Created by CDT/Owner Nick Diacoloukas in 1988, our Implant Department is the oldest & most respected in the Region. The department has earned best-in-class recognition & Nick continues to oversee its activity.
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We fabricate a wide variety of restorations from all implant systems, meeting the demands of evolving technology & patient needs.
- UCLA Screw-Retained Implant Crowns
- Stock Abutments
- Hand-Waxed/Cast Custom Gold Abutments
- CAD/CAM Design Bars
- Zirconia (CAD/CAM)
- Titanium (CAD/CAM)
- Implant Temps
MIKE BACKOFF, CDT, Manager of our Implant Department, obtained his CDT status in 1993. He joined the United States Army’s dental division as a technician in 1981. From 1981 to 1996, he worked in a small, high-quality lab where he trained technicians across various levels of experience. For nine of those years, he was an in-house technician for a perio-prosthodontist, where he acquired his implant experience. He joined the Friendship family in 2003, working in the Crown & Bridge, Implant & Ceramic Departments & has been managing the Implant Department since 2008. Mike excels in the design & fabrication of difficult prosthodontic/implant cases. He conducts individual training seminars for Implant Specialists to keep them informed on new products & technologies.
CHRIS COOK, CDT, Assistant Manager of our Implant Department has been an Implant Specialist since 2008. He started in our Model Department in 1990 & transitioned a year later to our Crown & Bridge Department. Identified at a young age as gifted & talented throughout school, Chris excelled most in fine arts. His passion is using his creativity to design implant abutments, hader bars & hybrid frameworks. Chris obtained his C.D.T. in 2015.
KIRSTEN HUGHES, Digital Implant Coordinator, joined our CAD/CAM Department in 2012 as a master scanner & troubleshooter. In 2014, she transitioned into the Implant Department with Mike Backoff, CDT and 35-year senior Implant Department Manager/ Technician. Mike brings the “old school” hands-on/analog experience and Kirsten brings the “new school” computer technology. When combined, they bring the best of both worlds to accommodate your every need.
Kirsten works with our doctors in Digital Implant Treatment Planning of Surgical Guides as well as scanning and designing implant-related CAD/CAM products; abutments, bars, bridges, ASC Frameworks & IOS Implant Scanning. Her dedication and commitment help ensure the long term success of your cases from start to finish.