Technology is changing the way we work across multiple professions, including oral health care. With advancements in digital dentistry, technology is beginning to shift the teaching and learning experience in Canadian dental schools. It is also changing how dental labs, manufacturers and private practices operate.

With new state-of-the-art clinic facilities, Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry sees a huge potential to leverage digital technology to improve the student and patient experience. The Faculty is in the early stages of incorporating digital dentistry within its curriculum but has ambitious plans to build capacity in this area to better prepare students for future practice.

ENHANCING TEACHING AND LEARNING

Placing a great emphasis on digital technology within the Faculty’s curriculum will enhance the teaching and learning experience for dentistry students. It will provide them with an objective evaluation of their preparations, enable them to practice independently, and give them instant, visual feedback of their work. Expanding the Faculty’s digital capacity will create new research opportunities for students and faculty.

IMPROVING PATIENT CARE

The new clinic has not only transformed how faculty and students teach and learn, but also how they care for patients. Additional digital equipment will improve clinical practice for impressions, restorations and milled crowns.

THE IMPACT OF DIGITAL INNOVATION ON THE INDUSTRY

Digital solutions are reducing production times for manufacturers and dental labs, as processes become more automated. As equipment gets smaller and faster, it will reduce patient treatment times and create material savings for clinics.

BUILDING DIGITAL CAPACITY

The Faculty of Dentistry aims to raise approximately $600,000 to purchase a milling unit and 14 scanners with associated software for its dental simulation labs and clinics.

With your support, we can strengthen the teaching and learning experience for Dal dentistry students, educate other health care professionals and improve the patient experience in our community.