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Courses offered by Dr. Mechanic

Restoratively Guided Orthodontics

Facially Generated Treatment Planning (Full or half day program)

The restorative orthodontic connection, plays a significant role, in establishing a comprehensive dental treatment plan. Spectacular esthetic results can be achieved, by allowing the patient’s face to dictate the treatment. Once the desired final result is determined, the restorative dentist , orthodontist and other team members, work together to achieve conservative, easily maintainable results; that satisfy today’s demanding patient expectations. Dr. Mechanic, will explore aspects of facially generated treatment planning and working as a team. The following topics will be covered:

  • Treatment planning
  • Orthodontic scanning and case set up
  • Basic orthodontic principles
  • Communicating with the patient and team members
  • Choice of effective appliances
  • Adults – When to compromise?
  • Facial changes
  • Altering tissue levels
  • The missing lateral incisor
  • The lower arch
  • Conservative dentistry
  • Creatively cutting treatment time from years to months

 

 

Smile Design: The Art of Temporization

The Blueprint for Predictable Facial Changes Through Aesthetic Dentistry (Full or half day program)

The mouth is responsible for 60-70% of the visual perception of the face. Using artistic principles, dentists are able to create startling dental changes, realizing the desires and dreams of their patients. The ability to create and modify provisional restorations, simply and quickly, has opened the door to predictable aesthetic dentistry. Unlike plastic surgery, dental temporization allows the patient to preview his or her new smile and then alter it as necessary, for functional, esthetic and phonetic reasons. A well-made temporary restoration, the key to an aesthetic restoration, provides the lab with a blueprint for tooth length, width, thickness, arch form and position, midline cant, and occlusion. Once the patient has approved the temporary, the lab replicates it in porcelain, using silicone templates. Material selection and usage, as well as the working/re-working process (all crucial to the success of temporaries) will be thoroughly discussed. During this course the following information will be covered:

  • Facial changes through temporization
  • Facial shapes and the role they play in proper smile design
  • Potential causes of a gummy smile
  • How the smile can be modified creatively
  • Overcrowded teeth, large diastema closure
  • Getting the arch in proper form
  • Establishing the incisal edge position
  • Analyzing the smile through a diagnostic wax-up
  • Verifying the occlusion, eliminating interferences, vertical dimension and phonetics
  • Obtaining patient approval for the final porcelain restoration
  • Materials to utilize chair-side when modifying your temporaries
  • Communicating to the laboratory the new contour and shape of your modified temporaries
  • Making temporaries from the wax-up and lab silicone templates
  • Modifying temporaries – tooth length, gingival height, width, thickness, mid-line cant

 

 

A Cookbook for Today’s Restorative Esthetic Dental Practice

(Full or half day program) 

As dentistry strives to think “outside the box”, new techniques and standards of care, are able to provide our patients with health, function and esthetics. The dental practitioner is faced with many clinical, psychological and business challenges. Dr Mechanic will provide course participants, with a “how-to” approach, providing your patients with the kind of dentistry they desire and deserve. He will share with you, what it takes to manage a successful dental practice. Presenting you with a “cookbook” and a “no holding back” approach, this program will show you everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.

  • Examination and case presentation
  • Smile design
  • The important role of dental temporization
  • The lower arch is the key!
  • Orthodontic extrusion
  • Altering gingival levels
  • Shifting midlines
  • Impression taking
  • Bite registration
  • Bonding to porcelain
  • The missing lateral incisor
  • Preparation principles
  • Lab communication
  • Treating family and friends
  • Pushing the limits of what is possible
  • Implants
  • Creative orthodontics
  • What you must know about occlusion
  • Office design
  • The exceptional dental team
  • Marketing your practice
  • Patient psychology

 

 

Artistic Smile Design : Facial Changes Through Dental Temporization

(Full or Half day program – Limited attendance course) 

As dentistry strives to think “outside the box,” new techniques and standards of care are created to alter facial appearance, though cosmetic dental change. The ability to create and modify provisional restorations, simply and quickly, has opened the door to predictable aesthetic dentistry. Unlike plastic surgery, dental temporization allows the patient to preview his or her new smile and then alter it as necessary, for functional, esthetic and phonetic reasons. A well-made temporary restoration, the key to an aesthetic restoration, provides the lab with a blueprint for tooth length, width, thickness, arch form and position, midline cant, and occlusion. Once the patient has approved the temporary, the lab replicates it in porcelain, using silicone templates. Techniques and the restorative process, from impression taking to insertion of case, will be addressed. Participants in this lecture/hands-on course will learn:

  • The role of the provisional restoration as a prototype
  • The principals of artistic smile design
  • Smile design alteration through artistic temporization
  • Modification of the provisional restoration to achieve facial changes
  • Impression taking, bite registration, bite adjustment

 

 

Predictability in Dentistry

(Full or Half day program – Limited attendance course) 

New techniques and standards of care are created, to alter facial appearance through cosmetic dental change. Dental temporization allows the patient to preview his/her new smile and then have the dentist and/or technician, alter it as necessary, for functional, esthetic, and phonetic reasons. A well-made temporary restoration, provides the laboratory with a blueprint; for tooth length, width, thickness, arch form and position, midline cant, and occlusion.

Getting it right the first time is what it is all about ! This course will help participants minimize intraoral adjustments and remakes. Educational

Objectives:

  •   Understand the principles of artistic smile design and the role of provisional restoration as a prototype
  • Learn smile design alteration through artistic temporization and the modifications necessary to achieve desired facial changes
  • Understand impression taking, bite registration, and bite ajustement

 

 

Dr Elliot Mechanic, BSc, DDS

Dr. Elliot Mechanic has been practicing multi-disciplinary, restorative esthetic dentistry in Montreal, Canada since 1979. He received his Bachelor of Science (1975) and Doctor of Dental Surgery (1979) degrees, from McGill University. Dr Mechanic is the esthetic editor of Canada’s “Oral Health” dental journal and is on the editorial board of Dentistry Today. He also is the co-founder of the Canadian Academy for Esthetic Dentistry, Program coordinator of the University of Toronto Advanced Restorative Continuum, and is recognized as an international leader, in continuing dental education. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Esthetic Dentistry, a Fellow of the European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry and the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics. He is the author of numerous dental articles and the book, “Esthetic Dentistry/Smile Design: The patient guide”, which has been published in 9 languages.

He can be reached at 1-514-769-3939 or at elliot@drmechanic.com

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