Any practitioner who is considering going digital will want to consider the capabilities and contraindications of the various systems that are available. None of the systems on the market can accurately scan through or around blood, tissue, or saliva. In other words, retraction and proper preparation isolation is a must.17 The impressioning technique is still very similar to that of a traditional impressioning technique; the principles are the same either way. The clinician must play with the available scanners and get the feel for what will work best in his or her practice.
With all of the factors that need to be considered before making the leap into digital dentistry, a clinician must ask, “Why make a change?” What is it that is intriguing enough to look into digital dentistry? Any clinician that is having success with his or her current techniques may not need to look further into digital impressioning.
The digital landscape of dentistry is changing on a daily basis. The “middle man” in dentistry has recently become an intangible innovation. Diagnosis and treatment planning still play the most important role in the profession of dentistry, but scanners have become a fascinating tool to produce an extremely accurate dental restoration by non-conventional means. Clinicians need to stay abreast of the changes to provide the patient with the most advanced form of treatment available.
Dr. Duplantis reports no conflicts of interest with the material presented herein.
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About the Author
Chad C. Duplantis, DDS
Fort Worth, Texas