What is Digital Dentistry ?
Digital Dentistry came to facilitate the work of professionals in the area in addition to offering patients greater precision and security in the final result of surgeries. At the 2018 CIOSP, several companies were publicizing the launch of scanners, printers, software, etc., however, many professional colleagues still did not understand very well their applications and how much they should invest to start working with digital dentistry.
According to Dr. Alan Jony, “Many lectures took place at the Stands talking about the subject, and many doubts arose,” – but how do I do this? – how do I do that? – where do I start?”; however, the colleagues were interested, found it all very interesting and started there, realizing the need to implement digital dentistry techniques in their work routines, as they saw that the market was tending towards these technologies.”
In 2018, many professionals saw the need to seek information and subsidies to somehow start working in digital dentistry. The doubts were almost general and even those who knew a little about the subject didn’t have answers for everything, either for lack of resources, or even for not knowing the limits of the equipment, being a constant learning experience. The companies that created the equipment did not know its limitations and everything was, and is being, discovered together, among colleagues and companies, until today, with daily validation by the professionals.
How does digital dentistry work in practice?
Digital dentistry can be summarized as the practice of using digital devices such as scanners and computers that allow a more precise and effective procedure for the patient, such as digital radiography that produces a map of the teeth and dental impressions.
Digital Dentistry at CIOSP
At the 2019 CIOSP, Digital Dentistry came with even more strength and more companies were launching new equipment or new updates to previous equipment.
Many orthodontic implant companies launched guided surgery kits, which had not previously been available as they realized that guided surgery was aimed forcefully; As is known, the technique was abandoned by many implantodontists who used it, but who discredited it, because there were few companies that did the planning, generating cases that were not assertive, due to the lack of technological resources we have today.
The year 2019 passed and Digital Dentistry was increasingly present in the work routine of many colleagues. More training courses began to appear, but in small quantity for the huge demand in the country, as there are few professionals who know how to work with 100% digital flows.
Digital Dentistry is how we currently treat the patient, using the most advanced technological resources, software and hardware (equipment such as 3D printers, milling machines, intraoral and extraoral scanners, etc.).
What we must understand is that Digital Dentistry did not come to replace the good Dental Surgeon or trivialize Dental treatments; it is there to help good professionals to have even more predictability and agility in treatments.
Dentistry is the same, the concepts and understandings of colleagues regarding execution and planning are the same for many years, not consistent with what many professionals think about digital dentistry, where they see the need to purchase equipment such as scanners, printers , software, milling machines, etc.
What is the biggest benefit of Digital Dentistry?
Undoubtedly, the greatest benefit of Digital Dentistry is that the patient can closely monitor the planning of their treatment, as well as clarifying doubts regarding the procedure in which the dentist can make the necessary changes. “Another sentence Dr Alan Another sentence Dr Alan Another sentence Dr Alan Another sentence Dr Alan Another sentence Dr Alan Another sentence Dr Alan Another sentence Dr Alan Another sentence Dr Alan Another sentence Dr Alan Another sentence Dr Alan Another sentence Dr Alan Another sentence Dr Alan Another Dr Alan phrase Another Dr Alan phrase.
In addition to the patient benefiting from the advances in digital dentistry, the dentist also performs a more effective work in relation to dentures, making it possible to visualize the treatment through a simulation made in 3D, in addition, the costs are and the operating time are reduced, since the professional does not depend on the laboratory to produce a restoration, for example.
How much will I have to invest to start working with Digital Dentistry?
A very common question among many colleagues in the profession is the possibility of working with digital dentistry without major investments and the answer is: yes, through the use of partners as shown in the image above.
The main work that the Dental Surgeon should focus on is what no one can do for him, patient care. After referring the patient to exams such as: tomography, photos, intraoral and extraoral scanning, etc., the CD can redirect them to planning centers such as: digital smile planning, guided surgery planning, aligners, etc.
When the planning center itself cannot materialize the specific model, guides, aligners, etc., patients can be sent to 3D printing companies. The phase in which the professional completes the prosthetic part, it is possible to send the digital files to the prosthesis laboratories that will carry out the materialization of the crown, onlay, laminates, etc., refraining from the need to purchase software, milling machine, etc. . Within this flow we can summarize that the professional can work 100% digitally without having bought absolutely anything and focusing on what no one can do for him, patient care.