We are living in a world where the pace of technological developments is ever more rapidly changing the way we live our lives. The manner in which we perform daily tasks and how we interact with the world around us are changing. These advancements have had far-reaching consequences on society in a similar way to how RDD is affecting the landscape of restorative dentistry.
Like anything we do in dentistry, our reliance on equipment, instruments, materials, or technology has direct consequences on the outcomes of our diagnosis and treatment.
These days, NEW AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES are being introduced into the profession on what feels like a daily basis. Deciding when they have evolved enough for them to be useful and worth the investment, however, presents a unique and challenging problem.
Based on our own experiences, our training, and our consulting, we have identified a full set of key success and frustration factors, and have devised numerous techniques and adjustments that can help make the adoption of these technologies smoother, quicker, and less stressful. These are some of the things you need to achieve digital dentistry success.
Overall, I have no doubt that technology in all its forms can strengthen the fundamentals at the heart of the dentist/patient relationship. Most patients are comfortable with the growing role digital dentistry is playing in their care experience, but they are less accepting of the technology if it compromises their conversation time with their dentist and undermines the relationship fundamentals.
Digitization is helping deliver higher quality dentistry more efficiently by enhancing the functional and esthetic results in the final restoration. This technology allows for the delegation of functions with the team, which improves productivity and hence profitability.
Improvements in dental materials and techniques give rise to longer-lasting and better-functioning restorations. In line with the goal of producing long-term benefits to our patients, reducing overall caries gives rise to better patient outcomes and lower long-term costs, namely fewer restorations over time.
The world is going digital, and dentistry is no exception. As practices strive to stay up-to-date, digital technology can be incorporated into practices to enhance and simplify procedures, helping dentists to achieve the maximum return on investment in more ways than one. Newer technology allows dental offices to offer advanced, more streamlined services, accept more patients, and provide treatments with greater efficiency.
Restorative digital dentistry (RDD) can be a complicated thing at first glance. It can be frustrating, demanding, confusing, and even exhausting to master. But there is no doubt that it can also be extremely rewarding! It revolutionizes the patient's experience, office professionalism, and profits. It is a tool that can enhance the quality and scope of a practice significantly.