Dr. Neal Patel, a worldwide instructor in dental technology, was one of several A-list speakers who presented during a recent anniversary celebration for Sirona Dental, Inc.’s CEREC technology in Las Vegas.
CEREC technology, which allows dentists like Dr. Patel to design and place natural-looking and beautiful teeth in a day, was introduced 30 years ago.
"It is a prestigious honor to be asked to speak at this event, the largest dental conference in the world," said Dr. Patel, who operates Infinite Smiles. "I’m always excited to speak about a service that has helped millions of patients get the smile they deserve in just one day."
The CEREC celebration, held Sept. 17-19, included continuing education programs, scholarly reports and hands-on training for the 5,000 dental professionals in attendance. Dentists in attendance could earn up to 18 hours of continuing education and network with leading clinicians and dental product providers.
Dr. Patel is a premier dental instructor and served as the keynote speaker during a celebration that included appearances by NBA legend Magic Johnson and renowned motivational speaker Tony Robbins. The Grammy-winning band Train also performed.
Sirona Dental, Inc. is a pioneer in digital technology and has provided dental technology for more than 100 years. In addition to CEREC, the company develops panoramic X-ray machines, 3D scanners and digital intraoral cameras.
Dr. Patel said Sirona Dental provides dentists with digital tools that decrease treatment time while increasing procedure success rates.
"When we use the latest tools in dentistry and digital equipment, we benefit the patient because we give them beautiful and precise results," Dr. Patel said.
Infinite Smiles offers services in general dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers, full-mouth rehabilitations, immediate-load dental implants, same-day crowns, short-term orthodontics and noninvasive gum treatments.
Dr. Patel, who grew up in a family of physicians, combines his passion for medical science, visual arts and computer technology in his dentistry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in molecular genetics and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University. Following dental school, Dr. Patel trained with the world’s leading dentists and instructors. He completed his prosthodontics fellowship at The Ohio State University by training with world-renowned prosthodontist Dr. Edwin McGlumphy and studied under Dr. Lorenzo Vanni, one of world’s foremost authorities on neuromuscular dentistry.
Before launching his own practice in 2008, Dr. Patel also worked to educate oral surgeons on 3D imaging and computer-assisted implant surgery. He continues to serves as an instructor and travels across the world to teach thousands of dentists every year in the latest dental technology.
At Infinite Smiles, Dr. Patel developed a system that uses CAD/CAM and cone beam computer tomography to map out dental procedures and give patients a virtual look at their new smile. When these technologies are used together, Dr. Patel can easily transfer the information to the patient, producing results within one tenth of a millimeter.
Infinite Smiles can provide patients with new, permanent teeth in just one day. Dr. Patel places the implants and completes the restoration in-house instead of having patients schedule multiple visits with various offices. The Powell dental office includes a state-of-the-art dental lab and a ceramist who is a certified Master of Dental Technology.
As an instructor in dental technology and best implant practices, Dr. Patel has been published and featured in several clinical articles, scholarly journals and news publications, including Forbes, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of the American Dental Association, Dental Entrepreneur and Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. From 2011 to 2015, Dr. Patel was voted Top Dentist by his peers and featured in Columbus Monthly Magazine. He received the Early Career Achievement Award from The Ohio State University Alumni Association and is the beauty expert for New Beauty Magazine.