Digital downloads of music and books are the most popular way to access your favorite artists and authors. A traditionally hands-on profession is also using digital downloads to improve patient care. You walk into your dental office for a crown, your tooth is scanned and in a short time your porcelain restoration is produced. Welcome to digital dentistry.
Patients enjoy the convenience factor while dentists who are embracing the technology appreciate improved outcomes.
Despite the proven benefits that include nearly flawless results, many dentists don’t want to invest in the equipment or take the time to get familiar with the various components and techniques. An article on Dental Economics.com, Digital dentistry: is this the future of dentistry?, reveals that many dentists have a “lack of desire” in adopting new technology.
Dr. Sam Saleh of OradentistrySpa in Beverly Hills welcomes innovation that has a positive impact on his patients. He was one of the first practitioners in his area to begin using digital dentistry. His office has created a patient-centered experience to reduce or nearly eliminate the fear factor in visiting a dental office and he has found that the convenience in digital dentistry is well received.
Many of Dr. Saleh’s clients are celebrities and busy professionals needing veneers, crowns, or bridges. The teeth are scanned using an intra-oral camera and a 3-D image is produced on a computer screen. Software assists the dentists in pinpointing the ideal dimensions of the crown. Then the findings are digitally sent to the mill and the lab creates the final result within the same day.
Digital dentistry has improved the overall experience as patients need less time in the chair and multiple visits for one specific need have been eliminated. Dr. Saleh refers to the procedure as “premium quality in a one-stop shop.”
The digital solutions offer “efficient processes, accurate high-strength materials, and beautiful esthetics,” according to the American College of Prosthodontists in an introduction to a recent digital dentistry symposium. Dentists in the digital world are still hands-on with their patients and the precision of the tools used and the convenience factor have improved the provider-patient relationship in many ways.
Dr. Saleh says his passion for dentistry grows out of his love for art and producing lasting results that transform smiles, improves oral health, and a person’s confidence and overall well-being. The scanned images let him see the many different sides of the tooth he’s working on. Digital tools have enhanced the skills Dr. Saleh gained studying at the King’s College of London and the experience gained from working in Beverly Hills where patients expect excellence.
Dentists who make full use of available digital technology are optimistic about the future of their industry. And the patients leave confident that they have received the best possible care. Digital dentistry has become a win-win on both sides of the dental chair.