Continuing Education

Will 3D Printing Change the Dental World?

3D printing takes the efficiencies of digital design into the production stage. By combining intraoral scanning and CAD/CAM design with 3D printing, we can accurately and rapidly produce crowns, bridges, stone models, partial substructures, and more. And this is just the beginning of what 3D printers will soon be able to accomplish.

Interdisciplinary Dentistry at Its Best

How like-minded dentists and technicians who work as true partners stand to profit most

By Ellen Meyer

The relationship between the dental technician and the dentist is unlike most customer-vendor relationships, mainly in that their jobs are so interdependent—they need to work together effectively as true partners to succeed. The technician can only produce restorations that meet exacting standards if the dentist provides the information that can make that possible, and they must both be accessible and responsive to efficiently execute the treatment plan together to the patient’s satisfaction. The best of these relationships is built on mutual trust and compatible working styles, and perhaps, most of all, a shared vision. Those dentist-technician partners who have achieved a well-honed working relationship place a high priority on accountability, high professional standards, and the use of the latest technology to facilitate communication.
Identifying The Right Partners
Finding such a partner doesn’t typically occur through happenstance. As in personal relationships, which they often become, “chemistry” is important, as are shared goals and the ability to balance one another. The partnership may be “set up” via mutual professional associates, or find its beginnings at gatherings focused on the professional interests the dentist and technician share.

Arnold Liebman, an Assistant Clinical Professor at New York University College of Dentistry with a private practice in Brooklyn, New York, has clicked with like-minded team partners of all kinds through co-education. He says he enjoys being around dentists and technicians who are educators and are invested in continuing education. “I always look for technicians who are using and understand technology, basically those who are on the forefront of the dental field,” he adds.

Among those who fit this description is his frequent partner, Robert Kreyer Jr., CDT, who […]

Determination and Communication of Color

The determination and communication of color in dentistry is based on dated concepts that cause difficulty for clinicians and technicians who use their personal experiences to interpret this parameter, which is so important in aesthetic care. In this article, the author proposes a concept of color that has evolved from the observation and study of extracted and in vivo natural dentition. This research has been performed with the aim of providing the clinician with a predictable method of determining color from clinical evidence.