2018 Predictions: Disrupting the Oral Health Industry

Offering innovative technology paired with responsive support is a critical requirement modern oral health practitioners expect leading dental companies to fulfill. Bart Silverman, D.M.D., reveals more business necessities essential to the evolving industry.


How have the broader possibilities in the oral health industry changed the way you purchase equipment and software for your practice?

The opinions expressed on the blog are a reflection of the author and not an endorsement from Carestream Dental.

2018 Predictions: Faster and More Predictable Implant Planning

Eliminating the guesswork of implant planning by utilizing cone beam computed tomography in conjunction with an intraoral scanner is one trend Ara Nazarian, DDS, believes will influence dentistry in 2018.

How do you think technology will change implant planning and placement in 2018?

The opinions expressed on the blog are a reflection of the author and not an endorsement from Carestream Dental.

Trends for 2018 Are Timeless!

What will be the biggest dental trends in the New Year? Carestream Dental asked industry leaders for their thoughts and Lisa Moler, publisher, MedMark Media, came back with her predictions.*

As publisher of Implant Practice US, Orthodontic Practice US, Endodontic Practice US, and Dental Sleep Practice, I get to be involved with an amazing profession. With all of the new procedures, techniques and equipment being developed on a global scale—it takes time and effort for clinicians to keep current on the latest opportunities to treat patients faster, more comfortably and more effectively. Luckily, by reading print and digital publications and attending webinars, dental professionals can have that information at their fingertips!

One of the most prevalent changes in dental practices is the race to “go digital.” Electronic medical records systems, electronic insurance billing, digital X-rays and patient portals are becoming expected for an efficient office.

3D imaging continues to revolutionize oral healthcare by giving clinicians the opportunity to have a “surgical view” without even picking up a scalpel.  The options for low-dose imaging have been a boon to clinicians who place implants. Seeing dental anatomy in 3D, plus obtaining all of the possible measurements related to bone density and other data, all help to avoid possible complications before and during surgery. Continue reading

Dental Predictions for 2018

What will the big trends in oral health care be in 2018? Carestream Dental asked a number of experts, including Melissa Summerfield, vice president of publishing, Newcom Media, Inc., and managing director of the Oral Health Group, about their predictions for the New Year.*

Knowing that the one constant is change, I am confident in predicting that we will see further changes in the dental industry and profession in 2018. As to exactly what form those changes will take, that is far less certain. However, I’ll throw in my two cents worth of what is—at best—a somewhat-educated guess.

I believe we will see further adoption of digital technologies within the dental office and operatory. I foresee greater use of such technologies as intraoral cameras, digital caries detection systems and CAD systems, such as digital scanning. While in-office milling units have certainly come down both in price and size, I am not convinced we will see a huge increase in offices doing their own lab work in-house, although it will likely increase somewhat due to the factors of price and size mentioned earlier. It will be interesting to see what develops with 3D printers and what impact they will have in the practice, since there was such an emphasis on this product area at this year’s IDS. Continue reading

Two Dental Technology Trends to Watch in 2018

Carestream Dental connected with industry leaders to learn more about their predictions for oral health care in the New Year. The chief editor of Dental Economics, Chris Salierno, D.D.S, shared his predictions for 2018*:

We are smack in the middle of a revolution.  Digital dental technologies are not a fad and they will not be collecting dust in your closet.  They’re here to stay and they’re being used every day.  Wherever you are in your journey to becoming a more digital practice, you should be keeping your eye on what the rest of the profession is doing.

Last year on this blog, I predicted that in 2017 we would see growth in digital impressions; a focus on efficiency as profits are challenged; and that manufactures would focus on the interconnectivity of our hardware and software.  Those trends will certainly continue into the near future.  This year, I’d like to add two more trends to our list.

  1. 3D printers are here
    I had heard rumors that some early adopter dentists had purchased industrial 3D printers.  I imagined them experimenting with them in their basements like mad scientists.  Then, I went to the IDS in Cologne and was blown away.  Several major dental manufacturers already have working 3D printers and the necessary materials to fabricate models, surgical guides, orthodontic appliances and even provisional restorations.  This isn’t science fiction; it’s here.  I’m interested to see how our profession begins to incorporate this technology into everyday practice.  It seems like a perfect complement to milling.
  2.  Assistants will play a bigger role
    As I mentioned last year, dentists are under greater pressure to produce dentistry more efficiently.  We would be wise to invest in technology that allows us to provide care more quickly without sacrificing quality.  Shorter appointments are great service to our busy patients and to our bottom line.  But another way to tackle the efficiency problem is to manage our operatory flow differently.  You may be able to take a digital impression faster than a traditional one, but I think that’s not the right way to think about it.  If I can delegate a digital impression and provisional fabrication to a well-trained, certified dental assistant, I am free to provide care in another operatory.  One of the exciting trends in dental technology is the ability to share responsibility with other members of the dental team.  I recently asked a well-known lecturer how he incorporates digital scanning into his workflow.  He replied: “It’s easy.  I don’t do any of it.”
*The opinions expressed on the blog are a reflection of the author and not an endorsement from Carestream Dental.

