Digital Dentistry: What it means for your practice

The dental industry is experiencing a digital revolution that is slowly altering the shape of dentistry. Through digitised solutions, dental professionals can benefit from a simpler, more efficient, and economical workflow to complete with or work alongside the traditional process.

CAD/CAM dentistry is growing at a rapid pace, and is currently generating a lot of interest. Evidenced by a survey that reported 89% of 385 respondents believe digital dentistry has an important role to play in the future of dentistry. The opportunities are ever-growing and should be explored by dental professionals seeking efficiency and predictable outcomes.

Future investment

Dental scanners are often associated with high upfront costs which industry surveys have identified as a major barrier to technology adoption. The initial cost is likely to be a short term liability, but is undoubtedly an investment for your practice’s future. Incredible returns on the investment can be witnessed once the device has been properly implemented and can introduce a more economical, faster and consistent workflow.

However, increasing competitive activity is actively diminishing the cost of CAD/CAM dentistry thus introducing a new range of low-cost scanners that will eliminate this barrier.

More business opportunities

Implementing CAD/CAM technology in your practice has the potential to introduce new revenue streams that feature high levels of customisation. It can simplify the creation of custom mouthguards, crown and bridge designs, digital dentures amongst other treatment options.

Additional business opportunities arise from the capability to carry out transnational diagnosis and treatment plans by using 3D scanned images. This is particularly beneficial to dentists who wish to exploit the growing demand for dental tourism, with no geographical restrictions.

Less space to store your patient records

Using a dental scanner for digital impressions/study models has a direct impact on actual/opportunity costs. Digital storage not only enables quicker, more restricted access to patient files, but can allow your practice to reduce storage costs, and free up space.

HIPAA compliant cloud-based data storage also means that dental professionals can easily save, access and share files securely from any location and at any time.

Improved patient interaction

The accuracy provided by a 3D dental scanner reduces the chances of human error, meaning fewer re-appointments are needed to complete a patient’s case. This is likely to lead to faster, more accurate service delivery that can undoubtedly lead to improved patient satisfaction.

Open architecture systems in dental scanners suggest practices can actively exploit treatment planning software and other applications that allow automatic restoration, once the patient’s arch classifications have been obtained. Use of this software is likely to improve patient education and end result visualisation, potentially improving case acceptance.

Learning curve

Dental scanners aren’t exempt from learning curves. The rate at which unconscious competence is reached is dependent on training undertaken, the type of dental scanner purchased, and overall comfort with technology. Consequently, the purchase of a new dental scanner is likely to be followed by a brief training/learning period as practice members shift across the learning curve.

 

Lack of training is likely to lead to slower adoption, and possibly product abandonment. At Cadscan, we specialise in low cost, easy to use 3D scanners, reducing the time taken to reach unconscious competence thus making digital dentistry part of your everyday care. Contact us for more information on 3D scanning.

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