Two Doctors, One Incredible Journey with Planmeca CAD/CAM Technology
As with any big purchase in life, deciding to invest in digital technologies like a CAD/CAM system or CBCT imaging unit requires careful consideration. Sure, there’s a wealth of information online that summarizes the pros and cons of each system, but one of the first places you might turn to for an honest opinion is your peers.
That’s why over this past year, DPS followed two general dentists—Drs. Kenneth Wright and Robert Wertke—to capture what it’s like to make the investment in digital dentistry and dive headfirst into a completely digital workflow. Fortunately, the doctors, who practice together at Wright Dental in Barrington, IL, didn’t have to dive in alone.
First, they found a partner in Planmeca. The manufacturer offers a completely integrated solution, including a comprehensive training and coaching program for doctors and staff, which provided peace of mind to Drs. Wright and Wertke at the beginning of their digital journey. Their investment consisted of a Planmeca FIT system—a complete CAD/CAM solution containing the Planmeca Emerald S intraoral scanner, Planmeca PlanMill 30 S, and Planmeca PlanCAD Easy software.
For extraoral imaging, the practice chose the Planmeca ProMax 3D Mid. This mid-sized unit is capable of imaging a single tooth through the entire maxillofacial area, including the airway. It was installed to facilitate accurate diagnostics and allow the Wright Dental team to offer advanced services to their patients in-house.
The Decision to Go Digital
Dr. Wright, a self-proclaimed dental technology groupie, admitted he had been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the right time to jump into going digital. Now, nearly a year later, that decision has paid off immeasurably by expanding treatment possibilities, improving communication with labs and specialists, and creating an incredible patient experience.
“Patients have been able to see the technology as a positive change and tell me how great it is that they have a dentist who keeps investing in the practice for their benefit,” noted Dr. Wright.
From initial fears about implementing the technology and capturing the very first digital scan, to delivering a same-day crown and digitally planning for implant placement, the doctors and staff at Wright Dental put it all out on the table—sharing their honest take on what it’s like to start scanning, designing, and milling restorations in-house.
“I think this technology just really helps emphasize the quality of dentistry we both strive to provide, but that ultimately benefits the patients in their timeframe, as well,” said Dr. Wertke.
To follow Wright Dental’s complete journey with digital dentistry using Planmeca technology and equipment, download the eBook The Perfect FIT.