Continuing Dental Education

CE1667 International Digital Dentistry Symposium

Course Directors: Joel Berg, DDS, MS and Daniel Chan, DMD, MS, DDS
Course Presenters: Johan Aps, DDS, MSc Ped. Dent., MSc DMFR, PhD; Chuanbin Guo, DDS, PhD; Steve Shen, DDS, MD, FICD; Xuliang Deng, DDS, PhD; Yen-Wei Chen, DDS, MSD; Hongchang Lai, MDS, PhD; John Sorensen, DDS, PhD; Charles Park, BSEE; and Jack Jeong

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The University of Washington gratefully acknowledges A-dec, Bybo Dental Group and Henry Schein for their generous support of this program.

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Course Description

This whole-day symposium with University of Washington School of Dentistry faculty and international speakers will take you through the basics of digital dentistry. The symposium will focus on what digital workflow is and how it is transforming the industry.

The symposium will start with an overview of cone Beam CT and how this form of computerized tomography of oral or maxillofacial anatomy help in complex surgical planning and dental implants. The surgical aspect will be emphasized by international speakers in a series of case presentations.

Much of the symposium will focus on CAD/CAM technology that enables dental restorations to be fabricated using computerized milling technology. With the help of IT and dental laboratory personnel, our speakers will perform real-time demonstration that uses current technology to create proven CAD/CAM restorations.

The symposium will conclude with a summary of the synergy of digital technology & modern materials. After the course, you will have gained a broader understanding of the principles and applications of digital workflow. Vendors will be on-hand to demonstrate the latest products.

Course objectives

As a result of attending this course you will be able to:

  • Help the practicing dentist decide how and where is the entry point to digital workflow.
  • Recognize the potential of using digital workflow to improve productivity without compromising quality.
  • Recognize the technological cost and requirement plus legal ramifications of digital workflow.
  • Understand digital workflow from the prosthodontist’s and lab’s perspective
  • Understand the principles of 3D imaging and CBCT and how to incorporate it in a modern day practice.

Course Topics and Presenters

  • CBCT – Friend or Foe? – Johan Aps, University of Washington
  • 3D Technology in Current Orthodontic Treatment– Dr. Yi Liu
  • Precision Reconstructive Surgery for Craniomaxillofacial Deformities: Present and Future – Dr. Shen, Jiao Tang University
  • Nano-biomaterials for maxillofacial defects repair – Dr. Xuliang Deng, Peking University
  • Digital Workflow for Restorative Dentistry – clinical and laboratory perspectives – Drs. Yen-Wei Chen, Charles Park and Jack Jeong, University of Washington
  • Evidence-based treatment strategies in atrophic posterior maxillae – Dr. Hongchang Lai, Jiao Tong University
  • The Synergy of Digital Technology & Modern Materials for Enhanced Prosthodontic Practice – Dr. John Sorensen, University of Washington


Johan ApsJOHAN APS is a native from Belgium, who is working as full-time faculty at the University of Washington, School of Dentistry, since July 2012. He obtained his DDS degree in 1993 at the University of Ghent, Belgium. In 1997 he obtained a certificate in pediatric dentistry and special care and also defended his PhD successfully in 2002 at the same institution. In 2008 he obtained a master degree in dental and maxillofacial radiology at the University of London, Great Britain. Between 1993 and 2004 he was part-time in private practice and part-time faculty at the Ghent University. He became full-time faculty in 2004. He is author of several peer-reviewed papers, abstracts and book chapters. He is also reviewer for several dental journals, editor-in-chief of a Dutch-Belgian annual dental book and associate editor of the Journal of Dentomaxillofacial Radiology (BIR group). He is a frequently asked speaker on oral radiology and intraosseous local anesthesia.

YI LIU is Professor of Stomatology at the Peking University Dental School.

STEVE G.F. SHENSTEVE G.F. SHEN received his DDS from Zhejiang Medical University in 1984, and his MD from Shanghai Second Medical University in 1991. He is currently academic chair and professor of the Department of Oral and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, Shanghai Ninth People’s Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Director of Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dean of Shanghai Jiao Tong University College of Stomatology, member of The Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, and member of The Professional Degrees Steering Committee for postgraduate education of the State Council. He is also vice president of Chinese Stomatological Association, standing member of Chinese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, councilor and education committee member of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, fellow of International College of Dentists (FICD), president-elect of International Academy of Contemporary Dentistry (iACD), president of Shanghai Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, president of Shanghai Society of Stomatological Biomedical Engineering, president of Shanghai Society of Digital Medicine, as well as vice editor-in-chief or an editorial board member or peer-reviewer for the following journals: China journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Chinese Journal of Stomatology, Chinese Journal of Reparative and Reconstructive Surgery, Chinese Journal of Practical Stomatology, Chinese Journal of Stomatological Research ( electronic version ), Biomaterials and so on.

