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Why Speed Matters in Digital Dentistry

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Industries are increasingly moving towards digitalization, and the dentistry practice is no different. And why not? Digitalization brings about increased productivity and efficiency, leading to increased revenue.

Imagine having a scanner which lags during the scanning process. This will not only cause you a lot of frustration but also affect the accuracy of your scans. This means that you will need to do re-scans, affecting your productivity.
Using a high-speed scanner will enable you to cut down on the time taken to process cases. After all, the less time you spend on a case, the more cases you can process in a day, which leads to an increase in revenue!
Another major benefit of digitalization is the significant reduction in human error. Traditional impressions require the use of materials and is a long process - from taking the initial impression to creating the actual model. On the other hand, digital impressions are almost instantaneous and does not use materials (except for powder for some scanners). This not only reduces human error but also eliminates errors caused by material defects. Also, should human error occur, it is easy to rectify by doing a re-scan immediately.
Finally, let’s not neglect your most important stakeholders – your patients. It’s human nature to dislike waiting – what more when you’re in an uncomfortable position. Reducing the scan time for your patients makes the experience more pleasant for them. According to this study, patients generally prefer digital impressions to traditional impressions. You can read more about the benefits of a model-less workflow here.
The speed of the dental scanner is a great starting point when making the switch. But you might also want to take into account the longevity of the scanner you intend to buy. Technology advances at a rapid speed so the scanner you buy today may be slow by industry standards in a year. So, consider options which would be viable in the long-term. For example, some companies have trade-in programs to upgrade your machines or software. After all, you are making this investment not just for your clinic now but for the future of your practice.


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