Dr. Taiseer Sulaiman – Cary, NC

CAD/CAM in dentistry is constantly growing becoming a user- and patient-friendly technology and service using intraoral scanners and laboratory/chairside milling units to manufacture dental restorations and appliances from multiple materials including wax, metals, composite resins, and ceramics.

Properties of these materials may vary when compared to restorations prepared from conventional and additive manufacturing methods. Understanding the differences in these properties is important for material and fabrication method selection. Additive manufacturing is becoming an alternative to subtractive manufacturing in many applications. However, chemical composition, mechanical and physical properties of these materials are still lacking. 3D printed materials require a considerable amount of research and time to prove its clinical efficacy.

Learning Objectives:  

  1. Classify the spectrum of CAD/CAM materials that are available to the clinician.
  2. Define the mechanical and optical properties of CADCAM materials and how it compares to those of the natural tooth structure.
  3. Understanding criteria for material selection to optimize clinical longevity of various CAD/CAM materials.

Bio: TAISEER SULAIMAN is the director of the Advanced Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials Research at the Adams School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he gained his clinical certificate in Operative Dentistry and completed his PhD in Dental Materials from the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry and Biomaterial Sciences from the University of Turku in Finland in collaboration with the Department of Operative Dentistry at UNC. Dr. Sulaiman is a clinician and a researcher hoping to bridge gaps between dental research and clinical application. Dr. Sulaiman’s research focus is on dental ceramics, adhesion, cements, color and appearance in dentistry and biomimetics. He is a member of numerous academies including the Academy of Operative Dentistry (where he serves as councilor to the academy), the Society of Color and Appearance in Dentistry, IADR/AADR, and the American Dental Association. He has lectured on numerous national and international stages and serves as a reviewer for many peer-reviewed dental journals.