Are you confused by 3D Printing? Does the thought of being able to go completely digital terrify you? Have you always wanted to make your own surgical guides? Have you talked to sales reps for 3D printing companies and frustrated by how much it costs to get into printing in your own practice/lab?
This exciting course covers everything you, your assistants, and your laboratory needs to know about 3D printing and will answer all of your digital questions and address your digital concerns! We cover the basics all the way up to the advanced level methods of using intraoral and optical scanning techniques, free software to edit dental models, 3D printing techniques, and multiple methods for fabricating surgical guides. We teach using low-cost, desktop grade 3D printers that cost less than $4,000 for a printer and dental models only cost around $1-2 each and surgical guides $4-5 each!
Also included is up to 23 hours of continuing education credits provided by UNLV School of Dental Medicine. Once fully completed, the course provides 15 hours of video-based learning credits and up to 8 hours of independent study CE credits!
This course utilizes learning skills and educational content that is 10% projection slides and 90% video-based education. We emphasize simulated "LIVE" video based techniques to demonstrate the use of scanners, printers, software, and surgical guide fabrication and demonstration. You will be provided with files containing DICOM and STL files of demonstrated cases for you to follow along. Finally, we provide multiple "cheat-sheet" handouts for you to print in your practice to simplify digital techniques for you and your assistants to best learn all of these technologies!
To receive the best education possible, this course is broken down into 5 sections:
Section I: Fundamentals of 3D Dentistry & Intraoral Optical Scanning
Covering all of the basics of digital dentistry, how to incorporate affordable intraoral scanning techniques and a review of multiple scanners available on the market.
Section II: Using 3D Printers and Free/Open-Source Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Software
This section focuses on the basics of using intraoral scans, exporting STL files, the basics of working with the files including modeling and basic smoothing techniques. We walk you through downloading the software, opening STL files, and working with them. Also included is how to set-up the Formlabs Form2 desktop 3D printer, installing cartridges, and getting basic models to print successfully!
Section III: 3D Printing and Free/Open-Source Computer Aided Design (CAD) Techniques for Restorative Dentistry
A comprehensive introduction and in-depth discussion regarding using free software downloaded from the internet to help with basic to advanced restorative dentistry topics. We emphasize using a custom virtual tooth library that you can install into your software for free, using virtual wax-up teeth, wax-up for esthetic restorations, and making clear aligners for missing teeth!
Section IV: 3D Printing for Medical and Dental Modeling
This section is quite exciting and fun at the same time! We cover the basics of CBCT scanning, understanding the role of cheeks and soft tissue separation technique, positioning patients for scanning, performing scans, processing DICOM files, and multiple free or low-cost methods to convert from DICOM to STL files for 3D printing. Finally, we cover amazing new innovations of scanning denture teeth, dental models and other objects with your CBCT scanner to utilize in restorative dentistry and printing techniques!
Section V: 3D Printing Surgical Guides and Using Blue Sky Plan for Implant Dentistry
Guided implant surgery with 3D printed guides is an amazing way to practice! This exciting section covers everything you will need to get started with 3D printing your own bio-compatible surgical guides in your office for a few dollars instead of hundreds at the laboratory! We cover the basics to advanced concepts and also review actual surgeries and techniques for placing dental implants with guided surgery instruments.
Continuing Education Credits provided by:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) through the joint program provider approval of UNLV School of Dental Medicine and Dr. Scherer. UNLV School of Dental Medicine is approved for awarding FAGD/MAGD credit. AGD Pace Provider 213111. Nationally Approved From 6/1/2017 - 5/31/2021.
UNLV School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP approved provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
Dr. Michael Scherer is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University, a Clinical Instructor at University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and maintains a practice limited to prosthodontics and implant dentistry in Sonora, California. He is a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, has published articles related to implant dentistry, clinical prosthodontics, and digital technology with a special emphasis on implant overdentures. As an avid technology & computer hobbyist, Dr. Scherer’s involvement in digital implant dentistry has led him to develop and utilize new technology with CAD/CAM surgical systems, implement interactive CBCT implant planning, and outside of the box radiographic imaging concepts. Dr. Scherer also maintains several YouTube channels: “LearnLOCATOR”, “LearnLODI”, “LearnSATURNO”, “The 3D Dentist” and "LearnF-Tx" - popular YouTube channels on standard and narrow diameter dental implant procedures and digital dentistry.