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In every field of human endeavour – from cleaning to inventing, from engineering to the medical profession – it’s a normal question to ask: how can we make things better and more efficient? It’s something that benefits us all, after all. This is especially true when it comes to the field of dentistry.

How do we make things cheaper? How do we achieve a better result in an easier manner (for both the dentist and the patient)? How do we make things more accurate? It’s thanks to the many innovations in dental technology that we can find many answers to these questions today. Here’s how dental practices and technologies have changed – and how you can take full advantage.

Why conventional dentistry is outdated

Conventional dentistry is outdated; it relies too much on outdated tools. This does not mean that the human factor is not important – on the contrary, it’s probably more important than ever – but it’s really time to upgrade all the equipment the traditional dentist uses. The modern equipment and machines ensure the dentist is able to make a much more accurate observation, do this in a much quicker time, and communicate with specialists and laboratories in a matter of minutes rather than days. Efficiency and quality of service is key.

The benefits of digital impressions

The conventional method of taking impressions lends itself to a lot of human error and inefficiency, costing the patient and dentist both a lot of time and money. In case of a bad impression, a lot of man-hours and money is lost, and the patient has to go through the same discomfort again. This is completely avoidable with new technology and getting digital impressions.

The advantages are enormous

In today’s labs, technicians can create single or multiple units of crowns simply with a digital scan. The difference is not just in the money spent – it’s also a matter of days instead of weeks.

The initial investment

To be sure, there is an investment to make. The equipment (such as a digital scanner) as well as the software required does make for an investment. However, this pays off in a matter of years and thus has a very good return on your investment, especially when you factor in the non-measureable advantages, such as patient satisfaction.

There was a time – not so long ago – that all the above-mentioned digital dentistry technology was considered science fiction; even today there are many medical professionals who still have to discover the wonders of modern science and technology. However, it’s there, and it would be a shame not to take advantage of it since it creates so many benefits not only to patient but to practitioner as well.

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Brenda Hyland

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