Virtual Conference 2022

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With the new recertification regime NZIDT has plans for its members only in these challenging times of covid.  We have a virtual conference 2022 for the year starting early March.  Consisting of many virtual conference sessions with varying topics from various presenters.   Something for everyone and a great deal for our members only.

We are helping our members navigate the new system with these sessions and recertification booklets.

NZIDT is also assisting to match them up with peers for support.

If you wish to join NZIDT and enjoy these benefits do it now.

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Topics for our sessions:

  1. Cultural Competency and cultural safety for Oral Health in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Presented by Sam Carrington.
  2. All on 4 Analogue 3 sessions – 1. Referrals, diagnosis and treatment plan. 2. Surgical procedures, placement and provisional prosthetic placement. 3. Permanent all on 4 – Prosthesis design, manufacture and insertion steps for the definitive denture.  Presented by Dr Alex McIntosh.
  3. Modern Dentistry – Redefining Zirconia            presented  by Jurgen  Seger
    Tuesday 26 July 7pm.    Thank you to Ivoclar Vivadent.

  4. Decoding Digital technology for the analogue dental profession. 3 presentations  Presented by Simon Ashworth
    Thursday 8th September 7pm,  Thursday 27 October and Thursday 10 November.  Thank you to Kulzer.

  5. Unlocking The Benefits of Digital Prosthetics ,  BPS-Your key to digital success 

presented by Dave Smith.  Thank you to Ivoclar.

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Session one


Samuel (Hāmiora) Carrington (Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pikiao) is the Associate Dean Māori and a Lecturer at Te Kaupeka Pūniho Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago. Samuel is a registered oral health therapist who has experience in the public and private dental sectors in Aotearoa. He is an Executive member of Te Ao Mārama (NZ Māori Dental Association) and an Executive member of the newly formed NZ Oral Health Association Te Ohu Pūniho Ora o Aotearoa. Samuel remains committed to Te Ao Mārama’s vision of hei oranga niho mo te iwi Māori, good oral health for Māori,
for life.

Brief overview

Te kaiakatanga ahurea ki te haumarutanga ahurea mo ngā kaihangarau tiaki niho I Aotearoa –
Cultural competency to cultural safety for dental technicians in New Zealand.

This presentation will discuss the following:
– Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty of Waitangi
o We will discuss the differences between the two documents signed in 1840, as well
as touch on He Whakaputunga 1835 to gain a broad understanding of Māori prior to
– Whakamaua – Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025
o We will discuss the Ministry of Health’s Whakamaua document, including how
having more of an equity focus towards health is leading the current health reforms
of Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority
– Oral health inequities in Aotearoa today
o Updates on current oral health data facing people in Aotearoa today, what are we
doing right, and what can be done better?
– Cultural competency and cultural safety
o We will discuss the differences between competency and safety and discuss how
clinical and dental technologists can critically think about their own biases when
delivering health care to their patients.
– Equality vs Equity in oral health
o We will discuss the differences between equality and equity, and how equity can
lead to elimination of poor oral health outcomes in Aotearoa for all
– DCNZ Dental technicians’ competencies (including clinical dental technologists)
o We will look at what the new DCNZ competencies for dental technicians and clinical
dental technicians and understand 3a and 3b of the competencies.

Session two, three and four

ALL ON FOUR ANALOGUE  – 3 sessions

Thursday 7 April  7pm
Referrals, diagnosis, treatment planning

Thursday 5 May 7pm
Surgical Procedures, Provisional Prothesis

Thursday 26 May  7pm
Permanent All on 4 Prothesis Design, Manufacture and Insertion Steps

Session five

Modern Dentistry – Redefining Zirconia  presented  by Jurgen  Seger 

Tuesday 26 July 7pm 


With the recent introduction of new multi-zirconia material using combination of two zirconium oxide raw materials with different strength and optical properties (combination of 3Y-TZP or 4Y-TZP in the dentin area and 5Y-TZP in the incisal area), both manufacturing efficiency and the fabrication of highly esthetic zirconia restorations is possible.

To take full advantage of these multi-zirconia materials, a comprehensive insight into material properties and processing is essential. Thanks to these advanced materials, dental technicians can produce both monolithic and micro-layered restorations more efficiently and esthetically.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the physical and optical properties of different zirconia materials.
  • Gain deep insights into the latest seamless gradient technology within the disc (shade, translucency, strength)
  • Recognize the wide indications range
  • Digital Design opportunity to adjust the optical result and strength
  • Gain knowledge of when and how to use the infiltration technique
  • Understand the importance of an ideal sintering process
  • Explore techniques for fabricating highly esthetic micro-layered and monolithic restorations
  • Recognize the cementation protocol

Bio – CDT Jürgen Seger

Jürgen Seger completed his training as a dental technician in Switzerland in 1985. From 1985 to 1989 he specialized in the field of fixed prosthetics in various dental laboratories in Switzerland, Germany and the USA.

