Impact of Digital Technologies on the Esthetics

Impact of Digital Technologies on the Esthetics
9:25 – 10:00 A.M.
Irena Sailer, Prof. Dr., Prof. Hon.
University of Geneva, Switzerland

Following this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Define the factors that influence esthetics.
  • Describe the conventional and digital means for diagnostics.
  • Discuss the best material selection for predictable esthetics.

Digital technology offered today, like facial scanning, intraoral optical scanning, 3D radiography and numerous CAD/CAM systems have significantly changed clinical practice in dentistry. Digital tools allow for more visual and more predictable treatment planning. The final appearance of patients after prosthetic rehabilitation can be visualized before treatment, and communication between the clinician, patient, and dental technician can be improved utilizing new technologies. Still, to be fully applicable in daily practice the accuracy of combination of the digital tools must be proved. Current research shows improvement of the efficiency of the clinical workflow with aid of the digital procedures. This lecture will elaborate on the current status of development and examine indications and limitations.

Biography: Irena Sailer received her dental education and Dr. med. dent. degree from the University of Tübingen, Germany. Since 2009 she holds an Adjunct Associate Professorship at the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, Robert Schattner Center, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She also serves as the Head of the Division of Fixed Prosthodontics and Biomaterials at the University of Geneva.