Digital dentistry could be recognized in a broad description as any dental technology or device that incorporates computer or digitally controlled components. The broad definition can range from most common areas like CAD | CAM to those less common such as computer controlled deliver of nitrous oxide. We are going to briefly discuss 3 products/technologies that we think you should know about.
1. DIGITAL SCANNERS
Integration of this new technology might require changing your office’s current
AdobeStock_110982479.jpegprocedures or processes. These systems can feel difficult to invest in due to their high price tag but lets look at a few reasons why it would be a great investment.
• Reduced cost of materials and labor
• Improved patient satisfaction rate
• Faster turnaround times on restorations
• High quality and much more accurate restorations
So you may not be convinced yet but are interested in the next step of the process? That would be research. Begin looking for a system that will integrate well with your current processes and procedures. Find out if a digital scanner is right for you!
2. CONE BEAM CT
This is an exciting technology that has seen rapid growth due several factors; decreased costs, many options to choose from, increased number of general dentists placing implants, decreased radiation compared to conventional CT scans and rapid adoption by universities and specialists.
3. CAD | CAM
This technology has made a huge difference in the dental manufacturing and laboratory industry. CAD | CAM makes processes faster, more economical, predictable, consistent and highly accurate. CAD | CAM systems are very expensive yet a return on investment can be seen quickly especially if used in a team approach.
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Digital dentistry is more than just hype. When properly implemented and fully educatated, the return on investment can be excellent. There will be an increased joy in practicing dentistry and your patients will feel better taken care of. The future of dentistry is now! Waiting another 10 years to adopt or integrate these new areas of dentistry will leave you decade sbehind. To begin implementing digital dentistry into your office consider these steps:
1. Decide which areas will best augment your practice
2. Research, reseach, research and find out all the information about the technology you are interested in.
3. Make an informed decision regarding your choice of product/technology
4. Obtain training and education on your new product/technology
5. Remember to HAVE FUN!