Prof. Pamuk is born in 21st May 1958 in Istanbul. He is graduated from University of Istanbul Faculty of Dentistry in 1982. He finished his PhD studies in 1988. He became Associate Professor in 1991 and Professor in 1998 at the same faculty in Fixed Prosthodontics Department. He retired from dental faculty in 2008 and currently is working full time in his private office in Turkey and organizes implant and digital dentistry. Prof. Pamuk published in many international and national journals and lectured in international dental community for several years. Implants, dental esthetic and CAD/CAM restorations are his main areas of interest.

Prof. Pamuk is founder and past president of Turkish Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He is the president of Implant Study Club of the Academy. Prof. Pamuk is also an actif member of IADR (International Association for Dental Research) and the past president of Implant Research Group in IADR. Prof. Pamuk is also founder and member of CADA (Computer Aided Dentistry Academy), actif member of CAI (Computer Aided Implantology Academy), IADDM (International Academy of Digital Dental Medicine). DDS (Digital Dentistry Society).

Current state of digital dentistry and future expectations

Our daily life is surrounded by digital technology and dentistry is no exception. When properly implemented and fully educated, return on investment can be excellent, increased joy in practicing dentistry can be experienced, and better care for your patients can be delivered.

When adopting new technologies, some important aspects should be considered. Interest toward new techniques, desire of learning and adopting new technologies should be deeply investigated.

Improved efficiency in cost and time, improved accuracy compare to previous methods, high level of predictability are the advantages of digital dentistry. There are also some limitations. Initial investment cost is an important issue when adopting this technology. Lack of interest of learning new techniques both from dentist and the dental team is also another negative aspect.

The purpose of this presentation is to examine the concept of digital dentistry, its advantages and limitations and share personal observations and experiences.