Free White Paper: Understanding the New Digital Dental Workflow

June 17, 2014

In 2014, we’re accustomed to doing things digitally. Instead of popping a VHS tape or DVD in our players, we can buy a digital video on Amazon or Apple and then immediately stream it via a cloud-enabled device. Instead of writing out a check longhand, you swipe a credit card, or, in some Starbucks, pay with your phone. Instead of taking a photo of a case that is then developed and mailed or hand-delivered, you send a massive, high-def file to your lab or your clinician via Dropbox. Digital workflows are all around us, and they’ve changed everything.

In 2014, we’re accustomed to doing things digitally. Instead of popping a VHS tape or DVD in our players, we can buy a digital video on Amazon or Apple and then immediately stream it via a cloud-enabled device. Instead of writing out a check longhand, you swipe a credit card, or, in some Starbucks, pay with your phone. Instead of taking a photo of a case that is then developed and mailed or hand-delivered, you send a massive, high-def file to your lab or your clinician via Dropbox. Digital workflows are all around us, and they’ve changed everything.

Isn’t it about time the dental workflow got the same upgrade?

Fortunately, that time is here. More and more dentists and lab technicians are adopting an all-digital workflow, and they’re seeing the results: faster turnaround times, easier and better communication and restorations that fit like a glove.

The all-digital workflow starts at the doctor’s office with a scan of the patient’s affected teeth. Dentists who perform all-digital work either send the digital files to their laboratory to have the restorations completed, or they can get processed on an in-house mill.

“We use it on a daily basis-hopefully more than once a day,” says Dr. Michael Young, DDS, from Detroit, Mich. “We do the majority of our crowns and partial crowns this way. I still have to send some to a lab to be made in a traditional fashion, but most of them go with the scanner.”

“There’s a great deal of touching involved when you deal with a traditional case, versus digital, starting with the doctor in the office,” says Bob Belouin, Information Technology Supervisor at Biogenic Dental Corporation in Utica, NY. “The doctor takes a digital scan, captures that scan, hits the ‘Send’ button, and it comes to us. There’s no packaging, no staff that has to package it, there’s no shipping cost. It comes to us digitally. We open it up right into our software. For a lot of cases, that job starts that day. You’re not limited on cutoff times as much.

“Once we receive the scan file,” Belouin continues, “we design it. If it’s going to be printed, we send it to the printer that night. If it’s going to be milled, it gets milled that day or maybe the following morning.”

“One of the major attributes of CAD/CAM dentistry is the patient experience,” adds Dr. David Fantarella, DMD, PC, North Haven, Conn. “It’s like any surgical procedure the least invasive procedure usually leads to the best outcomes. So, for a vital tooth you’re going to do a crown on-if you don’t need to prep it; put a temp on it; wait for the patient to come back for the impression; and then do the insert, that tooth tends to be less traumatized, and we see fewer irreversible pulpitis or root canal situations afterwards.”

Quick turnaround times, patient happiness and dependable results? What’s not to love?

The editors at Dental Products Report and Dental Lab Products have long been champions of the all-digital workflow. We know digital dentistry represents the future of our industry and we want to help you, both lab techs and clinicians, every step of the way. So we decided to combine our knowledge and unpack the ways this new mindset is changing the game for both clinicians and lab techs. The result?

A FREE white paper called "The New Dental Digital Workflow.”

In this white paper, you’ll hear from doctors and lab owners explaining how their work has been benefited and advanced thanks to the innovations of the components of a digital workflow.

You’ll learn how technologies like intraoral scanners, CAD/CAM machines (both chair- and lab-side), communication software and design software are saving the entire dental team both time and money. You’ll find out how labs and clinicians can work together like never before. And you’ll learn how each of these benefits is available right now.

Click here to download this FREE white paper, and get started on your journey into the future of innovation in dentistry!