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Embracing Digital Dentistry: A Long-Lerm Process Of Innovation

16 February 2023

Embracing Digital Dentistry: A Long-Lerm Process Of Innovation

Dental labs are digitising. Inefficient processes and expensive treatment costs are being rapidly replaced by seamless data transfer software and digital imaging technology. This swift change comes as no surprise to long-standing professionals, as evidence of a digital dentistry revolution began to emerge back in the 60s. The development of tomography, the process by which a computer controls and processes the movement of an X-ray, signposted the beginning of a promising future for dentists all over the world. 

Although it is no surprise that technology has continued to develop since that initial innovation over 60 years ago, the impact of a digitising dental laboratory should not be underestimated in today’s world. Dentists should not resist this development, and for their benefit and the benefit of their patients, should embrace entirely the process of digitising.

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3 reasons why digital dentistry will fully enhance the experience of dentists and dental patients everywhere. 

1) Better quality dental care 

It’s no secret that dentistry is a hands-on practice, although ‘hands-in’ may be a more accurate turn of phrase. Avoiding cross contamination and unnecessary touch during oral examinations can help to keep everyone safe. 

Digital dentistry encourages a computerised approach to treatment, minimising the need for invasive procedures that risk the health of patients. Digitising dental records means you can more easily communicate with companies like us at Smile Wide, providing a more accurate and higher quality dental treatment plan and improving your patients experiences. 

2) More efficient processes 

Scanners and intra-oral cameras have replaced traditional x-rays, which needed to be processed and analysed. This hugely increases efficiency, fast-tracking diagnoses and treatments. 

Gone too are the days of 3D clay modelling, with the uncomfortable, clay-like retainer used to take dental models being replaced with digital imaging. Like the CADs delivered to dentists from Smile Wide, the imagery can be shared back and forth between labs and dentists at a much faster rate.

3) More reliable results 

Using an intra-oral camera, a dentist can achieve a magnification of up to 25 times more than the naked eye, which means more accuracy and less time scheduled in to ‘re-do’ appointments. This will save time and money, whilst also providing the most reliable results.

Traditional dental impressions leave space for human error, a slip of the hand can disrupt data and create an inaccurate impression. Digital imagery and 3d scans can be completed with a reliable level of accuracy, a compelling argument for those who are considering making the switch.

These reliable results can also be discerned at an earlier time, reducing the risk of problems occurring in the future. Prevention is so important for oral health, something that digitisation can make a huge difference to. 

It’s the only option

Leaning into dental digitisation is the only option if you want to keep on top of technologies and provide the best treatments to patients. Don’t be left behind, digitise your processes with the help of Smile Wide now.