Introduced to the dental community in the early 2000s, cone beam imaging systems have had a profound impact on diagnosis, treatment planning, and clinical outcomes—not just for specialists and oral surgeons, but for general practitioners, too. The shift to 3D imaging also has ushered in a change in radiation dose—not unlike the switch from film...
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.
From a simple tool like a digital camera to more complex technologies, such as intraoral scanners and 3D imaging, nothing has influenced and guided my career more than digital technologies. In fact, over the past 2 decades, technology has made practicing dentistry more fun and rewarding than I could have ever imagined.
By now, most dental practice owners know that digital dentistry can lead to a significant payoff. Yet while dental technology has come a long way, the products continue to evolve, making it more important than ever for clinicians to keep up. The question then becomes: Which products are worth the investment?
There’s no question that comprehensive 3D imaging has completely changed implant dentistry. By using this technology, clinicians can analyze the anatomy of the patient’s jaw to assess bone density and locate nerves, blood vessels, and sinuses before surgery— eliminating any uncertainty when it comes to the right site for implant placement.
With the proper training and technology, today’s general dentist stands to meet a growing demand for implant services, serving their patients well and boosting the practice bottom line. Now, there is an even greater need to offer more services in the practice, we can attribute the increased demand for implant restorations to three groups.