technology

Will 3D Printing Change the Dental World?

3D printing takes the efficiencies of digital design into the production stage. By combining intraoral scanning and CAD/CAM design with 3D printing, we can accurately and rapidly produce crowns, bridges, stone models, partial substructures, and more. And this is just the beginning of what 3D printers will soon be able to accomplish.

Interdisciplinary Dentistry at Its Best

How like-minded dentists and technicians who work as true partners stand to profit most

By Ellen Meyer

The relationship between the dental technician and the dentist is unlike most customer-vendor relationships, mainly in that their jobs are so interdependent—they need to work together effectively as true partners to succeed. The technician can only produce restorations that meet exacting standards if the dentist provides the information that can make that possible, and they must both be accessible and responsive to efficiently execute the treatment plan together to the patient’s satisfaction. The best of these relationships is built on mutual trust and compatible working styles, and perhaps, most of all, a shared vision. Those dentist-technician partners who have achieved a well-honed working relationship place a high priority on accountability, high professional standards, and the use of the latest technology to facilitate communication.
Identifying The Right Partners
Finding such a partner doesn’t typically occur through happenstance. As in personal relationships, which they often become, “chemistry” is important, as are shared goals and the ability to balance one another. The partnership may be “set up” via mutual professional associates, or find its beginnings at gatherings focused on the professional interests the dentist and technician share.

Arnold Liebman, an Assistant Clinical Professor at New York University College of Dentistry with a private practice in Brooklyn, New York, has clicked with like-minded team partners of all kinds through co-education. He says he enjoys being around dentists and technicians who are educators and are invested in continuing education. “I always look for technicians who are using and understand technology, basically those who are on the forefront of the dental field,” he adds.

Among those who fit this description is his frequent partner, Robert Kreyer Jr., CDT, who […]

Is your website driving mobile users away?

Patients are not only visiting your practice’s website from their home computers, they’re looking at your site from their mobile devices. The problem is that if you do not have a mobile-optimized site, the conventional desktop version on a patient’s smartphone or tablet looks and performs poorly.

With the prevalence of smartphones and tablets today, a mobile presence for your practice is a must-have. Patients expect their mobile experience to be just as good as their desktop visit to your site. Considering how connected people are to their mobile devices, it’s surprising how few dentists have optimized their traditional website for mobile platforms.

Do not lose potential patients to a poor mobile website experience. Cater to your growing mobile audience and optimize your site before patients look elsewhere. Adapted from Glenn Lombardi “Is your website driving mobile users away?”

Contact Dustin directly at dustin@premierdentallab.net to find out how we can create an optimized web experience for your patients across all devices.

Making the Right Choice by Dr. Malcmacher

Look at all the technology choices we now have in dentistry that we’ve never had before. I don’t care if you’re going to practice for one or 40 years, you’ll have to choose the technologies for your office to practice dentistry in the future. The choices in technology are becoming more complicated and involved. The right choice of technology for your office can rapidly improve patient care and your productivity, which translates to your bottom line. The wrong technology can make clinical care more invasive and complicated, and can put your office out of business. This is why it’s crucial for you to have a well-thought-out process as to how you evaluate which technologies belong in your office.

There are no good or bad technology choices. It all comes down to what services your office provides now, the kind of office you want to have, and the kind of clinical care you want to provide. Let me show you the thought process we go through in our offices when we look at dental technology choices.

There are basically two kinds of dental technology:

Integrative technology — Examples of integrative technology include patient engagement systems, digital imaging, dental lasers, and digital radiography. Integrative technology means that you do not have to change your office or the way you practice dentistry. Let’s take dental lasers as an example. The beauty of an all-tissue dental laser (iPlus, www.biolase.com) is that once you learn how to use it, you can prepare teeth as fast as a high-speed handpiece without having to deliver local anesthesia. You can wheel this all-tissue laser into your office, park it right next to you, and get to work right away. You prepare teeth the way you […]