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, Implant Prosthetic Manager, 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. Mike joined the Friendship family in 2003, working in the Crown & Bridge, Implant & Ceramic Departments & managed the Implant Department from 2000 to 2019. He now manages the Implant Prosthetic Department, handling complex implant cases & hybrids, specializing 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.
KIRSTEN HUGHES, Implant Manger & Digital Implant Coordinator, joined our CAD/CAM Department in 2012 as a master scanner and troubleshooter. In 2014, she transitioned into the Implant Department with Mike Backoff, CDT and 35-year senior Implant Prosthetic 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 oversees day to day operations in our Implant Department & handles Digital 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.