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S2 E20 [2:12]

Updates on the IDT Live Town Hall: Back to Work and NADL resources for reopening laboratories, plus an article on avoiding zirconia fractures and an online video discussion in memory of Vincent Alleluia, CDT, MDT.

Welcome to another remote episode of IDT Weekly! I’m Jason Mazda, and here’s what’s new. Even with much of the country reopening for business, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to make people wary of how much they go out in public for some time. As a result, a growing trend is teledentistry. While patients obviously still need to visit a dental office for restorative work to be performed, some of these new solutions include “virtual triages” that provide a way for patients who might otherwise err on the side of staying home to speak to a clinician and potentially learn whether they should come to the office. It’s definitely a trend worth monitoring. In product news, IDT author Josef Kolbeck, inventor of the OMP, has introduced the new Phi tool. The Phi is a Golden Proportion waxing guide that incorporates measurements of the eyes, nose, mouth, and central incisors to achieve optimal symmetry of facial proportions. You can email Josef at for more information, and we hope to publish a MasterClass later this year featuring the Phi. This month in IDT, we have a MasterClass article from Dr. Dane Avondoglio and Peter Pizzi. Dr. Avondoglio had a patient who was a head and neck cancer survivor, so the article details some of the unusual challenges they faced due to that. The end result of the case is a really esthetic, functional restoration. We hope you’ll check it out. Online this month at, we have a brand-new webinar on 3D printing. Sam Wainwright offers a step-by-step description of how a printer that costs less than $5,000 can make a huge impact for a laboratory. Watch for free on-demand at under the webinars. Well, that’s it for this week. Please stay safe and healthy, and join us again next time on IDT Weekly.

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