Know the Limitations
No matter which technologies you invest in, it’s important to understand each system’s limitations, Chad Duplantis, DDS, says. There will still be times you need restorations that require a lab technician’s skill—and that’s OK.
The Benefits of Brand Loyalty
There are companies that offer multiple technologies that work together to make same-day dentistry seamless. If you decide to go that route, make sure the company you partner with provides ongoing support and open systems that are easily integrated.
Shea Tolbert, DDS, found that with Planmeca. The company provided the support he needed throughout the process, and because all the technology is plug and play, it all tied together seamlessly.
Dhaval Patel, DDS, who uses all Dentsply Sirona products for same-day dentistry, had a similar experience.
“I wanted all my software to be able to integrate with each other and talk with each other, so it only made sense to stay in the same family of equipment,” he says. “I didn’t want to have to jump through hoops with a third-party software. Because everything is made by the same company, it all works seamlessly.”
Choosing a Mill
When you’re ready to buy a mill, do some research to determine which one will work best for your office and allow you to offer the treatment you envision, Chad Duplantis, DDS, says. Think about if you want to offer multiunit restorations at some point. Talk with your supplier and ask colleagues already providing same-day dentistry what they like and what they don’t like about the units they’re using.
Some treatment will require CAD/CAM design skills, explains Elisa Praderi, DDS, so you need to have someone with the skill to do this in-house, further involving your team. You can also hire an external design service or lab that guarantees to return the restoration quickly.
You can get started with simple applications that depend on model production—for example, thermoformed appliances such as retainers, bleaching trays, and aligners—and then transition into more complex applications.