Evolve from the Stone Age: Digitizing Existing Stone Models

By Matt Hendrickson
Orthodontic Business Director, Carestream Dental

Digital models as seen on CS Model software from Carestream DentalAt the busy orthodontic practice, there’s simply not enough room for stone model storage. Well-established practices can have decade’s worth of models taking up space onsite or gathering dust and wasting money in offsite storage. Even after patients move on and the appropriate number of years have passed, destroying stone models is also costly.

Like almost everything these days, the answer is digital. Intraoral scanners have made it easy to take digital impressions and software can render a digital model for case presentation. But what about all those existing stone models from before digital solutions were available? Fortunately, there are multi-functional extraoral imaging systems that not only capture panoramic, cephalometric and 3D images, but can also scan existing models and traditional impressions in order to digitize them at no additional per model cost. Continue reading

Take Your Practice to the Next Level—Top 10 Reasons to Go to the Global Oral Health Summit

Whether you’re a CS PracticeWorks, CS SoftDent, CS OrthoTrac or CS WinOMS practice, the Global Oral Health Summit is where Carestream Dental software users go every year to learn how to boost the efficiency of day-to-day operations, improve the patient experience and promote their practices. In short, the Summit is for teams that want to take their practice to the next level, so Carestream Dental has stepped up its game with next-level courses, speakers, social events and networking opportunities.

  1. Learn from the Best
    Industry consultants and renowned doctors share their insight with a personable and unique approach. Attendees can pick and choose the courses that fit their needs or choose from tracks based on either specialty or software. Courses cover case acceptance, change management, efficiency, improving practice marketing, practice technology, prevention, team building and digital oral health. Plus, keynote speaker Ryan Estis addresses how embracing change can be to your practice’s advantage.
  1. Become an Expert
    In addition to lecture-style courses and panels on the latest industry trends, Carestream Dental trainer-led hands-on sessions walk users through the nuances of CS PracticeWorks, CS SoftDent, CS OrthoTrac and CS WinOMS, with both beginner/intermediate level and advanced level classes. These courses allow participants to work within the software while asking questions directly of software product experts. By the end of these hour-long courses, users will have learned the tricks and shortcuts needed to streamline their practice management.
  1. Earn CE Credits
    All of the courses and sessions add up to be the perfect opportunity to earn Continuing Education credits—up to 13, in fact. Keeping up with education is important, no matter the specialty or attendee’s role, in order to stay on par with latest techniques and technology.
  1. Exchange Ideas, Not Just Business Cards
    At the Summit, teams from across specialties and regions can connect with peers to exchange ideas, share solutions and build referral connections. Software-specific plenary sessions connect software users so they can exchange tips and learn about product updates, while the networking kick-off lunch helps attendees network and build referrals in a relaxed setting.
  1. Socialize Poolside
    New friendships and connections can be made in the hallways on the way to class, or at the spa or by the pool. It’s no joke; the opening reception is poolside, broken up into specialty groups, with a special laser light show to close the evening. Doctors and staff can choose from any other number of social events over the course of the Summit to mix and mingle with peers from within their specialty or to network with practices from across the industry.
  1. Get Up, Get Moving
    Get pumped up each morning with fitness programs offered by Carestream Dental. Studies show that exercise increases endorphins and enhances focus. On Friday, a Latin dance-inspired cardio workout is the caliente way to start the day. Saturday morning, join Carestream Dental team members for a fun walk/run that takes participants around the beautiful grounds of the hotel.
  1. Hack the System
    Carestream Dental has invited innovators from MIT to host a hack-a-thon, a collaborative effort with other technology users to simulate real-world problem solving scenarios. If an attendee has a technology “hack,” idea or solution that they know will help other practices, this mass brainstorming session is for them. The solutions discussed during the hack-a-thon may be used to shape the future development of dental technology.
  1. Give Back
    For those arriving in Orlando early, a special service project hosted by Clean the World brings attendees together over breakfast Friday morning to assemble hygiene kits that will then be provided to underprivileged members of the Orlando community. Carestream Dental will also be accepting donations on behalf of Clean the World, or attendees can donate unused toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss in designated drop-off boxes to be used in future kits.
  1. Relax, It’s Florida
    Orlando in November, what’s not to love? In addition to the sunshine and warm weather, the beautiful Orlando World Center Marriott is a self-contained tropical paradise. For those who wish to venture outside the hotel, Carestream Dental intentionally left Sunday wide open for attendees to take advantage of all Orlando has to offer. The city’s “Show Your Badge” program lets attendees present their conference registration badge at participating restaurants for special discounts, and the hotel even offers shuttles to and from Disney World.
  1. Explore the Latest Technology
    In the Carestream Dental Exhibitor Partners Pavilion, experience all the current technology and services Carestream Dental and its partners have to offer. Attendees can chat with representatives from Carestream Dental and dozens of other companies to find the solutions to the biggest challenges their practices’ face.

