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  Posted by: The Probe      21st January 2020

The International Digital Dentistry Academy (IDDA) is dedicated to promoting and developing the benefits of digital workflows within the dental environment. Its members include dentists, technicians and auxiliaries, who work together to improve collaboration, innovation and support for colleagues utilising state-of-the-art technologies.

Supported by headline sponsor Carestream Dental, the 3rd IDDA Conference took place in November 2019, when hundreds of like-minded professionals gathered to hear from some of the most prominent names in the field right now.

Despite a small game of rugby being played, delegates were keen to make the most of the full educational programme on offer. The morning session was dedicated to ‘Celebrating Women in Digital Dentistry’, with intriguing lectures presented by female professionals at the top of their game. These included Eimear O’Connell, Federica Antonelli and Sylwia Arizpe.

Vinnie Thandi brought the initial programme to a close by highlighting the vast array of indications for digital technologies and encouraging delegates to use as much or as little as they were comfortable with. In Vinnie’s session, and indeed throughout the morning’s programme, the many benefits of digital workflows were discussed, covering increased patient comfort, shortened turnaround times, improved accuracy and reduced margin for error.

After lunch, it was the gentlemen’s turn as Michael Toptygin, Carl Fenwick, Craig Parker, Hossa Dawa and Wally Renne took to the stage to share their insights and experiences. A wealth of practical tips and guidance was offered to delegates, who remained highly engaged. Pawel Paskiewicz also provided a live demonstration of his astounding photography skills, as he showed delegates how to capture beautiful images of his glamorous assistant to aid in treatment acceptance and patient satisfaction.

Break out hands-on sessions were also available throughout the day, enabling professionals to improve their skills in everything from guided surgery software to digital restorative techniques and intraoral scanning. In addition, the various companies supporting the event featured their latest and greatest digital products, which delegates had the chance to try for themselves. Carestream Dental displayed the intuitive CS 3700 intraoral scanner, as well as the brand new Care Management Platform designed to revolutionise practice and patient management.

The event was brought to a tremendous close with this year’s Gala Dinner, which many professionals attended in high spirits while enjoying the unique Peaky Blinders theme. The DDA Awards were presented during the evening too, recognising individuals and teams in their efforts to achieve excellence in digital dentistry. Congratulations to all the winners:

Best Digital Practice – Paul Reaney
Digital Rookie of the Year – Filipe Amante
Best Digital Team Member – Dimitris Liolios
Best Digital Technician – Dimitris Liolios
Best Digital Restorative Case – Sylwis Arizpe and Liam McGrath
Best Digital Implant Case – David Veige
Best Digital Denture – Gillian Egan
Best Digital Single Tooth – Jason Smithson and Paul Butterwick
Best Digital Training Scheme – Synergy Dental Clinic and Zuber Bagasi
Best Digital Dentist – Wally Renne

A take home message of the day was that digital is the present and future of dentistry. With the right training, guidance and technologies in the field, both clinicians and patients stand to benefit.

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