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Our office's digital platform is centered
around a highly accurate intraoral scanner,
state-of-the-art cone-beam imaging,
versatile practice management software
and the latest digital design and milling
software and hardware. In our practice,
3D CBCT is the cornerstone of care. The
Axeos scanner (Fig. 1) from Dentsply Sirona
is my imaging solution of choice because it
offers a precise measurement of the teeth,
soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone, and
Fig. 1
seamlessly connects with add-on technology.
In addition, 3D diagnostic imaging offers
patients a more interactive care experience,
leading to increased case acceptance.
CAD/CAM technology is a foundational
element of our integrated digital workflow
for prosthetic implant placement and restoration.
CAD/CAM allows for imaging,
design and chairside milling in one visit,
making appointments more convenient
for both clinicians and patients. These
instruments, along with Cerec Primescan
intraoral scanners, enable our practice to
provide exceptional oral health care to
patients (Fig. 2).
This entire suite of integrated solutions
has transformed our practice, allowing us
to do more, better. For one, I use CBCT
imaging data for implant placement (Fig. 3)
in a range of other modalities, including sleep
apnea, endodontics and orthodontics. With
the newest addition to our digital arsenal,
3D printers, we're able to scan, design, print
and produce a range of applications, such
as crown/bridge models, surgical guides,
indirect bonding trays and gingival masks.
Digital dentistry in practice
In the traditional analog world of
Fig. 2
dentistry, several different variables-the
clinician's experience and skill set, the lab
technician's skills and bandwidth, and the
patient's comfort level-must all work
in tandem; a single mistake can cause
delays, worsen clinical outcomes, and pose
a significant travel and cost burden for
patients. The beauty of digital dentistry
is that it streamlines services across the
gamut of dental care and comprehensive
interdisciplinary procedures. In our practice,
digital technology has reduced clinical time
for a comprehensive implant procedure by
more than half-from eight visits to three
visits from consultation to final fitting, as
described below.
Traditional analog dentistry: Visit one,
the consult, requires obtaining a filmbased
image for diagnostics and overall
examination to determine if the patient is
a candidate for dental implant therapy. At
visit two, the clinician acquires diagnostic
impressions for creation of a radiographic
scanning appliance. At visit three, the patient
is imaged with the scanning appliance
with either 2D imaging or 3D imaging for
Fig. 3
Integrated Digital Workflow
CBCT
Optical
impression
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