Digital Dentistry

The integration of digital restorative dentistry in the dental curriculum is a goal for our department. This provides an efficient method for patient care as well as presents an innovative method for dental pre-clinical and clinical education.

Our faculty took major steps in the last year to introduce digital dental technology in the pre-clinical fixed prosthodontic curriculum as well as pre-doctoral student clinics. With the help of our friends at SIRONA, each second-year dental student was able to make a digital impression for an all-ceramic crown preparation in the preclinical fixed prosthodontics courseĀ (DENT 204 and DENT 211). The students benefited from this unique experience, not only by trying a new impression method but also through using the digital impression system as a teaching tool to help them understand the various concepts of tooth preparations.

On the clinical side, the department implemented a digital dentistry elective course for the spring semester. The course consists of a series of lectures and hands-on sessions that review multiple digital impressions and CAD/CAM systems that are available. It also provides a comprehensive overview on how digital dental technology helps better diagnose and treat patients with various clinical needs, from restorative dentistry to implant therapy to orthodontics and beyond. The course also has a clinical component where students can treat patients in clinic utilizing various digital impression and CAD/CAM systems.