Yesterday I went to a CE course sponsored by Patterson, a dental supplier. The course was reviewing some of the new technologies in dentistry, particularly CEREC. CEREC is a system that can digitally take impressions and can even mill crowns and other porcelain restorations chairside. What this means to the patient is, no more gooey impression gunk, temporary crowns, or weeks of waiting. Instead, you can receive an easy digital impression (taken basically from a LED light camera) and a white crown (or other fillings) in just a few hours in one appointment. Pretty cool.
I am still unsure where my dental path will take me but I thought it valuable knowledge regardless of whether I do crowns or exclusively surgeries in my practice.
At the end of the course they had a drawing for a free trip to a more extensive CEREC CE course in Arizona. Surprisingly, I won! So, I get free airfare, a stay at a very expensive hotel, and a pricey CE course all for free. Pretty cool. I hope I can make it work in my schedule next year.