About this Research Topic
Due to the headway made in technologies such as intraoral scanners, software, and production techniques, the digital workflow in restorative dentistry has developed in recent years. The establishment of digital planning tools (smile design), CAD/CAM technology (e.g. milling, selective laser melting, 3D-printing), and intraoral scanning devices together with the use of new materials (e.g. zirconia or polyether ether ketone (PEEK)) have revolutionized the production of tooth-borne and implant-supported fixed dental restorations. The digital workflow has opened the door for the chairside fabrication of tooth- and implant-supported restorations in a virtual environment without any physical model situations. Additionally, aside from increased quality, the digital workflow has proved to be more efficient than conventional fabrication in terms of cost and time.
The rapid development of this technology means that the dental team needs validated information on the clinical and technical feasibility as well as biological outcomes to provide a sound base for the selection of the most appropriate technique in daily practice. Often lessons from other failures can be learned leading to minimize wrong decisions within the workflow.
This Research Topic will give an overview of the state-of-art digital workflow in restorative dentistry. The aspects related to the digital workflow shall include, but are not limited to:
• Integration of the digital workflow in the under- and postgraduate teaching environment
• Techniques and clinical procedures used in the digital treatment planning and simulation process
• Fundamental research articles on new materials and new fabrication technologies in the digital workflow
• Clinical studies reporting on performance, patient-centered outcomes, as well as economic aspects of restorations fabricated in the digital workflow
• Clinical case reports and technical reports describing innovative technique or materials or the digital workflow
• Critical clinical case reports describing failures and analyzing causes within the digital workflow
• Systematic or narrative reviews of current trends for the digital workflow in restorative dentistry
We would like to acknowledge that Dr. Dinesh Rokaya acted as a coordinator and has contributed to the preparation of the proposal for this Research Topic.
Keywords: Digital workflow, Smile design, digital impression, intraoral scanning, CAD/CAM, additive manufacturing, monolithic restorations, treatment planning
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