Chicago Midwinter

February 20-22, 2020

Lecture Series

All lectures will be held at the Argen Lecture Room, Grand Ballroom CD North, Gold Level, East Tower.

Saturday, February 22
10:30am - 12:00pm

3D Presentation: Zirconia the Final Restoration – Boldly Go Where No Technician has Gone Before!

Conrad J Rensburg, N.D & N.H.D In Tech, Owner & Head of Dental Implants at Absolute Dental Lab
Jack Marrano, CDT, Director of Absolute Dental Services Signature Prosthetics Division   

In this lecture Conrad Rensburg and Jack Marrano will take the audience on a journey of exploration, like no other before. In today’s ever evolving digital landscape, restoring a full arch hybrid or even a single crown requires so much more than just good computer software. Utilizing technologies to assist, the modern-day technician, plays an integral part in not only processing the final prosthesis but also in planning and design of these complex cases. Conrad will discuss, how the technician of tomorrow, not only supports through products but also educates through technology. Jack will share how he utilizes these innovative zirconia materials and modern workflows, to create true functional beauty.

1.5 Scientific Credits

Conrad J Rensburg is owner and head of the dental implant division at Absolute Dental Lab in the Triangle region of North Carolina. He graduated under full scholarship with a 4-year Baccalaureate degree from Pretoria Tech in 1992. He is certified with an ND in technology and specialized with an NHD in fixed prosthetics.

He is a member of the prestigious PEERS association, the Academy of Osseointegration and the American College of Prosthodontists. He is a registered technician with the NADL, NCDLA and certified by the SADTC.

He has specialized in fixed dental prosthetics with an emphasis on dental implants since the early 90’s. As a CE-accredited speaker since 2002, he has presented at hundreds of events across the USA, including the Academy of Osseointegration, Global and US symposiums, World Summit Tour and a multitude of study club events. Conrad’s emphasis as a speaker is on keeping todays clinicians abreast with the latest advancements in screw retained and hybrid implant retained and supported options. As author of multiple published articles, his focus is on CAD implant design protocols and fixed as well as removable hybrid implant supported techniques. Conrad can be contacted at absolutedentallab.com or conrad@absolutedentalservices.com

Jack Marrano is the Director of Absolute Dental Services Signature Prosthetics Division in the Triangle region of North Carolina, Jack a former Marine, started his ceramics career in 2002.

He managed the Implant, All Ceramic and PFM Divisions of MicroDental DTI. He was Director of technical Artistry for Lee Culp at Sculpture Studios since 2014 before joining Absolute Dental Laboratory. He has completed courses on advanced implant restorative dentistry with Dr Carl Misch and has received a Fellowship from the Misch Institute as well as obtaining Fellowship and Mastership from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration, the American College of Prosthodontists and the prestigious PEERS association. He was also named LMT magazine top 40 technicians in the US under 40. Over the years Jack has been an integral part in the research and development of many of today’s top restorative dental materials. Jack has studied and restored cases with many of the world’s top clinicians. Today, he continues to work closely with Restorative Clinicians, Prosthodontists, University Graduate programs and faculty Practices from around the country. Jack can be contacted at  jack@absolutedentalservices.com

Thursday, February 20
9:00am - 10:30am

Digital Dentures: A Crash Course On How to Design Using 3Shape

Logan Woomer, Product Manager, Technical, The Argen Corporation

This is the year for digital dentures. If you have ever wondered how denture tooth libraries work, what types of STL files are generated or simply what the design workflow looks like, this course is for you. Logan Woomer dives headfirst into 3Shape’s digital denture workflow, covering everything you need to know to get started, from control panel all the way to STL output.

1.5 Scientific Credits

Logan Woomer, is the Product Manager, Technical at at The Argen Corporation. He previously worked for Riverside Dental Ceramics as a CAD/CAM technician. He joined Argen in July 2013 and runs the company’s 3Shape training program, assisting labs with design issues and new design indications.

