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How Technological Advancements are Shaping the Future of Dentistry

Today, the disruptive innovation happening on the technology front is taking every industry by storm. The field of dentistry is no different.

The global dental industry is anticipated to witness strong growth in the coming years. One of the many reasons growth is occurring at such a rapid pace is because the fields of dental surgery and dental science are witnessing numerous technological advancements, especially in the area of implants and oral maxillofacial surgery.

But that’s not all. 

State-of-the-art technological advancements are also helping dental care providers make the shift to value-based care – one where patients are at the epicenter of all functions and their comfort is given priority. This can significantly ameliorate outcomes and contribute toward increasing your practice’s bottom line.

In this piece, we will be looking at a few ways in which modern technology is shaping the future of dentistry.

1. Teledentistry Improves Access to Anytime Care

Virtual care delivery, commonly referred to as ‘teledentistry’ when used for dental care, has emerged as an effective solution amid the ongoing COVID-19 global health emergency.

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Getting the Most “Mileage” from Your Dental Practice Management Software

Describing practice management (PM) software as “state-of-the-art” is common. What’s not so common is using it to its full potential.

Any substantial technology can easily lure you into a usage “rut.” The best PM software packages include companies like (ACE Dental, Dentimax, Dentrix, Eaglesoft, Open Dental, Denticon, etc.) contain a myriad of features some of which are core functionalities (scheduling, appointment tracking, insurance claim management, paperless record keeping, secure cloud-based storage and access, patient communication, etc.) that “boot up” automatically the first time you use the software. Those capabilities may be so superior to what you had before that exploration of valuable additional features may fall by the wayside. Here’s how to get out of that rut.

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“Good” Charting Software

Good charting software has many features. One of the most important is that it eliminates all paper. That means the software must accommodate all the bits of paper data that accumulate in a chart and it must have a method of importing virtually anything either with a scanner or file import function. If some bit of paper possibly a lab slip or patient letter must be stored in a folder then you have lost one of the primary benefits of an electronic chart.

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Why the corporate dental practice model works (for some) and not so well for others

One-size-fits-all works for many products and services. However today’s dental practices call for a more tailored fit with regard to available business models.

In the mid-90’s over 90% of dentists owned their individual or small group practice. By 2015 the number of dentist owned practices dropped to below 85%.

Necessity or preference can drive you to look outside the proverbial “box.” A good example is the growing interest in corporate dentistry.

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Digital workflow: faster, more accurate & less expensive

Workflow equals systems. We all have systems in our offices. Some systems were designed and refined, and others just happened by accident. A system is the process we use to accomplish a task in the office. For example; how do you create a new chart? How do you confirm appointments? How do you get charts from the file room to the treatment room?

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