Tarek El-Kerdani, clinical associate professor in the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, received a University of Florida Faculty Enhancement Opportunity (FEO) Award to receive in-depth training in the ED4 Compare system during spring and summer 2015.
ED4 is new dental technology that scans prepared teeth and instantly designs a restoration and mills it, using an in-house milling machine to provide same-day restoration. The college is installing six ED4 devices that provide digital electronic grading and evaluation, as well as enhancing patient care by providing a faster and more convenient means of fabricating restorations.
El-Kerdani joined the faculty of the UF College of Dentistry in 2010. A Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, El-Kerdani earned his dental degree in 1985 and certificate in restorative dentistry in 1989, both from Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt. In 1994 he received a certificate in prosthodontics and in 1996 his master’s in dentistry from the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) in Indianapolis. He taught at IUSD, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in Detroit, and Misr International University in Cairo before joining UF.
The FEO grant will cover his time and travel for five days of advanced, hands-on training, and allow him to develop a grading rubric for training faculty and staff in use of the technology, and prepare educational presentations for students in the DMD and advanced educational programs at UF. One of El-Kerdani’s long-term goals is to establish a collaborative clinical research program with other dental institutions to assess the effectiveness of ED4 technology as a teaching tool, in addition to its performance in patient care.