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ADA debuts 3-D at ADA 2015

August 12, 2015

By David Burger

Dr. Buchanan
For the first time, The ADA will showcase 3-D video in an Education in the Round course at ADA 2015 — America's Dental Meeting Nov. 5-10 in Washington, D.C.

The idea came from Dr. L. Stephen Buchanan, who will teach The Art of Endodontics: A Live 3-D Clinical Demonstration. He will show the cutting-edge procedures and visualization tools he uses in his Santa Barbara, California practice., focusing on a patient's upper first molar.

Dr. Buchanan said the course will help attendees:

  • Understand how CT imaging and 3-D printing can be used for procedural endodontic education.
  • Use CT imaging for endodontic diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • Appreciate how intra-procedural CT imaging can be used to resolve clinical challenges.
Dr. Buchanan is not new to teaching courses about endodontics. In 1989, he established Dental Education Laboratories in Santa Barbara, a state-of-the-art teaching laboratory devoted to hands-on endodontic instruction. He continues to teach in regularly scheduled two-day courses that stress his belief that dentists who continually upgrade their skills and technology have the most successful practices. He also maintains a private practice focused on endodontics and implant surgery.

After graduating from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, Dr. Buchanan completed the endodontic graduate program at Temple University in 1980. He began pursuing 3-D anatomy research early in his career. In 1986 he became the first person in dentistry to use micro CT technology to show the intricacies of root structure, he said.

"Magnification with a 3-D camera, CT imaging and 3-D printing allow dentists to see internal and external dental anatomy that you would never see otherwise," said Dr. Buchanan. "It's revolutionizing our endodontic training, diagnoses, treatment planning and procedures."

The course (6401), worth three continuing education credits, is scheduled for Nov. 6, from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. Registration done prior to Oct. 9 is $69 per person. After Oct. 9, the price is $89.

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