Ivoclar Vivadent Opinion Leaders’ Visit Japan for SEMCD Course with Dr Abe

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Ivoclar Vivadent UK & Ireland’s Opinion Leaders and CDT experts, Carl Fenwick, John Wibberley, Chris Egan and Steven Taylor completed an intensive course in Tokyo, Japan; the course was led by world renowned removable expert and Ivoclar Vivadent international opinion leader, Dr Jiro Abe, and his Suction Effective Mandibular Complete Denture (SEMCD) Impression Technique.

Carl’s advanced instructors course on Mandibular Suction Dentures enables him to move onto the next technical stage of teaching and to teach those techniques in the UK, such as advanced tray design and setting up teeth for particularly difficult cases. On the impact the SEMCD impression technique has had in the UK, Carl commented, ‘course participants always tell me that this technique has changed the way they work and the difference it will make to them when producing dentures in the future; in my opinion, Dr Abe and Team JPDA are the most advanced in removable prosthetics in the industry’.

John’s instructor course, designed to improve his clinical skills, involved a demonstration and hands on practical and lecture assessed by Dr Abe. The first part was a real-life case study with two patients who already had suction dentures, where John’s assessments had to match with Dr Abe’s. Firstly, John needed to take impressions and assess the patients to ensure they matched the criteria, he then took maxillary and mandibular impressions followed by a gothic arch tracing. John described the course as incredibly tough, ‘Dr Abe definitely put me through my paces and at times I wasn’t sure if I would pass’. In order to complete the final instructor examination, John successfully made his presentation to Team Abe’s fellow SEMCD instructors and basic course participants.

Team Abe were also on hand to introduce Chris and Steve to their beginner’s course which involved a practical on three patients, where again, their assessments needed to match with Dr Abe’s. Chris and Steve were both awarded Suction Certified Clinical Dental Technicians.

Outside of the course, the group were taken out for traditional Japanese evenings as well as visiting the Hakone Resort Hot Springs as recommended by Dr Abe. Carl and John also lectured in front of 150 attendees at the 2nd biannual International Removable Denture meeting, where they presented separately on both cosmetic & aesthetic dentistry and the introduction of iDenture to the UK & Ireland.

Dr Abe’s SEMCD Impression Technique is only available and exclusively taught through Ivoclar Vivadent qualified and certified instructors, up until now, Carl Fenwick CDT and Technical Specialist Removable (instructor number 18) was the only person able to teach this technique in Europe, John Wibberley now joins Carl as Suction Instructor No. 25.

By increasing the number of certified teachers of Dr Abe’s SEMCD impression technique, Ivoclar Vivadent UK & Ireland are now able to increase the amount of iDenture courses hosted on their ICDE premises in Leicester. For more information or to book onto any iDenture courses please visit: http://www.ivoclarvivadent.co.uk/en-uk/identure-courses/

Since this trip, Ivoclar Vivadent have once again expanded the number of qualified instructors with Paul McNally CDT joining their exclusive team of SEMCD experts.

For further information on the iDenture System which includes Dr Abe SEMCD please speak to your local Ivoclar Vivadent Product Specialist, call 01162847880 or visit www.identure.co.uk

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