Glidewell Dental has opened the Glidewell International Technology Center, a new 8,500-sq-ft training, education, and demonstration center located in Louisville, Ky. The center houses a 40-seat classroom auditorium and provides continuing education for dental professionals. It is the second companion center to its flagship West Coast facility located in Irvine, Calif.

The center’s continuing education program aims to explore the complexities of oral rehabilitation and its various treatment modalities. “The techniques and materials used in dentistry are ever-evolving and as healthcare professionals, it’s our responsibility to cultivate and be well-informed of those continuous improvements,” says Neil Park, DMD, vice president of clinical affairs at Glidewell Dental, in a release. “Our core mission at Glidewell has always been to advance the understanding of proven, fundamental methods for treating patients—and the increased demand for technology-focused education has sparked our expansion to the East Coast. Through this new Louisville-based center, dentists in the eastern half of the United States will be able to more conveniently access our quality continuing education programs without having to travel to Southern California.”

The center debuted with a reception on July 12 attended by dentists, dental industry members, and members of the local community, including Mayor of Louisville Greg Fischer. In a speech, Fischer said, “Our city congratulates Glidewell Dental on expanding the reach of their valuable work through lifelong learning facilitated at the Glidewell technology center. May the work carried out in this space bring forth brighter smiles shining across the world for years to come.”

The event also featured a speech from Jim Glidewell, CDT, founder and CEO of Glidewell Dental, who articulated the company’s vision for the center and garnered excitement for the upcoming curriculum. Hands-on courses and in-depth lectures will focus on all aspects of modern implant and restorative dentistry, including surgical dental implant placement, prosthetic rehabilitation, dental sleep medicine, and more. A special acknowledgment was given to the first of the courses to take place at the center: “The Emergency Implant: Immediate Implant Placement in Extraction Sockets,” taught by Jack Hahn, DDS.

“Faculty and students are brought together by our shared passion for improving lives through oral health,” Park says. “We are inspired by this opportunity to share what we’ve learned over our nearly five-decade heritage, to bring more affordable, effective, and innovative methods of treatment to doctors, to help rebuild smiles, and enhance the quality of lives for patients in need. It is our hope that this Louisville education and training center helps doctors in their pursuit of finding practical answers to everyday clinical challenges.”

The Glidewell International Technology Center is located at 3841 Business Park Drive in Louisville, Ky.