Dentsply Sirona Lab held its first Global Lab Experts Network (GLEN) meeting from July 9 to July 11 in Frankfurt, Germany. About 50 key opinion leaders from almost 20 different countries met to discuss current topics and future trends in dental technology and dentistry in workshops and interactive sessions.
“Dentsply Sirona has the intention of organizing this kind of GLEN meeting every two years, establishing a network of experts across all lab-related areas,” said Tom Leonardi, group vice president at Dentsply Sirona Lab.
“The atmosphere at the premiere edition was great, bringing together industry experts from all over the world for the very first time. These types of meetings facilitate exactly the required regular update on products and techniques for lab experts,” Leonardi said.
Attendees toured Dentsply Sirona’s Bensheim and Hanau production facilities, where they experienced how lab products are manufactured, from fixed traditional and CAD/CAM materials to equipment and technology.
Dentsply Sirona senior vice president of technologies and equipment segment Dominique Legros welcomed attendees during his speech, while the company’s chief clinical education officer Terri Dolan, DDS, MPH, pointed out the importance of continuing education in her lecture.
“We have built the broadest education platform in the industry, helping dental professionals get the knowledge, skills, inspiration, and certification they need to stay up to date as well as develop themselves and their businesses,” Dolan said.
In his talk during the meeting’s general session, Leonardi emphasized the passion of the whole team to support dental technicians to develop themselves and to be prepared for the future by embracing traditional technologies and laying the foundation for digital steps.
During the panel discussion on the opportunities and limitations of digital impressions, four experts from Europe and North America shared their experiences as dentists and dental technicians. They explored the current statuses, strengths, and weaknesses of these technologies and provided and outlook into their future.
And, breakout sessions focused on the current state and future developments of digital dentures, ceramics like Celtra Press and Cercon, traditional and digital workflows for full dentures, and implant-retained dentures.