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YOU AND YOUR LAB
FOCUS ON IMPROVED IMPRESSIONS
How digital impressions can enhance collaboration between the dentist and technician.
by D R .
J A M E S C A R R O L L A N D S H A N E T R E A D AWAY, C D T
Dr. James Carroll (top) Shane Treadaway, CDT (bottom)
For the past 25 years, I’ve had a good working relationship with Pittman Dental Lab. Shane Treadaway and the rest of the group at Pittman are great people who strive for perfection in every piece of work they produce, just like I do. Of course, longevity is only one measurement of a successful relationship.
nother way to look at it is how you both adapt to industry change over time and how that a ects your relationship. Change in and of itself often is stressful enough; however, some recent changes in digital technology have caused our relationship to thrive—going from good to great in the last 18 months as we’ve incorporated digital impressioning (3M ESPE’s Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S.) into our practice. A good relationship is when your lab gives you a heads up that they are getting on board with a new digital impression technology and they want you to consider purchasing a new piece of technology. A great relationship is when
you both discuss the technology together, as well as with a manufacturer, before making a decision. You each do your research and then come together about what you want to achieve by bringing the new technology into the practice/ lab. Once your goals are aligned, you can successfully move to implementation. A good relationship moves this idea forward with the doctor purchasing the digital impression system and everyone living happily ever after with accurate digital impressions. A great relationship is when both parties feel so strongly about the adoption of the technology they are willing to collaborate to make it happen. I’m happy to give
WHAT THEY USE…
LAVA™ CHAIRSIDE ORAL SCANNER C.O.S.
Lava Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S. digital impression system enables the motion capture of accurate and precise impressions, serving as the doctor’s entry point for a range of digital workﬂows. It supports conventional processes such as PFM and CAD/CAM, including Lava Restorations. Featuring proprietary 3D in Motion technology, the Lava C.O.S. captures continuous 3D video images to create the digital impression.
3M ESPE • LAVACOS.COM
my lab a certain level of business, and they, in turn, have developed a program for o ering me a rebate that can be equivalent to what I would pay monthly for my new digital impression system. In either case, we both ride o into the sunset with highly accurate impressions. But in the second scenario, I was much more willing to commit to the purchase of the hardware. Most dentists working with traditional impressions might think they have a good relationship with their lab if they are able to send in an impression, opposing impression and bite registration, have a phone conversation about the case if there are any questions, and get a crown back in 2-4 weeks that may or may not be ideal. A great relationship is forged when you can discuss a case with your lab tech and send over a digital impression. Within 24 hours, we’re communicating via e-mailed screen captures so we’re both able to look at the impression while we talk to make sure we understand what is expected in the case. It seems apparent to me that relationships are built on communication. Equally apparent is that today’s options for communication are far better than they ever have been before; and, truly communicating with Pittman has led us both down a path of business success, clinical excellence and patient satisfaction. Is your relationship with your lab signi cantly contributing to precision- tting crowns and bridges?
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Dental Products Report - February 2011
Dental Products Report - February 2011
Table of Contents
From the Editor
Clicks & Picks
DENTSPLY Caulk’s SureFil SDR Flow
Keep Your Data Secure
Ivoclar Vivadent’s Multilink Automix
DENTSPLY Caulk’s TPH3
The CAD/CAM Chorus
Reducing Contamination in Your DUWLs.
The Mouth-Body Connection
Use Sonic Instruments
Create Class V Restorations
Create a Stable Temporary Restoration
Focus on Improved Impressions
All New Scheduler for Softdent
Demi Plus LED Curing Light System
Seeing Is Believing
Your Loupe Options
Products in Practice
Image Is Everything
Quolis 5000 Chair
Byte by Byte
Dental Products Report - February 2011