Dental Products Report - September 2011 - (Page 76)
Make a better impression on everyone
digital impressions represent a leap forward in dental impressions that provide beneﬁts to the practice, the lab and, most importantly, the patient.
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John Fluck e
A full arch digital impression captured by Cadent’s iTero. Digital impression systems can provide accuracy, efﬁciency and increased patient comfort.
AbOUT ThE AUThOR John Flucke, DDS, is Technology Editor for Dental Products Report and dentistry’s “Technology Evangelist.” He practices in Lee’s Summit, Mo., and has followed his passions for both dentistry and technology to become a respected speaker and clinical tester of the latest in dental technology, with a focus on things that provide better care and better experiences for patients. He blogs about technology and life at blog.denticle.com.
Dentistr y has always been a
one such technology that fits nicely into this category is digital impression systems. When one considers that dental impression materials have been around since beeswax was used in the late 1600s, it’s easy to see that the technique hasn’t really changed that much. i mean we have much more dimensionally stable materials today, but the overall process hasn’t changed much when it comes to using impression materials. however, whether it’s in-house ca D/ca M systems like sirona’s ceRec (cereconline.com) or D4D Technologies’ e4D (e4dsky.com) or true “impression only” systems like cadent’s iTero (cadentinc.com) or 3M esPe’s lava c.o.s. (3mespe.com), digital impression systems have brought a change to the process that increases eﬃciency while decreasing chair times. i’ll use my office as an example. We decided to bring a digital impression system (cadent iTero) into the office in January of 2010. our thought process was a simple one. While we were content with the ﬁt and longevity of our ﬁxed prosthetics, we were looking for a way to increase our clinical eﬃciency in the prepping phase and were trying to reduce adjustments during cementation. We brought the system into the practice in late January and had training just a day or two after the installation by
profession that keeps us in fairly close proximity to our patients. We’re constantly working in their personal space, doing something the patient cannot see and working in a manner that doesn’t allow them to talk to us. i think that’s proba bly why many pat ients feel stressed about dentistry. one of the amazing things about how technology is changing our profession is the rather interesting fact that some technologies actually allow us to touch our patients less or in ways that patients ﬁnd less intimidating. oﬃce eﬃciency is a wonderful thing. it can allow for increased productivity, less time for the doctor in the oﬃce, or (for me the most important thing) less time in the dental chair for the patient. over the years that i’ve been on this crazy technology journey, i’ve learned a thing or two about efficiency. The most important part is this: if a technology allows the doctor to provide equal or better clinical outcomes to what is currently provided, and the technology decreases the amount of time the patient is in the dental oﬃce, then it’s a technology worth considering. often these types of decisions can’t be measured in pure dollars and cents. instead one should look at how much time is saved and how much easier it is to provide high quality care to the patient.
goetze Dental. The staff and doctors easily took to the system after training and we began to integrate it into the practice almost immediately.
Word of mouth
scanning with any of the digital systems on the market is quick, predictable and easy. Training is necessary, but that’s to learn the best way to use the systems. even users with very little experience can create great scans because of the short learning curve with these devices. We found our crown appointments became shorter and less stressful for all involved, including the patient. What we found was an amazing increase, not only in efficiency, but in the internal marketing aspect of our practice. What we had failed to take into consideration was just how much patients dislike the whole process of taking the impression. our patients were excited when they learned that a series of pictures would be taken instead of ﬁlling their mouths full of “goop.” even while we worked through the relatively short learning curve, patients were willing to let us take a bit longer than usual in return for the “no goop guarantee.” as dental professionals, we are around impression materials all the time, but we truly don’t understand how much patients dislike this part
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Dental Products Report - September 2011
Dental Products Report - September 2011
From the Editor
Top 25 Women in Dentistry
Class is in Session, Part III
Kerr Corp.’s Take One Advanced and Alginot
XLDent’s Software Suite
The Red Rubber Ball at Work
Make a Better Impression on Everyone
Complete MID on Lesions
SNAP Cosmetic Simulation Software
E4D CAD/CAM System
Products in Practice
Effective Practice Marketing in the 24-7 Digital Age
A New Take on the Highspeed Handpiece
Byte by Byte
Dental Products Report - September 2011