David Markiewicz presents at UIC Clinic and Research Day
David Markiewicz will be joining our practice this summer. He has been busy this year. We would like to share this article from UIC which featured David. Read the entire article here.
[caption id="attachment_72" align="aligncenter" width="584"] David Markiewicz, DMD Candidate, Class of 2019, presented his case report titled: A Partially Digital Workflow for Complete Denture Fabrication.[/caption]
Digital Denture Innovation
David Markiewicz, DMD Candidate, Class of 2019, presented his case report titled, "A Partially Digital Workflow for Complete Denture Fabrication."
Digital technologies have been utilized increasingly in recent years, but seldom for denture fabrication. These technologies can make denture fabrication quicker and more affordable. Also, if a patient loses or breaks their denture, digital archiving can make replacing it as easy as calling the lab to mill it again.
Only 12 percent of dental colleges use digital technologies in their predoctoral complete denture education. The process, which involves fabricating complete dentures using PVS impressions, can be lengthy, inefficient, and often results in frustrated patients, faculty, and students. Typically, the entire workflow can take anywhere from six to eight appointments.
“We were able to develop a partially digital workflow that utilized CAD/CAM technologies to fabricate a complete denture in just four appointments, vs. the usual six to eight,” said Markiewicz. “The digital technologies also increased the quality of the final denture. Rarely do you find a workflow that can simultaneously increase efficiency and overall quality.”
Markiewicz’s mentors were Dr. Foteini Touloumi, Clinical Professor, Restorative Dentistry, and Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Associate Dean, Research, and Head of Oral Biology.
“Dr. Touloumi helped me fabricate my very first denture in the predoctoral clinic and has since guided me into understanding more deeply the theory and concepts behind denture fabrication,” said Markiewicz. “And, Dr. Cooper’s expertise in digital dentistry techniques opened up a vast network of resources that are traditionally unavailable to predoctoral students.”
Digital workflows combined with products such as Ivoclar, Avadent, etc., hold the promise to revolutionize the way dentures are made and how they are taught in dental school.
Markiewicz expects that this research and related product development to progress towards a completely digital workflow for complete denture fabrication. “Although the technology is not sophisticated enough yet, a completely digital workflow would include the ability to digitally scan edentulous arches,” said Markiewicz.
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