Thursday, February 20
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Transforming Monolithic Zirconia Into an Exquisite Restoration with Dr. Ed McLaren

Dr. Edward McLaren, DDS


In this lecture Dr. Ed McLaren, DDS discusses internal and external color modifications and custom texturizing techniques. The lecture will consist of an educational lecture, demonstration of techniques, and interactive hands on process with the participants. The techniques that Dr. McLaren will demonstrate are very specific to optimizing monolithic cubic zirconia (CUZR) – in form, texture, and color. Dr. McLaren reviews the relationship of time and temperature to translucency and Chroma development and how that can be controlled to obtain a predictable result in less than 60 minutes sintering time. He will also present customized post-processing techniques in order to create differential surface luster and many special items to help you differentiate your work.

1.5 Scientific Credits

Dr. McLaren is a Prosthodontist and Master Dental Ceramist. Dr McLaren is a retired Professor from both UCLA and UAB School of Dentistry. He was founder and first director of the Post Graduate Esthetic Dentistry at the UCLA school of Dentistry. He was the director of the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry, a full time didactic and clinical program for graduate dentists. He was also the founder and director of the UCLA/LACC Master Dental Ceramist program. The post-graduate program is a full-time master ceramist program for dental technicians featuring extensive experience with the newest esthetic restorative systems. At UAB he was founder and first director of the Advanced Dental Esthetics, founder director of the Advanced Dental Esthetics, Restorative & Biomaterials Program, founder and director 3-year advanced ceramics and digital technology for technicians program, founder and director one-year esthetic and restorative fellowship Restorative & Biomaterials Program, founder and director 3-year advanced ceramics and digital technology for technicians program, founder and director one-year esthetic and restorative fellowship.

Dr. McLaren currently is the CEO of ArtOral America a private teaching institute based in Park City Utah, he maintains a private practice limited to prosthodontics and esthetic dentistry in which he did all of his own ceramics.

Dr. McLaren is still actively involved in many areas of prosthodontic and materials research and has authored or co-authored over 90 articles. He is performing ongoing clinical research on various restorative systems. He has presented numerous lectures, hands-on clinics and postgraduate courses on ceramics and esthetics across the nation and internationally. He recently published a book, on his ceramic techniques and features dental photographic art, entitled “The Art of Passion: Ceramics, Teeth, Faces, and Places.”

Thursday, February 20,
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Saturday, February 22
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Hottest Dental Milling Strategies: Do You Know All the “Tricks?” Tips to Increase Speed, Get More Units Out of a Disc and More

Jason Bergeron, Equipment Product Manager, The Argen Corporation
Evan Katz, RDT, Senior Education & Product Development Manager, Argen Canada

 Jason Bergeron and Evan Katz share a combined 40+ years of experience in the US and Canada with milling multiple materials using a variety of mills. Jason and Evan will discuss the latest CAM strategies to help your lab increase speed while getting more units out of your discs. They will cover nesting techniques, how to improve milling efficiency, tool selection, and material selection to produce a better product while improving manufacturing efficiencies. The techniques covered can be immediately implemented in your lab’s workflow.

1.5 Scientific Credits

Jason Bergeron is the Equipment Product Manager for Argen.  Jason is an expert in the Dental CAD/CAM industry, as well as experienced in all aspects of the Digital Dental Workflows.  He was awarded the Top Service Engineer for Dental Products in the Americas award by Roland in 2018.

Evan Katz RDT is the Senior Education & Product Development Manager for Argen Canada and is a Technical Specialist/Trainer in all aspects of CAD/CAM workflow, including intraoral software and hardware, CAD design, CAM strategy and dental milling. Evan has worked in multiple dental laboratories throughout USA and Canada and is passionate to share his knowledge and experience.

Friday, February 21
9:30am - 10:30am

Saturday, February 22
12:30pm - 1:30pm

New PFM Alloy: Platinum Plus®, A Replacement for Palladium Alloys

Paul Cascone, BE MetE, MS, Senior Vice President of Research and Development, The Argen Corporation

Although the demand for PFM restorations is decreasing, there is still a significant portion of the market requesting Noble PFMs. The rising cost of palladium has not made serving this market segment easy. In this lecture, Paul will discuss how Argen developed our high-performing, affordable Noble alternative Platinum Plus® and how it will help reduce your PFM metal costs and serve as a replacement for Palladium silver alloys and high palladium alloys.