To learn more about all the Global Oral Health Summit has to offer, visit carestreamdental.com/globalsummit.

The Benefits of a Traced Cephalometric Image

By Matt Hendrickson
Orthodontic Business Director, Carestream Dental

No matter how accurate the diagnosis or how strongly an orthodontist recommends someone undergo treatment, case acceptance ultimately lies with the patient and/or their parents. And they’re not just accepting treatment; they’re accepting you as their doctor for the next several months to several years. One way to both increase case acceptance and build trust between you and your patients is to go the extra mile and produce a traced cephalometric image during each case presentation.

Automatic landmark detection software can now trace a ceph in as little as 90 seconds at the touch of a single button. The software can instantly apply a standard analysis, such as McNamara, Ricketts, Steiner and Tweed. Some will even apply your own analysis using the automatically identified landmarks. A traced ceph can aid in treatment planning and helps to predict growth in a patient. You, as the doctor, already know that, so what can a traced ceph mean to your patients? Continue reading

Changing Lives by Giving Back [Update]

EDITOR’S NOTE: In addition to offering continuing education and networking opportunities, the 2017 Global Oral Health Summit will also provide participants with the chance to partake in a special volunteer activity. Clean the World will guide attendees in assembling hygiene kits to distribute to those in need in the Orlando community. Carestream Dental will also be accepting monetary donations on behalf of Clean the World during the Summit, and contributions of unused toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss will be welcomed. Learn more here.

During the holidays, it’s common to give thanks and reflect on a successful year—a thriving practice, a dedicated staff and happy patients being among them. Some practices may even use this time to give back to their communities, whether through canned food donations or Angel Trees in the office lobby, or a day of volunteering at a food bank with the whole practice.

However, doctors and their staff have valuable skills to offer their communities at any time of the year. Giving, without any expectation of gain, allows dentistry to change lives. Continue reading

The Secret to Choosing the Right CBCT Unit [Video]

When it comes to cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging systems, there’s a number of bells and whistles to choose from. In this video, Jordan Reiss, Carestream Dental’s North American Sales Director for 3D Imaging, provides his advice on how to choose the right unit to meet your practices needs.

Whether you’re currently in the market for a 3D unit, or you already have one, what do you consider to be the most important criteria for choosing a system?

What Can Intraoral Scanners Do?

By David Claridge, CAD/CAM Product Specialist

Long, long ago (during the Gypsum Age), arriving on the silicone and polyether shores of merry England, was the first intraoral impression scanner. It was wheeled ashore behind a dozen horses and handed to a caveman called Claridge. He was the Product Specialist for a unit that shall not be named (unless to say it was tethered to a cumbersome trolley. Claridge drove up and down the country in a special car with ramp access to his little Trojan Horse strapped in the back, and preached to any who would listen about the benefits of digital impressioning.

But the good dentists of the land asked lots of “can it do [fill in the blank]?” questions. These questions are still asked today, but there is a palpable shift that marks the development and adoption of intraoral scanners. So while Claridge was going around gathering ‘can it do’ questions, little hobbits at Carestream Dental were listening to this voice of customer feedback and taking notice. The answers to these questions fell into three categories… “Yes,” “No,” and “Not today.” You see, change happens, and has happened. In those early days, the great majority of replies were either “No” or “Not yet.”

Today, the vast majority of the ‘can it do’ questions I now receive are answered with a resounding “Yes it can!” Can it scan without powder? Can I send my scan anywhere i.e. is it truly open? Is it in HD colour? Can I store digital study models and re-import if I need them? Can I move it from room to room, over several floors? Can it scan implant scan bodies? Can I mark the margins? Can I use it for partial dentures, splints, retainers, aligners, crowns, bridges? Yes! YES!! YES!!! Continue reading

The Future of Digital Dentistry is Open, Faster and Smaller

By Jan Einfeldt
Clinical Director of Staplehurst Dental Practice

What’s important to patients is also important to dentists and vice versa. We all benefit from efficient processes that enhance comfort, accuracy and minimise stress.

From the patient’s perspective, dental impressions haven’t traditionally offered the most pleasant experience. The availability of digital intraoral scanners has changed this drastically, providing a much more comfortable alternative[i]. For dentists, intraoral scanners offer many benefits in addition to encouraging patient satisfaction. They also have the potential to enhance the professional workflow, simplifying the impression-taking process and making everything from capture to storage of impressions easier. Plus, you can’t lose digital impressions like you can in the post or in filing cabinets.

The simple fact is that not all of us are great at taking impressions. Slight movement or a momentarily lapse in concentration can cause a less-than-perfect impression. The intraoral scanner increases the accuracy of the impression significantly[ii] and studies have found that trueness and precision[iii] can vary from scanner to scanner. As quality of the impression now depends on correct use of the scanner rather than experience with materials, we could soon see other members of the team taking impressions, instead of the dentist. Continue reading