The future of dentistry is digital

18 January 2018 Congress
Paulo Kano portrait

Dr Paulo Kano, Master in Oral Implantology at the São Leopoldo Mandic University, sets expectations for the two lectures he will be giving in Buenos Aires; one on ‘Aesthetic Rehabilitations with Cllones’ and the other on ‘Revolutionizing Aesthetics with High Technology Systems’.

In Buenos Aires, you will be lecturing on aesthetic and digital dentistry. What are some key elements from your two lectures that you would like to highlight?

The digitalization of dental procedures has brought new parameters to aesthetic dentistry. With these technologies it is possible to reach excellence in all kinds of restorations, providing the highest quality whilst maintaining an attractive and natural looking appearance.

The new digital systems allow for greater predictability of results and have considerably reduced the duration of the dental treatment. The technique that I will present integrates the most advanced CAD/CAM technologies and the natural morphology; combining a maximum of precision, quality, speed, naturalness and excellence in obtaining ceramic restorations.

The Cllones concept is a common component of both of your lectures. Can you briefly explain the basics of what it means and why it’s important for dental professionals’ knowledge?

The Cllones concept is a technique that allows you to create high quality restorations coping the natural morphology from a composite shell. It combines human ability with CAD/CAM technologies. The technique is not only limited to the anterior region of the mouth. It can be applied from unitary restorations to full mouth rehabilitations, allowing a functional occlusion reconstruction for all groups of teeth.

The demand for naturalness and excellence has considerably increased over the last years. Yet, manual ability is something that requires a long learning period and practice. This technique allows you to copy the uncountable natural morphologies existing in the world and place them into the patient’s mouth; creating various combinations with different outcomes.

What would you say is the role of high technology systems, like CAD/CAM, in the future of aesthetic dentistry?

High technology systems will be the basis of every dental and medical procedure in the future. We are beginning to see the progress in dentistry and it is directly linked to these technologies. It will continue to evolve until it is indispensable in everyday practice. With the growth of the dental digital system, the demand for better outcomes increases – as does the appeal for excellence and naturalness in aesthetics.

These technologies offer more accuracy and detail, which allows for better design quality. They let us solve aesthetic and functional problems in less clinical sessions. These new systems have revolutionized the way to see, think and work in dentistry.

What will lecture participants take away from both of your interventions?

For a long time, many dentists and dental technicians have been reluctant about digital dentistry. Transitioning from a conventional workflow to a digital one requires a change of paradigms and thinking. Yet, this technology comes to simplify our routine and improve the production and quality of dental restorations.

During my lecture, participants will learn how to improve their daily practice using this new technique in their own office or laboratory. The combination of this concept and technology allows for high levels of productivity and replicability. Learning this technique will be beneficial for dentists and dental technicians.

As an upcoming speaker at the FDI World Dental Congress, what does it mean for you to take part in this international event and have it take place in South America?

Throughout the years, FDI has been shaping the future of dentistry by following the most advanced techniques and knowledge in oral health. The World Dental Congress provides a scientific programme with important international speakers, that’s why it is a great pleasure and honour to be able to participate.

Having the congress take place in South America, near my country in Brazil, will be a huge opportunity to share experiences with my neighbours and it is always good to be close to home. Being part of this congress means helping the advancement of dentistry, inspiring dentists from all over the world to always do better, and influencing the future of the global dental community.

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