The Digital revolution is changing the world: computers and Digital devices are now part of our life, and Dentistry is no exception.
The future of Dentistry is Digital
Digital technologies are rapidly advancing in Dentistry. In fact, fast and accurate devices for 3D models/image acquisition such as intraoral scanners, desktop scanners, face scanners, and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) – as well as powerful software for data elaboration/processing such as computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software for prosthodontics, surgery, and orthodontics – have been introduced.
At the same time, new materials for prosthetic restorations – zirconia, lithium disilicate, and ceramics – have been proposed, along with innovative fabrication procedures such as milling, 3D printing, and layered manufacturing. These new devices, software, materials and fabrication methods are already changing the way we treat our patients.
The Digital revolution has begun. In the coming months and years there will be a further, huge flood of new improvements and newly introduced devices, software and machines. The Digital technologies will dramatically change the world of dentistry, changing patients’ expectations towards dental treatments.
Accordingly, dental professionals need to change the way they think, communicate and work, to adapt to this new fascinating scenario.
The future of Dentistry is Digital, therefore BMC Oral Health is happy to launch a section entirely dedicated to the world of Digital Dentistry. This section will collect high quality original research articles, clinical studies, technical advances, and case reports focused on the different areas of Digital Dentistry.
The potential topics of this section will include intraoral, desktop, and face scanners; CBCT and new imaging techniques in dento-maxillofacial radiology; CAD/CAM softwares in digital dentistry; digital prosthodontics; new materials (zirconia, lithium disilicate, and others) in digital dentistry; milling, additive manufacturing and 3D printing in dentistry; guided implant surgery; custom-made bone regeneration; custom-made implants; and digital orthodontics.
We look forward to receiving your article. Let’s go Digital!!!!
You can read the first article published in the Digital Dentistry section, authored by Dr Mangano, here.