His main interests include oral and maxillofacial surgery, especially in plastic and aesthetic reconstructive surgery, orthognathic surgery, distraction osteogenesis, navigation-guided surgery, minimally invasive surgery (MIS), clefts surgery and craniofacial development in both basic and clinical research. He setup a research laboratory for digital cranio-maxillofacial surgery and pioneered a surgical designing platform for cranio-maxillofacial health care service in Shanghai. He contributed three books as editor-in-chiefs, one book as a vice editor-in-chief, as well as a number of chapters in 9 professional books. He published 295 papers in both Chinese and international journals.

Xuliang DengXULIANG DENG is Professor and Associate Dean at Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology. He studied at Beijing Medical University School and Hospital of Stomatology where he obtained his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees. Dr. Deng is currently deputy director of the National Engineering Laboratory for Digital and Material Technology of Stomatology, and deputy director of Beijing Lab of Biomedical Materials.
Dr. Deng’s academic research has focused on basic and translational research on novel dental materials and tissue regeneration scaffold materials. He has published over 150 papers in professional journals, including ACS Nano, Biomaterials, Carbon, and Tissue Engineering Part A. Dr. Deng has applied for 22 Chinese innovation patents.

Dr. ChenYEN-WEI CHEN holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Taipei Medical University (1998), a Master of Science in Dentistry degree and Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Washington (2008). He is an Assistant Professor at the School of Dentistry, University of Washington. His research interests are in the area of all ceramic systems and the application of CAD/CAM technology in the restorative dentistry. Dr. Chen has authored numerous articles and lectured both nationally and internationally on the subjects. He maintains a part-time private practice with his wife, Dr. Joan Nagatomo, a Periodontist in Shoreline, WA.

HONGCHANG LAIHONGCHANG LAI graduated as a dentist (M.D.S) from Nanjing Medical University in 1989. He received his Ph.D degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1997. During the year of 1997 to 2000, he was a visiting Assistant Professor and visiting Associate Professor of Department of Implantology and Prosthodontics, Louis-Pasteur University, France. In 2001, he was a visiting scholar in Implant Center, University of Geneva, Switzerland with Prof. Urs Belser. Currently, he is Chairman and Professor of Department of Oral Implantology, Shanghai No.9 People’s Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine.

His research interests focus on clinical follow-up studies of implant treatment involving atrophic alveolar bone, aesthetic implant dentistry, implant loading protocols, etc., and animal studies intended to improve the outcomes of dental implants. He is an active member of European Association of Osseointegration (EAO). He is now leading several research programs. He has published more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals as the first or corresponding author including Clinical Oral Implants Research and Journal of Clinical Periodontology, and co-authored several books in this field. He was included in Elsevier List of the Most Cited Chinese Researchers in 2014 and 2015. He now serves as editorial board member for Clinical Oral Implants Research and Journal of Prosthodontics. He is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Oral Implants Research Chinese version

Dr. John Sorensen
Dr. John Sorensen

JOHN SORENSEN, who joined the School of Dentistry faculty as a professor in Restorative Dentistry in October 2012, is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a fellow of the ACP who will be program chair of the ACP’s 2013 annual session. At the UW, he chairs the School of Dentistry’s Clinical Systems Task Force, which is charged with revamping clinical education and patient treatment to better align them with the school’s vision of 21st-century dentistry.

Dr. Sorensen is director, president and founder of the Pacific Dental Institute. He is also Adjunct Professor of Postgraduate Prosthodontics at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and founder and director of the Dental Clinical Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University, where he was the Oregon Dental Association Centennial Professor of Restorative Dentistry. He has been an active researcher in dental materials and a reviewer, editor and editorial board member for leading journals. In 2004, he won the Judson C. Hickey Scientific Writing Award from the editorial board of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

Course Logistics

Monday, March 27, 2017

University of Washington
South Campus Center, Room 316
Seattle, Washington 98195

This course is primarily designed for dentists, however dental hygienists and dental assistants may find the information useful as well.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until the Wednesday before the course).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 5:00pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until March 23, 2017 (after, $25 more)
$179/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.
** This course is eligible for an “Early Bird Discount” if you register six weeks or more before the course.

8 hours

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University of Washington designates this activity for 8 continuing education credits.