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?

Build your orthodontic practice with CBCT this fall

In the orthodontic world, nothing has created a bigger buzz than digital orthodontic care. Venturing into the digital world should not be taken lightly. It requires evaluation, planning and capital.

CBCT technology reigns supreme and is the foundation of orthodontic excellence. In an upcoming lecture with Dr. William E. Crutchfield, tangible advantages of CBCT like diagnosis, treatment planning, digital orthodontic care and analysis will be shared.

In addition to earning 5 CE credits, attendees will also learn how to leverage CBCT to build a practice with referrals, with other professionals and with the community.

Details, details, details…

This fall, Benco Dental and KaVo Kerr will host “CBCT: The Foundation of Orthodontic Excellence,” presented by Dr. William E. Crutchfield.

On Friday, October 11, from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Benco Dental CenterPoint West Design Showroom, 3590 Harbor Gateway N, Costa Mesa, California 92626, Dr. Crutchfield will offer professional education for dentists.

What can you expect to learn?

1. Why CBCT
2. Advantages of CBCT
3. CBCT for digital orthodontic care
4. Leveraging CBCT for practice promotion and growth

Ready to register?

Click here: https://kerreducation.cvent.com/CostaMesaCA101119
For additional information on the course, please contact
Ty Ramsey at 469.360.1031 or Jeff Dierks at 636.698.4862

KaVo Kerr Corporation is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Kerr Corporation designates this activity for 5 Continuing Education credits.

Meet your instructor

Dr. William E. Crutchfield

Dr. Bill Crutchfield, a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia (VCU) and its orthodontic residency, is committed to his patients in a completely digital orthodontic practice in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Considered an expert in digital orthodontics, he is member of Ormco Insiders advisory board, SureSmile clinical advisory board and an advisor for OrthoScience.

Dr. Crutchfield frequently speaks on topics that include: clinical digital orthodontics, digital team design and digital practice management. Besides serving as president of the VAO and MCV Orthodontic Foundation, he also served the AAO as chairman of the AAOPAC and as a member of the Council of Governmental Affairs for over a decade.

Innovation doesn’t take a summer vacation

The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with all of the latest equipment and technology.
Benco Dental presents a few of these advancements.

The four products featured from left: Digital Doc XTG, RelyX Luting Plus, TPH Spectra ST and Benco Brands Natural Extensions

Give your work a flawless finish with the TPH Spectra ST.

The TPH Spectra ST Universal Composite Restorative

When Dentsply Sirona added SphereTEC™ filler to TPH Spectra composite, the benefits were numerous.

TPH Spectra ST Advanced granulated spherical fillers were designed with a well-defined particle size distribution and surface microstructure that work together with a trusted resin matrix to enhance handling and esthetics.

Their extra step: Asking the experts — the clinicians — which product improvements could make the composite more valuable to their patients and more efficient in their process?

Those answers drove the innovation. The new and improved TPH Spectra ST offers optimized handling, enhanced chameleon blending and improved durability; all of the things that matter to dentists most. The TPH Spectra ST makes this process even easier by offering five ‘Cloud’ shades that cover the full VITA® range that help make procedures more efficient.

The TPH Spectra ST offers a variety of shades to ensure the perfect match.

For more information on the TPH Spectra ST, click here.

Gear up for any visit with the Natural Extensions nitrile air gloves.

The Natural Extension nitrile air gloves by Benco Brands

This new, high-tech exam glove offers protection but also yields freedom and range of motion

The Natural Extension makes it possible to forget you’re wearing gloves. Natural Extensions nitrile air practically disappear on your hands, so you can focus on what you’re feeling. Refresh your routine with the glove that’s more like an extension of your own skin.

  • The best tactile-sensitivity
  • Non-sterile
  • Single-use Only
  • Nitrile, powder-free

Read more about the Natural Extensions here.

Say goodbye to cement messes with the RelyX Luting Plus

The RelyX Luting Plus by 3M ESPE

RelyX Luting Plus offers an assist with procedures like cementing a Zirconia crown.

By offering better bond strength and easier cleanup compared to other leading RMGI cements, the RelyX Luting Plus by 3M ESPE is formulated to make every day procedures like PFMs (porcelain fused to metal) and metal, or pediatric, crowns faster and more reliable.

For convenience, the RelyX Luting Plus is also available in the Clicker Dispenser for trial usage.

For more info on the 3M RelyX Luting Plus, check it out on our website.

Don’t let your old X-ray machine hold you back.

The Digital Doc XTG portable X-ray system

The Digital Doc XTG portable X-ray system produces high quality, diagnostic X-rays for both film and digital sensors.

This device benefits dentists by offering the freedom of movement and the removal of clunky X-ray equipment. However, it can still be mounted on tripod or arms for added stabilization.

Benefits include:

  • Rechargeable Battery (at least 150 exposures per charge)
  • Low Patient Exposure
  • Camera-like Operation
  • Ease of Use
  • Portability for Multi-Operatory Use
  • Film, Plate and Sensor Capability
  • 60 Kv Frequency X-Ray

Click here for more info on the Digital Doc XTG.

Benco Dental Announces Distribution Agreement with Align Technology for iTero Element® Intraoral Scanners

Benco Dental, the largest privately-owned dental distributor in the United States, today announced a distribution agreement with Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN), for Align’s family of iTero Element intraoral scanners. This agreement expands Benco’s offerings to the general dentist community with iTero® scanner’s proven digital technology including exclusive visualization software with the Invisalign Outcome Simulator. […]

5 ways penmanship can boost your #dentalpractice on #NationalHandwritingDay

Handwriting — yours is as individual as your dental style. In celebration of the this week’s #NationalHandwritingDay — January 23 — put your personal spin on these five suggestions to improve your dental brand, your way. 1. Draft handwritten kudos cards for your #dentalstaff.  ( https://www.bencoprints.com/ ) 2. Personalize birthday messages and #milestonemoment notes to celebrate […]

Want to ‘restore’ your knowledge on digital workflow? Here’s how!

Carestream Dental is offering dentists near and far two opportunities to attend an RSVP-only informational course, one on Wednesday, December 12 in Costa Mesa, California and the other Friday, Dec. 14 in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania. This practical course focuses on preoperative protocols for guided surgery with Carestream Dental’s CBCT and the CS 3600 digital impression scanner. […]