It’s the Result That Matters
Much has been made about the advance and evolution of digital technologies in dentistry. And rightfully so. Developments in CAD/CAM systems, intraoral scanning, digital x-rays, 3D printing, and other technologies have created exciting avenues and opportunities for dentists to improve their delivery of restorative dentistry. These important advancements have by and large lifted the dental profession to new heights in enabling patients to receive high-quality care that can be provided in less time with state-of-the-art materials.
However, while many dental practices have converted to digital protocols, many have not. At least not completely, yet. Costs, learning curves, and simply taking the time to change are some of the reasons why. This means there is still a place for traditional dentistry and doing things the analog way. Such methods may not get the attention of the more modern means of dentistry, but when needed, and done right, they are still plenty able to produce wonderful restorative results.
In this issue of Compendium, we offer a mix of newer, contemporary approaches to dentistry along with a traditional, practical method for routine esthetic cases. Our continuing education (CE) lineup includes an article on the importance and role of provisional restorations and how they can facilitate a predictable esthetic outcome. The author details a stepwise analog verification process for achieving "approved provisionals" using conventional means. Meanwhile, a case report describes an all-digital workflow for the design and fabrication of a customized healing abutment utilizing dental CAD/CAM software, a dynamic navigation virtual treatment plan, and 3D printing. Also, a clinical technique review article examines a minimally invasive approach to indirect dentistry using CAD/CAM and a high-tech hybrid dental ceramic. We also feature a report on what's new in composite restorations.
In addition, another CE article discusses medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw and how the patient's disease status factors into dental treatment planning. Be sure to also check out our array of "online only" articles this month, as noted on page 58.
Whether dentists are using modern digital technology or older, established analog methods, what's most important is the end-result. No matter how you get there, make sure the outcome is exceptional.
Louis F. Rose, DDS, MD