Digital Dentistry: Benefits, Issues, and Solutions

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Digital technology has rapidly taken over industries in the last decade, including dentistry. More and more technologies now intend to help dentists, orthodontists, and other specialists with their procedures. In light of this increasing digitization or automation in the world of dentistry, here are the benefits it gives to the dental health industry.

Benefits for You and Customers

According to one dentist who has used digital technology for almost two decades, digitization provides several benefits that dentists and their patients would find favorable.  These include efficiency in costing and expenditure, and accuracy in treatments and procedures. Customers can benefit since digitization can lead to one-visit appointments that are highly convenient.

Issues in Digitization

You can make the shift towards digital dentistry with the help of an orthodontics laboratory. The lab can provide you with the equipment you need for the shift. However, there are certain difficulties that many clinics and dentists encounter.

Cost of Equipment

For one, all the costs for CAD/CAM equipment and tools such as intraoral scanners, software, and others may intimidate you. You can continue with your investment, however, if the total cost of purchasing the equipment costs less than what impressions and other restoration procedures cost. This sign indicates that you will save up more with the digital equipment in the long run.

Shifts in Familiarity and Workflow

Other problems include the learning curve and the workflow changes that come with the technology. You have to learn the ins and outs of such equipment. Your staff must become familiar with it as well. The entire workflow of your practice also needs to change to maintain efficiency.

Solution to the Issues

In spite of these problems, you can cut down on costs, lessen the learning curve, and reduce workflow changes by purchasing only intraoral scanners for example. In the past, you can only purchase entire systems, but you can now purchase one tool at a time. With an intraoral scanner, you can make digital impressions to send to an orthodontics laboratory.

You can explore more of what digital dentistry can bring to your practice by researching online. You may want to keep up with the times and expand your dental practice.