In 1989 he founded a dental laboratory in Liechtenstein specializing in metal-ceramics and implant restorations. From 1991 he worked for Ivoclar as a trainer in the field of esthetic dentistry and postgraduate education. He lectured and gave workshops on esthetic dentistry worldwide.

Subsequently 1996, he is active as a visiting faculty at various training and continuing education institutions. Since 2009, Jürgen Seger has been Head of Department Global Education Technical at Ivoclar in Liechtenstein and in this function he is actively involved in the research and development of products and technologies.

Jürgen Seger is the author and co-author of numerous articles on the subject of esthetic dentistry with all-ceramic materials.

Sessions six, eight and nine

Decoding Digital technology for the analogue dental profession. By Simon Ashworth

3 presentations Thursday 8 September, Thursday 27 October and Thursday 10 November 7pm.   Thank you to Kulzer.

In this 3 part series we break down the dental professional’s digital transition.

  • Part 1 Current architecture of digital for the professional that can really offer a controlled pathway into this emerging technology.
  • Entry level systems, capture options and design options.
  • Part 2 Insight into manufacturing methods pros and cons and a demonstration of additive manufacturing.
  • Part 3 The relationship between the dental health professional, the patient and their treatment planning.

This presentation examines how after 40 years in the dental profession the presenter, Mr Simon Ashworth, took a leap of faith and put down the wax knife in favour of the computer mouse. 
Simon will detail the business acumen foundation that the digital transformation is built upon. By putting forward his key strategies required to avoid the roadblocks that he encountered during his journey, Simon will share what the individual and business can expect in a digital transformation. 
Using the accumulation of traditional data and analysis we create a dental appliance and examine the strengths of current artificial intelligent, appliance production systems, and where CAD CAM is replaced by CAE (computer aided engineering). 
Simon demonstrates powerful possibilities as he presents the use of technology as an aid alongside human influences such as creativity, imagination, intuition and ethics.

The presentation is designed to increase curiosity and confidence, for attendees to make the decision that technology and dental professionals can exist side by side today and in the future meeting the demands of our connected world. 
Make informed decisions, minimise disruption and embrace a world of endless possibilities.

Bio – Simon Ashworth is an accomplished clinical dental technician with nearly 40 years’ experience. He has studied extensively in the fields of both fixed and removable prosthetics and is a passionate educator and KOL of emerging technologies.

As a clinical and technical instructor for more than 15 years he has presented over 100 workshops and has lectured in 15 countries around the world.

Simon is based in northern NSW and is currently using his experience to develop application based solutions for the integration of digital dentistry into main stream protocols. With a touch of humour he shares his insights into the learning curve of digital transformation – the highs and the lows. 
Simon’s ability and thirst for excellence has kept him at the forefront of his field and he continues to be a highly sought after and respected lecturing clinician. `

Session seven

Unlocking The Benefits of Digital Prosthetics 

BPS-Your key to digital success

The efficiencies of digital design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) within the field of dental prosthetics, is well documented and proven to be a viable option in the provision of high quality restorations for patients.

Having a reliable pathway to transition from a familiar analogue workflow into a digital platform, whilst maintaining familiar clinical procedures, is critical.

The link between BPS Clinical/Technical procedures and the Ivoclar Digital Denture Platform in partnership with 3shape, will be explored and explained in this live 90-minute webinar with Mr David Smith, NSW Prosthetist.

David, a BPS Clinical/Technical /SEMCD Instructor, made the transition to a complete digital workflow four years ago.  He has embraced the journey at his two Prosthetic Practices and supporting laboratory, and continues to thrive and benefit in this new and (sometimes) challenging


Learning Objectives:

  • Why clinical proficiency is the important link to successful digital outcomes
  • BPS Clinical/Technical Workflows highlighted
  • Why proven materials are important
  • The relationship between BPS Analogue/Digital

The session will conclude with a Q&A session.


Graduating as a Dental Technician in 1986, then as a Dental Prosthetist in 1993, David’s fascination for Dental Prosthetics has fuelled his

desire to keep advancing his skills.

He has travelled nationally and internationally to obtain knowledge from some of the great minds in the Dental Profession.

Highlights for David

include being endorsed by Ivoclar Vivadent in Schaan, Liechtenstein as a BPS Clinical/Technical Instructor, and by Dr Jiro Abe, Japan as a SEMCD Clinical and Technical Instructor.

David divides his time between treating patients and teaching Dental Professionals the advanced techniques of BPS and SEMCD in his Byron Hinterland Practice located in Mullumbimby, Northern New South Wales.

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