Plenary Lecture

Digital Dental Technologies for Prosthetic Tooth Restorations

Professor Liliana Porojan
Department of Prostheses Technology, Specialization Dental Technology
University School of Dentistry
"V. Babes" University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara

Abstract: It is necessary to turn our attention to advanced computer technologies, which penetrate more and more laboratories and dental offices, in the current context of digitization in all business sectors. Science and research are continuously advancing and dental technology is not an exception. There is an evolution from traditional to contemporary, and production stages are becoming increasingly automated or computerized. Although in industry they were used for several years, CAD / CAM applications in dentistry have developed only in the 80s. Later new developments have led to the success of contemporary CAD/CAM technologies. Computerized evaluation methods of prosthetic restorations emerged as a necessity to study the states of tension and deformation in structures with geometric complexity for which analytical calculation models were not operable. Finite elements are continuous and deformable objects with simple geometry that can be easily studied and characterized mechanically. A correct simulation implies that the type and number of finite elements, support conditions respectively loads are such chosen, that physical phenomena are properly represented. The decision on choosing a digital method for applications and research should consider which system can continuously follow the rapid technological developments and cover the area of applications adapted to the individual needs.

Brief Biography of the Speaker: Professor at the "Victor Babes" University of Medicine and Pharmacy Timisoara, Faculty of Dentistry, Specialization Dental Technology, Department of Dental Prostheses Technology, PhD in dentistry, Primary dentist in General Dentistry specialty, Specialist in the specialty of Orthodontics and Dental-Facial Orthopedics , Specialist in specialty Dental Prosthodontics.
The areas of research are focused on: tridimenional reconstructions of dental structures and prosthetic restorations, threedimensional modeling, computer aided design in the field of dental prosthodontics, numerical simulations (finite element analysis) in fixed prosthetics, removable and combined restaurations, design optimization, modern welding procedures of dental alloys in shielding gas, structural aspects of base metal alloys, design concepts of removable partial dentures, attachments used in combined prosthetic restorations, ceramic systems used in dental technology, CAD / CAM systems used in dental technology. They were evidenced by coordination of 6 research projects in this areas of interest. The dissemination of research results was done by: 13 published books and monographs, 10 published courses and practical work handbooks, 164 scientific papers published in extenso, 160 papers published in summary, 221 papers presented at scientific meetings, 92 participation in conferences and symposia, 33 courses and training programs.

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