David Gratton, DDS, MS




Title:  Digital Prosthodontics Have We Arrived?



The landscape of digital dentistry is rapidly evolving and expanding. As Prosthodontists, we are obliged to be aware of these technologies, but does the evidence support their routine clinical use? Must our skills in diagnosis, treatment planning, prosthesis fabrication and delivery be refined for the virtual patient of today and tomorrow?


Course Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of digital technologies available in Prosthodontics.
  • Review evidence pertaining to chair-side and laboratory based CAD/CAM systems.
  • Discuss the role of the Prosthodontist in the modernization of clinical dentistry.

Bio:  Dr. Gratton is an Assistant Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, and Clinical Director, Center for Implant Dentistry, at The University of Iowa.  He teaches fixed, removable, and implant prosthodontics at the predoctoral and graduate levels, both didactically and clinically.  Dr. Gratton received his DDS from The University of Michigan in 1994, and his Certificate in Prosthodontics and MS from The University of Iowa in 1996 and 1997 respectively.  He is a fellow of the International Team for Implantology and a member of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, American College of Prosthodontics, Academy of Osseointegration, and American Association for Dental Research.  He serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry as well as the International Journal of Prosthodontics.  Dr. Gratton has published numerous manuscripts and book chapters, and lectures internationally.  His research activities include micromotion and dynamic fatigue pertaining to dental implants and CAD/CAM ceramic materials.  Dr. Gratton participates in an intramural prosthodontic practice at The University of Iowa.


Conflict of interest:  ITI Foundation grant/research support.  Consultant for Geomagic.  KaVo honorarium.  Financial or material support from 3M ESPE.