About Product Talk
Education is a critical foundation of dentistry. We all understand the importance of clinical education—a dentist’s mastery of a technique can mean the difference between the success or failure of a restoration, especially long-term—but what about product education? Clearly, understanding the subtle distinctions between similar products is essential to mastering the techniques for which they are used.
To this end, Inside Dentistry is proud to present Product Talk, our premier multimedia platform for product education. In each segment, Product Talk’s Michael DiTolla, DDS, sits down with a member of the advisory board in his or her practice to discuss the various applications and benefits of a featured product. Full-length videos of the interviews are available on the Inside Dentistry website, and in the following pages, we’ve captured some of the highlights from these discussions to begin to further your understanding.
Maybe you’ll discover a product to add to your protocol that improves your esthetic results for certain case types, or maybe you’ll find one that replaces others, reducing the steps in your protocol and saving money for your practice. Whatever you discover, you’re sure to learn something that will enhance your knowledge base and positively inform your material selection and product purchasing decisions.
A 1988 graduate of University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Dr. DiTolla was awarded his Fellowship in the AGD in 1995. Mike was in private practice for 15 years before becoming Director of Clinical Education for Glidewell Labs for the next 15 years, giving him an intimate knowledge of American dentists and their crown and bridge habits. In 2011 he received the "Most Effective Dentist Educator" award in a nationwide survey of dentists. In 2014 and 2015 he lectured on behalf of CR, presenting their iconic "Dentistry Update" lectures, the longest running CE program in dentistry. In 2015 he became Director of Clinical Affairs for Sirona and in 2018 he became the VP of Clinical Affairs and Communication for AEGIS Dental Network.