Predicting the Top 2017 Dental Trends

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

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

Dental Trends for 2015

Digital Technology: An easy trend to predict is the expanded use of digital technology. What is not so easy to predict is how that technology will be used. For example, in 2004 everybody expected use of the Internet to grow but very few people predicted Facebook.

In dentistry, digital records, digital radiographs and digital photography already predominate. The next big change, already underway, will be digital impressions. Future technologies will include diagnostics and artificial intelligence.

Diagnostics: Digital high tech diagnosis is one of the most exciting trends in both dentistry and medicine, a trend that will revolutionize what it means to be a health care professional. We are very close to the sci-fi Tricorder used by Dr. McCoy in Star Trek. That is a device that will scan a person and detect physiologic changes that indicate disease.

Cloud-based diagnostics using a type of artificial intelligence will be used to analyze all kinds of scanned physiologic data including radiographs and photos. These diagnostic services will be able to detect minute physiological changes and compare them to a vast data base to determine if the change is pathological. The skills of a master diagnostician, that is the ability to detect physiological changes and compare these to remembered diseases, will be replaced by a computer. Continue reading

Where is Dentistry Headed in 2015? We Ask Dental Economics

To understand what dentists should look for in 2015, we asked a number of experts about their opinions on this year’s trends. This is what Zachary Kulsrud, managing editor of Dental Economics, had to say:

When asked to write this blog post, I knew I was not the ideal person to answer this question: “Where is dentistry going in 2015?” That question would be best answered by a CEO of a major dental manufacturer, a key opinion leader in the prime of his/her career, or an prophet from ancient Greek mythology … you take your choice. However, as someone who works in dental media, I can answer that question from a different angle. Each day – and I do mean every day – my colleagues and I look at what dental professionals are reading. More truthfully, we look at what they are clicking. With each mouse click on one of our stories, our audience tells us what they know, what they don’t know, and whether or not we’re doing our jobs. Continue reading

What Will be 2015’s Dental Trends? We Ask Dr. Michael Cohen

As part of our series on upcoming dental trends for 2015, we reached out to Dr. Michael Cohen, founder of the Seattle Study Club®,  for his thoughts. Here is what he shared with us:

  1. Laboratories will try to expand their services to become full-service providers for general practitioners in their communities. The labs will provide assistance in planning cases, providing the parts, offering their own team service providers (surgeons) and fabricating restorations.
  2. Corporate dentistry will continue to attract more graduates who are in debt and are unable to purchase practices right out of school or residency.
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What Will be 2015’s Dental Trends? We Ask Dr. Robert Pauley

As part of our series on 2015’s dental trends, we asked Dr. Robert Pauley to share his thoughts on what the year will bring. This is what Dr. Pauley had to say:

I am excited about all of the new dental trends developing in 2015. Dentists of all ages are becoming excited about furthering their professional development and developing new skills—the new technology that is available this coming year is mind blowing. Most importantly, the advances in communication opportunities within the dental community are endless.

Improved Continuing Education Opportunities

I am impressed with seeing so many top level clinicians continuing their education in implants and laser therapy. It’s exciting to have the opportunity to take part in courses onsite, such as the Maximus Course (a 300 + hour implant CE experience in Atlanta under the direction of Dr. Edward Mills), or to access the information from any location over the web (as can be do with the DentalXP Online Implant Externship program, under the direction of Dr. Maurice Salama). In 2015, I only see these opportunities improving. Continue reading

What Will be 2015’s Dental Trends? We Ask Dr. Edward Shellard

To understand what dentists should look for in 2015, we asked a number of experts about their opinions on this year’s trends. This is what Dr. Edward Shellard had to say:

  1. From a restorative dentistry perspective, I see a rise in chairside milling. Thanks to the popularity of CAD/CAM systems, I think doctors are beginning to realize the benefits of performing restorations within the practice—not just for their patients, but for their bottom line.
  2. Intraoral scanning will also become bigger in 2015. While there may be certain cases where taking traditional impressions is necessary, you can’t argue that 3D intraoral scanning is more comfortable for patients and more convenient for practices and labs. Along those same lines, I think we will see a merger of 3D intraoral data sets with CBCT date for implant planning and placement. Continue reading

Predictions for 2015

Google, Microsoft and Apple will merge creating a single user friendly computer world where everything works with everything else. The new company will be called GoogyAppleSoft and the software will be Androidmacindows.

The fact that windows PC products won’t work with Apple, Apple doesn’t work with Android and vice versa is just the most visible compatibility battle. In dentistry we are plagued with proprietary systems that refuse to play together. Digital impressions, digital x-rays and even digital records can’t be transferred from one system to another. This is good for the manufacturer but not good for the dentist. Continue reading