Towards Digital Dentistry

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Digital dentistry may be defined in a broad scope as any dental technology or device that incorporates digital or computer-controlled components in contrast to that of mechanical or electrical alone. This broad definition can range from the most commonly thought area of digital dentistry -CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing)- to those that may not even be recognized, such as computer-controlled delivery of nitrous oxide or the use of CBCT in diagnosis and planning of different surgical procedures.

The departments of Biological and Diagnostic Sciences, Oral Surgical Sciences, Restorative Sciences, Oral Rehabilitation Sciences and Developmental sciences perform researches within this sub-theme. Ongoing research work is investigating the effect of different digital scanning technologies on marginal integrity of monolithic zirconia crowns, Cyclic loading of CAD/CAM Fiber Reinforced, Implant Supported 3 Unit FPD versus Conventional FPDS.

Ongoing research will develop more integration of CAD/CAM technology into dental clinics to offer a dental solutions for every type of prosthesis available. Linking digital-smile-design to the CAD, giving more reliable results for both patients and practitioner. The introduction of chair-side CAD CAM for best workflow, as well as introduction of one hour prosthesis. With these systems, clinicians can scan, design, and mill a full-contour restoration in-office. Switching more to digital interdisciplinary case planning to integrate both cone-beam scans and implant-planning software for custom abutment and crown design. Digital dentures, splints, and sleep appliances are possible with their various configurations.

The purpose of performing research within the close future on digital dentistry is to examine deeply this concept to assess its advantages and limitations, and make statements and observations on specific areas of digital dentistry based on research, direct personal experience, and communication with dental manufacturers and researchers worldwide. Also, it is intended to provide a stimulus for greater adoption of the areas that are proven, and faster integration of new technologies from which our profession and patients can benefit.