UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry recently invested nearly $1 million for digital technology to make sure students are familiar with taking digital impressions, milling restorations, and using 3D printing technologies — essential tools of the modern dental practice.

The recent purchase means nearly 30 new E4D units will become available to students this fall, said Dean John Valenza, DDS.  The technology was previously only available in the school’s faculty practice, UT Dentists.

The new, state-of-the-art equipment will also be used in continuing education courses, including a complimentary course for UTSD alumni beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, June 14 at the School of Dentistry, 7500 Cambridge Street, Houston.  Walter G. Renne, DMD, will present “Why Digital? Why Now?” Seating is limited, so registration is required. Visit Go.uth.edu/DigitalDentistry for full details.

Renne is director of CAD/CAM technology at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine, where he has been instrumental in integrating computerized assessment software (E4D Compare) into the curriculum.  He will cover trends in digital dentistry and give an overview of the intraoral scanners currently available, and 3D printing.

The course is being offered free to UTSD alumni through a partnership of the School of Dentistry’s PACE Center and Dean’s Academy of Distinguished Scholars. For more information, contact the PACE Center at 713-486-4028.