3D Printing in Dentistry: Fad or Fundamental?

3D printing and additive manufacturing has many advantages over conventional workflows in dentistry. These include accuracy, efficiency, cost-savings, customization and potentially a more sustainable approach. Yet the adoption of 3D printing has met some hesitancy. This presentation will review 3D printing and present some traditional and experimental workflows with plastics, metals and zirconia. This will equip the clinician or technician to decide if 3D printing is a suitable workflow to explore.

A presentation by Les Kalman, Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry; Academic Lead, Continuing Dental Education, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry; Western University.


Question 1: What drives you?
My passion is my driving force. It is so exciting to see a concept become tangible. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals further strengthens that drive!

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
If you’re interested in 3D printing, or have a curiosity of how this technology may improve the clinical workflow, then you should attend.

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
I feel that refined alternative workflows, improved materials and an increased understanding of the physically printed component (prosthesis) will have profound impacts.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Profound. Any workflow that may improve the clinical experience, through efficiency, cost & sustainability, while maintaining the quality of care, should be explored.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Awareness, understanding, appreciation and openness to novel technologies.

About Les Kalman
Dr. Kalman’s research focuses on medical devices & technologies relevant to clinical dentistry, with an emphasis on metal AM. He has authored over 50 articles, a textbook chapter, holds two patents and has translated several technologies. He serves on the Standards Council of Canada, the Ambassadors Circle and Advanced Credentialing Committee for the ICOI. He has been recognized as an Academic Associate Fellow (American Academy of Implant Dentistry), Fellow, Master and Diplomate (International Congress of Oral Implantologists), Fellow (Academy of Osseointegration), Fellow (American College of Dentists), Schulich Alumni of Distinction and received the Merck Patients First award.

About Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry; Western University
The Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University is a public, urban medical and dental school to serve the people of Southwestern Ontario. The School’s mission is to provide medical and dental pre-and post-doctoral education programs.

At Schulich Dentistry, we prepare qualified graduates to provide dental care as well as generate knowledge through clinical research, basic science research and other scholarly activity. We also provide oral health care to the public through our on-site clinics and our community outreach programs, specifically, Dental Outreach Community Service (DOCS) and Oral Health, Total Health.

Les Kalman is speaker at the 2022 edition of the 3D Dental Printing Conference.

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