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In an effort to make a more robust Web site, in the coming week we will be implementing some changes to www.cerecdoctors.com that will make your online experience more enjoyable. One of the first changes we have coming is a more interactive discussion forum. You will have the ability to do rich text, better quoting of posts, the ability to jump to the last reply of a thread and put smileys in posts to really let the viewers know how you truly feel. In addition, users will have the ability to place avatars, keep track of the number of posts and other useful features. In the screen shot below, notice that users will also have the ability to send private messages to each other to maintain communication. Other features, includingas HD videos and mobile streaming are also in the works. We hope you enjoy the revised Web site when it's launched in a few days. Happy CERECing.
Visit www.cerec25.shutterfly.com Lots and lots of great photos from the meeting are there. I hope you guys had a great time at the meeting and I hope you reserve the date for the CEREC Doctors annual meeting next July in Scottsdale. Details will be posted soon.
What an amazing -- and yet at the same time exhausting -- weekend. We had more than 80 doctors attend the Levels 2-4 courses at Scottsdale Center this past weekend. I want to thank all the adjunct faculty and mentors who were present and helped make the weekend such a success. Since so many doctors at the course asked me, I thought it would be a good idea to give an update to my iPhone situation. As you may have read, I hate my iPhone. As a device, its great. As a phone, I think I have had better sound and reception using two tin cans connected with string. Well, I'm happy to say that things have improved. Apple recently introduced a software update that makes my phone tolerable. It's not perfect, but at least it doesn't make me want to throw it out of a rapidly moving car. Regardless, those of you looking for a new phone, don't automatically settle on the iPhone. Lots of great choices out there, so do your homework. As far as the CEREC courses, it was a blast, it was a ton of fun. We learned some new things, we made some good friends and rekindled some old friendships. Much gratitude and appreciation goes to the doctors that made the trip, especially our foreign friends who flew from all corners of the world to attend. Helsinki, Australia, Puerto Rico and of course from virtually every state in the union.
If you have the 3.8 software, you may have encountered a small bug in certain cases where you get a proposal but then it gives you an error. You reboot the case and on your models the restoration you designed is there, floating in the air. I've seen this happen during crown proposals using the buccal bite. What you can do to get rid of the crown is go back to the image catalog and remove all the images from your prep model and put the images in the yellow SAVE folder. Then bring the images back and re-create the model. This essentially resets the model and allows you to get rid of the floating crown. This will be fixed in an upcoming patch, but for the time being, if you get this weird proposal, just reset your model, and all will be well.
Having been involved in the planning of the CEREC 25 meeting, I can't tell you how excited I was to attend the event. There were a tremendous amount of folks behind the scenes who did an incredible job to make the event a huge success. If you were at the meeting and had a good time, make sure you let the folks at Sirona know. They worked hard and deserve much kudos. A couple of thoughts from the meeting: Meeting Dr. Werner Mormann was great. I had the pleasure of not only interviewing him for the cover of CERECDoctors.com magazine, I also spent some time with him at the meeting. Incredible energy, and the guy looks like he is 40 and ready to run a marathon. We owe him an incredible amount of gratitude for his vision and drive to bring CEREC to the masses. Dennis Miller - The dude is awesome. After the meeting I met him backstage and had a chance to chat for a bit. What a genuine person. The funniest thing he said was that he couldn't believe that 25 years later he was still doing his Saturday Night Live shtick. Ive enjoyed listening to him on the radio and watching him on TV, and meeting him was a blast. I'm not into celebrities and don't get star struck, but he was just fun. CEREC Doctors faculty - I was so proud to see our CEREC Doctors faculty do so well. Mark Fleming and Rich Rosenblatt were rock stars. Standing room only in their lectures and not only that, they had people coming out of the rooms 7-10 deep. Next time we need to get rooms twice the size for them. Everyone did great including Skramy, Darren and Pete. Armen and I couldn't ask for better partners and friends to help us in the CEREC Doctors events. If you missed the meeting, save the date for the CEREC Doctors meeting scheduled for next fall. You will have a blast in Scottsdale, and I promise that we will have another amazing event.
