Digital Dental Impressions for 1 in 3 Dentists

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Digital dental impressions used by 1 in 3 dentistsOne in three dentists uses digital dental impressions, this survey found.

Another 25% of dentists plan to incorporate intra-oral digital impressions in their practices.

However, 41% say they’re not interested in transitioning to digital impression technology, preferring to stick with traditional dental molds instead. For most of them (73%), it’s because of price, but others are concerned that the technology isn’t proven.

Practicing better dentistry

  • “We have already experienced less remakes and the accuracy is just unbelievable. Although there is a small learning curve, my dental assistants take the digitals as quickly as it would take to try-in trays, and take a traditional regular set polyvinyl.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “Now that the technology has caught up at a reasonable price, it makes sense to make our crown and bridge cases easier and much more efficient.” (Georgia dentist)

Leave the new technology to others

  • “I don’t want to train.” (Indiana dentist)
  • “I prefer the traditional method!!” (Alabama dentist)
  • “I will let others experiment with it first.” (New Jersey dentist)
  • “For a pedodontist, there is no need.” (New Jersey pediatric dentist)

Digital dentistry makes the dentist’s job easier

  • “Crown seats are a breeze now. I use iTero because you can make any dental crown.” (Virginia dentist)
  • “Easier, cost effective, instant results, It's ‘green’ — no waste.” (Illinois dentist)

Love for Cadent iTero from digital dentists

  • “I will stop practicing dentistry if Cadent/iTero goes out of business. I will NEVER use impression material for crown and dental bridge ever again!” (California dentist)
  • “Use the Cadent iTero – accuracy of impression is significantly better than tradition methods. Minimal adjustments required at seating apt.” (Connecticut dentist)

It still costs too much

  • “Bring down the price, and I'm in.” (Indiana orthodontist)
  • “Hopefully the price will come down; I think it's a wonderful technology for patient comfort and quality impressions.” (Texas dentist)

Dental marketing benefits

  • “In addition to making my staff very happy, I think it might be a practice builder also.” (Oregon orthodontist also practicing sleep medicine)
  • “Digital impressions won't distort due to operator carelessness or temperature fluctuation or extremes during transport to the lab. It is a less messy procedure and models or dies can be made over and over from the same digital impression without repeating the procedure or fear of distortion. It also has the added marketing benefit of providing state of the art treatments. Down side is it's expense, in the mid twenty-thousands. It will take a long time to recover the investment.” (Texas dentist)

Don’t miss the digital dentist bus

  • “It's coming! Don't be left out, and it isn't that hard, much more accurate, and patients prefer it. It is ultimately less expensive.” (General dentist)
  • “Why wouldn't you go digital? We did it 5 years ago. It's so much faster and simpler!!” (Minnesota dentist)
  • "If it makes my work better and easier, then it seems like a no-brainer.” (New Jersey dentist)

Digital dental care is not easy

  • “Digital impressions can be quite a pain.” (California dentist)
  • “The intraoral scanners need to be designed to be less bulky, able to get into all areas even with limiting opening.” (General dentist)
  • “I am a Cerec user and am constantly amazed at how well the restorations fit. But I hate having to powder. That is the hardest part of the learning curve.” (New York dentist)

The dental mold direction of the future

  • “We are planning to incorporate the use of digital impressions in the next year or two. We currently do all photographic and radiographic imaging digitally so digital ‘impressions’ are a no brainer. We have been waiting for the technology to improve further — we want a reduction in the current
    camera size, no use of powders, and a reduction in the number of images the operator needs to take. The technology has improved quite a bit recently and will be much better in the coming year. Ten years from now it will certainly be the standard in the way ‘impressions’ are done.” (Ohio prosthodontist)


Note: Survey sample included 63 respondents. Posted 5/18/2010

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