Advanced digital technology is changing what is possible in oral health, function, and beauty. Prosthodontists incorporating digital solutions into their practices are finding significantly improved workflow efficiency and ease of collaboration with laboratories. Patients treated with digital solutions are benefitting from the combination of efficient processes, accurate high-strength materials, and beautiful esthetics.
The American College of Prosthodontists is working to ensure that prosthodontists are prepared to lead the emergence of digital dentistry in clinical practice.
This compilation is a representative sampling of this literature in published abstract form with links to the publishing journal. With the generous support of the respective editors, these abstracts cover an intentionally broad range of topics that include investigations of intraoral and extraoral scanning accuracy, CBCT technology, the CAD/CAM milling of restorations, guided implant surgery, complete denture methodologies, removable partial denture techniques, and applications to maxillofacial prosthetics.
While not intended to be complete, this collection offers the opportunity to view the spectrum of digital technologies that are currently influencing prosthodontics.
The profession of dentistry continuously demonstrates innovation and improvement on many fronts. Recent advances in dentistry have involved the adoption of digital technologies in all forms to improve the quality of care, and patient experiences.
As the techniques and advantages mounted, the most recent decade of activity by early adopters fueled innovation. Ongoing efforts are directed toward integrating these technologies synergistically to create improved therapeutic environments. Digital technology is driving remarkable change in the practice of prosthodontics.
This glossary, published as a supplement to the Journal of Prosthodontics, is intended to provide a convenient reference for the many devices, file formats, and concepts involved in the use of digital technology in dentistry. It is presented as an alphabetical list of terms of words found in or relating to digital dentistry, offering either an explanation or definition. Key acronyms and abbreviations are included as well.
As the first written guidance establishing common terminology in digital dentistry, the terms presented herein will be found applicable to any user of advanced digital dental technology and can serve as a basis for communication among practitioners and dental laboratories.
The ACP's annual Digital Dentistry Symposium is designed for dental professionals who are interested in state-of-the-art digital solutions for the treatment of restorative patients. Attendees learn best practices and see actual clinical workflows for digital treatments ranging from individual tooth restoration to complex rehabilitation.
With all-new breakout sessions for non-owners, owners, and advanced operators, this symposium has been designed to meet the needs of practitioners who are new to the use of digital systems as well as those looking to deepen their expertise in the area.