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The 2018 Dental Technology Census


Despite the integration of more and more technology in today’s dental practices, there remains an overwhelming lack of data regarding how much of any type of technology is actually being used, and where. Wouldn’t it be great to see a snapshot of the digital dentistry landscape across the country? Ever wondered how your technology usage stacks up against that of your peers? If you answered “yes,” then we have good news. A new, nationwide survey of dental professionals seeks to provide a window into the constantly evolving world of technology—from caries detection devices to intraoral scanners and CAD/CAM.

Inquantive Research, an information services company, is seeking to capture the pulse of North American dentists through a comprehensive survey called Dental Technology Census. With Dental Product Shopper as its official media sponsor, the survey will provide insight into the profession’s adoption of clinical and business technologies and will ultimately answer the question: What is the current and projected impact of technology in the dental practice?

A Digital Dentistry Snapshot

The Dental Technology Census follows up on a survey conducted by Inquantive Research three years ago, offering the dental profession invaluable data on product adoption. We discovered, for example, that intraoral cameras were approaching the level of a practice standard, with 75% of the nearly 4,000 respondents indicating they used intraoral cameras and another 12% considering the purchase of one the following year. On the other hand, the 2015 survey showed a slower integration, but a bright future, for technologies like intraoral scanners. While only 18% of surveyed dentists said they owned a digital impression system, nearly 20% planned to buy one the following year.

What’s in the Survey?

The digital marketplace is rapidly developing and it’s important to measure the adoption and impact of technology. With this information at your fingertips, you’ll be able to make smarter decisions about purchasing products that may boost production and give you more time to focus on your practice and patients.
The Dental Technology Census will have a strong focus on hardware/software systems, ranging from digital imaging to CAD/CAM to lasers. As a participating dentist, you’ll be able to indicate which products you use as well as your experiences with technology and how it impacts your practice. They’ll also ask which technologies you have your eye on and might be planning to purchase in the future.
By compiling this data, Inquantive Research will be able to develop a profile of U.S. dentists that captures where you stand among your colleagues, and offers a glimpse into the future.

Your honest feedback will help advance the dental profession and provide much-needed insight into the current landscape of digital technology. The survey will take only a few minutes of your time, so please get started today. Then, be on the lookout for census updates and results throughout the year in Dental Product Shopper magazine and on our website.


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