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Lemons to Lemonade: A Workshop Focused on Making The Best Of Difficult Situations

March 3, 2024 @ 8:00 am - March 5, 2024 @ 1:00 pm


The Balance of Communication, Case Planning & Occlusion

Dr. Melkers always brings a unique perspective to his workshops and challenges us to the way we think. At Lemons to lemonade, wee will be exploring a variety of cases and challenges in communication, treatment planning and of course occlusion. Not to give away the surprise, but our first patient will be unique! The attendees will treatment plan the same patient three ways-below, at and above ‘the line’ in their desired level of care. This case personifies how patients can say yes but also not yet as we journey with them towards health throughout their lifetime.

We will switch gear on the second day and move forward to aesthetic space and color challenges in the anterior dentition, including touching on implant prosthetics. These cases will stretch the attendees clinical and artistic skills as they struggle to make the best of challenging situations. Day Three will provide the opportunity to review cases, discuss questions and form plans to implement our learning.

* Lemons to Lemonade is an analog workshop and will involve hand skills with composite, wax and final restorations.

Learning Objectives

  • Experience treatment planning that flexes to patients needs based on their own journey towards health

  • Appreciate the benefits and considerations of CR and non-CR approach to extensive care

  • Explore different treatment approaches that focus on structural, engineering and aesthetic priorities

  • Experience the limitations and possibilities in shape and shade challenges in anterior restorations

  • Understand the basics and the nuances of anterior aesthetic form and function

  • Reshape and refine over-bulked restorations

  • Plan, fabricate, refine and shade provisional shell restorations

The Faculty

Dr. Michael Melkers 

Dr. Melkers is a 1994 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry & currently serves as Visiting Faculty at Rīga Stradiņš University & The Pankey Institute. He is also an Ad hoc reviewer for The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry & serves as an administrator for RIPE, Restorative Implant Practice Excellence.

In the past, he has been Director of Occlusion & Aesthetic Dentistry at the Pacific Northwest AEGD Residency Program and Visiting Faculty at The Spear Institute. He finished his tenure as Editor for the American Equilibration Society and received the 2018 AES President’s Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Melkers is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists & maintains a private clinical practice in Hanover, NH with a focus on comprehensive, adult restorative care.


Mr. Lucas Lammott

Lucas Lammott is Dr. Melkers technician and teaching partner & lead technician/ceramist with Joshua Polansky at Niche Dental Studio a collaborative team laboratory focusing on high-quality dental restorations in Voorhies, NJ.

With over 20 years of experience, Lucas has had the privilege to be educated and mentored by some of the most esteemed technicians and clinicians from around the world.

It has been his great honor to share his knowledge on quality, aesthetic dentistry and developing amazing technician~clinician relationships. When he is not layering ceramic, he is an avid photographer, musician, husband and father of two beautiful girls.


Teaching Methods: Hands-On Participation Course | Contact: [email protected] | Faculty Bios: Click Here | Prerequisites: None

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March 3, 2024 @ 8:00 am
March 5, 2024 @ 1:00 pm
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The Pankey Institute
1 Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, FL 33149 United States
305 428 5500


CE Hours
Dr. Michael Melkers & Mr. Lucas Lammott
$290/ night with private bath
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