As part of our New Year kick off, we asked a number of experts in the dental industry about their predictions for 2017. Jackie Dorst, of Safe Practices, shares her thoughts on what the year will bring in terms of sterilization and infection control for dental practices.
As the year comes to a close, Carestream Dental reached out to industry leaders asking for their predictions for oral health care in 2017. The chief editor of Dental Economics, Chris Salierno, D.D.S, had this to say:
By Chris Salierno, D.D.S, Chief Editor, Dental Economics
The way we practiced dentistry in 1955 was not all that different from 1965. Ditto for 1965 to 1975, and so on until we reached the new millennium. Sure, there were major innovations in technology and materials along the way, but they didn’t occur at the accelerated pace that they do today. Now, compare how dentistry was practiced in 2005 to 2015, the same ten year span, and you’ll be able to identify significantly more advancements in the way we provide care. This exponential growth in technology is not just unique to our profession and is observable in everything from cell phones to how we order a taxi cab.
To understand what oral health professionals should look for in 2017, we asked a number of experts about their opinions on this year’s trends. This is what Ed Shellard, D.M.D., Carestream Dental’s vice president of sales and marketing, had to say:
Advancements in digital dentistry make each year more exciting than the last. As we look ahead, 2017 will be no different. In addition to growing digital trends, we’ll also see a new business structure emerge. Let’s take a more detailed look at how oral health care might be different in 2017
Intraoral scanning will continue to grow in the upcoming years. While there may be certain cases where taking traditional impressions is necessary, 3D intraoral scanning is more comfortable for patients and more convenient for practices and labs. The growth of 3D intraoral scanning is the first step in digitizing the restorative workflow. While chairside milling is important, larger numbers of practitioners are choosing to defer the purchase of a mill until they are comfortable with the implementation of the 3D intraoral scanner. Fortunately, “open” scanners make it easy for doctors to work with labs. Continue reading
Technology, trends and techniques are constantly changing. With that in mind, Carestream Dental asked a number of experts about their opinions on what oral health care professionals should be on the lookout for in 2017. Here’s what Lisa Moler, publisher of MedMark, had to say:
By Lisa Moler, Publisher, MedMark, LLC
Staying current on dental trends is both exhilarating and challenging for MedMark’s dental journals, Implant Practice US, Orthodontic Practice US, Endodontic Practice US and Dental Sleep Practice. Latest and greatest technologies keep evolving at mind-blowing rates, allowing diagnostic and treatment options to become safer and more efficient—while staying within a reasonable budget.
Carestream Dental asked a number of experts for their opinions on what the big trends in oral health care will be in 2017. Larry Emmott, D.D.S., weighed in:
“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future”
So said Yogi Berra, and he is right. On the other hand Bill Gates had this to say:
“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.”
Looking ahead to 2017, we could make predictions that are sure to come true. However they would be so obvious as to be useless. We could make bold outlandish predictions that are exciting but unlikely to come true next year. Any dentist looking to plan ahead would be disappointed. The best alternative is to point out trends and predict how those trends will impact dentistry in the coming years.