CEREC 25th Anniversary White Party Saturday, August 28 at 6:30pm PURE Nightclub in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas After two years of planning the spectacular CEREC 25th Anniversary Celebration, we are getting very close to executing the event. As you may know, CEREC 25 will culminate with the CEREC White Party by VITA at PURE Nightclub, located inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The theme of this party is 'anything white,' so please be creative and upscale for this high-energy event. All CEREC 25 attendees with a badge are invited to attend. To ensure entry into the White Party, all attendees will receive a ticket in their name badge. Please take this ticket to the CEREC 25 registration desk during normal business hours on Saturday, Aug. 28, and you will exchange your ticket for a White Party wristband that will be secured to your wrist at that time. The wristband and a valid photo ID are all that is required for your entry to Pure. PURE is one of the hottest nightclubs in Las Vegas, and boasts 40,000 square feet and an amazing view of the Strip. Upon entering, you will see that PURE is divided into three downstairs rooms and a huge, gorgeous upstairs terrace. Those looking for dancing in the heart of the action will enjoy the main room; if you are seeking a beautiful outdoor view of the Las Vegas Strip, head to the upstairs terrace, or for a more intimate place to talk and hang out with friends, look to the 'Red Room.' This party will be an amazing way for Vita and Sirona to thank our customers, as well as a great opportunity to get to know many key and influential people in the CEREC world. We are very excited for this event, and know CEREC 25 will be the talk of the dental world. When it comes to your outfit, think as unique, glamorous and upscale as you would like. Just think WHITE. You can go for the traditional white party glitz and glamour with a pretty dress and heels, or white linen pants and button-down shirt. Or go even more upscale with a white tux and tails or a long slinky white gown. Dress it up with white eyelashes, long gloves, a white fedora, shiny white shoes or white aviator sunglasses. *Note that PURE will not allow any toy guns, swords or costume weaponry of any kind. Also tennis shoes, work boots, male sandals such as flip flops, ball caps, shorts, and athletic wear are not allowed in Pure. This is an extremely upscale venue, so dress accordingly.*
I'm about to come out of the closet and admit it. Many of you heard my horror story about how I waited in line almost six hours to get my new iPhone on the day it was released. Mind you, that's not what was planned. It was just that I had reserved it, and I thought I would just show up at the Apple store, they would honor my reservation and I'd be out in 15 minutes, tops. Well, apparently about 500 other people had the same idea. So there I am at 7:00 a.m., thinking I'd be first in line, and whoops, there is already a long line. Well, I had the day off; I grabbed my laptop from my car and decided to wait it out. I figured instead of 15 minutes, it would take an hour or so. Well, that hour turned into two hours and by then, it was too late to turn back and waste that morning, so I slugged it out. Bottom line is that six hours later, I had my new iPhone 4. Time for joy? Initially, yes. The phone was fast and the screen was great. Everything was dandy, until you actually had to make a phone call. Holy cow, the worst frigging phone I've ever used. It's one thing to drop a call, but multiple dropped calls a day??? And yes, I've had the stupid bumper from the very beginning, so Apple can't blame me for that. Great 'device' but a crappy phone. And don't even get me started on the iPad. At least I didn't wait in line for that thing. I'll share that story another time, but basically, iPhone sucks. Back when it first came out, the iPhone was the only game in town. Today, with so many great choices for mobile devices, if Apple doesn't clear up the call issue, I'm afraid it may be time to switch. This is coming from someone who is all in on Apple, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, etc., etc., etc. Get your act together, Apple. The competition is catching up!!!!
After about 16 hours of travel, my wife and I finally made it home from a long trip that was a combination of education and vacation. We had the opportunity to visit the Vita factory in Bad Sackingen, Germany, right on the border of Germany and Switzerland. What a great time it was, even though for most of the trip my wife was fighting a severe head cold, and I just couldn't get past the fact that between the eating and drinking, I had very little time to squeeze in my insanity workouts. The trip, however, reminded me of several things that one shouldn't forget. First - no matter how much you think you know, there is always something to learn. Having been a beta tester and trainer for a number of years, I have gotten to know the CEREC technology fairly well. However, going to Europe and listening to other testers and developers of the products of the CEREC system made me realize how much more there is to learn. We learned about bridges, materials, techniques - I will be documenting one technique in particular on the Web site that is a complete paradigm shift on how we use the CEREC technology. The second important lesson was that there is no place like home. My wife had wanted to go to Italy for her entire life. So part of this trip we took the train to Lake Como, Italy, and Venice. These are historical and gorgeous destinations, but at the end of the day, living in a hotel out of a suitcase is just not as fun as going to sleep in your own bed and waking up in your own bedroom. The trip was great, but like I said, it's great to be home. Who knows when the next international trip will be. Whenever it is, I will be happiest when I finally arrive home.
