What will define the dental practice world of 2030?

In a recent New York Times discussion, reporter Janet Morrissey describes “a technological metamorphosis” taking place within the dental industry.

“Among the latest innovations: The use of digital scanners and 3-D printers to offer same-day crown replacements, smart toothbrushes that talk back to you via a phone app when you’ve missed an area while brushing, lasers that eliminate the need for an anesthetic, and digital tools that detect oral cancer.

Some of these advances had been around for a number of years but had not been widely adopted because of high equipment costs, lack of training or dentists who were more comfortable with older, traditional equipment.”

New York Times Contributor Janet Morrissey

It’s as though an explosion of advancement is occurring and dentists navigate an endless array of options swirling around them.

How can CAD/CAM dentistry benefit a patient — and a dental practice?

Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) enhance the design and creation of dental restorations such as crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays and bridges from a single block of ceramic.

Time is a precious commodity, and with an entire chairside process that can be completed within a range from 40 minutes to 2.5 hours, CAD/CAM is an obvious answer.

  • With a conventional restoration, a temporary is placed inside a patient’s mouth for one to several weeks while the lab produces the restoration. After waiting one to several weeks, the patient returns to the office to have the temporary removed and the restoration bonded in place.

* CAD/CAM dentistry, or Chairside CAD/CAM, enables a clinician to design and create a restoration in less than an hour and bond it on the same day.

It all begins with a wand.

The Carestream Dental CS 3700 delivers a high-performance scanning experience.  Prestigious design—by Studio F. A. Porsche. Patient- and practitioner-centric workflows. Smart-shade matching. Touchscreen capabilities. 

It takes approximately a minute and a half to capture a digital impression of prepared teeth. An impression of the teeth in the opposite arch takes just 45 seconds.

What drives the process? An intraoral scanner is used to capture a direct optical impression. The scanner projects a light source onto the area to be scanned. The images are captured by imaging sensors and are processed by scanning software, which then produces a 3D surface model.

Shown above, one example from Carestream Dental: the CS 3700.

Find out how to choose the best one for a dental practice: https://www.benco.com/technology-and-equipment/cad-cam-dentistry/intraoral-scanners/

Next: Design and Produce

Formlabs creates powerful, affordable 3D printers for professionals

Once a digital image is captured, a crown is virtually designed and directed to a dentist’s in-office milling machine or 3-D printer. The results are shown at top and above.

According to Formlabs.com:

“3D printing or additive manufacturing (AM) technologies create three-dimensional parts from computer-aided design (CAD) models by successively adding material layer by layer until physical part is created.

While 3D printing technologies have been around since the 1980s, recent advances in machinery, materials, and software have made 3D printing accessible to a wider range of businesses, enabling more and more companies to use tools previously limited to a few high-tech industries.”

How much do they cost and how to choose the best one for a dental practice? Learn here: https://www.benco.com/technology-and-equipment/cad-cam-dentistry/dental-3d-printer/

Ready for more?

Good News Sunday: Cavities Declining in Young Children

By Alison Majikes/Special to TheDailyFloss.com

Here’s some good news for your Sunday…

According to a recent from report federal health authorities, cavities in preschool-aged children seem to be declining, resulting in fewer children having untreated dental decay.

According to an article by the New York Times on Thursday, it was the first decline in dental decay in this age group since 2007, which was the year that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a sharp rise in decayed baby teeth.

Since then, parents have been diligent about their children brushing more thoroughly and putting a strong emphasis on oral hygiene.

Dr. Bruce Dye, lead author on the past two C.D.C. reports on oral health said that now “only 10 percent of preschooler kids have untreated tooth decay.”

Many experts were encouraged by the downward trend in the little ones teeth, and especially in toddlers, since those with a considerable amount of decay in their teeth need to get treated under general anesthesia in an operating room, which is something no parents wants to put their child through if they can prevent it.

There are many factors that might contribute to this decline, with one possibility the increased number of pediatric dentists today as compared to five or 10 years ago. Also, more pediatricians have been trained to tell parents to visit a dentist prior to their children’s first birthday.

As a result, more young children are getting their cavities filled and fewer are dealing with pain from tooth decay day in and day out. Great news for parents, children, and the dentists who treat them!

To read the full story and more about tooth decay in children and teenagers: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/05/untreated-dental-decay-is-falling-among-children/?_r=0

Alison Majikes is a National Accounts Representative at Benco Dental with a journalism degree from Penn State and to this day she has never had a single cavity (knock on wood).




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