Dr. Kunal Lal is a Prosthodontist and maintains a private practice in New York, New York. He received his Master of Science degree in Prosthodontics and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine (CDM). Dr. Lal is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. He has authored articles on the use of computer-generated surgical templates for prosthodontic and surgical implant planning and placement and has extensive experience in the treatment of partially and completely edentulous patients using dental implants. Additionally, Dr. Lal has lectured nationally on implant, esthetic, and reconstructive dentistry with a primary focus on computer-guided implant surgery combined with various immediate loading protocols.
Dr. Lal first used 3D printing in 2000 while working on his master’s thesis. At the time, he used the technology to produce 3D printed surgical guides for guided implant surgery. His thesis was subsequently published in The Journal of Prosthodontics. Fast forward to present day when Dr. Lal is using 3D printing in his practice to transform how he provides patient care. He is using 3D Systems’ NextDent 5100 to produce models, temporaries, dentures, and bite splints. Dr. Lal has also pushed the envelope with a variety of applications including composites, single visit night guards, and even creating a sleep apnea appliance. Dr. Lal’s pioneering spirit is enabling Elk Dental Associates to deliver personalized patient care more efficiently.