E4D CAD/CAM Keeps My Schedule Full

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 05/05/2010
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In today?s turbulent economy, every patient counts. This means that seeing holes in my schedule is frustrating to me and challenging to my team. The easiest way for us to fill or refill our schedule with meaningful production is to convert patients from our hygiene schedule to the operative schedule. The E4D CAD/CAM system from D4D Technologies is a fantastic way to do this.

In today?s turbulent economy, every patient counts. This means that seeing holes in my schedule is frustrating to me and challenging to my team. The easiest way for us to fill or refill our schedule with meaningful production is to convert patients from our hygiene schedule to the operative schedule. The E4D CAD/CAM system from D4D Technologies is a fantastic way to do this.

Same-Day Treatment = Convenience

Being able to offer patients same-appointment, or at least same-day, crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers is a must. Patients don?t want to take any more time off from work than they have to. So the hygienist offers every hygiene patient the option of getting restorative work done at the same appointment. I then immediately come in to diagnose and treatment plan the case.

If the patient agrees, we anesthetize the patient and place the rubber dam. I will then break away from another patient to prepare the tooth. My hygienist will scan, design, and send the crown to the mill. While the crown is milling, the hygienist will clean the patient?s teeth and then try on the crown. If it meets the patient?s approval, I come in and cement the crown and the patient returns to work with a cleaning and a new crown. Everyone wins!

Some of our patients require more time during a hygiene appointment for both a cleaning and a crown. We will then offer to prepare the tooth, take an impression, clean the teeth, and then have the patient return at the end of his or her work day to have the crown cemented. While the patient is at work, my assistant or hygienist will scan the impression of the preparation and make the crowns between patients.

The software is so intuitive it practically designs the crowns by itself. This allows my team to scan, design, and mill multiple restorations throughout the day without disrupting the schedule. Both our office and the patients love this service. It is not uncommon for me to prepare 3 to 4 crowns in my hygiene room and cement them at the end my day.

More Than Crowns?Veneers and Implants Too

In addition to crowns, the E4D allows us to offer patients several other same-day services. For example, we are now able to offer our patients same-day, no-prep or minimal-prep veneers. With the introduction of Emax High Translucent porcelain, we can mill veneers as thin as .3 mm with the confidence that they will not break. This allows my hygienist or assistant to take an impression during a hygiene check and use it to create the veneers to be cemented the next day or at the end of the day.

Another great service we are able to provide is creating and seating crowns on implants the same day the abutments are placed. No temporaries or metal post sticking up.

Keep Your Schedule Full and Your Patients Happy

By offering these simple, predictable, and very productive procedures in single-visit or same-day service has allowed my schedule to stay full and my patients to truly enjoy visiting our practice.

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