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Michael Scherer


3D Printing in Clinical Practice: When, Where, How?


Traduction simultanée en français

3D printing seems to be the hottest trend in dentistry but the big question is.... it clinical reality or just the latest hype? This captivating evidence-based presentation describes utilizing 3D printing technology and features clinical workflows that the author utilizes daily in practice. From prototyping to surgical guides to producing fixed and removable prosthetics, the author highlights real clinical cases where 3D printing technology has made progress in improving clinical procedures. Additionally, examples of where 3D printing falls short of meeting expectations are discussed including demonstrating challenging cases.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand principles, theory, and procedures of 3D printing technology

  2. Exposure to clinical workflows related to clinical utilizing 3D printers

  3. Become familiar with 3D printing techniques related to fixed and removable prosthetics


3D Printing in Clinical Practice including Software, Materials, Printing, and Finishing Prosthetics

Participants will attend a 3-hour interactive, hands-on digital dentistry workshop which focuses on 3D printing. This course aims to describe the background, theory, and procedures related to intraoral optical image production, implant planning, and fabricating surgical guides. Participants will become exposed to software for generating 3D printed fixed and removable prosthetics as well as printing techniques using optical scanning, and software design. Additionally, participants will actively participate with 3D printing processing procedures including finishing and characterization of prosthetics.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand principles, theory, and procedures of 3D printing

  2. Exposure to information related to clinical workflows and software manipulation of optical images

  3. Acquire knowledge and confidence in generating surgical guides and prosthetics utilized in clinical practice

  4. Exposure to laboratory procedures to produce, finish, and prepare prosthetics for intraoral applications

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, DVD training series, and full‐online courses 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 five YouTube channels: LearnLODI”, “LearnLOCATOR” ,LearnSATURNO”, “LearnLOCATOR F‐Tx” and “The 3D Dentist”‐ popular YouTube channels on standard and narrow diameter dental implant procedures and digital dentistry.

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