The Use of Virtual Patient in Clinical Practice
Insertion of dental restorations and prostheses usually requires lengthy chairside occlusal adjustment. Articulator has been taught in dental schools to simulate individual patient’s jaw movement so as to reduce the need of adjustment. However, its complexity and cost limits clinical application. In the era of digital dentistry, several approaches including the creation of virtual analogue of dental patients are using to facilitate the insertion of dental restorations. This workshop will provides an overview of the digital approaches available and hands-on experience to create virtual patient models.
Dr Walter Lam is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong. He received his dental and prosthodontic training in Hong Kong and holds the Fellowships of several Dental Colleges. He is an international dental advisor of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Secretary of the Hong Kong Prosthetic Dentistry Society. He is the Editorial Board Member, Digital Dentistry Section, Journal of Dentistry (Q1 in dentistry) and the founding member of the HKU Musketeers Foundation Institute of Data Science. He is a Hong Kong representative of the Dental CAD/CAM Systems (TC 06/SC 9) in International Standard Organization (ISO). His research interests include Prosthodontics, Digital Dentistry and Artificial Intelligence.