1 Scientific Credit

Paul Cascone, BE MetE, MS, is Senior Vice President of Research & Development at The Argen Corporation. He’s developed numerous dental alloy products and applied dental metallurgy to the laser-selective-melting process, enabling alloys to be a part of the digital world. He holds patents on dental alloys, materials and processes and has published articles on alloy development, metal-ceramic bonding, computer modeling of material systems and computer simulation material processes.

Saturday, February 22
8:30am - 10:00am

Good Morning With Argen - Panel Discussion

Bennett Napier, Chief Staff Executive, NADL
Denise Burris, CDT, By Design Dental Studio, CDL
Sean Siegel, Owner, Castable Ceramics
Gary Iocco, Chairman, Apex Dental Laboratory Group
Chris Waldrop, CDT, President Burdette Dental Lab, Inc., CDL
Jeff Lowthorp, Vice President of Business Development, The Argen Corporation
Megan Nakanishi, Director of Operations, Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, Inc. CDL, DAMAS
Jeff Stronk, Owner Treasure Dental Studio, 2020 Chair of Cal–Lab

Buckle your seat belts for an exciting panel discussion with successful lab owners on how to grow your lab, improve profitability, and stay ahead of industry trends! Bennett Napier, Executive Director of NADL will moderate the discussion by diving into the details of what made these labs successful. Hear from By Design Dental Studio, Castable Ceramics, Burdette Dental Lab, Nakanishi Dental Laboratory, Treasure Dental Studio and Apex Dental Laboratory.

1.5 Professional Credits

Bennett Napier is a Certified Association Executive. He has served as CEO of NADL since 2001. He has worked with nonprofit associations in the dental arena since 1994. He attended the Graduate of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Holds a Master’s of Science in Applied American Politics and Policy from Florida State University.

Denise Burris, CDT is co-owner of By Design Dental Studio in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in comprehensive dental laboratory services. In addition to organizing the daily operations of By Design, Denise has given back to the profession in a multitude of ways by serving as a current board member for the National Association for Dental Laboratories, Past Chair, Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary/Fiscal Officer and Trustee for the National Board for Certification and Past President of the Southeastern Conference of Dental Laboratories. Denise is an active volunteer for various committees that support these organizations and was recently named CDT of The Year by the NBC.

Sean Siegel is Owner of Castable Ceramics in Anchorage, Alaska. He worked in a dental lab since he was a kid, learning from his dad, a dental technician for 40+ years. After purchasing his lab from his parents in 2009, he grew the business and moved their expanded operations to a 7,400 square foot facility. Sean and his wife Erika are the proud parents of three daughters, Brady (24), Marina (13), and Bailey (11).

Gary Iocco is Chairman of the Apex Dental Laboratory Group. Iocco started his laboratory in 1982, and with the help of his Apex partners, has grown to thirteen dental laboratories. Apex labs are spread across the county and all work is done in the USA. Iocco is a past NADL President, sits on the Identalloy Council, Past Chairman of the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology, Past President of the Midwest Dental Laboratory Association and is a member of the NADL Hall of Fame.

Chris Waldrop, CDT is president of Burdette Dental Laboratory, Inc., CDL, a third generation, full service dental laboratory in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to being named President of Burdette Dental Laboratory, Chris had responsibilities in accounting, sales and technical operations during different time periods of his 25 years with the company. Chris has served as a member of the Visions Committee, Marketing Committee and Strategic Planning Committee of the Southeastern Conference of Dental Laboratories. He served as a trust member of the Foundation for Dental Technology and was the 2010 President of the National Association of Dental Laboratories. Chris has spoken domestically and internationally on a variety of topics including clinical/laboratory communication, the future of dentistry and capitalization of dental laboratories.

Jeff Lowthorp is VP of Business Development at The Argen Corporation. Jeff joined Argen in 2011 and has since spearheaded the development of Argen’s digital and ceramic portfolio, successfully launching a wide-array of products including ArgenIS Custom Abutment, ArgenMill, and ArgenZ Zirconia. Jeff’s expansive experience in the dental laboratory industry has led him to become a well-respected dental industry thought leader and international lecturer on many subjects to laboratories, dentists, and clinical staff.

