Smaranda Buduru is course director of Dental Occlusion with the Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dental Medicine, “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj. She teaches courses in Occlusion and Temporomandibular Dysfunction for students and residents in the department.
Dr. Buduru is has been registered as a specialist in General Dentistry since 1995 and in Prosthodontics from 2011. Since 2003 she holds a PhD in medical sciences with a thesis concerning the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular dysfunction.
She has been key invited speaker for different national and international congresses and conferences and her studies have been published in numerous journals in the field. She is the author of the following books: “Examination of the patient with temporomandibular dysfunction”, “Practical notions of dental occlusion”, “Dental occlusion: clinical versus articulator” (Romanian and English version), and coauthor of “Incursion in dental aesthetics”, “Comprehensive esthetic dentistry” (English and Chinese version) printed by Quintessence publishing house.
Dr. Buduru is co-owner of the dental clinic “Stomestet” where she conducted multidisciplinary and complex treatments in occlusion and prosthodontics. In the clinic she teaches private courses for doctors as well: “Dental Prosthodontics between aesthetics and occlusal equilibrium”, “Dental occlusion: practical considerations in prosthetic dentistry”.
SURVIVING THE DIGITAL ERA
Introducing new technologies such as intraoral and cast scanners, face scanneres, design software, milling and printing machines, put pressure upon our profession and imposed new profession-related challenges, forcing practitioners out of their comfort zones.
Alongside the new technology that implicitly opens up to new possibilities, the question is whether or not working protocols are being extensively altered the moment when a complete digitalization of the workflow is decided.
This conference wishes to make a critical analysis of clinical cases both from diagnosis and treatment planning standpoint, as well as of the clinical and technical working steps.
We wanted to compare cases treated using the classic, “analogue” technique, with similar ones approached by an analogue-digital combination or a full-digital workflow. We managed to treat a case that raises only pure esthetic challenges, as well as another case of global reconstruction with paramount occlusal and functional necessities, both of them using the two approaches.
It would be interesting to understand in the end what is truly the great advantage of introducing artificial intelligence in our profession and which are still the limits of this technology. Do machines take away our pleasure of creating beautiful teeth? Is precision a key factor that is of main concern? Or is art and human tactile sense an irreplaceable asset?