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Interview: "Digital Dental Craftsman Convention for lab technicians"

Digital Dental Craftsman Convention 2023 aims to bring dental technicians and dentists under one roof of digital dentistry. (Image: Canva)

Sat. 23 September 2023


In this interview with Dental Tribune South Asia, Dr. Pankaj Chivte, the President of the Indian Society of Digital Dentistry (ISDD), and Dr. Vipin Mahurkar, the Organizing Chairman of the Digital Dental Craftsman Convention DDCC 2023 to be organized by ISDD in Oct 2023 in Mumbai explain the motivation behind founding ISDD and organizing DDCC, and their future plans.

1. What was the motivation behind establishing ISDD, and who are its founders?

Pankaj Chivate: The advent of digitization has brought about significant changes globally and has made a substantial impact in India. Digital technology is revolutionizing various fields of medicine, including dentistry, where tools like scanners, CBCT, CAD/CAM, 3D printing, and milling are transforming patient care. To keep pace with this rapid advancement in digital dentistry knowledge and technology in India, the "INDIAN SOCIETY OF DIGITAL DENTISTRY – ISDD" was officially founded in 2022 by a group of experienced and tech-savvy dentists. The founding members include Drs. Ratnadeep Jadhav, Vijay Tamhane, Pankaj Chivate, Sanjay Asnani, Suresh Ludhwani, and Kaustubh Patil. These founders, who are also multi-practice owners, share a deep passion for digital dentistry and are dedicated to promoting advanced, innovative training in digital dentistry in India, with the aim of enhancing the quality of dental work and creating new opportunities for Indian dentists. Presently, we have been joined by 20 clinicians from various parts of India to expand ISDD's activities to different states.

Dr. Pankaj Chivte, the President of the Indian Society of Digital Dentistry (ISDD)

2. What is the current market size of digital dentistry, and how is it reshaping the dental industry in India?

Pankaj Chivate: In terms of revenue, the global digital dentistry market was estimated to be valued at $7.2 billion in 2023, and it is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.9% over the next five years, reaching $12.2 billion by 2028. Furthermore, this market is projected to undergo substantial growth, with a value CAGR of 13.1%, ultimately reaching $16.3 billion by the close of 2032.

Although digital dentistry's penetration in the Indian market is currently limited, we anticipate rapid growth over the next five years that will revolutionize the dental landscape in India. Presently, there are approximately 3,000 intraoral scanner users in India, and we foresee a remarkable tenfold increase in this number within the next five years. Digital dentistry will enable dentists to access expert opinions from specialists in various cities and receive high-quality lab work from different parts of India, thereby elevating the overall standards of dentistry in the country.

3. What is the rationale behind organizing the Digital Dental Craftsman Convention (DDCC)?

Vipin Mahurkar: The pace of evolution in digital dentistry is so rapid that both dental technicians and dentists face significant challenges in keeping up with its advancements. DDCC is a sincere endeavor to bring together dental technicians and dentists in a single event. DDCC reflects our commitment to staying at the forefront of progress, embracing digital tools and technologies to create a transformative impact on the dental field. Dental lab technicians will get an amazing opportunity to gain awareness and training from innovative multinational companies, industry leaders, and accomplished speakers through lectures and demonstrations covering the latest developments in digital dentistry. The event is scheduled for October 21-22, 2023, in Mumbai. The venue Hotel Orchid is also very easy to reach as it is located just next to Mumbai domestic airport.

Dr. Vipin Mahurkar, Organizing Chairman, Digital Dental Craftsman Convention DDCC 2023

4. What sets DDCC 2023 apart from other conventions?

Vipin Mahurkar: DDCC stands out as the first-ever dental lab-focused event that offers technicians a much-needed platform to discover, learn, and network. It distinguishes itself by providing practical-oriented sessions for technicians who wish to embrace digital dentistry fully. The event encompasses all aspects of digital dentistry, including scanning, designing, milling, and printing, which will be demonstrated to attendees.

In addition to expert lectures and demonstrations, DDCC features a panel discussion on implant prosthetics and lab workflows, offering a troubleshooting session where participants can seek answers from industry experts. DDCC offers a glimpse into the broader realm of dentistry, highlighting emerging trends and concepts that are poised to supersede current techniques and devices.

5. Who would benefit most from attending DDCC? Who should consider participating in the event?

Vipin Mahurkar: DDCC is highly beneficial for both dental technicians and dentists who aspire to master the art and science of dentistry by harnessing the power of technology and digital dentistry. The digital revolution has blurred the lines between dentists and dental technicians, requiring both to be well-versed in the latest changes in CAD designing, and fabrication through milling and printing. Digital Dentistry can elevate an average dental technician into a star performer who consistently delivers high-quality dental work. Therefore, attending DDCC and connecting with industry experts, innovators, and forward-thinking suppliers is an excellent investment in professional growth. This event provides a valuable opportunity for all dental professionals to learn from industry leaders and transform their mindset and approach.

6. How can individuals register for DDCC 2023?

Vipin Mahurkar: To register for DDCC 2023, visit the ISDD website to make an online payment. Alternatively, you can simply send your details via WhatsApp to +91 89839 34493, and our team will assist you with the registration process.

7. What future events are planned by ISDD?

Pankaj Chivte: After a highly successful convention in Pune last year, attended by more than 800 clinicians with 12 international speakers and 12 industry partners, we plan to hold such conventions bi-annually. Stay tuned for our next event scheduled for November 2024. Additionally, we are currently hosting the Digital Dental Craftsman Convention (DDCC), the first conference for dental technicians and dental practitioners, in Mumbai in October 2023. Furthermore, we are planning to host a digital dental conference for students in Gujarat early next year. Our aim is to continue fostering the growth and development of digital dentistry in India through these initiatives.

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