The 27th Annual Dr. Dan Cruz Memorial Lecture
Disrupting Dentistry: A Patient Flow for the Future
Thursday, April 13
9 AM – Noon
3 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, DA
About the Course
Digital dental technologies are both increasingly appealing and ever-evolving—modern-day substitutes for antiquated materials and methods. Yet, in the pursuit of better, faster, cheaper products from the lab, we in the clinic seem to have settled for less in terms of clinical protocols and patient management. How can we blend our traditional experience with our modern modalities? Why are we waiting until the middle or end of the clinical workflow to leverage this technology? How many new problems do we create while solving old ones? What if we had a digital means to a digital end—a process that made everything better for the lab, the clinic and the patient alike? In this presentation, Dr. Johnson proposes a shift in the patient experience paradigm and demonstrates how to use commonplace technologies to enhance consistency, efficiency and value at every stage of the treatment cycle.
This session will enable participants to:
- Review traditional dental processes compared with digital advancements
- Repurpose existing technologies and techniques to suit the digital age
- Appreciate the impact of digital clinical practice on the traditional treatment flow
Andrew Johnson D.D.S., M.D.S., C.D.T., F.A.C.P.
Dr. Andrew C. Johnson completed his general dental and prosthodontic training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and now practices in Northwest Arkansas. Along with his specialist certificate, Dr. Johnson earned a post-doctoral master’s degree in dental science researching CAD/CAM restorative techniques and emerging digital dental materials. As a board-certified prosthodontist and digital denture technician, his expertise centers around complex dental implant and prosthetic reconstruction, start to finish—from three-dimensional imaging, virtual treatment planning and computer-guided and robotic surgery, to digital prosthesis design, production workflow and long-term complication management.
Conflict of Interest: Affiliation with Omnismile, Consultant at The Aurum Group/Rodo Medical