CDE: Transforming Dentistry Through Innovation and Technology ft. Dr. Michel Koo

May, 2021
12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Presented virtually via Zoom Webinar

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm EST; This virtual lecture will begin promptly at 12:00 pm via Zoom Webinar.
*Lecture will not be recorded*
Registration: FREE; Registration is still required.
CE Credits: 1.0 lecture credits
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Transforming Dentistry Through Innovation and Technology

Course Description

Advances in microscopic imaging are revealing unprecedented details about dental plaque, leading to the development of new technologies to fight it more effectively. What if a patient’s visit to the dentist didn’t involve the time-consuming and sometimes unpleasant scraping with mechanical tools to remove plaque from their teeth? What if, instead, a small army of tiny robots could be deployed to precisely and non-invasively remove that buildup? Join us to hear about the exciting work of Dr. Hyun (Michel) Koo, Director of the Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry and Professor in the Department of Orthodontics, Divisions of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health at Penn Dental Medicine, and how his interdisciplinary research has led to new discoveries about dental plaque and the development of microbe-killing robots for biofilm elimination.

Learning Objectives

The participants will learn about emerging ways to study dental plaque and treat it more effectively. They will also learn about a new Center for Innovation uniting the schools of Dental Medicine and Engineering to develop new ways to study, diagnose and treat oral diseases & craniofacial disorders.


Penn Dental Medicine Hyun (Michel) Koo, DDS, MS, PhDDr. Hyun (Michel) Koo research focuses on understanding how biofilms cause oral infectious diseases and seeking new therapeutic strategies to control biofilms. His group has applied engineering and computational methods to study oral biofilms in childhood caries and nanoparticles for caries prevention. He also developed the first micron-scale robots for automated dental biofilm eradication using nanotechnology and robotics. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the recipient of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Award

Disclosure: Dr. Koo has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credits.