The course Digital Biomaterials compiles four modules introducing the most cutting-edge digital and computer technologies in dentistry including big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and digital workflow that support clinical dental diagnostics, and enhance the efficiency of fabricating durable dental restorations. Learners will also be introduced to the properties of the most commonly used dental materials such as titanium, various ceramics and composite biomaterials.. Furthermore, adhesion of dissimilar materials to tooth structures will also be explained. The learning objectives of the four modules in Digital Biomaterials are as follows: Module 1 Define what digital dentistry is and what it includes. Examine the clinical implications of dental imaging, 3D-stereophotogrammetry, intraoral scanner and cone-beam computerized tomography (CBCT). Compare and contrast CAD/CAM with conventional techniques in dentistry. Understand the role of digital dentistry in areas of orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS). Examine commonly used digital techniques in dentistry such as impression taking, shade matching, radiography, and 3D printing. Appreciate the role of digital technology in shaping the future of dentistry . Module 2 Understand the basic science behind applications of titanium in dentistry and what matters on the titanium surface. Appraise the special properties and implications of ceramics in dental materials. Learn the surface treatment methods of zirconia. Compare and contrast the advantages and shortcomings of zirconia against titanium. Understand the clinical purpose, principles and techniques to treat surfaces (grit blasting and acid-etching). Understand the applications of silicon and related compounds in dentistry. Module 3 Identify and list computer technologies used in dentistry. Describe the digital workflow in dental applications. Discuss the computer technologies applied in the field of digital orthodontics. Apprehend and justify the use of big data and artificial intelligence technology in dentistry - is it the future of dentistry? Module 4 Understand the design and chemistry of fibre-reinforced composite materials. Compare and contrast fibre-reinforced composites with conventional biomaterials. Define and classify the whole spectrum of dental cements. Examine the properties, chemistry and applications of tricalcium silicate-based cements in endodontology. Appraise the compositions, indications and applications of dentin bonding materials and systems.
Jukka Matinlinna|James Kit Hon Tsoi|