Disrupting Dentures: From Virtual to Reality
Digital dentures are both increasingly appealing and ever evolving—modern-day substitutes for antiquated materials and methods finally advancing on pace with the rest of the dental industry. Yet, in the pursuit of better products from the lab, we in the clinic seem to have settled for less in terms of protocols and patient management.
Why are we waiting until the later stages of the clinical workflow to leverage this technology? How many new problems do we create while solving the 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?
Over the past few years, Dr. Andrew C. Johnson has been developing a system that harnesses the start-to-finish power of digital dentures regardless of provider preference for past, present, or future techniques. Dr. Johnson proposes a shift in the procedural paradigm, and demonstrates how to use digital technology to enhance consistency, efficiency, and value at every stage of the treatment cycle.
- Compare and contrast traditional denture products and digital advancements
- Learn how to repurpose existing technologies and techniques to suit the digital age
- Appreciate the impact of digital clinical and laboratory practice on the traditional treatment flow
Dr. Andrew Johnson
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics Fellow, American College of Prosthodontics Member, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry
Dr. Andrew C. Johnson completed his general dental (2010) and prosthodontic training (2013) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and now operates a multi-specialty private practice in Rogers, AR. 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.
He maintains certifications by both the American Board of Prosthodontics and the National Board for Dental Laboratory Technology, and remains active in dental academics as an adjunct professor with the UTHSC Advanced Prosthodontics Program. Dr. Johnson has been published in multiple scientific dental journals and lectures internationally on a variety of technological developments in dentistry. He consults for a wide range of dental clinicians, suppliers, manufacturers, and developers as a thought leader in surgical & prosthetic technology integrations.
As a board-certified prosthodontist and 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. However, his broader professional interests include process scaling, provider calibration, and dental mindset disruption
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