Dr. Michael Fling

Dr. Mike Fling

Dr. Michael Fling is a man at the top of his game – in many ways. He says that the secret to his success is “bridging the gap between knowing and doing”. Not only did he achieve this goal, but also he uses this secret to further the success of those around him.

He began his career in dentistry in 1976 as a laboratory technician. While maintaining a private practice with an emphasis on aesthetic and restorative dentistry, he has served as Course Director and as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics at the O.U. College of Dentistry. He now serves as a Co-Director in the Advanced Restorative Clinic at the O.U. College of Dentistry. He is the founder and President of Fling Seminars. He has delivered stimulating advanced dental education and motivation to dentist, dental teams and technicians around the world. He has been named by Dentistry Today as one of the “Top Clinicians in Continuing Education” every year since 2005. He serves at the L.D. Pankey Institute as a Course Director and Lead Faculty and is part of a select handful that has completed the process to earn the distinction as a “Pankey Scholar”. He also serves as a member of their Board of Advisors.

Dr. Fling also enjoys presenting topics to dental teams and to non-dental groups about motivation and change. He is the author of the inspirational book “32 Laps- Tipping Points that motivate change and identify meaning in your business and in your life”.

He is a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics. His passion is motivating change to improve the quality of life for those he touches.

The Art and Science of Blending Form and Function

We all want to achieve clinical results that exceed expectations. Exquisite comprehensive care results from a blend of artistic flare with consideration of functional predictability. There are 7 Key Steps that must be considered to achieve care that elegantly blends form and function. Following these 7 steps will allow more predictability for the clinician and the laboratory technician. You will learn:

  • How/when VDO can be altered to enhance predictability
  • The importance of evaluating “Risk Factors”
  • How Parafunction plays an enormous roll in clinical failure
  • Techniques to determine incisal edge position and length
  • Treatment options for evaluating and establishing free gingival margin levels
  • A “Make Sense” restorative sequence for simple and complex treatment plans
  • How to effectively insure proper aesthetics and function in the restoration fabrication process