficient and systematic way. We will address what makes a chairside restoration different from a lab-fabricated restoration and easy ways to overcome these differences.

Learning Outcomes:

    • Aesthetic Designs with CEREC – The direct design workflow, pre-operative scanning, preparation retraction and scanning, SW design tools
    • Ideal preparation guidelines for different material options depending on their clinical performance and scientific evaluation
    • The indirect design workflow or the mock-up workflow scanning, mock-up design within Lab 19, virtual seating, model printing, and mock-up fabrication.
    • Planning and executing comprehensive Cases with CEREC – Smile design integration within Lab SW design tools and virtual articulation.
    • CEREC to inLab how to achieve the best results in big cases.

In this session, the speaker will share with you an efficient method for reviewing CBCT scans and documenting relevant findings. He will show you various software tools that enhance CBCT scans to ensure optimal visualisation in the area(s) of interest, while clarifying which filters actually degrade image quality. A variety of pathology will be reviewed live, showcasing the techniques demonstrated during the session. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer so that they can follow along. Anonymised cases will be provided for the purposes of the demonstration.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding the Image review and interrogation
  • Optimal use of software tools for CBCT review
  • Pathology findings on dental imaging

This half-day workshop aims to provide dental teams with theoretical knowledge and practical techniques for modern methods of biofilm and stain removal and implant maintenance. It will assist the dental team in upgrading and updating the dental hygiene department through the integration of a systematic workflow using biofilm management devices.

Learning outcomes:

    • Discover modern therapeutic options from prophylaxis to periodontal therapy
    • Develop and learn biofilm management concepts using Air Polishing devices
    • Acquire insights into 7 different air polishing powders and indications of usage
    • Learn how to effectively use biofilm management devices
    • Perform practical application and hands-on training of all concepts presented

This workshop will deal with the “Root-2-Crown” concept that will enable clinicians to provide a high level of care to their patients after endodontic treatment. It is a well-established fact that endodontic success can drop from 90% to 18% if the coronal restoration is poor or delayed.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Pre-endodontic restorations
  • Modern endodontic principles regarding root canal preparation
  • Differences between vital and non-vital teeth
  • Guidelines for the restoration of Class I, Class II and more severely broken down teeth after endodontic treatment \
  • Guidelines for the placement of posts
  • Guidelines for placement of crowns / indirect restorations


The restorative concepts and materials discussed will enable a clinician to achieve more predictable long-term results in clinical practice. The presentation will be supplemented with a large amount of video material to illustrate the clinical use of the materials and techniques on patients.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of coronal seal after endodontic treatment
  • Learn how to restore Class I and Class II access cavities predictably
  • Realize the benefit of using fiber posts
  • Understand when and when not to place a post\
  • Understand when to use direct or indirect restorations

This workshop will allow participants to fully immerse themselves into the digital workflow experience. The workshop will guide participants through the data acquisition and processing of CBCT & IOS. Using real clinical cases we will undertake surgical / prosthetic digital treatment planning. We will then examine the various outputs of digital planning including surgical template manufacturing and dynamic guided surgery to facilitate clinical delivery of the digitally planned case and potentially enable same-day implant surgery.

Nowadays the clinicians have at their disposal high-performance materials that can help them facing aesthetic and functional treatments using minimally invasive prosthetic techniques. This workshop will consider both prep and no-prep techniques for a perfect result in anterior and posterior areas.

Indications and limitations of prep and no-prep techniques will be clearly illustrated in order to guide the clinicians both for simple situations and complex rehabilitations in case of worn dentition, however using always minimally invasive procedures.

The learning objectives of the programme is to provide the participants with the didactic knowledge and technical skills in the following areas:

  • Materials and Techniques for restoring endodontically treated teeth
  • Posts for endodontically treated teeth: How, where and when
  • When can an endodontically treated tooth be restored with direct composite techniques
  • How to obtain aesthetic direct restorations in the endodontically treated anterior tooth

– Tooth Preparation

– Posts and Fibres

– The principles of the Class 4 restorations as it pertains to the direct restoration of the endodontically treated incisor (the direct layering protocol)

– Tips and Tricks to manage colour in non-vital teeth

• How to restore the endodontically treated molar tooth with direct composite techniques

– Tooth Preparation

– Use of post and fibres in the endodontically treated posterior dentition

– Restoration of the posterior endodontically treated tooth and cuspal overlays with direct posterior composite techniques

Hands-On Exercises and Demonstrations:

1. Restoration of the severely damaged endodontically treated anterior tooth with a direct post retained composite restoration

– Preparation of the post space and adhesive bonding / cementation of the aesthetic post

– Class IV filling replacement: wax up, silicone index, index cutting, layered reconstruction, shape correction, excess removal, polishing

2. Direct composite restoration of the endodontically treated molar with cuspal overlays

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the indications, advantages, disadvantages, efficacy and correct application of the different approaches, instruments, and materials for root debridement in initial as well as supportive periodontal therapy. One focus of this workshop will be the application of modern AirFlow devices as well as their integration in a modern Guided Biofilm Therapy concept. Participants of this workshop will not only get the theoretical background but also have the opportunity to try the discussed techniques and materials during a hands-on session on models.

Learning Outcomes:

    • Discuss the efficacy, advantages, and disadvantages of hand instruments in non-surgical periodontal therapy
    • Discuss the efficacy, advantages, and disadvantages of power-driven instruments in non-surgical periodontal therapy
    • Discuss the efficacy, advantages, and disadvantages of modern AirFlow devices in non-surgical periodontal therapy
    • Discuss the correct application of the various devices in non-surgical periodontal therapy