Why Dentists Are Turning to Digital Dentistry

The technology in the dental field is ever-changing, like most industries. In the past decade, many positive steps have been made to creating an accurate and beneficial system for digital dentistry. This technology has many benefits. Although it has taken time to be a trusted source in the industry it is in high demand now. Below we explore some of the advantages of digital dentistry.

Saves Time

The bottom line is that intraoral scanners save you time. When you save time in your clinic, it leads to more patients which increases your workflow and patient reach. When you scan a patients mouth digitally it takes five minutes. Scanning digitally helps you to avoid a mess and keeps patients from being uncomfortable

Guarantees Accuracy

When digital equipment is used properly, there are plenty of studies that prove the accuracy of intraoral scanning. When you use a scanner, you eliminate human error. Most dental labs suggest that the biggest source of error is the impression that is made. When a scan is made digitally it takes out the chance of that happening.

Comfort of Use for Dentist

The new Carestream intraoral scanner, CS 3800, is completely wireless and has a battery life up to one hour. It can be plugged in if the battery runs out. It uses motion controls within the scanner instead of having to use the computer. It is only 240 grams which makes it easy to handle for dentists and does not create a lot of stress and pain in the hand when using. This new technology is the most comfortable and convenient on the market to date.  

Saves Money

Depending on how you do things at your clinic, you can really save money using an intraoral scanner. You will save money on materials such as PVC and plaster for models. On top of that, you will save money on shipping and will not have to find the space to store all of the additional materials. All of your models can be stores digitally instead of finding a physical place for all the records. According to Dr. Mark McOmie from the Unites States, you can save approximately $28,800 a year using a digital scanner. The cost upfront is more but in the long run you will save thousands of dollars for your practice.

At Central Dental Solutions, we are seeing the CS 3800 as a way of the future. If this is something you would like to try at your clinic, do not hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable team and we can provide you with a demo to ‘try before you buy.’ Please contact us at sales@central-dental.ca or call 800-665-7302.

RESOURCES

https://www.3shape.com/en/news/2018/five-reasons-to-own-an-intraoral-scanner

https://instituteofdigitaldentistry.com/news/new-carestream-intraoral-scanner-announced-cs-3800/

UV Disinfection in the Dental Industry

In 2019, when a global pandemic hit, professionals in the dental industry starting looking for new ways to disinfect their tools and surfaces between patients. UV light technology has been used in large healthcare facilities for some time with great success. Currently, most dental clinics are not using the technology but trends are showing that it is on the rise, and for good reason. UV sterilization systems technology have come a long way in their functionality and convenience over the last decade, research and developments were ramped up once the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

UV sterilization systems fall into many categories, but the three most popular in the dental industry are the fixed mounted systems, portable systems and UV chambers.

The fixed mounted systems which deliver an ultra-fast UVc dose that will kill harmful pathogens without having to be moved or repositioned. Most systems can disinfect an entire room in about two minutes and address both surface and airborne pathogens. These systems can record and report in real time ensuring you have proper proof of any compliance data that would be needed for government reporting or patient concerns. 

A portable UV sterilization system has advantages such as convenience, you can just plug it in and it will start to do its job of killing harmful pathogens and sterilizing germs. There use to be a concern of safety for staff and patients being exposed to radiation but with new technology and quality products that is not that the case anymore.

The UV chamber, where dental equipment such as oral mouth mirrors, tooth scrapers and tongue scrapers can be placed inside a chamber to be disinfected by UV light. There are not many disadvantages to this system, it can disinfect tools in bulk, can be done quickly and typically has a reporting system. Studies show that clinical-grade UV chambers has a 99.9% germ disinfection quality.

Keep in mind, if you are considering making the switch to UV sterilization system at your clinic, most systems do not wear out so it is a one-time investment. It also provides peace of mind knowing that you are protecting you, your staff and patients from dangerous pathogens.

If you have any specific questions about UV sterilization systems for your dental clinic, reach out to our knowledgeable team at sales@central-dental.ca or call 800-665-7302.

RESOURCES

https://www.dentistryiq.com/dentistry/products/infection-control-and-instrument-management/article/14180067/uvc-sterilization-works-in-large-healthcare-settings-what-about-dental-offices