Lecture: Golden Rules for Successful Digital Restorative Dentistry
Introduced for over thirty years of dentistry, digital marks a major breakthrough in dental practices as well as in dental laboratories. It is becoming an indispensable tool for a dentistry of quality and precision involving the different dental specialties. The digital stream is used for producing dental prostheses, thus replacing the conventional impression and simplifying or eliminating a number of steps. Different prosthetic reconstructions in restorative dentistry can be performed by Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (single crowns, inlays, onlays, veneers). The success of the Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing CAM depends on several clinical parameters such as case selection, preparation, control of the oral environment, bonding and finishing of the restoration.
Several systems exist, each having its advantages and disadvantages. Intraoral scanning is the starting point of the digital workflow and it may take several minutes if both arches are to be fully scanned. Many factors can affect the scanning procedure quality and duration and thus the final result.
The purpose of this lecture is to present through well documented clinical cases, the main parameters that ensure a successful digital scanning procedure for an optimal result.