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There was a time when accuracy and functionality were excuses for not investing in a digital impression solution. Those days are over. Intraoral scanners are just as, or even more accurate, depending on the study you cite. The functionality, in terms of the workflow and ease of use, is no longer a discussion either. So what’s holding you back? Here are five reasons for you to stop thinking about it and instead, do something about it.
Numerous studies now document that intraoral scanners save you time. You just have to look at the digital workflow for creating esthetic restorations, the analog workflow cannot compare. When it comes to digitally scanning a patient, it only takes a few minutes. That’s it. No impression material used, no sitting around waiting for the PVS to dry, no gagging, no mess. The difference in the workflow is obvious. A huge change that translates into you having more time to see more patients.
#2: Benefit from digital accuracy, easy-to-use and omit manual errors
There are plenty of studies documenting the accuracy of intraoral scanning. Some IO scanners are more accurate than others, so it is important that you do your research. But the fact that you are eliminating analog impressions from your workflow, instantly removes, what most labs will tell you, is the biggest source of error. Many dental labs say that it is much easier and more accurate to work with digital impressions. In addition, just physically taking intraoral scans is a simpler process. Sure, there is a learning curve. But in the words of one dentist, “if you can use a smartphone, you can scan.”
While the original intention for intraoral scanning was to digitalize the impression process, times and technology has changed. For example, doctors are using 3Shape TRIOS® digital color impressions to track oral health, such as lesions, staining and decay. Unique TRIOS features like digital color impressions, shade measurement and HD photos make the intraoral scanner ideal for monitoring the oral situation. On top of that, TRIOS will soon be introducing a tool, Digital Patient Monitoring (DPM) to enable doctors to track and quantify, i.e., gingival retraction, bruxism and teeth movement. Soon you will be scanning your patients at every visit.
”There is so much information that I can now see because I am looking at the enlarged scan. It is like looking through my loupes that give four and half times the magnification,” Dr. Jonathan L. Ferencz, NYC Prosthodontics
Depending on your practice set up, the savings can be huge. From PVS material to plaster for models, the digital workflow all but eliminates the need for physical impressions. Not to mention, getting rid of the costs of shipping and storing them. If you are an orthodontist, you can digitalize all your models. That’s a career’s worth of models now stored on a hard disc or the cloud.
To find out just how much you can save by going digital, 3Shape created an ROI calculator. Practices can go to the site and enter their relevant numbers to get a print out of the potential savings. Go to: http://triosroi.3shape.com to learn more.
While most of us think about intraoral scanner accuracy and function when we consider going digital, it is the benefits to your patients that just might be the #1 reason to make the move. There are several studies documenting that patients prefer the digital workflow. In the case of a University of Bern, School of Dental Medicine Study*, it wasn’t just some patients, but ALL patients preferred digital. Digital dentistry impresses your patients and gets them talking about you. New York City dentist, Dr. Gary Kaye, Kaye Dentistry, sums up the digital impact best, “this technology is incredible - my patients are thrilled!”
* Patient-centered outcomes comparing digital and conventional implant impression procedures: a randomized crossover trial - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25864771
What it means to you:
Digital technology enables you to practice a completely different style of dentistry. In the words of Dr. Alan Jurim, integratedDENTAL, “that type of dentistry is exciting, it’s better, and that’s really where you are going to increase your profitability.”
Digital dentistry means that you:
There are powerful reasons to make TRIOS® your intraoral scanner. But whatever we say, can’t compare to what your peers are saying. If you get a minute, try googling intraoral scanner accuracy.
“The TRIOS accuracy is unparalleled and I could not practice dentistry to the same caliber without it,” Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
“TRIOS accuracy has basically eliminated remakes in our laboratory” Tate Dobbs, CDT, Dobbs Dental
“TRIOS is the most powerful system out there,” Dr. Sonny Torres Oliva
TRIOS provides you with:
Contact a TRIOS reseller today. www.3shape.com/trios