How technology is changing dentistry

Parag R. Kachalia, DDS, an associate professor and the vice chair of Simulation, Technology and Research at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, held a lecture titled “An Overview of New Technology and Materials Changing Dentistry” on Sept. 5 during CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco.

Kachalia, along with Marc J. Geissberger, DDS, MA, BS, led the course, which provided an overview of the recent advances in dental technology and dental materials with respect to a restorative-based practice. Attendees were exposed to new trends in CAD/CAM systems, digital caries detection, intraoral imaging, digital radiography, iPad integration and laser dentistry. The course also looked at recent advances in bulk-fill composites as well as new-age ceramics and their proper cementation protocols.

CDA Presents featured approximately 150 lectures and workshops and an exhibit hall packed with more than 375 companies spotlighting the latest dental products. The convention is one of the most anticipated dental meetings in the U.S. It’s the place to discover the latest innovations in dentistry. Attendees explored 80,000 square feet of dental innovation in the Moscone Center.

For members planning to attend CDA Presents in Anaheim April 30 to May 2, registration will open in the coming months at cdapresents.com. Dentists should pay close attention to their mail in December because the Preliminary Program for CDA Presents  in Anaheim will be included in that issue of the Journal of California Dental Association.

Kachalia sat down with CDA staff at Dugoni School of Dentistry’s new campus in San Francisco to discuss how technology is changing dentistry and how dentists can make the transition to the digital age:

For more information on upcoming CDA Presents conventions, visit cdapresents.com.