Keynote Speaker


Prof. Daniel Wismeijer

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Digitization in Dentistry: A Game Changer

Friday, 14 September  - 11:30am

Trying to get around Digitalization of the dental workflow is becoming very difficult. The quality aspects of the digitalized treatment approach are becoming more and more apparent. Dental laboratories are up and running with CA designing of crown and bridge work and frameworks for removable dentures as well as CA milling and printing of these appliances. Analogue impressions are scanned in the dental lab and in this way placed in the digital environment. Digital technologies have been used in industries outside of dentistry for a long time. These industries have changed and when looking at Dentistry everyday practice is in for a major change as well. The impact on the workflow, workforce and production methods will be tremendous.

Digital implant treatment planning has been embraced by many working in oral implantology. Intraoral scanning gives dentists the possibility to get away from analogue impression taking and integrate the digital files into their treatment planning. The dental implant industry has provided restorative dentists with scanning abutments so they can take IO scans of the implants as well. The Cerec workflow already gave dentists the opportunity to design their own crowns.  More and more software is becoming available for dentists using open scanning systems to go further and plan large fixed dental prostheses. With the digital approach, digital dentistry is becoming an everyday tool for the dental professional and their team, leading to efficiency, higher treatment quality and providing more tools for quality control.

Professor Daniel Wismeijer studied dentistry at the University of Nijmegen Dental School from 1979-1984. After graduating he joined the department of Oral Function and worked in the section of special dental care and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics. He received his PhD in 1996 on the subject of overdentures on dental implants; “The Breda Implant Overdenture Study”. In that year he left Academia. From 1985 till 2006 he worked at the Amphia teaching Hospital in Breda in the department of Oral Surgery and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics.

In 1985 he started a general dental practice which since 1990 is a referral practice for Oral Implantology. He is a past president of the Dutch Prosthodontic Association and the Dutch Association for Gnathology. He is an ITI fellow since 1993. In the ITI he has served as a member of the ITI education Core Group for 8 years.  He was a member of the ITI research committee from 2011 till 2015. In  2013 was elected as an ITI board member at large and in 2015 he became chairman of the ITI education committee.

In 2006 he accepted the position of Professor of Oral Implantology and Prosthetic Dentistry at ACTA Amsterdam which he combines with his referral practice. He is the head of the section of Oral Implantology and Prosthetic Dentistry . The research areas in his section are focused on “CAD/CAM treatment optimization”, “Digital Dentistry, treatment evaluation and  workflow” ,” implant surface and bone substitute optimization” “peri-implantitis” as well as “the evaluation of different implant-based treatment modalities”.

Motivational Speaker


Rowdy McLean

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Play a Bigger Game

Friday, 14 September - 9:00am

Playing a bigger game has been Rowdy’s life story. A down to earth, successful entrepreneur and business leader, Rowdy retired at 34, became bored and got back in the game. Creating and leading great companies, motivating, inspiring and agitating individuals, teams and organisations to Play a Bigger Game has become his life’s work.

Rowdy has spoken to over 250,000 people in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. His book “Play a Bigger Game” has been published in 7 countries. His new book “Leadability” was published in December 2017.

Rowdy is obsessed with playing a bigger game and believes that individuals, teams, leaders and businesses are capable of far more than they imagine!

Listen to Rowdy in the lead up to the Convention on The Dental Practitioner
National Convention Centre Canberra