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PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain: Exocad, an Align Technology company and a leading dental CAD/CAM software provider, successfully concluded Insights 2022, its third global digital dentistry event, under the motto “Learn. Connect. Enjoy.” The biennial meeting took place on 3 and 4 October at the Palma Convention Centre.
“Insights 2022 truly exceeded our expectations,” said Tillmann Steinbrecher, CEO of exocad. “International speakers and attendees from around the world joined us to explore the future of digital dentistry together and share best practices.”
Dentists, dental technicians and industry partners from more than 45 countries attended the educational CAD/CAM event. The comprehensive two-day programme included informative presentations by top industry experts and in-depth learning sessions run by exocad software experts for both clinical and laboratory audiences. Insights industry partners offered sessions as well, rounding out the diverse agenda of tips, tricks and deep learning opportunities.
“This event provided us all with a much-needed opportunity to connect face to face,” said Novica Savic, chief commercial officer of exocad. “Being in one location for two days of high-quality networking, learning and hands-on demonstration provided us all with great inspiration for the digital dentistry era we are in.”
New 3.1 Rijeka release series and exocad software sessions
At Insights 2022, exocad’s software solutions DentalCAD, ChairsideCAD and exoplan and the new 3.1 Rijeka release series took centre stage. Master dental technician Michael Kohnen, head of global application support and education at exocad, presented the 45 new and over 85 enhanced features of DentalCAD 3.1 Rijeka and provided a first look at the 3.1 Rijeka version of exoplan, exocad’s open implant planning software. In dedicated software sessions, users were guided through new software features and shown how to reap the full benefits of seamless digital workflows using exocad software.
Top international speakers
Dental industry trailblazers gave presentations on how to use digital tools to achieve better aesthetic treatment results for patients and to work even more productively. The speaker line-up covered all points along the treatment spectrum. Dr Guilherme Saavedra, a dentist from Brazil, and Waldo Zarco Nosti, a master dental technician from Spain, addressed the question of how digital dentistry works, from virtual planning to finished high-quality prostheses. US-based restorative dentist Dr Lori Trost inspired participants on the topic of dentures and presented her digital treatment approach. Laboratory owner and registered dental technician Steven Campbell from the UK discussed how digital workflows can help address looming staff shortages for clinics and laboratories. Master dental technician Sascha Hein from Germany offered valuable tips on how to reliably determine the correct tooth shade for aesthetically high-quality restorations in the digital age. “Dentist–lab synergy in the digital era” was the presentation title of Digital Smile Design founder Dr Christian Coachman from Brazil. His lecture provided dentists and dental technicians with inspiration on ways to produce predictable high-quality aesthetic restorations. The UK’s Dr Gulshan Murgai presented his digital workflow based on a patient case, focusing on implant planning with exoplan. He discussed the planning of single-tooth implants and their immediate restoration and the restoration of edentulous jaws. Dr Diana Tadros from the US discussed aesthetics in her clinical session, explaining her digital treatment approach and how exocad’s Smile Creator can be used in the patient journey to highly aesthetic restorations.
Partner exhibition, partner sessions and software integrations
More than 50 of the top companies in dental materials, equipment and CAD/CAM presented their latest innovations as part of the Insights partner exhibition. The Insights diamond, platinum and gold partners ran 14 special sessions to introduce attendees to their products and shared valuable ideas for the application of exocad software solutions in connection with digital hardware.
Three new DentalCAD 3.1 Rijeka features and modules were launched. The iTero NIRI (near-infrared imaging) technology and intra-oral scanner images are now automatically imported when designing restorations, enabling technicians to visualise the internal and external tooth structure and optimise the process of margin tracing. The new xSNAP module is a model attachment for a printable 3D articulated system featuring a spherical head, which allows precisely executed protrusion, laterotrusion and mediotrusion. Ivoclar’s Ivotion denture system, a complete workflow for the digital production of high-quality removable dentures, is now available in exocad.
Growth to meet demand
To provide space for its growing workforce, exocad announced that it is opening new high-tech headquarters in Darmstadt in Germany in November. The company also relocated its Asian headquarters to South Korea in May, in order to be closer to its resellers and users from South Korea and to provide even more comprehensive services to customers in Asia.
Community, collection and connection
Insights 2022 provided a welcome opportunity to network in person with exocad experts, strategic partners and resellers. After a rigorous educational agenda, attendees had the opportunity to unwind at the end of the first day with an evening dinner and live music. In addition, exocad once again offered attendees the chance to participate in a charity drive by buying T-shirts, the funds being raised for the benefit of a dental non-profit organisation.
The future is digital
At the press briefing, speakers agreed that open software architecture is key to creating a comprehensive future in digital dentistry. Insights partners also reflected on the general direction of the dental industry, saying that all processes are moving towards digital workflows. They advised laboratories and dentists to embrace this digital transition and to discover what tools are available to help them reach the ultimate goal: improved patient care.