Dentistry Today Interviews Carestream Dental’s New Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Paul Feuerstein, Dentistry Today’s technology editor, took some time at ADA to talk Dr. Ed Shellard about some exciting developments at Carestream Dental: Ed’s new role as chief dental officer and Carestream Dental’s new position as a standalone company.

With Dr. Shellard’s deep roots in dentistry, and Carestream Dental’s long history in imaging solutions and practice management software, the company is well positioned for a bright future in dental innovation. Carestream Dental’s deep understanding of today’s dental practice—from the front office to the back office—will continue to drive new integrated solutions that provide more information and improve treatment planning.

Are Your Dental Loupes Worsening Your Neck Health?

By Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, DPT, MS, CEAS

Imagine spending $1,500 on new loupes and then developing neck pain—or your existing neck pain worsens. This is an all-too-common problem that I frequently encounter in my dental ergonomic consultations and among my dental students.   On the other hand, I have repeatedly seen well-designed ergonomic loupes that improve or completely resolve neck pain. So how do you know if your loupes are improving or worsening your health?

Of all the criteria for selecting loupes (working distance, frame size, scope position, declination angle, co-axial adjustment), declination angle is the most important ergonomic factor that can make or break your health.

Studies show that working with the neck flexed forward only 20 degrees or more for 70 percent of the working time has been associated with neck pain.  While no loupe systems provide completely neutral head posture (ear-over-shoulder), loupes with a steep declination angle may significantly improve operator working postures in dentistry, thereby lessening risk of musculoskeletal disorders and improving clinician comfort. Therefore, to prevent musculoskeletal injury, loupes should enable you to work with less than 20 degrees of neck flexion.

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The Knowledge Exchange

A major reason for attending any conference is for educational purposes. The Global Oral Health Summit has some of the best and brightest industry speakers, trainers and doctors lined up to guide attendees on their educational journey, but opportunities also exist outside the classroom for people to learn from their peers in the industry.

Carestream Dental calls it the “knowledge exchange;” the concept is similar to The Exchange, the online software users’ community, where attendees/users are can ask questions and learn from each other’s experiences. The Summit offers several spaces for attendees to meet with their colleagues and exchange ideas, tips and tricks and suggestions for how they can take their practices to the next level:


This mass brainstorming session is a collaborative effort with other oral health care professionals to find solutions to the challenges practices face every day. Innovators from MIT will guide participants in problem-solving scenarios to encourage the free flow of ideas and communication about the future of the oral health industry. In particular, the hackathon will address boosting the efficiency of day-to-day operations, enhancing the patient experience and improving their practices. Continue reading

The Benefit of Implementing Planned Time-Outs

By William J. Moorhead, D.M.D.

To some people, “time-out” implies “sporting event.” To others, it means “parenting strategy.”

Time-outs have been used in medicine for several years. In surgery with the surgical team, time-outs verify such areas as:

  • Patient’s name
  • Date of birth
  • Consent form had been signed
  • Drug allergies
  • The kind of surgery being performed

In our practice, we use time-outs as a planned pause before the start of treatment to focus on safety and patient communication. Continue reading

Global Oral Health Summit: The Exchange Central

During a hectic day at a learning event, it’s common for teams to choose a designated spot to meet up and regroup between educational sessions. At the Global Oral Health Summit, that “designated spot” is Exchange Central. It’s more than a place to connect with team members, it’s a central location with software and support resources, local information and fun ways to relax and recharge.

Make a Pit Stop with the Practice Management Pit Crew
Attendees can look under the hood at some of the new and exciting changes coming to Carestream Dental software. The crew of software analysts and designers will be on-hand to showcase the investments and improvements taking place in Carestream Dental’s practice management systems.

Join The Exchange
Attendees can chat with a Community Expert to learn more about The Exchange, Carestream Dental’s free online users community. At The Exchange, users can ask questions, participate in polls and search for handy how-to guidance for navigating their software.

Summit Play
Get crafty with your hands or challenge others to a game of corn hole, giant Jenga or Connect Four in our Summit Play area. Continue reading