TEAM and Lab Tech Program at AO San Diego

Posted on January 14, 2016

Lars Hansson will talk about the TEAM and Laboratory Tech Program at The Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) 2016 Annual Meeting in San Diego. The dental team, as well as laboratory technicians, can gain insight into the implant process. Scheduled on Saturday, February 20, the programs demonstrate the team approach to implant dentistry.The TEAM program (formerly the Allied Staff Program) is designed to provide comprehensive information for the entire staff, from the dentist, to the implant treatment coordinator, to the hygienists, assistants, and receptionists.

Lars Hansson, CDT, FICOI, is excited that the team concept is an underlying theme for the Laboratory Technician Program. Designed to help clinicians, laboratory technicians, specialists, and the rest of the dental team better communicate and understand each other’s part in the process, Hansson thinks the program will help “bridge the gap” between the team in implant dentistry. “I want them to see how much easier the process will be and how much more of the treatment they will be part of because today a lot of technicians are afraid of speaking up,” Hansson explained. “Being more involved in patient treatment, protocol, and the treatment plan inspires a lot of technicians to become better.”

“These meetings are always exciting because you meet peers and people that you’ve looked up to, and that you’re going to learn from. And you listen to people that have far more knowledge than you do. You will get a step closer by going to the meeting,” Hansson said.

To read more about either the TEAM or the Laboratory Technician Programs, please visit the website ( and select the Program tab.

The 31st Annual Meeting is set for February 17 to 20, 2016, in San Diego. You can register to attend at


The TEAM Program sessions feature:

·      One for the Team: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Regenerative and Implant Therapy, presentedby Amy Kinnamon, RDH, EFDA, BSASc from 8:10 a.m. until noon.

·       Peri-implantitis: Prevalence, Etiology and Non-surgical Treatment, presented by Diane Daubert, RDH, MS from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The Laboratory Technician Program sessions feature:

·       The Essential “Pink” Interfaces In Implant Dentistry: Restorative Alternatives, presented by Drs. Guilherme Cabral, DDS, CDT and David Garber, DMD, from 8:10 until 10 a.m.

·       One Step Back, Ten Steps Forward (Reverting to the Basics of Dental Technology), presented by Bill Marais, RDT, DTG from 10:15 a.m. until noon.

·       The New Gold Standard in Full Arch Implant Restorations, High Performance Polymers and the BDT Technique, presented by Phil Reddington, RDT, MDTA from 1:15 to 3 p.m.

·       Mastery of White and Pink Esthetics, presented by Dr. Cheryl Pearson, DMD; Pinhas Adar, MDT, CDT, from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

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