May 30, 2017
Digital dentistry is snowballing its way into the gateways of many dental labs across the world. New technologies provide innovative solutions to traditional dental problems. As a dentist, you want to perform dental treatment as efficiently as possible and provide your patients with successful esthetic results. In this blog post, I will discuss how digital dentistry can help simplify the digital workflow.
Digital dentistry can be described as any dental technology or device that incorporates digital or computer-controlled components. There are a number of different digital dentistry technologies available. Common to all of them is that they provide more immediate and detailed information compared to traditional, technology. Moreover, these new digital dentistry technologies allow more efficient collaboration between dental professionals such as dentists and dental technicians. Naturally, the more precise the diagnosis and restorations, the higher the quality of dental care.
One of the technologies in digital dentistry is CAD/CAM which involves computer-aided design and manufacturing of dental products. The technology allows you to create dental restorations fast, easy and more precisely. As a dentist, you do an intra-oral scanning of the patient’s teeth. You then send the digital file to your dental lab where the restoration is designed by the computer software and the information is sent to a milling machine that creates the prosthetic restoration.
Digital dentistry brings many advantages. Providing the lab with a digital file instead of an actual impression minimises the risk of errors as the digital file can be reviewed and revised over and over again, before the actual design and milling are made. The digital technology helps you and your colleagues do your job more efficiently and gives you complete control of the final result. The intra-oral scan file increases the possibility to obtain high precision restorations compared to using traditional impressions. As the restorations after intra-oral scanning are fabricated via CAD/CAM, digital dentistry allows a more simplified workflow for the dental technician when producing the restoration for the dentist – a much much faster and more secured way of working.
At Elos Medtech, we have extensive experience of product development and design of dental implants and instruments. As early as in 1975, we started to cooperate in a development project with Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark, and began manufacturing dental implant products for replacement of teeth. Recently, we launched a new digital dentistry solution called Elos Accurate™ Hybrid Base, which uses the technology of CAD/CAM. It is a prosthetic solution for screw retained single, cement retained single and bridge restorations, especially designed to reduce complexity and simplify the digital workflow. To find out more about our solution, please visit our website.
I hope this blog post gave you more insight into how digital dentistry can help simplify the digital workflow. Are you thinking about going digital? Don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions and queries! You are also welcome to visit our webshop for more detailed info about our digital dentistry solutions and products.
Business Development Manager & Technical Adviser Elos Medtech AB