30 May Digital Workflow – Unifying Office Technology
From scheduling to billing to actual procedures, technology’s rapid and persistent evolution has had countless effects on the dental industry. One such effect is that on workflow. If your practice has yet to digitize its workflow, there are several compelling reasons to consider doing so. If it has, there may be tactics you have yet to utilize. Read on to explore more about optimizing your workflow.
Upgrading to a Digital Workflow
If you’re still using an analog workflow, there are an abundance of reasons to go digital. As the digital age progresses, technologies that once seemed extravagant, such as 3D scanning or printing, have become surprisingly affordable. The acquisition of such technologies should be viewed as an investment rather than an expense. These technologies improve accuracy, save time, and increase productivity, all of which should be among a practice’s top priorities. For instance, taking impressions digitally instead of using molds provides instant and accurate results while eliminating the cost and legwork of shipment to and from a lab. It also expedites appointments without sacrificing quality of care, allowing more patients to be served and revenue goals to be met more quickly.
Another desirable aspect of the digitized approach is the consistent accuracy provided by its precise technologies. According to Steven Spitz, DMD, and founder of Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, taking impressions is inherently flawed due to the material. “First it expands and then it contracts … Then we pour it into a stone, and the stone also expands and contracts. So immediately, you’ve got some error built in there. Once you go to a digital workflow, you’re eliminating all of those errors, because what you have is what you get. It’s a more precise medium as far as the quality.” On the subject of quality of care, digitized dentistry can do wonders for improving the patient experience. Technologies like CBCT scanners can provide the most comprehensive imaging in seconds while a patient remains free from the discomfort of a lead apron and the risks of high radiation exposure of more traditional X-ray solutions. Open systems across CBCT, intraoral scanning, 3D printing, and other clinical solutions offer a truly efficient and effective digital workflow where all technology equipment integrates to deliver a system of efficiency and surgical certainty.
In the competitive field of dentistry, adapting to new technologies can provide a marked advantage over the competition while driving patient traffic.