DIGITAL DENTAL SOLUTIONS

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Digital Dental Solutions 

How it Works

The digitization of our planet touches every aspect of our culture and existence. It has transformed the way we gather information, consume media and manage our finances. The pace at which digitization transforms different industries is dictated by the immediacy of the benefits digital provides.

 

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Accelerating Turnaround Times

Dentistry in digital, moves faster because now information originates in a digital format and therefore can be easily shared until the very last stages when the final analog product must be manufactured to go into the patient’s mouth. The sooner in the process a digital file of the patient’s case is acquired, the faster the process becomes. In the near future all impressions will be acquired by the dentist at chair-side with an intraoral scanner. The digital impression will immediately be loaded into 3D Dental CAD software for work to be completed on either a prosthetic restoration or an orthodontic appliance. From Dental CAD, software files are exported in STL format to a 3D Printer for model production for design and accuracy check and then again, where required, sent digitally with CAM software to a Dental milling system for in-house fabrication of monolithic Zirconia restoration or wax casting.

 

Simplifying Processes

The above scenario will not be identical in each practice but a variation is applicable to every type of dentistry, from orthodontics to prosthetics. In each case digitization removes several steps from the process. Primarily, we bid farewell to the unpleasant analog process of taking an impression of a patient’s mouth with impression materials. The elimination of this step alone is a monumental simplification of the process. In a "traditional" dental office, an impression is taken and then shipped to a lab where a mold is formed and a model manually poured to begin work. The introduction of digital impressions at the dental chair with an intraoral scanner eliminates 3 steps right at the start of the process. No more shipping of analog impressions to the lab when it may suffer breakage. There is no longer need for creating a mold from the impression and manually pouring of a model. Starting with an intraoral scan we can instantaneously send the file over a network for upload into dental CAD software. From there, work can be done and files sent to 3D printers for model creation and building of orthodontic appliance or CAM milling of Zirconia, wax or PMMA for creation of restoration.

 

Access Infinite Catalogues of Material from Global Sources

When the process is digital and networked, dentists have access to unlimited choices for their final end product. The majority of the newer Dental CAD offerings are open sourced. This offers unlimited flexibility as to which parts of the digital workflow process a dentist or lab is going to adopt internally or farm out to a production center. The dentist is no longer limited to one supplier's product offerings, but has literally unlimited access to a global list of material, product suppliers and production centers.

 

Reducing Costs

Transitioning to digital, is saving costs for dentists in multiple ways.

  • Automation of dental model manufacturing using 3D printers and Dental Mills greatly reduces material and labor costs
  • Transforming the process to digital from analog eliminates shipping costs of sending impressions and models back and forth through couriers, enabling the instantaneous transfer of information with the click of a mouse
  • Storing clay models for all their clients has inventory and space restrictions, when they can store digital files on servers within their office
  • Open source software and peripherals allows practitioners and labs a choice of materials and processes that greatly reduce costs and bring profits in house by adopting cost effective solutions like volume 3D printing of dental models and affordable low cost desktop milling of bulk style Wieland Zirconia, wax and PMMA

This is an exciting time for dentistry, come learn more about how these changes can improve process and profits at your dental lab or practice.

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Benefits

The primary benefits are: 

  • accelerating turnaround times
  • simplifying processes
  • expanding markets; and
  • reducing costs

 

Trends, Applications, History and Outlook

Taking media as an example, in a digital world users can: 

  • acquire media files almost immediately
  • locate the source of desired media with simple search
  • access infinite catalogues of material from global sources
  • avoid costs associated with traditional manufacture of product, inventory and physical retail

These four benefits can generally be recognized in some form in each industry that digital transforms. The latest industry to begin its digital transformation is Dentistry and the benefits are obvious and now that the change is in motion, unavoidable.

 

   

 Accelerating Turnaround Times

Dentistry in digital moves faster because now information originates in a digital format and therefore can be easily shared until the very last stages when the final analog product must be manufactured to go into the patient’s mouth.

  • The sooner in the process a digital file of the patient’s case is acquired, the faster the process becomes. In the near future all impressions will be acquired by the dentist at chair-side with an intraoral scanner.
  • The digital impression will immediately be loaded into 3D Dental CAD software for work to be completed on either a prosthetic restoration or an orthodontic appliance.
  • From Dental CAD, software files are exported in STL format to a 3D Printer for model production for design and accuracy check and then again, where required, sent digitally with CAM software to a mill for in-house fabrication of monolithic Zirconia restoration or wax casting

 

 

 

Simplifying Processes

  • The previous  scenario will not be identical in each practice but a variation is applicable to every type of dentistry, from orthodontics to prosthetics. In each case digitization removes several steps from the process. Primarily, we bid farewell to the unpleasant analog process of taking an impression of a patient’s mouth with impression materials.
  • The elimination of this step alone is a monumental simplification of the process. In a "traditional" dental office, an impression is taken and then shipped to a lab where a mold is formed and a model manually poured to begin work. The introduction of digital impressions at the dental chair with an intraoral scanner eliminates 3 steps right at the start of the process. No more shipping of analog impressions to the lab when it may suffer breakage.
  • There is no longer need for creating a mold from the impression and manually pouring of a model. Starting with an intraoral scan we can instantaneously send the file over a network for upload into dental CAD software. From there work can be done and files sent to 3D printers for model creation and building of orthodontic appliance or CAM milling of Zirconia, wax or PMMA for creation of restoration
 

Access Infinite Catalogues of Material from Global Sources

When the process is digital and networked, dentists have access to unlimited choices for their product manufacture. The majority of the newer Dental CAD offerings are open sourced. This offers unlimited flexibility as to which parts of the digital workflow process a dentist or lab is going to adopt internally or farm out to a production center. The dentist is no longer limited to one supplier's product offerings, but has literally unlimited access to a global list of material and product suppliers and production centers.

Reducing Costs

  • Transitioning to digital is saving costs for dentists in multiple ways
  • Automation of dental model manufacture using 3D printers greatly reduces material and labor costs
  • Transforming the process to digital from analog eliminates shipping costs of sending impressions and models back and forth through the post, enabling the instantaneous transfer of information with the click of a mouse
  • Open source software and peripherals allows practitioners and labs a choice of materials and processes that greatly reduce costs and bring profits in house by adopting cost effective solutions like volume 3D printing of dental models and affordable low cost desktop milling of bulk style Wieland Zirconia, wax and PMMA
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