Dental School Ahead of the Curve in CAD/CAM


OHSU School of Dentistry is ramping up its CAD/CAM curriculum with the purchase of state-of-the-art Omnicams and a lab grade milling unit, along with the donation of 29 blue cameras and 10 chairside milling units from Sirona Dental. The gift will enable the school to more efficiently teach digital imaging, restoration design on software, and milling of ceramic restorations to dental students.

“This generous donation will put OHSU ahead of the curve in terms of dental schools teaching CAD/CAM in the country,” said Thomas Hilton, D.M.D., M.S. `03, alumni centennial professor of operative dentistry, who coordinates the school’s CAD/CAM program. “The gift will enable us now to have one blue camera acquisition unit for every two students in the pre-clinic, and one Omnicam on each pre-doctoral clinic floor (as well as two Omnicams for continuing education and the Faculty Dental Practice), which will boost the timeliness of patient care.

“It is so important for today’s dentists to be at the forefront of CAD/CAM technology,” he said. “CAD/CAM is the direction restorative dentistry is headed and we intend to be leading the way in CAD/CAM dental education.”