Part 2: Dr. Hornbrook with Dr. Mike DiTolla of Sirona | Dental Up Special Podcast |
Dr. Hornbrook recently sat down with Dr. Mike DiTolla, a long-time friend and colleague, where they covered everything from the changes in dentistry to digital scans to Dr. DiTolla’s new position as Clinical Director at Sirona. They both have found their passion in clinical dentistry education, and have unique insights into the growth of the industry.
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The All-Dentist Workflow
With the CERAC developments over the past few years, dentists are able to do more of their own lab work, which puts labs in an interesting position. Dr. DiTolla believes that, while dentists would feel comfortable and willing to do the simpler work, for bridges and anterior work they would still send it to a lab. The theme “dentists don’t want to be lab techs” will still be applicable in the near future for these more complicated restorations.
Open Architecture Digital Scan Systems
CERAC is a closed system, which means that only a lab with a CERAC system will be able to read your scans, much like how Apple is a closed system. This can cause some issues when doctors are unable to send their scans where they want, though there are ways around it.
While Dr. DiTolla recognizes this is a major pain point, he explains that it’s challenging to ensure all pieces can play together, that CERAC doesn’t want to open it up and begin the finger-pointing process when different developers’ products fail to work together.
The E-Max Test
E-Max is now 11 years old, and as a zirconia competitor, so to speak, it’s a beautiful material. Although from a Chairside mills perspective, Dr. Hornbrook sees with E-Max is mediocre. At one point Dr. Hornbrook did a blind study where both E-Max and zirconia were both milled to each HT level, then each was independently evaluated.
In the blind study, five here at Keating Dental Arts answered two questions: which was the most aesthetic, and which was less ugly. Heany, a zirconia manufacturer, was picked first. E-Max wasn’t chosen as second or third, either. This could be due, at least in part, to Zirconia working well on metal posts and cores, whereas if E-Max was used the post would show through.
Dr. DiTolla continues on that zirconia looks better anatomically, which came at a surprise, as no one had necessarily looked at it from that angle before.
Both Dr. Hornbrook and Dr. DiTolla have found their passion in clinical dentistry education, and have created a number of resources one a variety of topics. If you’re interested in hearing more from Dr. DiTolla, you can visit his to listen to his podcast, “The Accidental Genius”. Looking for more resources? Our other podcasts are available on Dental Up. And thank you, Dr. DiTolla, for joining us today.
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