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Dr. Parag Kachalia

Vice-Chair of Preclinical Education, Research and Technology

A new project being spearheaded by one of our faculty members, Dr. Parag Kachalia, Vice-Chair of Preclinical Education, Research and Technology in the Department of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, is a donation from 3M ESPE. The company has donated twelve Lava Chairside Optical Scanner (COS) devices, which will be up and running in the school's Main Clinic this winter for use by students and faculty during patient care. Currently the machines are used in fewer than five percent of private dental practices in the country.

Lava COS devices are state-of-the-art digital impression machines offering dentists and dental students a simple way to create a 3D model of a patient's mouth. The devices use a video camera that records the inner contours of the mouth in detail, taking away the need for traditional impression material - commonly known to patients as "goop." Although dental students will still learn how to use the impression material, faculty and administrators at the school think it is also worthwhile to train students using the new technologies, which will likely be widely used in the future.
Read more 3M ESPE Donates 12 Digital Impression Devices