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March 2024
Volume 45, Issue 3

Glidewell’s™ Offers a Convenient Path to Digital Dentistry

By age 9, Jonathan Enright, DMD, knew his future would be in dentistry. "I graduated from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2015 and began working for my father in private practice," says the third-generation dentist. "In lieu of residency, I spent as much time as possible in continuing education (CE) looking to expand my skillset in addition to the solid foundation I received from BU. I chose CE focused on endodontic and surgical skill."

Enright has practiced with his father for the past decade in their Warren, Rhode Island, office, where they provide all manners of services from restorative treatment to root canal therapy to implants and veneers. Growing up around dentistry, he sees how newer technology has improved the practice workflow.

"New products such as our CBCT machine and (Glidewell Dental) have allowed us to more easily move from consultation to treatment," Enright says. "Having everything in office allows us to make decisions with patients present, leading to faster and more efficient treatment times. The scanning and CBCT have allowed for more guided surgeries, leading to better outcomes."

The Scanning Solution combines the scanning technology of the Medit i700 intraoral scanner with a seamless connection to the In-Office Solution as well as Glidewell's dental lab. Enright attests that delivers speed, accuracy, and lightweight convenience for an optimal user and patient experience. Available either wired or wireless, the scanner features reversible tips and a built-in UV-C LED disinfection light to reduce the risk of contamination. Scanner users are able to utilize a suite of preinstalled proprietary Medit software and apps, such as Ortho Simulation, Model Builder, and Crown Fit, and can easily submit cases to Glidewell.

"The integration with Glidewell is the most appealing aspect," Enright notes. "The accuracy [of the scanner] is phenomenal, and the seamless use with Glidewell is so easy. Plus, I can't argue with no monthly fees and discounted lab rates for using it."

The Scanning Solution affords dentists a simple, economical path to digital dentistry with direct support from Glidewell and, Enright suggests, without disrupting practice workflow. "The transition for crown-and-bridge has made everything faster. Appointment times have decreased. Patient cement appointments have moved forward," he says. "Scanning and allowing for digital wax-up and mock-ups have led to increased patient case acceptance. Plus, the learning curve was minimal. Our office was scanning our first cases before we had our first official training session!"

Patients, too, have responded favorably to the practice's integration with "The technology has the ‘wow' factor," Enright exclaims, noting the benefits of the system's overall speed.

Enright makes no qualms about whether he'd recommend to his peers: "In a heartbeat."

Jonathan Enright, DMD
Private Practice,
Warren, Rhode Island

Glidewell Dental

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