Join the Digital Revolution

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 06/05/2013
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When you ask the approximately 11,000 clinicians who routinely use digital impressions in their practices about the systems? benefits, you?ll hear about increased accuracy, better fit, and fewer remakes and adjustments. All of these improvements lead to enhanced efficiency and patient satisfaction?twin goals of all successful practices.

A Chain of Benefits

Despite all the upsides of digital impressions, many clinicians are still hesitant to take the plunge. Many will say it?s because of the initial investment. However, these systems can become real cost-savers. More accurate impressions mean lower remake rates. This translates to less chairtime for adjustments and more efficient patient flow. Logically, this chain of benefits would result in greater patient satisfaction, leading to enhanced patient retention and more word-of-mouth referrals.

There?s an even more tangible and immediate benefit: savings passed along from the lab to the clinician. When a lab works with digital impressions, many of the time-consuming issues associated with conventional impressions are eliminated. When more accurate impressions are submitted using the dentist?s digital impressions, the lab can begin the digital design process immediately.

These savings in labor and materials can be passed along to dentists. For example, what may have been a $99 restoration may now be only $79.

Take the Long View

Of course, cost is not calculated in terms of dollars and cents alone. In a busy practice, no one would disagree that time is money. However, as with any new technology, incorporating digital impressions may initially require some time. The key is to be patient and stay focused on the longterm benefits as you increase your skill. Companies that offer digital impression systems provide in-office training and online support to help you get up to speed quickly.

Make the Right Choice for Your Practice

Because price points and learning curves for digital impression systems tend to be similar, the criteria for choosing one over another should relate to your ultimate goals. For example, if your ultimate goal is to offer patients permanent crowns produced in the office in under 2 hours, then choose a system with restoration capabilities. However, if that sounds a overwhelming, this doesn?t need to be all-or-nothing. Another option is to make posterior restorations while still leaving anteriors to the experts in your lab by sending them a digital impression.

Not all systems offer this capability, so the key is to purchase an expandable system that enables chairside milling if you choose to pursue this as a part of your practice.

The Digital Revolution

More and more digital methods are defining the success of individual practices. As more dentists understand and experience the benefits of digital impressions?in terms of both efficiency and patient satisfaction?the hesitation to become a part of the digital revolution fades away.