Repeatability and Reproducibility: A Study to Analyze the Precision of Assessing Tooth Preparations

Kimberly Deranek

Nova Southeastern University

Kim Deranek is an Assistant Professor in the Decision Sciences Department. She is certified in the area of project management (PMP) and is a results oriented educator with over 20 years’ experience. Expertise includes investigating and implementing innovative business solutions to improve quality, optimize performance and increase efficiency within both manufacturing and service supply chains. She has expertise in the areas of project and operations management, facility redesign, process improvement, and software evaluation and selection techniques. Prior to teaching, she was the director of financial systems for Budget Group Inc. and has also served as a consultant in both service and manufacturing industries. Kim has obtained extensive leadership through her previous professional experiences. She received a PhD in Technology and a MS in Education from Purdue University and received a BS in Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University. Research interests include the investigation of innovative techniques to improve quality, optimize performance and increase efficiency healthcare, manufacturing and service supply chains, as well as academia. She has designed and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses within her discipline to include Project Management, Service Operations Management, IS Strategy and Data Management, Intro to Supply Chain Management, Customer and Supplier Relationship Management, Industrial Organization, and Lean Manufacturing. 

Steve Kramer

Nova Southeastern University

Steve Kramer is an Associate Professor of Decision Sciences in the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business at Nova Southeastern University. He teaches graduate-level process improvement courses including Quality Management and Process Improvement Methods. He also teaches Operation Management in the undergraduate core. His research and consulting interests include lean/six sigma, operations management, simulation and modeling. He previously was on the faculty of Wake Forest and Loyola University Maryland. He has published in Operations Research Letters, International Journal of Applied Decision Science, International Journal of Production Research, Electronic Journal of Business Ethics & Organizational Studies and the Darden School Case Collection. His business experience includes over 20 years in high-tech aerospace/defense as Sector Integration and Process Improvements Manager. Steve is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) certified Master Black Belt and is a Senior Member Leader on the boards of ASQ's Lean Division (international), Southeast Florida region as well as Nova Student Branch. He has facilitated and mentored >200 lean/six sigma process improvement projects. He has applied process planning and improvement techniques in a variety of environments via his active consulting in areas including healthcare, engineering, manufacturing, government operations, financial services and education. He received a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida, an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in Business and Management from the University of Maryland. 


Key components of tooth preparation for indirect dental restorations (crowns) include adequate tooth reduction and smooth surface finish. Tooth preparations have been traditionally assessed and grades awarded through visual... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Kimberly Deranek (Nova Southeastern University)
  2. Steve Kramer (Nova Southeastern University)
  3. Sharon Siegel (Nova Southeastern University)

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