3D Guided Endodontics

by Andres Torres, Endodontic specialist, KU Leuven (OMFS-IMPATH), Belgium

This presentation will focus on the latest techniques used in endodontics to achieve success even in the most difficult cases helped by 3D design and printing technologies.
In this method, a digital impression of the patient’s jaw is taken and registered to the data from a CBCT scan. Then, a path for the treatment is created up to the target location on the CBCT scan. Finally, a guide for the bur being used during treatment is designed by means of a computer-aided design (CAD) software and printed using a 3D printer.
The concept of 3D Guided endodontics is becoming a valuable tool among clinicians as it seems to be a promising technique offering a higher predictable outcome and lower risk of iatrogenic damage. Minimally invasive treatment can be performed, and chair-side time can be reduced.

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What drives you?
The way that 3D printing is helping our treatment and giving us a more predictable outcome makes me very excited.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
People should attend the presentation to see how we can still push the boundaries of what we once think possible thanks to new 3D printing technologies.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
The whole concept of Guided Endodontics, either used for conventional treatment or for surgery, will become a common treatment aid in the future as the technology evolves.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
It will help on cases that we once thought not to be possible to treat.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
It is still a growing concept, a lot of research is needed to make it more reliable and the technology is not yet broadly available.

About Andres Torres
Andres Torres obtained his degree as General Dentist in 2012 from the University of Los Andes, Santiago, Chile. During the training in Dentistry, he participated twice in a research internship on CBCT in Endodontics at the KU Leuven, Belgium.
In 2015 he obtained the diploma of Postgraduate studies in Advance Medical Imaging at the KU Leuven. Further, he obtained a specialization degree in Endodontics in July 2017 at the same university.
He works as an Endodontic specialist in private practice. He is instructor of the Endodontic postgraduate at KU Leuven and a PhD candidate on the topic of Guided Endodontics.

About KU Leuven (OMFS-IMPATH)
The OMFS-IMPATH research group relates to development and validation of surgical tools and image-based solutions to advance in oromaxillofacial surgery, with an ultimate aim to obtain an optimised treatment outcome while minimizing the peri- and postsurgical risks, such as neurovascular trauma.

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