As the baby boomer population ages, dentists should expect to see more patients requiring implant dentistry. Implant dentistry is one of the hottest topics in dentistry today because its impact is two-fold; it is a life-changing procedure with benefits for the patient as well as the practice.
Advances in dental technology in the past few years have opened up the options dentists have when choosing materials. One area that has seen the most improvement is composite resins. The versatility this material provides allows clinicians to simplify procedures for long-term, esthetic procedures. At the Updates in Contemporary Dentistry event in Twin Cities, Dr. G. Franklin Shull discussed the importance of nano-filled composites, techniques to simplify direct posterior restorations, and options for dentin/enamel bonding.
Minimally invasive dentistry is dramatically impacting the way dentists practice. Scientific breakthroughs and new understandings for dental caries have produced highly effective, evidence-based protocols for risk assessment and management of this disease. Treatment has shifted from being repair-based to consisting of detection, risk assessment, and healing of early lesions. At the Updates in Contemporary Dentistry Meeting in Twin Cities, Dr. Ron Kaminer discussed new minimally invasive technologies and treatments.
Dr. Greenhalgh assured the 160+ dentists attending the Advanced in Digital Restorative Dentistry in Detroit, “You don’t have to be a NASA scientist or a computer guru to master CEREC.” He explained in detail how he takes a simple, practical, day-to-day approach to CAD/CAM technology.
“Even if you don’t do chairside digital dentistry, you are most likely involved in CAD/CAM technology because your lab probably uses it,” Dr. Michael DiTolla told Midwestern dentists at the recent Advances in Digital Dentistry event in Plymouth, Mich.