Wiltrace Training Make Your CEREC Work for You

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 10/29/2010
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I was among one of the first dentists in North Carolina, and the very first in my city, to invest in the CEREC 2 in 1998. I was impressed by the relatively short amount of time it took for the quadrant impression, the clarity of the screen, and the accuracy of the milling work. In 2004 our practice traded up to the 3D model. Not surprisingly, we were also early adopters of the Bluecam AC. Each of these CEREC machines paid for itself within 6 months. By investing in this technology, upgrading as the opportunity was presented, and ensuring my team was properly trained, we have watched our profits rise along with patient satisfaction.

I was among one of the first dentists in North Carolina, and the very first in my city, to invest in the CEREC 2 in 1998. I was impressed by the relatively short amount of time it took for the quadrant impression, the clarity of the screen, and the accuracy of the milling work. In 2004 our practice traded up to the 3D model. Not surprisingly, we were also early adopters of the Bluecam AC. Each of these CEREC machines paid for itself within 6 months. By investing in this technology, upgrading as the opportunity was presented, and ensuring my team was properly trained, we have watched our profits rise along with patient satisfaction.

The CEREC Disconnect

I?m puzzled when I hear that a large percentage of the dental practices that have invested in CEREC equipment do not use it regularly. Not only does the latest equipment produce crowns that are accurate to a tolerance previously unachievable, they require even less time to complete. With comfort and convenience overwhelmingly cited as top patient concerns, there is no other tool we can rely on that will allow us to achieve these goals.

Get the Right Training

I believe training is the main reason many of my colleagues do not use their CEREC equipment as often as we do. When we brought Wiltrace in to work with us, the smooth integration of this technology into our practice was assured. They provided a CEREC expert who coached us in preparation and produced predictable restorations during a busy day while we continued to generate revenue. We found that the nonclinical integration was just as important. The office team learned the protocol for scheduling, discussing insurance coverage, and promoting the use of the CEREC to our patients.

Anything Is Possible

While the return on our investment in training with Wiltrace is realized every time we use our CEREC equipment, there was one case in which we truly pushed the envelope and really put that training to work. This unique situation, which we now refer to as the ?Day of the Dueling CERECs,? taught us many lessons about the value of having confidence in our team dynamic, and using advanced technology to its full capacity.

We also discovered that while it might have been tempting to turn in our CEREC 3D for credit toward the latest model, keeping it was a very canny decision. This very complicated case involved 8 partial crowns in 4 quadrants.

Using 2 CEREC machines in synchronization, we completed treatment in 4 hours, allowing our patient, who was visiting from out of town, to get on a plane and return home with a beautiful new smile. We felt like we?d completed a CEREC PhD!

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