Taking Digital Impressions in an OMS Practice—Less Time, Happier Patients

As an oral surgeon, I do many procedures that require impressions—fabricating surgical guides, creating appliances to correct sleep apnea, etc. I’ve seen great results when using a digital scanner to take impressions in place of conventional impression materials. Not only is the process faster and more efficient, but I’ve noticed that my patients also prefer digital impressions to the potentially gag-inducing polyvinyl or alginate.

Let’s compare the conventional way of taking impressions—the way we were all taught in school—to the new way of capturing digital impressions:

Steps in Process Traditional Impressions Digital Impresions
Step 1 Choose correct impression material (alginate or polyvinyl) Turn on scanner
Step 2 Lay out tools (mixing pads, spatulas, adhesive, various sizes of trays, etc.) Select one of two scanner tips, small or large
Step 3 Select correct maxillary and madibular trays Scan area of interst
Step 4 Prepare trays and start mixing materials Upload STL files to lab
Step 5 Take impression (possibly struggling with a patient with a strong gag reflex)
Step 6 Pour up stone model
Step 7 Wait for model to dry
Step 8 Separate model
Step 9 Trim model
Step 10 Package and ship model to lab (and hope it doesn’t break)

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Friday Dental News Roundup

Hello roundup readers, we are happy to have you back with us this Friday! We have a few articles for your reading pleasure this week, starting with an article on the “controversial spouse” in the dental office. Next up, we have an interesting read on a new device that has been invented to curb and study teeth grinding. Our last article is a fun read on 10 toothache remedies from the olden days. Take a look and let us know which article was your favorite!

The controversial spouse in the dental practice: Notes from the positive side
In the dental industry there are often negative connotations surrounding being the spouse or having the spouse work in your dental office. Take a look a Toni Erdman’s positive personal experience of the value her and her husband have experienced from inviting a spouse to the office. Continue reading

Are You Being Restricted by Your Software’s TWAIN Compatibility Policy?

Imagine this scenario: you purchase a new Samsung television. At first, everything is working great—until one day you notice you are no longer able to watch Blu-rays through your Sony player. After doing some investigating, you discover that Samsung now requires that only their Blu-ray players can be hooked up to their television, unless you want to pay a charge to have Sony’s signal decrypted and playable.

While this situation is fictional—and would likely cause an uproar if it were to be implemented—the sad fact is that is beginning to happen in dentistry today. While manufacturers would love for customers to use all of the products within their portfolio, the truth is that different dental professionals have different preferences. They may prefer one dental practice management or imaging software over another, but still prefer a sensor or intraoral camera from a different company. This is where TWAIN comes in. Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome back to another addition of the Friday Dental News Roundup. This week we have some informative new articles to share with you on a broad range of topics. First off this week, we have an article about the rising trend in ‘do it yourself dentistry.’ Next, we have a detailed article on eye safety. Our third article is an in-depth analysis on the economics of pediatric dentistry. The final article for this week is about a newly established forensic dentistry team. Take a look and let us know what you think!

Experts Say ‘Do It Yourself Dentistry’ Is a Bad Idea
The “do-it-yourself” mentality has been on a drastic rise since the invention of the Internet. With the touch of a button, one has access to millions of videos that can show someone how to do just about anything. Recently, the new trend in how-to learning is “do-it-yourself dentistry.” Many people have been turning to quick-fixes they can do themselves so they don’t have to pay for professional dentistry. One of the most popular fixes is a dangerous product called “Gap Bands,” to fix space between teeth.

Eye safety in dentistry
This detailed article takes an in-depth look into the inadequacy of the current dental mask and eyewear combination for protecting dental providers. The authors discuss the various types and sources of dental practice eye occupational hazards and the possible entry routes of dental debris toward the practitioner’s eyes.

Pedonomics: The new economics of pediatric dentistry
Take a look into an in-depth analysis of the declining trend of pedodontic dentistry and how the specialty is needed more than ever before. The article will also explore how ‘pedonomics’ and a ‘time economics model’ can be applied in your practice for a successful future.

Sheriff builds forensic dentistry team
A sheriff’s department in Chicago, Ill. has sworn in three local dentists as part of the department’s forensic dentistry team. The team of dentists will in charge of a range of duties including matching bite marks with suspects or victims, to using dental records to identify victim’s remains. The team will also train the department’s investigators on preserving evidence and related matters.

Have you seen any cases as a result of ‘do it yourself dentistry’? Let us know your story in the comment section below.

Why Endodontists Should Add 3D Imaging to Their Practice

By Dr. Nestor Cohenca

I have been using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) since 2003; in fact, I believe I am one of the first endodontists to incorporate this technology into my practice. In the time since, the evolution of CBCT systems has been impressive.

At its core, I find the following benefits to be instrumental when it comes to utilizing 3D imaging in my endodontic and traumatology cases: Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

April showers bring May flowers…and dental school graduation! In celebration of the many upcoming graduations our weekly dental roundup has taken on a new theme this week to help new dentists in their future careers. Even if you’re already an established dentist, you might find some amusement in reminiscing about your early career days. Take a look at these fun reads and let us know your future plans. We would love to hear about them. And finally, congratulations on finishing dental school and good luck on your future endeavors!

Dental school graduation is just around the corner: Start own practice, associate, or go corporate?
Read this informative Q & A from dental professionals Jess Webber, Linda Miles and Dentistry IQ on the benefits of starting your own practice versus becoming an associate or going corporate. The Q & A also visits topics such as trends they’ve observed in new dentists and how those have changed over the years. Continue reading

Why Bring CBCT In-House Rather than Send Patients to an Imaging Center

By Dr. Nestor Cohenca

At this point, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is recognized as an important diagnostic technology by general practitioners and specialists. While sending patients to an imaging center is one option for obtaining desired scans, I cannot stress enough the importance of having a 3D imaging unit available onsite. An in-house CBCT system not only benefits your patients, but your practice as well.

Common Objections to In-Office CBCT Imaging

Ask any specialist why they would send a patient to a third party for imaging, and inevitably, the answers involve cost and space. As technology evolves, however, these reasons are becoming less of a problem. Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

In celebration of March Madness and the race to the Final Four this weekend the Friday Dental News Roundup has taken on a sports theme this week, with a little dentistry thrown in too! First up, we have as short article about Lebron James’ visit to the dentist. In second place, we have an interesting read on the trials and tribulations of the team dentist for the NHL Nashville Predators. In third place, our article for the week is about sports injuries that can be treated by a dentist! We hope you enjoy these great articles and have fun cheering on your teams this weekend. Good luck with your brackets and remember to stay informed and better your practice!

 LeBron James Instagrams Dentist Visit
Take a look at LeBron James’ dentist visit! Is his idea to share the visit on Instagram with millions of followers too much? Or is the photo a great way for parents to ease their children’s nerves about their upcoming dental visit? Continue reading