Inside Dentistry
January 2019
Volume 15, Issue 1


The future of minimally invasive dentistry

Ross Nash, DDS, Private Practice Huntersville, North Carolina

During my career, I have spent a lot of time teaching postgraduate training courses at various dental schools and conferences, and because of that, it's important for me to keep up-to-date on new innovations and technology. The future of dentistry is looking more exciting than ever.

Digital dentistry makes treatments much easier for the doctor and more comfortable for the patient, and it helps with patient communication by allowing patients to see the end result of their procedures before they even begin. Furthermore, the rate of treatment acceptance is much higher when patients know exactly what they are going to get.

FirstFit technology allows clinicians to complete an entire veneer case digitally without the need for temporaries. After receiving a scan or a vinyl polysiloxane (VPS) impression, the team at FirstFit digitizes the entire process. A designer creates a digital preparation for the tooth as well as a veneer to fit that preparation. This technology helps turn a complex procedure into a simple and predictable one. Not only does FirstFit provide a much simpler way to complete a veneer case, but it also saves a tremendous amount of time, which benefits both the clinician and the patient.

Using digital smile design, the dentist can preview exactly where and by how much the teeth need to be reshaped while maintaining the maximum amount of enamel, and it also allows a preview of the final smile design. This gives the practitioner the ability to plan the entire process before touching the teeth. And because a digital workflow allows the final smile design to be previewed, it can be shared with the patient to get his or her approval prior to starting the fabrication process. I love the predictability and consistency that the system delivers.

Once the dentist approves the final design, a FirstFit Authorized Providing Laboratory creates custom printed digital preparation guides that fit in the patients mouth and precisely direct the minimally invasive preparations for each tooth. Because all of the preparations are predetermined, the final restorations can be fabricated in advance and lined up in a simple delivery tray. This assists the dentist in the precise delivery of all of the units in one simple step. With FirstFit, the dentist can prepare and deliver a 10-unit veneer case in about an hour and a half, eliminating the need for multiple visits and a time-consuming traditional process. And the digital files for the tray design are retained, so in most cases, replacements for chipped veneers can be quickly reproduced without a new impression.

Using this technology, any dentist anywhere in the world can prepare and predictably deliver beautiful, complex veneer cases time after time, while making the entire process efficient and comfortable for their patients.

Key Takeaways

1. Minimally invasive tooth preparation

2. Prepare and seat in a single visit

3. Simple and easy-to-use, all-in-one veneer delivery tray

4. Eliminate one appointment from your treatment plan

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