Restorative Dentistry in Times of Digitalization
One main topic of interest in prosthodontics is the technological changes that happened in the last years. Digital impressions and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) of restorations steadily gain in importance within restorative dentistry. One of the factors raising the attractiveness of computerized procedures is the high variety of new restorative materials which were introduced for the computerized manufacturing. Another is new Augmented Reality treatment communication and planning tools that increase the engagement of the patients.
High strength ceramics, lithium-disilicate glass-ceramics or non-precious alloys are already well established as restorative materials. New hybrid materials like e.g. nano-ceramics even promise to be long-lasting, highly esthetic and less costy. They can be used in the monolithic stage and processed chairside in the dental practice. An increase in the application of these monolithic tooth- and/or implant- borne restorations can be observed in daily clinical practice. Still, the literature on their outcomes is very scarce. One advantage of the monolithic over the traditionally veneered reconstructions may be a reduced risk for chipping. Another possible benefit may be a better cost – benefit ratio. The lecture will critically evaluate the possibilities that the new materials and associated technologies offer and will offer selection criteria for daily clinical practice.
Another topic of high interest is the reduction of the invasiveness of the treatments. In young patients with pronounced tooth wear low invasive concepts are needed for a biologically oriented rehabilitation. New concepts and approaches, also including digital technologies and new materials will be presented and discussed during the lectures.
- Learn about the current digital technologies
- Learn about the associated new restorative possibilities and workflows
- Learn about the current restorative material options and their indications
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