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Howard County Dental Association is pleased to offer the following continuing education course:  

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Merriweather Lake House
10209 Wincopin Circle |Columbia
6:00 p.m.  Happy Hour & Networking
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Dinner & Lecture
3-Day Crown Revolution
2 CE Credits  - AGD 610 Fixed Prosthodontics
Michael DiTolla, DDS, FAGD
Course Description:

Nearly all dentists were taught to cement crowns and bridges two weeks after the prepping, impressing, and temporization of the teeth. Most dentists continued to seat crowns two weeks after prepping when they began private practice, since the office was set up that way by the previous dentist. However, there is no scientific or clinical rationale for this two-week period of time. Ten years ago, the presenter switched to seating crowns three days after preparing them, and noticed an over 90% reduction in adjustments and remakes, and that the length of the cementation appointment decreased by 50% as well. This course explains the rationale and benefits of seating crowns after three days rather than two weeks.

Course Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Be familiar with the conditions that to the standard two-week turnaround time for crowns and bridges, and when it’s still acceptable.

  • Learn the different types of restorations that allow laboratories to be physically to deliver 3-day crowns, and what the dentist has to do to make it possible.


  • Understand why leaving temporary crowns in for 2 weeks leads to frequent fit issues, and how 3-day crowns eliminate these issues.


  • Learn an easy way to be able to go back to your office and observe your dental assistant see if you would benefit from 3-day crowns.


  • Learn how 3-day crowns allows you to not have to give anesthesia on nearly all crown seat appointments, which patients love.

About our speaker:

Michael C. DiTolla, DDS, FAGD

A 1988 graduate of University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, Dr. DiTolla was awarded his Fellowship in the AGD in 1995. Mike was in private practice for 15 years before becoming Director of Clinical Education for Glidewell Labs for the next 15 years, giving him an intimate knowledge of American dentists’ crown and bridge habits.  From 2006 to 2009 he led the clinical team that developed and brought BruxZir Solid Zirconia to market.  In 2011 he received the "Most Effective Dentist Educator" award in a nationwide survey of dentists. He has given over 1,000 lectures to dentists worldwide, and his online videos have been viewed more than 15 million times by dentists worldwide.