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Chairside Live – Case of the Week Compendium 23: The Benefits of 3-D Scanning and Other Digital Tools in Dental Practice

Chairside Live – Case of the Week Compendium 23
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Course Objectives (3 CE Credits)

Anamaria Muresan, DMD, ME, CDT; Justin Chi, DDS, CDT; Siamak Abai, DDS, MMedSc; Will Schmidt, RDA; Gary Pritchard, J.D.

In the current world of dentistry, digital technology can assist in finding, assessing and treating various dental cases. In this presentation, Dr. Anamaria Muresan, Dr. Siamak Abai, Dr. Justin Chi and Will Schmidt, RDA, use a series of case examples taken from recent episodes of Chairside Live to discuss the benefits of 3-D scanning and other digital tools in navigating numerous treatment situations. Gary Pritchard, J.D., also examines the potential solutions to receiving negative online reviews concerning your dental practice.

Participants who view this presentation will acquire useful clinical and practical information on various related topics, including:

  • Possible benefits of using cone beam computed tomography scans to plan implant cases
  • The advantages of digital scanning in urgent denture cases involving severe periodontal disease
  • The convenience of scanning teeth and milling crowns in-office
  • How digital treatment planning software assists in providing stability to implant cases
  • Successful implementation of digital photography in treatment planning
  • The procedure involved with building esthetic onlays through chairside digital dentistry in a single appointment
  • Utilizing Yelp to maintain a positive image of your practice
  • Comparing and contrasting guided versus freehand implant surgery
  • Fabricating dentures with CAD/CAM software


In modern dentistry, the success of a practice can hinge on the professional’s ability to adapt to new technologies. Understanding both the positive and negative aspects of the up-and-coming tools of the trade enables the dental professional to better influence the care and comfort of the patient and the financial bottom line of the practice. CAD/CAM technologies, in-office milling and digital photography can lead to more accurate case assessments and treatments, not to mention the time saved for those both in and beside the chair.

In this presentation, experts in their respective fields spotlight examples featured on recent episodes of Chairside Live to discuss the technologies available to dentists today.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.


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