Is Digital Dentistry for Me?
Humbling was how Dr. Richard Rosenblatt described his reaction to the initial digital scans he took. ?The digital scans give you immediate feedback on the quality of your preps and I have become a better dentist because of this,? he said.
DETROIT?Humbling was how Dr. Richard Rosenblatt described his reaction to the initial digital scans he took. ?The digital scans give you immediate feedback on the quality of your preps and I have become a better dentist because of this,? he said. ?You can view the margins up close on the monitor and make any adjustments right there. I probably modify about 2/3 of my preps after viewing the scan.?
Dr. Rosenblatt also shared with his Detroit audience how CEREC has had a positive effect on this staff. ?CAD/CAM has empowered my assistants,? he happily noted. ?They enjoy doing the scans and even designing and milling.? Productivity goes up and stress goes down, too, according to Dr. Rosenblatt. His practice uses 3-part scheduling for CEREC cases: design, fabricate, seat. During the downtime of fabrication, a second patient can be seen, both scheduled and emergencies.
Dr. Rosenblatt did stress, however, that the most important benefit of chairside CAD/CAM technology is for the patient. ?In addition to eliminating conventional impressions and second injections, patients most appreciate us respecting their time and providing a quality restoration in one visit.?
And the bottom line? Dr. Rosenblatt calculated that the consumable costs for providing an indirect restoration are approximately the same, the CEREC chairside procedure completely eliminates the lab fees as well as the time spent on a second seating appointment (which most practices do not charge for).
Dr. Rosenblatt also suggested that for those offices opposed to purchasing the entire CAD/CAM system, that they consider the CEREC Connect digital impression system. He described a ?24-hour-tooth-in-a-bag,? which he said is his concept of taking a digital impression, e-mailing it to the lab for fabrication without a model, and cementing the restoration the next day.