March 17, 2017
The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has installed new CAD/CAM technology, allowing students more opportunities to get up-close, hands-on experience with some of the latest technology in dentistry, while allowing for improvements in the speed of patient care at the school.
Ten CEREC digital scanners and milling units were recently installed at the school. Nine of the units are located in the fifth-floor Simulation Clinic for use by DDS and IDS students, and one unit is located in the Faculty Practice on the second floor.
Additionally, five 3Shape Trios scanner and two 3M True Definition digital scanners are now located on the second-floor patient clinics, along with one Planmeca PlanScan scanner. The milling units for these scanners are located in the third-floor lab.
"This technology will provide our first-year students with enhanced education in dental anatomy and tooth preparation, as well as educating them to scan, design and mill restorations in their first year at school," said Sigmund H. Abelson, DDS, MACM, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs.
The technology will benefit patients at the school as well.
"The clinical use of this technology will allow patients to have permanent restorations in one day or within several days of the preparation of the tooth, instead of waiting several weeks for the crown or other restorations to be returned from fabrication by a dental laboratory in many cases," Abelson added.
Faculty members are currently being trained on the systems, and training will also soon be held for students to learn more about the new technology.
The equipment is not the first CAD/CAM technology implemented at the Dugoni School. For several years, the school's clinics have featured iTero intraoral scanners, which enables a dental professional to take a 3D digital scan of a patient's teeth and bite, make adjustments in real time, and transmit the file wirelessly to a dental laboratory for processing into a restoration.