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 American College of Prosthodontists has taken the initiative to develop a dental school curriculum for digital dentistry. After more than a year of continuous effort, the curriculum has been well defined. As part of this development, an outline of the content framework has been created for the Digital Dentistry Curriculum.
Below are two examples of content received and reviewed by the Digital Dentistry Curriculum Content Team. Additional content and resources will be available once approved by the Digital Dentistry Content Team.
This presentation was written by Tarek El -Kerdani, DDS, MSD, FACP.
The document presents a step-by-step guide to intraoral digital impressions as well as design and fabrication of interim restorations for partial fixed dental prostheses using Planmeca/E4D.
Related topics: Fixed Partial Dental Prosthesis
This document was written by Yen-Wei Chen, DDS, MSD from the University of Washington School of Dentistry.
The presentation gives a general view of using CAD/CAM technology in fabrication of provisional restorations, custom-made implant abutments, and implant surgical guides.
Related topics: Implant-Supported Removable and Fixed – Full Arch, Computer-Aided Design, and Complex Fixed Restorations
The ACP's annual Digital Dentistry Symposium is intended 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 breakout sessions for non-owners, owners, and advanced operators, this symposium is 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.