Megan Nakanishi joined Nakanishi Dental Laboratory in 2010 after graduating from Seattle University with a degree in Business and Economics. Proudly turning the company into a third-generation family business, Megan’s background makes her an asset in overseeing Nakanishi Dental Lab’s marketing, finances, client service teams and technology acquisitions. Megan is the current President of the Washington State Dental Laboratory Association, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Dental Laboratories.

Jeff Stronk is Co-Owner of Treasure Dental Studio in Salt Lake City, Utah. He’s been in the lab industry for 30 years specializing in Implants. Jeff is the Chair of the Cal-Lab Association and is the past Chair of The Foundation of Dental Technology. He was a board member of the NADL for five years and was President in 2011. He is also on faculty at NADL University where he’s been teaching for the past ten years.

Friday, February 21,
3:30pm - 5:00pm

How to Get Started with Argen Clear Aligners Today

Jeff Lowthorp, Vice President of Business Development, The Argen Corporation

In this joint lecture with 3Shape and Full Contour, Jeff Lowthorp provides a complete overview of the Argen Clear Aligner workflow, from clinician to patient.  Jeff will go through the steps to getting set up to provide aligners and what you need to know in order to easily set up your doctors to send Clear Aligners.

1.5 Professional Credits

Jeff Lowthorp is VP of Business Development at The Argen Corporation. Jeff joined Argen in 2011 and has since spearheaded the development of Argen’s digital and ceramic portfolio, successfully launching a wide-array of products including ArgenIS Custom Abutment, ArgenMill, and ArgenZ Zirconia. Jeff’s expansive experience in the dental laboratory industry has led him to become a well-respected dental industry thought leader and international lecturer on many subjects to laboratories, dentists, and clinical staff.

Friday, February 21,
12:45pm - 1:15pm

Marlin’s Tackle Box of Alloys

Marlin Gohn, CDT, Director of Technical Services, The Argen Corporation

This course will cover a step by step method for casting Argen’s palladium-free alloy Platinum Plus®. Marlin will also be doing a hands on demonstration of how to finish this type of hybrid alloy from seating to final restoration including tips on selecting which burs and wheels will work best, requirements for a smooth transition, and porcelain recommendations.

.5 Scientific Credits

Marlin Gohn CDT, is Argen’s Director of Technical Services joined the Argen team in 2009. He graduated from Larayco Dental Arts College with a degree in Dental Technology and worked as a technician in California for 25 years, running his own lab for 17 years. He received his CDT in Ceramics in 1979. He has lectured and assisted labs with technical issues in the U.S. and internationally.

Friday, February 21,
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Contouring Pre-Sintered Zirconia: The Key To Achieving World Class Esthetics

Jack Marrano, CDT, Director of Absolute Dental Services Signature Prosthetics Division   

Jack will share his real world techniques to easily achieve remarkable esthetics by way of contouring pre-sintered zirconia. He will teach you how to become a contour craftsman through a step-by-step live demonstration of his contouring techniques for green state zirconia.

1.5 Scientific Credits

Jack Marrano is the Director of Absolute Dental Services Signature Prosthetics Division in the Triangle region of North Carolina, Jack a former Marine, started his ceramics career in 2002.

He managed the Implant, All Ceramic and PFM Divisions of MicroDental DTI. He was Director of technical Artistry for Lee Culp at Sculpture Studios since 2014 before joining Absolute Dental Laboratory. He has completed courses on advanced implant restorative dentistry with Dr Carl Misch and has received a Fellowship from the Misch Institute as well as obtaining Fellowship and Mastership from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is a member of the Academy of Osseointegration, the American College of Prosthodontists and the prestigious PEERS association. He was also named LMT magazine top 40 technicians in the US under 40. Over the years Jack has been an integral part in the research and development of many of today’s top restorative dental materials. Jack has studied and restored cases with many of the world’s top clinicians. Today, he continues to work closely with Restorative Clinicians, Prosthodontists, University Graduate programs and faculty Practices from around the country. Jack can be contacted at jack@absolutedentalservices.com