a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.
"it will be a forum for consumers to exchange their views on digital dentistry"
The mission of digital dentistry forum is to be the # 1 source of training and education in digital dentistry. The scope of subjects will include, CBCT imaging, Intra-Oral imaging for restorations, CAD software, CAM hardware, 3D printing and Lasers. Information will not be restricted to a single manufacturer or product and provide a broad and unbiased perspective on various topics. Currently available resources are restricted in their scope and this fails to provide a true understanding or global benefits. Digital technology in specific fields has dramatically improved the quality of care provided to patients. Integrating the different technologies has allowed for evolution of new workflows and increased our ability to treat complex cases with ease and predictability.
The highest levels of dental care are achieved by collaboration. This site aims to bring together individuals and organizations that are committed to excellence in the field of digital technology and are open to collaborative efforts to further advance our profession. A panel of leaders in the field will continually add training and educational material and we will seek to collaborate with other exceptional organizations that offer high quality content. Multi-disciplinary training and education teams will be created and course offerings will be available throughout the US at partner facilities, dental offices and dental laboratories.
Membership will be offered in three categories: Member, Contributor, and Sponsor. Members are encouraged to share their clinical experience in the forum, highlighting unique perspectives through case reports or short videos that explain various techniques.
Become a member today and participate in the digital dentistry revolution.
Kunal Lal, DDS, MS
Dr. Lal is a Board Certified Prosthodontist practicing in New York City. He graduated from dental school in 1996 from Manipal, India, followed by his masters degree in Prosthodontics from Columbia University in 2002. After graduation, he continued to teach at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and was appointed the Program Director for Post Graduate Prosthodontics.
Dr. Lal is President and CEO of Digital Dentistry Forum, a company that is committed to become the #1 source for training and education in digital dentistry.
He has authored multiple articles in the top peer-reviewed journals on prosthodontics and implant dentistry including the use of computer generated surgical templates for prosthodontic and surgical implant planning and placement. He has extensive experience in the treatment of partially and completely edentulous patients using dental implants.
He lectures Nationally on implant, esthetic and reconstructive dentistry with a primary focus on digital dentistry and its clinical applications.
Sean Han, CDT
Sean Han, CDT is a certified Cerec and Dentsply Sirona inLab trainer with an expertise in advanced implants and cosmetics. Sean is a beta tester and key opinion leader for various companies including CAD/CAM (inLab), materials (Kuraray Noritake, GC, Vita) and implant companies. He has a vision to change the way office visits are done and believes there is a "Golden Time" to present and close cases to patients on the spot.
As a Certified Dental Technician he has earned a reputation as an expert in full arch, cosmetic and complex cases. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Master’s Arch, offering premium signature lines of major prosthesis nationwide. Sean has written articles for various dental publications and speaks regularly on behalf of top industry manufacturers.
For individuals at the forefront of digital dentistry, it is common to feel the need to share ones knowledge and expertise with others. Some individuals focus on mastery at a specific step in the digital dentistry arena while others provide insight into the bigger picture.
Creation of training and educational facilities as well as producing online content are other components of organic growth. Individuals or small groups are continually following this path. If everyone that has the same passion can come together, share their knowledge and collaborate, even greater things can be achieved.
Step Toothmaster Bay, CDT
Step Toothmaster Bay, CDT, started his own laboratory, CDI Science, in 2009 specializing in Cosmetic Dentistry and Implant Restorations. He has fabricated thousands of life like restorations for some of the pickiest, influential Dentists in the country.
As a lifetime advocate of education and learning the latest technology and techniques, Step continues to travel around the world. As an educator to both Dentists and Laboratory Technicians, Step ToothMaster Bay, CDT, DTG hosts courses in his own laboratory and speaks internationally as a Key opinion leader for several companies including GC America.
I'M PUTTING TOGETHER A TEAM
Seeking contributors, GP's, specialists, lab technicians.
If you are involved with digital dentistry and feel you have exceptional educational content that you are willing to share, kindly contact us.
There are many aspects to digital dentistry and there are many great companies working hard to improve the technology at various levels. A key point in digital dentistry is cross platform collaboration. There is no singular company that is on the forefront of every aspect of digital dentistry. Certainly some companies have pieced together more of the puzzle than others. One of the aims of this forum is to sequester itself from individual company affiliations and highlight the best features at every level regardless of the source of the technology. Our partners will be encouraged to share their best work and members will have the opportunity to share their experience and provide commentary with the goal of improving workflows.
Some of the leaders in the industry are listed below in no particular order.
Dentsply Sirona, 3 Shape , Exocad , Formlabs , Ivoclar , ZirkonZahn , Nobelbiocare , TruAbutment, Argen, Blue Sky Bio and others.
If you are listed above and would like to share educational content on this forum, kindly contact us.
If you are not listed here, please contact us to share your area of expertise.
Digital technology has required a reset in traditional workflows of dentistry for the clinician as well as the dental laboratory. With chairside targeted solutions, dentists are now involved with the fabrication of restorations in a limited way for the benefit of the patient. This is in no way going to diminish the dental laboratory industry. Having the equipment for digital dentistry does not in any way guarantee superior quality restorations or dental care. New ways of collaboration have to be explored for the benefit of all professionals involved. There are some unsettling trends relating to changes in the industry, however there are success stories as well for individuals that have embraced technology and found alternative ways to connect with providers. Dentists are far more productive working on patients. In a busy dental practice, there is little time for tinkering around with non clinical procedures.If you are a dental laboratory involved with digital dentistry and are interested in becoming a Lab Partner, kindly contact us for opportunities. Share your expertise, showcase mastery at your craft, and get busier than ever.
All US Dental Schools, Post Graduate Programs and other educational institutions are invited to join Digital Dentistry Forum. They will have access to all the training and educational material online and are welcome to attend training and education events around the country at partner facilities. We will offer the ability to customize didactic and hands on courses based on individual group needs .