Straumann’s Digital Solutions Effective for Fast-Paced Clinical Environment
V. Thomas Eshraghi, DMD, grew up watching his engineer father and other family members in the medical profession employ the latest technology, and that approach has stuck with him and, he claims, made him a better dentist.
"As the son of an engineer, I grew up surrounded by technology, and I had a fascination for understanding how computers worked as well as the workings of the human body," says Eshraghi, who maintains private practices in Beaverton and Tualatin, Oregon. "I have always strived to maximize the power of computing to further the art and science of dentistry and, specifically, surgical therapy." This is evidenced by his early adoption of CBCT technology, the use of his first 3D printer in 2009, and integrating his first intraoral scanner in early 2011.
"Digital technology in general can be an extremely powerful tool," says Eshraghi, who is an assistant clinical professor at his alma mater, Oregon Health and Science University, where he teaches advanced surgical skills, including implant placement. He emphasizes, however, that it must be implemented correctly.
"I have found Straumann's digital solutions to be easier to integrate in a fast-paced clinical environment due to the predictability and seamless workflow of the products and the continued updates and improvement of the solutions with excellent support. My integration of the products has significantly reduced my clinical chairtime, lowered my personal stress level in complex cases, and improved outcomes and esthetics," he says.
"I employ the Straumann® ImmediaXy™ protocol on a daily basis," Eshraghi states. "Nearly all implant cases in my practice receive intraoral and CBCT scans, which I then import into coDiagnostiX® and CARES® Visual software, and design surgical guides and Ti-Base mated provisional restorations. Then I print on my Straumann® P20+ Series printer with GC Temp PRINT™ resin. I have found Straumann implants to offer excellent clinical outcomes with strong scientific evidence." Eshraghi calls coDiagnostiX "an easy-to-use, powerful tool that offers unique capabilities that most other software suites lack," and the P20+ Series printer "fast, predictable, and accurate, especially when utilizing a quality resin."
Once integrated into a practice, the benefits of Straumann digital technology are remarkable, Eshraghi says. "I have the capability to digitally plan and design with limitless potential without the patient present. This lets me create rapid smile designs, rapid prototypes, and surgical plans, which I share with referring doctors and use to improve my understanding of complex cases."
Eshraghi also notes that his patients have responded favorably to the practice's relatively fast work pace and that his team has grown accustomed to reduced clinical chairtime, fewer changes in surgical plans and implants assigned to cases, and, in general, happier patients.
V. Thomas Eshraghi, DMD
Private Practice, Beaverton and Tualatin, Oregon; Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology