Star of the North Meeting

April 23โ€“25, 2020 St. Paul, MN

Future Dates: April 22-24, 2021 and April 28-30, 2022

2019 Seminars

The Star of the North conference offers a wide range of professional development seminars that allow dental professionals to earn CE credits. 2019 seminars are listed for your reference, 2020 information will be available this fall. Click on each seminar below for more information, including pricing.

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Monolithic Revolution: Working with Lithium Disilicate & Zirconia

April 25, 2019
8:30 am โ€“ 11:30 am
  • Michael C. DiTolla, D.D.S., FAGD

PFM’s now make up only 10% of the crowns fabricated by the largest dental lab in the U.S., having been largely replaced by solid zirconia and lithium disilicate. These monolithic restorations are high-strength, cementable, all-ceramic restorations and behave differently than traditional restorations. This session focuses on how to prep, adjust, de-contaminate, cement/bond, and cut off these new restorations when necessary. Perhaps most impressively, the fracture rates for these monolithic restorations are second only to cast gold.

Learning Objectives:
1) Be familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of monolithic and bi-layered restorations.
2) Be prepared to de-contaminate restorations, select the correct primers, and determine the most appropriate cement.
3) Learn how to adjust contacts and occlusion, learn the safest way to cut off these restorations, and be familiar with the specialty burs and polishers.
4) Understand which monolithic materials are more appropriate as a veneer material and understand the relationship between flexural strength and esthetics.

Course Number: T1906

Recommended for

  • Dental Assistants
  • Dental Technicians
  • Dentists
  • Student Dentists

About the speaker

Michael C. DiTolla, D.D.S., FAGD

Dr. DiTolla is a 1988 graduate of University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He was awarded his Fellowship in the AGD in 1995 and was in private practice before becoming Director of Clinical Education for Glidewell Labs for the next 15 years. In 2015, he became Director of Clinical Affairs for Dentsply Sirona and Director of Dentsply Sirona World.


Fundamental CE Credits 3.0
Elective CE Credits 0
DANB Credits 0
Core CE Credits 0
Core Topic N/A


Dentist Early Bird Fee $55.00
Staff Early Bird Fee $45.00
Dentist Regular Fee $65.00
Staff Regular Fee $55.00