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Glidewell Tech Center

Aug. 3, 2011
New training, education, and technology demonstration center unveiled with a grand opening event.
NEWPORT BEACH, California--Glidewell Laboratories, a provider of dental lab products and services, has announced the opening of the Glidewell International Technology Center.The facility is a new 2,800-square-foot training, education and technology demonstration center located on the Glidewell Laboratories campus in Irvine, Calif. The center houses a functional operatory and surgical suite equipped with dental equipment and technology, including a Cone Beam CT scanner.The center will offer live video demonstrations to a 40-seat interactive classroom auditorium. Experienced clinicians and technicians will provide comprehensive and affordable professional development and continuing education programs covering modern implant and restorative dentistry.The centerpiece of the Glidewell International Technology Center is the operatory and surgical suite, which will be used for live surgical and prosthetic demonstrations. Procedures performed in the operatory will be viewable from the adjacent classroom auditorium through a smart window and on large-screen and bench monitors via high-definition digital cameras. A multi-zone audio system provides sound to all areas. Adjacent to the operatory and surgical suite is a working laboratory, sterilization room, and radiology room. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lounge, just outside the lecture area.The Glidewell International Technology Center is an example of Glidewell Laboratories’ commitment to providing dental professionals with opportunities to improve or add to their skill sets, achieve professional satisfaction, and lower the cost of dental treatment for increased patient affordability. Offered courses will help educate clinicians on the latest dental technologies — including Cone Beam CT scanning, portable digital radiography, intraoral scanning and chairside milling, and digital treatment planning and guided surgery — and provide instruction for smoothly integrating them into their practice. Scheduled courses will also cover topics such as esthetic restorative dentistry, soft tissue management, preservation ,and grafting, medical billing and coding, edentulous patient rehabilitation using mini implants, and oral appliance therapy for sleep disorders.July 14, 2011, marked the technology center’s official debut with a grand opening event attended by Glidewell customers, dentists from local and surrounding counties, and dental industry members. To kick off the evening, Glidewell Laboratories President and CEO Jim Glidewell gave a speech in which he explained the company’s vision for the center.“Our goal with this technology center is to emulate the efforts of world-class dental education facilities like the Pankey Institute and the Scottsdale Center, while focusing our offerings on practical, innovative solutions to everyday clinical challenges,” Glidewell said. “This is not merely an implant sales facility, a materials-selling operation, or a means to highlight intraoral scanning and its digital progeny,” he added. “Rather, it is our intent to share and advance the widespread knowledge of these and other advanced technologies and techniques for the fundamental purpose of making a positive difference in the lives of our patients and those of us who serve them.”Other highlights of the grand opening event included a detailed explanation of the center by Glidewell Laboratories Director of Clinical Technologies Dr. Bradley Bockhorst, guided laboratory tours and interactive technology stations. Glidewell Laboratories launches recycling program for BruxZir milling blanksAttendees participated in demonstrations featuring the lab’s digital treatment planning and implant services, IOS FastScan Digital Impression System, 3Shape D700 Impression Scanner, and PreXion 3D Cone Beam CT system. Additional stations included a Glidewell product showcase that spotlights ERKODENT thermoforming systems and the lab’s newly launched line of inclusive mini implants, and a Web station for accessing the Glidewell Laboratories website.The Glidewell International Technology Center is located at 18551 Von Karman Ave., Suite 201, Irvine, CA 92612. For more information or to register for upcoming courses, visit or call (800) 854-0970.To comment on this topic, go to