Digital Dentistry

Digital Dentistry Seminar (DGD2)

Full Course:  10 ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits for CE/CPD (Code 138) (PRD 04/24/19, EXP 04/23/22) or 10 for California Board of Dental Examiners (CBDE) for CD/CPD Credits

Short Course:  6 ADA CERP/AGD PACE Credits for CE/CPD (Code 138) (PRD 04/24/19, EXP 04/23/22) or 6 for California Board of Dental Examiners (CBDE) for CD/CPD Credits 

Courses are appropriate for:  General Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Endodontists, Geriatric Dental Specialists, Dental Implant Surgeons, Prosthodontists, Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists

Digital Dentistry (DGD2) Topics Include: 3D Digital Impressions, Fixed Restorations, Tooth Prep Design, Implant Technology, Optical Impressions, and more.

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Instructor Bio

Dr. Radi Masri, DDS, MS, PhD

Dr. Masri received his first dental degree from the University of Jordan Dental School in 1997 and completed a prosthodontic residency at the University of Maryland, College of Dental Surgery in 2001. Dr. Masri has a Master degree in Oral Biology and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, a member of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics and fellow of the Academy of Prosthodontics.

In addition to being an expert in fixed, removable and implant dentistry, Dr. Masri authored the first book on clinical applications of digital dentistry. He is a dedicated academician and researcher. Dr. Masri is an Associate Professor at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery and at the University of Maryland Medical School. He lectures nationally and internationally and serves as an external examiner for international dental schools in the field of prosthodontics. He is the chair of the American College of Prosthodontics Research Committee and the Associate Editor in Chief of the Journal of Prosthodontics. Dr. Masri has authored numerous scientific papers and currently supervises a federally funded research laboratory that studies the etiology and treatment of chronic pain.

Dr. Masri has received many honors including the 2013 American College of Prosthodontist Clinician Research Award and the 2015 Maryland LIFE Award for the most promising technology. In 2014, he was elected as a Director for the American Board of Prosthodontics. 

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None reported


3D Digital Impressions: History and Principals

A brief history of 3D digital dentistry and their progress; Principles of digital scan: light vs. laser and underlying science.

Digital Technology: Impression Systems

Description of digital systems available for bench top and intraoral scanning; Description of complete digital systems used for digital impression and milling of restorations. This will include a discussion of indications, contraindications, advantages and disadvantages.

Digital Workflow in Dental Clinics

This lecture will focus on interactions between the dental clinic and the laboratory; A discussion of practical considerations and implementation of dental technology will be included.

Digital Fixed Restorations: Industrial Design and Manufacturing

A discussion of technology available for direct digital manufacturing, their principles, advantages and disadvantages.

Digital Fixed Restorations: Materials

A discussion of provisional, composite, ceramic and metals available for use in the fabrication of digital restorations.

Digital Fixed Restorations: Principles of Tooth Preparation and Considerations

A discussion of provisional, composite, ceramic and metals available for use in the fabrication of digital restorations.

Digital Implant Technology: Treatment Planning and Surgery

A presentation on systems available for digital implant treatment planning and digital workflow in the office.

Digital Implant Technology: Restoring Dental Implants

Digital impressions of dental implants; digital restoration of single implants; and complex rehabilitation of dental implants using bars.

A Review of the Fundamentals of Optical Impressions

Scientific principles that govern current optical impression systems and latest technology.

Clinical Applications of Digital Dentistry

Clinical Examples of Treatment Rendered Using A Digital Workflow.

Course Objectives

The evolution of the art and science of dentistry has always been gradual and steady, driven primarily by innovations and new treatment protocols that challenged the conventional wisdom such as the invention of the turbine hand piece and the introduction of dental endosseous implants. While these innovations were few and far between, the recent explosion in digital technology, software, scanning and manufacturing capabilities caused an unparalleled revolution leading to a major paradigm shift in all aspects of dentistry. Not only is digital radiography routine practice in dental clinics these days, but virtual planning and computer-aided design and manufacturing are also becoming mainstream. Digital impressions, digitally fabricated dentures and the virtual patient are no longer science fiction, but are indeed, a reality.

This course is designed to give a comprehensive view about clinical applications of digital dentistry. The first part of the course will review topics including the history of digital impressions, the science underlying optical impressions, and available digital manufacturing technology. The second part will focus on the clinical applications of technology in fixed and implant prosthodontics, including the economic impact of digital dental technology. 


Part I:

  1. Develop an understanding of the history of digital dentistry and how it came about
  2. Understand the principles of optical impressions and their underlying science
  3. Recognize digital systems available for intraoral scanning, and understand their indications, contraindications, advantages and disadvantages
  4. Understand practical applications of implementing the digital workflow in the clinic
  5. Become familiar with the various technologies available for the fabrication of dental restorations

Part II:

  1. Become familiar with digital workflow used for the treatment planning and placement of dental implants
  2. Recognize the various technologies available for restoring dental implants
  3. Understand digital technology available for the design and manufacture of removable dentures
  4. Understand the economic impact of digital dental technology
  5. Become exposed to clinical cases treated with digital dental technology



American Seminar Institute is an approved provider of ADA-CERP, AGD-PACE and the California Board of Dental Examiners.


Produced:  3/09/2016 

Reviewed:  4/24/19 

Expires for AGD/ADA Credit: 4/23/2022

Additional Information

Additional Dental Continuing Education (CE/CPD) options available:

Other courses of interest may include:  Foundations in Pediatric DentistryConquering Difficult CasesHead and Neck Cancer and Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorder

For up-coming courses, please visit: Dental Courses Coming Soon There you will find abbreviated listings of additional courses that are soon to be released.