14th CAD/CAM & Digital Dentistry Conference & Exhibition

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3D Function in Occlusion - A Key for Orthodontics

Abstract

As children receiving new toys, we are approaching a great new world of fantasy. Three-dimensional image devices arrived at the port of Orthodontics with increasingly strong anchors firmly holding to the ground. In this case, immobility is symbolical and inversely proportional to the ongoing possibilities we are not even capable to imagine. With lower costs, orthodontists are able to use technology to a larger extent. Those who doze off will be left out of the market and miss the pleasure of envisioning and applying the splendor of human creativity. Accuracy of CT scans has significantly increased, thereby enabling microscopic diagnosis of pathologies such as ankylosis and root fracture. In addition to computerized tomography, other 3D tools also offer undeniable possibilities that allow clinicians to acquire 3D scans. In no time, photographs and dental casts as used nowadays will be replaced by 3D scanning of the human face and dentition. Subsequently, images acquired by means of dental cast scanning  and intramural scanner proved perfectly feasible for clinical and scientific use. A number of researches point to the excellent reproducibility of this method in comparison to conventional methods used to acquire dental casts. 

Even though our digital future means additional diagnostic tools and treatment modalities that augment and expand the application of our specialty, we still cannot forgo the basic concepts of occlusion.  Without the comprehension of all 6 functions of the masticatory system, our capacity to  treat our patients to an optimal occlusion is hindered. It’s time we move from static to dynamic diagnostics, utilizing 3D digital condylography to map out all movements of the lower jaw in its true hinge axis, in relationship to the cranial base and upper jaw. Only then can we really find a therapeutic position for the mandible.

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