The dental industry at a tipping point – Presented by Daniel Wismeijer, Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam

The dental industry at a tipping point – Presented by Daniel Wismeijer, Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam at the 3D Dental Printing Conference, which takes place on Jan 31, 2017 at MECC Maastricht in The Netherlands.

In dentistry 3D printing is about to take off in a big way. 3D printing allows volume production of complex small individualized parts. That is what dentists do every day: produce complex individualised small parts. The CAD tool is already incorporated into the workflow in the dental lab and  CAM, ergo milling, has taken of in a big way.

Milling however has some limitations that 3D printing doesn’t. As we now can 3D print composites , ceramics and PMMA’s  the whole range of dental products is covered. Science and industry are working together in this field and the revolution has begun.

The dental industry needs to re-think their business strategy and redefine the positions in the production/ treatment chain otherwise they will fall out.

About Prof. dr. Daniel Wismeijer
Still married to his first wife and has 2 children

Studied dentistry at the University of Nijmegen Dental School from 1979-1984

After graduating he joined the department of Oral Function and worked in de section of special dental care and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics. He received his PhD in 1996 on the subject of overdentures on dental implants; “The Breda Implant Overdenture Study”. In that year he left Academia. From 1985 till 2006 he worked at the Amphia teaching Hospital in Breda in the department of Oral Surgery and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics.

In 1985 he started a general dental practice which since 1990 is a referral practice for Oral Implantology. He is a past president of the Dutch Prosthodontic Association and the Dutch Association for Gnathology. He is an ITI fellow since 1993. In the ITI he has served as a member of the ITI education Core Group for 8 years.  He was a member of the ITI research committee from 2011 till 2015. In  2013 was elected as an ITI board member at large and in 2015 he became  chairman of the ITI education committee.

In 2006 he accepted the position of Professor of Oral Implantology and Prosthetic Dentistry at ACTA Amsterdam which he combines with his referral practice. He is the head of the section of Oral Implantology and Prosthetic Dentistry . The research areas in his section are focused on “CAD/CAM treatment optimization”, “Digital Dentistry, treatment evaluation and  workflow” ,” implant surface and bone substitute optimization” “peri-implantitis” as well as  “ the evaluation of different implant based treatment modalities”.

About Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam 
ACTA is the joint faculty of Dentistry of both the free university Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam

At both national and international level, ACTA ranks among the top five research institutes in the field of dentistry.

High quality is reflected both in patient care and in our research programmes. As a result, ACTA is able to offer a top quality educational programme.

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