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The FDLT and Dentsply launch virtual full denture training program

Feb. 6, 2015
The program provides new learning tools for dental technicians in removable technology that will enrich the Foundation’s removable curriculum.

The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology announced the launch of a new comprehensive, Virtual Full Denture Training Program. The program was underwritten and produced through Dentsply Prosthetics to provide new learning tools for dental technicians in removable technology, which will enrich the Foundation’s removable curriculum. This five-module removable video program documents a patient case from initial chairside assessment through placement of the final dentures.

Each individual module was scripted and produced to document each step of the denture process between the dentist and dental lab technician. Dr. Lars Bouma and Jerry Kaizer (Murray-Kaizer Dental Lab) provided clinical and technical guidance throughout the program development and production. This unique program provides a visualization of the chairside and labside protocols and delivers key insights into the collaboration needed between the dentist and technician to ensure the best denture solutions for patients.
“The Foundation’s mission is to ensure accessible high quality education to meet ever-changing workforce needs," said Leon Hermanides, CDT, foundation chair. "Removables continue to be a growing segment of the dental lab market, and many technicians who focus on crown and bridge are getting into this arena and have skills gaps on dentures.” “Additionally, today’s dental school graduates receive less hands-on training in removable prosthetics," he added. "This program will serve as a valuable resource for both target audiences.”

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The new program will be available formally through the online education platform on the Foundation website by the end of the first quarter, 2015.

“Dentsply Prosthetics has been committed to removable product solutions for more than 110 years," said Catherine Bonser, Director of Marketing, Dentsply Prosthetics. "As part of our corporate commitment to give back to the industry, we are pleased to have this opportunity to work with the Foundation to enrich their training tools and curriculum in removable technology programs. We believe this new virtual training program and live video materials will provide significant value to a broader base of dental professionals.”

For more information about the Foundation (to donate and learn about grants and scholarships and continuing education programs), visit