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
Dr. Justin Chi:
Integrating proven open source technology with new chairside CAD/CAM options
Dr. Justin Chi, Clinical Research Associate at Glidewell Laboratories, says the ability to work efficiently and improve patient comfort and convenience at the same time invigorates his practice. When technology integrates together well he reaps the benefits, particularly in his chairside restoration efforts. Dr. Chi used his recent experience with 3Shape TRIOS® scanner integration and Practice Lab software with Glidewell’s TS-150 Mill as an example.
“It has lots of different libraries, and all of the key tools to do any design in the posterior, anterior, inlays and onlays, partial covered, and full coverage. Virtually any single-unit restoration can be efficiently designed with their software,” Dr. Chi says.
Dr. Chi is impressed with the feature that allows you to duplicate what is existing. If he is replacing a crown, fixing a broken tooth or adjusting previous dental work, he can scan in the pre-operative condition.
“Some of the other CAD/CAM software can also do that, but it’s pretty easy the way 3Shape has it set up,” Dr. Chi says.
Also, the integration creates a complete impression system. Dr. Chi uses it for most types of cases, from single units in the office to the more complicated cases he sends to the lab. He uses it for complex esthetic cases, as well as Invisalign cases. He credits the ability to scan the upper and lower arch very quickly.
“From that standpoint, it’s a great all-around impression system if you want to do same-day or if you want to do traditional dentistry and still use a digital impression system,” Dr. Chi says of the 3Shape technology.
Dr. Chi likes how the 3Shape system works even on complex cases. He explains that all the digital impression technologies have difficulties getting an accurate impression of the whole area. “With this one, it simplifies that process,” he said.
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