Dr. Michael Fling, Oklahoma City, OK


Without question, implants provide a remarkable service when properly placed in an appropriate treatment plan. However, it is reasonable to consider that their implementation into treatment planning could create a scenario where potentially restorable teeth are prematurely extracted.

This raises the question as to what materials and techniques could be used to evaluate a tooth from a structural and aesthetic perspective before a commitment is made to permanently restore the tooth. This presentation considers an Intermediate Shell Overlay Provisional Crown Fabrication Technique.

Learning Objectives:

  1. You will learn a unique and fast process for developing a diagnostic wax up for stent fabrication.
  2. Then you will learn how to create a shell from an intermediate restorative material, Luxacrown. The technique for relining, trimming and polishing a beautiful intermediate restoration will be presented. This same Shell Overlay Technique is also used to drastically improve restoration contours and aesthetic outcomes when fabricating large composite restorations.  It will dramatically reduce fabrication time while enhancing aesthetics.
  3. You will also learn how to use this technique to create beautiful core fillings that resemble the desired aesthetic and functional outcome. This allows the creation of a restoration so evaluation can be made as to restorative prognosis, before an inordinate amount of time and money is spent on a final restoration just to see it fail.
  4. The bottom line is that this clinical technique and intermediate material allows for fast and predictable fabrication of composites, cores and provisional restorations in an effort to determine potential restorability before significant time and money is wasted.  

Bio: With 34 years of dental experience and extensive training, Dr. Michael C. Fling has been recognized as a premier dentist in the Oklahoma City area.  Dr. Fling has been actively participating in dentistry since 1976 as a laboratory technician. He soon discovered a passion for dentistry and entered dental school.

He graduated from Oklahoma University College of Dentistry in 1984 and went into private practice in Oklahoma City. In 1988, only four short years after entering the profession, he received the “Young Dentist of the Year Award” from the Oklahoma Dental Association. His private practice focuses on restorative and cosmetic dentistry, as well as TMJ treatment. As a renowned clinical instructor and guest lecturer, he is consistently on the leading edge of dentistry, and incorporates the latest in dental innovation, technology and techniques into his practice.

He has been named by his peers as one of the Best Dentists in Oklahoma and as one of the Nation’s best dentists.