Michael Acquaviva is the owner of Acqua-Dent, Inc., a dental laboratory located in Millstone, New Jersey. He began his career in 1985 working in the Model Department at Dental Technique Laboratory in Denville, NJ. In 1988, he received his formal education at the Union County College Program for Dental Technology while working at a prestigious denture laboratory in Red Bank, NJ.
Acqua-Dent, Inc. was opened as single-person denture lab in February 1991. Michael obtained technical certification for dentures by the National Board for Certification of Dental Technology. With that came an annual continuing education responsibility which has kept him current with the advancement of technology. Michael has also been a member of the Seattle Study Club for the past 5 years, sponsoring a multitude of study clubs and lectures throughout the years.
With the lab industry in its earliest stages of technological advancement in 2004, Michael brought CAD/CAM into Acqua-Dent. He had continued to advance in all areas of technology and had positioned Acqua-Dent, Inc. to be an invaluable resource to the dental community. A move in 2015 to a state-of-the-art facility in Millstone, NJ, has allowed access to the latest and quickly changing technologies. Acqua-Dent featured a fully digital workflow that utilized all original implant parts and components.
As the All-on-4® process became more prevalent in the industry, Michael mastered the technique, and to date has performed over 1,000 chairside conversions. This in-office experience has proven to provide another perspective of dental care options, adding to his extensive knowledge base.
In May 2021, Michael decided to focus on surgical planning and All-on-4 type cases, along with upgrading the facility with audio visual equipment, individual computer screens, wireless audio in conjunction with the fully functional dental lab benches. All main production of the laboratory was sold with the vision of becoming a valuable resource to the dental community with educational seminars and training.
As an added resource, Acqua-Dent has collaborated with prosthodontist, Dr. Anthony Sallustio to provide surgical planning in which surgical guides can be provided. This restoratively driven approach has allowed general dentists to plan and execute cases with much more confidence.