The Excellence in Restorative Dentistry Lecture Series: Digital Technology Trends Shaping the Dental Workplace

Jan, 1970

Penn Dental Medicine, B-13, 240 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Date/Time Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 12 – 1 pm
Credits 1 lecture credit hour
Tuition Free
Location Penn Dental Medicine, B-13, 240 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA
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Course Description

Over the past years, the digital dental workplace transformation has made it clear we are talking about more than just a collection of technologies or apps designed to collectively improve productivity in dental offices. What has become clear is that the digitization of the dental workplace is an ongoing process with a great deal yet to be done. Some digital dental workplace themes took shape in 2017 that look set to grow in prominence over the next 12 months.

The current movement in digital dentistry is toward everyday dentists. Next to discussing the existing digital workflows, new upcoming smart technologies are evaluated that simplify the workflow and create an inexpensive, highly reliable alternative. These new technologies represent a significant leap forward and eliminate many of the existing limitations, which for the first time might get digital dentistry ready for the mass distribution. Over the next decade, advances in digital reality—an amalgamation of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality, 360°, and immersive technologies—will lead to more natural and intuitive ways for technology to better our professional lives. The current zeitgeist of digital dentistry may require you to step out of your comfort zone, but the possibilities are endless.

Learning Objectives

  • Introduce the various digital technologies used in dentistry today
  • Discuss clinical workflows integrating these new digital technologies
  • Illuminate future trends and technologies in regards to dentistry.


Marcus Abboud, DDS: Dr. Abboud’s academic background is as diverse as it is extensive. He graduated from the University of Bonn, Germany in 1996 and started his prosthodontic residency the following year. In 2000, he received his Doctorate/PhD in Dentistry/Prosthodontics. After two years in the Department of Dental Research (Material Science) at Bonn University, he joined the Oral Surgery Certificate Program in Bonn. He successfully completed the program in 2007, and later received his Expert Certification in CBCT Technology and Diagnostics from the Dental Medical Association in Nordrhein, Germany. In 2011, Dr. Abboud joined Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine (SBU) in New York as Associate Professor with Tenure in the capacity as Founding Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics and Digital Technology. He later became Director of Continuing Education at SBU. Since 2016, Dr. Abboud has been a Full Professor with Tenure in the capacity as Associate Dean for Digital Dentistry at the University of Kentucky (UK), Lexington. He is responsible for the digital dentistry operation at the UK College of Dentistry, from pre- and postdoctoral education, to faculty practice and all outside dental offices managed by the UK College of Dentistry.

Dr. Abboud has been involved in research for over 20 years, and has been active on various topics including immediate loading of implants, the invention of new non-consumptive animal models for bone healing, new biological materials, and new technologies based on CBCT imaging technology. Dr. Abboud’s research work resulted in 17 patents and he has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Abboud lectures extensively at major national and international conferences on implantology, bone grafting, guided surgery, digital dentistry and CBCT/CT imaging. He has given numerous hands-on training courses covering all surgical and prosthetic aspects of implant dentistry and digital technology.


Pamela Rice
Office of Continuing Education
Penn Dental Medicine