I hear this over and over again: CEREC is fine for posteriors but its not appropriate for anterior restorations. I guess this is progress, considering how much grief CEREC owners have received over the years for its use anywhere in the mouth. Now we are at the point where CEREC is considered appropriate for posteriors, but some clinicians don't feel they can do a case in the anterior with CEREC. I think it's important to note that CEREC is just a tool. It's a tool that can replace the laboratory in the appropriate situation. When treatment planning a case, here are the criteria I use to determine whether I will work with my laboratory or with my CEREC machine. First of all, it's important to note that I am a heavy user - meaning that I look to my machine for virtually every case. I enjoy the process. After all, what the heck is the point of going to work if you don't enjoy what you do? The second step in determining the method of fabrication is to ask the question: 'Can I meet the esthetic expectations of my patient with the CEREC machine?' Lets face it, I'm a dentist, not a technician, and there are certain cases where I am just not as talented as a highly skilled ceramist to deliver a highly esthetic piece of porcelain. I'm pretty good, but not the best. In certain cases, it might be better to use CEREC Connect instead of CEREC. Next: Is the patient patient enough to sit through a procedure of this type? This particular case would take me all morning. For an inexperienced user, maybe it will take them all day or several days. Regardless of that fact, it's longer than just prepping and taking an impression, so the patient must be willing to wait all day if necessary. Certainly better than waiting weeks or months, but that must be conveyed to the patient. Finally, can our materials that we mill chairside fulfill the esthetic expectations of our case? The materials that we use are fairly translucent. If we have a dark substructure, then we need to use opaque materials to cover that dark substructure. Maybe gold or zirconia. If that is the case, perhaps it's best left to the laboratory to do the case for us. In this particular example, we have met all the criteria for a nice chairside case. The patient does not have unreasonable expectations for esthetics, he is patient, and our materials will be sufficient to cover the teeth. And I will have an absolute blast working on this case all day. More information on this can be found in the discussion thread. The immediate post-ops show some tissue irritation from the cord and bonding procedure. Once we see the patient for the final post-op, you will find the tissue and smile have met the patient's expectations.
Being fortunate enough to be involved in the planning of this event, I can tell you that you absolutely need to plan on being in Vegas the last weekend of August. The event will be fantastic, with incredible speakers, exhibits and entertainment. I can imagine that some companies will use the event to possibly introduce new products or materials. After all, it's the largest gathering of CEREC users planned. Ever! One of the things that I am most excited about is the lecture by Dr. Frank Spear. Having had the opportunity to work with him and teach under him at Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, it's been fun to see him and the rest of the Spear Education faculty embrace what CEREC can do. Now, I'm a hardcore CEREC geek, and try to use it anywhere and anytime I can. But to see the Spear faculty work with the CEREC is absolutely amazing. I saw Dr. Spear stain and glaze a restoration that was the most gorgeous I had ever seen. Lee Brady, who is the executive vice president of clinical education, has been equally impressive in her CEREC journey. The former clinical director of The Pankey Institute, I enjoy listening to her as she talks about Parameters. Then there is Dr. Bob Winter. He heads up the live patient course with Dr. Brady at the Center. Obviously, the participants that use his lab get an incredible restoration back for their patients. To see his eyes light up any time one of the students uses a CEREC machine is quite amazing. To see that the CEREC passes his discerning eye shows what a long way the technology has come. If it can keep these folks happy, no doubt that you can get some incredible results as well. If you join us at CEREC 25, no doubt you will see some world-class dentistry performed with our little machine. Happy CERECing, and see you in Vegas.