For years, dental practitioners have been working in small laboratories and relying on analog tools to conduct their operations. While digital systems like CAD/CAM appeared as far back as the 1980s, it is only recently that they are getting adopted by smaller sized laboratories.
At the moment, embracing these digital solutions is almost necessary to stay ahead of competition.
New standards of treatment have also called for the adoption of these digital solutions. With their wide range of benefits for dental practitioners, technicians, and patients, it’s likely that these modernized solutions will eventually cover the whole dental industry.
If you are looking to upgrade your practice by adopting digital techniques, here are a few trends and their benefits to get you started:
Trends and Technologies in Digital Dentistry
Perhaps the number one advantage of digital dentistry lies in the use of its digital tools. These tools are what digitize the whole experience, making it easy to conduct tests and deliver parts. Because of this, they heavily influence case acceptance among patients. By providing a more elaborate way of articulating your discoveries, patients are more likely to let you handle their dental needs.
Computer-aided design is one of the more prevalent technologies being embraced by dentists today. The technology has been around in engineering sectors for decades, so it picked up pretty fast when it was introduced into digital dentistry. It significantly changed and simplified the way we do create dental restorations.
The number one benefit of having CAD/CAM technology is the ease of use. In fact, making dental restoration with them is about as easy as keying in some dimensions to a computer and letting the 3D printing system print out the part. Alternatively, you can design your own restorations and send the files to our lab for milling and printing.
They say it takes less than a second for the ordinary human eye to process an image. Well, intraoral photography takes advantage of this by adding visual dimensions to your doctor-patient communication. This mainly includes detailed images taken of their dental state. The patient gets to see physical photos relating to any failing restorations and document pathology.
The use of imaging especially comes in when presenting your case to the patient. This way, rather than just take your word, the image helps visual learners better understand the conversation. The image can also help the patient come to terms with their oral health situation and aspire for change.
Why Go Digital?
Adapting some of these digital technologies can go a long way in improving your practice. Besides saving time, you also get to improve the quality of your restorations and communication with your patients, while keeping up with the industry trends. You can expect considerable advantages in terms of ROI and quantities of your outcome.
Most importantly, patients are becoming more and more accustomed to these services, and if you don’t offer them, they will likely go to some practitioner who does. Keep in mind that the transition would mean you will have to make changes to your normal operating means.
How ADL Labs Can Assist With Your Digital Dentistry Needs
If you are ready to jump on this digital train, we can help! If you have a dental practice the GTA, or anywhere in Ontario or are looking for a reliable dental lab you can collaborate with, you need to look no further than ADL Dental Laboratories! We accept digital impression files from 3Shape, Itero, Trios, and Cerec blue Sirona to provide dental clinics with high-quality dental prosthetics for their esteemed clients. If you have any questions about digital impressions or would like to know more about ADL Dental Labs, don’t hesitate to contact us or to call us at 1.844.243.9956 today for more information.