Integration of digital dentistry into a predoctoral implant program: Program description, rationale, and utilization trends

Fatemeh S. Afshari, Cortino Sukotjo, Maria F. Alfaro, Jeri McCombs, Stephen D. Campbell, Kent L. Knoernschild, Judy Chia Chun Yuan

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Abstract

A recently revised predoctoral implant curriculum at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry integrated digital dentistry into both the preclinical dental implant course and clinical activities. Traditionally, competence in the didactic and clinical parts of predoctoral education in single tooth implant restorations has emphasized the analog impression technique and subsequent mounting of soft tissue working casts. However, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/ CAM) implant restorations can play a significant role in predoctoral dental education utilizing digital technologies. The goal of the curriculum expansion is to transition from analog to partially digital and, finally, complete digital workflow. The aim of this article is to describe the specific components, implementation, and rationale for the new digitally integrated implant curriculum and present short-term clinical utilization trends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)986-994
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of dental education
Volume81
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CAD/CAM
  • Dental education
  • Dental implant
  • Digital dentistry
  • Educational methodologies
  • Educational technologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)

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