The top things our dental experts are excited about in 2017
DPR spoke with several experts in our industry about what they are excited for in the dental industry in 2017
Dental assistant, Tija Hunter:
Watching what is already great in technology get even better
Tija Hunter, dental assistant and Vice President of the American Dental Assistants Association and self-described tooth geek, wishes she knew about a great new product set to change the dentistry world, but she doesn’t. She thinks dental already has it, and it’s only going to get better for dentists and patients. She credits the supplier companies for their innovation.
“I don’t know of any company that’s as futuristic as Dentsply Sirona in the way they look at technology. They come up with this amazing stuff, and when they come up with it, they only aim to build on it,” she says.
From their Teneo treatment center chairs, to their CEREC SpeedFire Sintering furnace, to an improved inEos X5 laboratory scanner and even the new customer magazine that keeps their customers abreast of their technology, Hunter thinks that most companies scramble to keep up with Dentsply Sirona.
Like Dr. Flucke, Hunter is also attracted to dental implant science and 3D technology. While not new in 2017, many practices still haven’t invested in the technology required for both. Hunter believes this science and its related technology will take a practice to a new level.
“Having that ability to do guided impact surgery at your fingertips as a general dentist changes your entire practice,” she explains. “I thought when we became CEREC our practice changed. But when we purchased our cone beam, it’s crazy the way it opened us up to do guided implant surgery.”
Hunter encourages both clinicians and their assistants to get out of their comfort zone in 2017 and quit feeling apprehensive about new technology.
“When you reach higher and get out of that comfort zone, you’re forced to learn the technology and what it can do. From that comes success. It’s making you do something that you might not otherwise have done. I love it for that reason alone,” Hunter said. “If you are in an area where there are a lot of dentists and you don’t have the proper technology or the ability to design and place implants right there in the office, you are going to be left in the dust.”
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