|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 72-74
Center for Research and Education in Technology (CRET) Opens Third Innovation Center at West Virginia University School of Dentistry: A Review of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry and Dr. W. Robert Biddington Center for Dental Innovation
Dr. W. Robert Biddington Center for Dental Innovation; Department of Restorative Dentistry, West Virginia University School of Dentistry, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
|Date of Web Publication||31-Oct-2018|
451 Suncrest Towne Center Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Yura L. Center for Research and Education in Technology (CRET) Opens Third Innovation Center at West Virginia University School of Dentistry: A Review of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry and Dr. W. Robert Biddington Center for Dental Innovation. Dent Hypotheses 2018;9:72-4
|How to cite this URL:|
Yura L. Center for Research and Education in Technology (CRET) Opens Third Innovation Center at West Virginia University School of Dentistry: A Review of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry and Dr. W. Robert Biddington Center for Dental Innovation. Dent Hypotheses [serial online] 2018 [cited 2022 Aug 13];9:72-4. Available from: http://www.dentalhypotheses.com/text.asp?2018/9/3/72/244704
This article outlines the Center for Research and Education in Technology (CRET), West Virginia University School of Dentistry, Dr. W. Robert Biddington Center for Dental Innovation. This article discusses what technology, materials, and equipment have been utilized at the Biddington Center for Dental Innovation at West Virginia University School of Dentistry and includes anonymous student comments about their experience within the center.
The Dr. W. Robert Biddington Center for Dental Innovation at West Virginia University School of Dentistry hosted its first student rotations shortly after the September-2017 grand opening in Morgantown, West Virginia. Between October 2017 and May 2018, students in their final year of dental school took full advantage of the Center for Research and Education in Technology (CRET), and dental school collaboration.
All 62 of WVU School of Dentistry’s 4th year students (class of 2018) were able to gain experience from the innovation center, and the rising D4 students (class of 2019) have started to treat patients in the Center. D1 and D2 students will have exposure to the innovation center through their preclinical courses, and the D3 students will have a rotation starting later in the third year where they will be introduced to the equipment, materials, technology as well as treat their family of patients. All students prior to seeing patients must undergo a comprehensive orientation to the center by the director, Dr. Lauren Yura.
Due to the vast array of materials provided by CRET partners, students are able to have unique operatory experiences. The Innovation Center at WVU School of Dentistry has five operatories which were supplied by the following manufacturing companies: Midmark, A-dec, Belmont Dental Group, DentalEZ, and the Royal Dental Group. The operatories contain unique features from the different types of leather used in the chairs, lights, air and/or electric handpiece systems, and cabinetry—the students state that it feels like they are practicing in a “showroom.”
Each operatory has different composite and bonding systems, different composite/ceramic/gold polishing systems, curing lights, impression material, intraoral cameras, provisional crown material, cements, and additional restorative materials including gingiva cord and retraction, among many others. The variety allows students to have exposure from a vast array of products, technology, and materials and thus allows them to become adept with products from several different manufactures; this experience is very special and would be difficult to simulate in any other setting. To ensure that all products and technology are being utilized as intended, multiple different instructions are provided to the students including electric, laminated note cards, and hands on training.
The opportunity to utilize operatory equipment and materials from different companies is a big advantage of the CRET center. I have found a light style that I like, and I feel that I will be more comfortable going to work anywhere because I have tried many different styles of operatories.
WVU 4th year dental student
Presently, at the Biddington Center for Dental Innovation, students and faculty are performing digital scanning with Carestream 3600 Intraoral Scanner and the Dentsply Sirona Omnicam, along with milling with the Dentsply Sirona MCXL milling machine and SpeedFire Oven. These fixed procedures including single and multiunit and other restorative procedures have been enhanced with the utilization of the Gemini Dual Wavelength Diode Laser supplied by Ultradent, South Jordan, Utah, USA.
I was completely fascinated when I saw the milling machine cut a crown in less than 15 minutes, and being able to take digital impressions and edit it. I feel more competent because I have the skills and knowledge to use a variety of materials and I do not feel limited to just taking traditional impressions for example.
WVU dental student
The WVU Center for Dental Innovation utilizes an Oral Cancer Screening Device by Star Dental, four total intraoral cameras including the Air techniques CamX Triton HD, Air Techniques, Melville, NY, USA, Aceton SoproCare, Aceton Group, Mount Laurel, NJ, USA and SoproLife, Aceton Group, Mount Laurel, NJ, USA, and Carestram CS 1500, Carestream Dental, Atlanta, GA, USA.
The students enjoy the ability to try out five different curing lights forms: Ivoclar, Dentsply Sirona, York, PA, USA, Aceton, KaVo Kerr, and Ultradent. The students have also been thrilled with the center’s four Isolite systems by Zyris, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, including the newest Isolite3, because they are able to perform the procedures more efficiently and effectively.
My patients loved the innovation center! My patient loved that she could get her bridge done in one appointment and didn’t have to come back to have it cemented.
WVU dental student
Beyond restorative, students treat their patients’ periodontal needs by using Cordless Prophy Angles provided by Dentsply Sirona and Star Dental and utilizing five different magnetostrictive and ultrasonic scalers by Aceton, Hu-Friedy, Chicago, IL, USA, and Dentsply Sirona.
The students also have loved the variety of radiographic equipment from Carestream, KaVo Kerr, and Air Techniques. The KaVo OP 3D Pro has been great to teach the students about cone beam technology and radiologic interruption.
As a part of instruction requirements, students are required to give “Friday Afternoon Presentations” on the experiences they have in the innovation center. The West Virginia University School of Dentistry was the first of the CRET schools to implement weekly reviews and feedback on materials, equipment, technology, and practice management topics.
I feel like I understand materials better overall now. And working in a private-practice type setting is helpful. I enjoyed learning about sterilization.
WVU dental student
As the Biddington Center for Dental Innovation evolves, all dental and dental hygiene students will begin to learn using the operatories early in their dental school careers. They are expected to go from 4 h of required time in the center in their 1st year to up to 100 h by their final year of dental school.
Clinical procedures that are completed in the innovation center will count toward operative, periodontics, removable, or fixed final clinical grades. General practice residents and prosthodontics residents are also being introduced to the center and trained on product use. It is tradition at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry to produce the highest quality practitioners and we believe this goal has been wonderfully supported by our partnership with CRET.
Future continuing education opportunities are being discussed for regional dentists including School of Dentistry Alumni. A number of them have already requested tours of the center and the technology available for learning opportunities. At West Virginia University School of Dentistry, we are made complete by three equally important entities—faculty and staff, students, and alumni/area dentists—and we are encouraged and hopeful about the entire School of Dentistry community and our future with CRET.
The author acknowledges Ms. Sunshine Wiles-Gidley for her contribution in editing this article.
Financial support and sponsorship
Conflicts of interest
Dr. Lauren Yura and Ms. Sunshine wiles-Gidley certifies that they are NOT affiliated with or involved in any organization or entity with any financial (such as honoraria; educational grants; participation in speakers’ bureaus; membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, or other equity interest; and expert testimony or patent-licensing arrangements) or nonfinancial interest (such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, knowledge, or beliefs) in the subject matter or materials discussed in this manuscript.
| References|| |
Rossonando EF. How a unique collaboration between dental companies and dental schools solved an education program in 21st century dentistry. Dent Hypotheses 2014;5:1-2.