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Dental Professionals View Live Procedure from Wood Auditorium
On November 4, a live dental implant procedure was broadcast from the General Dentistry operatory into Wood Auditorium as a continuing education course for dental professionals. The East Tennessee 10th Annual Kenneth R. Walker, DDS Memorial Lecture, presented by the Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry and directed by O. Lee Wilson, DMD, Chair and Associate Professor, Dentistry, gave participants the novel experience of seeing a live, minimally invasive implant procedure while also being able to ask questions during the procedure to the clinicians, David Little, DDS, clinical adjunct professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas, and Joe Thornton, DDS, specialist in removable and implant prosthetics in Snellville, Georgia.
While some components were pre-arranged, Dr. Little performed the implant procedure on one of his patients, and she walked away with her permanent overdentures, placed by Dr. Thornton. For the broadcast, Andrew Young, DDS, Instructor, Dentistry, operated the camera using a remote control with a joystick so that the audience could see angles inside the patient's mouth.
Following the procedure, which took less than three hours, the patient joined Dr. Little and Dr. Thornton in Wood Auditorium to meet participants and answer questions.
Dr. Wilson said feedback from the event was positive and he anticipates using similar technology for resident training.
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