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Larsen-Chu Award: Four crowns by four experts for one and the same implant.
Plenty of choice.

Awardees Participated in Guided Tours, Lectures and a Competitive Hands-on Training at VITA Zahnfabrik

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Larsen-Chu Award Winners Invited to Germany for a Three-Day Trip

The purpose of the Larsen-Chu Award, established by the Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry (SCAD), is to acknowledge and promote young dental technicians. As part of the competition, the candidates had to demonstrate their practical excellence and knowledge to the Award Committee. Three of the winners from the USA and Russia had the opportunity to improve their knowledge and their technical skills at the end of February 2016. They were invited by VITA Zahnfabrik to Bad Säckingen, Germany for a free, three-day training event. The all-expense paid trip enabled the participants to focus completely on high-level continuing education, combined with recreational activities.  

The Participants

Mr. Nori Kawada, USA
Mr. Nori Kawada, USA
Mr. Nori Kawada, USA
Mr. Dmitry Azanov, Russland
Mr. Dmitry Azanov, Russia
Mr. Dmitry Azanov, Russland
Mr. Ryan Sungmin Lim, USA
Mr. Ryan Sungmin Lim, USA
Mr. Ryan Sungmin Lim, USA

Exclusive Look behind the Scenes

The first day of the program started with a deep look behind the scenes. An exclusive guided tour with Dr. Michael Tholey, Head of Technical Service, presented the processes from the raw materials to the dental ceramics. The tour was followed by a general overview and the latest scientific outcomes of the zirconium dioxide, VITA YZ, and the associated veneering ceramic, VITA VM 9. In a second factory visit, the participants had a rare look into the automated tooth production process. After this robotic workflow demonstration, the dental technicians had the unique opportunity to produce their own acrylic teeth manually with different composite layers. After the pressing and the polymerization process, the finished and polished tooth set was given to the technicians as a souvenir. The world-wide logistics center gave an impressive overview of various teeth and ceramic materials. Dr. Wolfgang Rauh, Head of the Dental Equipment Business Division, gave a detailed insight into the production of the digital shade taking advice, VITA Easyshade V. VITA’s different furnaces series were reviewed, followed by the scientific lecture, “Dental shade matching – from seeing to understanding.” MDT Claus Pukropp, Head of Technical Marketing, demonstrated how the complex tooth shade can be taken digitally and reliably with VITA Easyshade V, and communicated very easily from the dentist to the dental lab with the smartphone app, VITA mobileAssist. The winners were able to participate in a training on the procedure.

The quality inspection of acrylic teeth.
A look into the dental equipment production.
Dr. Wolfgang Rauh with VITA Easyshade V.

Patrick Rutten - The Expert of the Patient Live Workshop

Patrick Rutten

Short CV of Patrick Rutten

Patrick Rutten is an expert for high aesthetic restorations. Due to his passion to perfection, he offers exclusively only absolute quality work. With great joy he is intensively focused on difficult implant cases in which he always keeps an aesthetic final outcome in mind.

  • 1979 Degree in dental technology, received their Master's certificates.
  • Own laboratory in Tessenderlo, Belgium specializing in ceramics and aesthetic implantology.
  • International Newcomers of the year in 1990.
  • International speakers for Nobel Biocare (as well as members of the “Expert Advisory Board”) and of VITA Zahnfabrik for which Luc and Patrick Rutten also act as a pilote laboratory.
  • Founding members of the International Academy for Digital Dental Medicine.
  • Affiliates of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED).
  • Expert members of the FOR – Foundation of Oral Rehabilitation.
  • On the experts' committees of the professional journals "dental dialogue" and "Teamwork" (Teamwork Media/German (Fuchstal) and Italian (Brescia)), "Spectrum Dialogue" (Palmeri Publishing/CA-Markham, Ontario), "European Journal of Dental Implantologists" (German, Bonn).
  • Teach courses and lectures in Europe, Australia, India, Columbia, Mexico, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Israel, South Africa and the USA.
  • Authors and co-authors of numerous professional publications on dental technology.
Patrick Rutten


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Luc & Patrick Rutten
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3980 Tessenderlo

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E-Mail: rutten (at) dentalteam.be

Patrick Rutten in Action

Detailed Look into the Ceramic Layering

To be continued: Pictures and details of the clinical case will be published soon. Follow us on Facebook!
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