In a recent interview, Dr. Richard J. Martin, a seasoned dentist, shed light on the evolving landscape of dentistry in the digital age. He highlighted the significant shifts and emerging trends in the field, particularly in relation to digital technology and digital dentistry.
Dr. Martin emphasized the surge of new companies that offer digital solutions and the abundance of articles discussing the latest advancements in dentistry. He also pointed out the advancements in planning software, specifically mentioning the ease of interpreting CBCT scans through segmentation. In the past, dentists had to send patients to CT scan centers and wait for the results to be mailed to planning companies. However, with the affordability and availability of CBCT machines, many dentists now have them in their own offices.
Speaking about the importance of CBCT in the digital workflow, Dr. Martin stated that it is crucial for dentists to have a CBCT machine to effectively transition to a digital practice. CBCT provides a 3D view of the patient’s oral structures, enabling dentists to identify hidden issues that may not be visible on traditional 2D radiographs.
Addressing concerns about the cost and return on investment (ROI) of CBCT scanners, Dr. Martin acknowledged that the image quality of CBCT systems has significantly improved over time. The cost has also become more accessible due to the presence of multiple players in the market. Additionally, many CBCT machines now come with planning software and the ability to perform various specialty scans, further enhancing the ROI.
Dr. Martin then discussed the synergy between CBCT and the RAYFace 3D face scanner offered by Ray America. By merging the CBCT and facial scans, dentists can create a more comprehensive representation of the patient, streamlining the digital planning process and improving ease of use.
In conclusion, Dr. Martin encouraged dentists, especially those starting their careers, to embrace digital technology and its ability to enhance patient outcomes. He emphasized the importance of staying up-to-date with technological advancements to avoid being left behind in the field. Ultimately, digital dentistry offers a powerful tool for dentists to provide facially driven treatment planning and deliver predictable, long-lasting restorations.
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