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The Power of Digital Dentistry

What is Digital Dentistry?

Digital Dentistry refers to an introduction to new technological advances within the Dental industry. Most medical fields have begun the digitising process, this includes any documentation, whether it be client information, appointments, medical records and any other relevant information. Digital Dentistry is also the development of updating equipment and mechanics to the latest and highest spec.

Digital Technology is something that is ever growing and advancing and it will continue too years to come. We now take this technology for granted, our mobiles, the internet, emails, a world of information at our fingertips. This technology is powerful as it can change lives on a daily basis.

In Dentistry, the transfer of knowledge from personal to professional lives has been fuelled, but there is still some hesitation in some quarters to take the next step into the digital dental world. Believing that traditional methods of storing and sharing information is stronger and more reliable stunts the vision of the new ways of thinking, meaning the development and what Digital advances could bring to the industry is not being recognised. There is a lot to gain from these technological advances including; reduced treatment times, improved communication with laboratories and superior efficiency. Not to mention the improvement of digital X-rays, digital impressions, scanning and restorations. CAD/CAM systems are enabling more accurate and descriptive material.

What is a CAD/CAM System?

CAD stands for Computer Aided Design, whereas CAM stands for Computer Aided Manufacture. CAD is used for displaying and editing designs on the computer. Calculations can often be made. CAM uses a computer to control a manufacturing process.software that make it possible for dentists to perform complex procedures faster, more easily and more accurately, says the JPR. CAD/CAM technology constructs restorations, like crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays and bridges, from a single block of ceramics, which makes the final product more precise compared to traditional fabrication methods.

The Following list represents the majority of the areas of digital dentistry:

  • CAD/CAM and intraoral imaging — both laboratory- and clinician-controlled
  • Caries diagnosis
  • Computer-aided implant dentistry — including design and fabrication of surgical guides
  • Digital radiography — intraoral and extraoral, including cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)
  • Electric and surgical/implant handpieces
  • Lasers
  • Occlusion and TMJ analysis and diagnosis
  • Photography — extraoral and intraoral
  • Practice and patient record management — including digital patient education
  • Shade matching

Even by looking at this list you can recognise just how much is already being enhanced and this isn’t every conceivable area there is either, many more areas are being researched. This is an exciting time to be a part of the dentistry profession as more technologies are being introduced that will make the industry not only more advanced and efficient but more enjoyable too.

 

References:

https://www.digitaldentistryshow.co.uk/take-your-first-digital-steps-with-cadcam/

https://www.expatica.com/nl/healthcare/specialists/the-advantage-of-digital-dentistry-and-its-benefits-1285637/

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/cad-cam-dentistry–what-is-it-

https://www.dentaleconomics.com/science-tech/article/16394539/digital-dentistry-is-this-the-future-of-dentistry

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