dental implant

Guided Implant Placement: the new standard

With the latest technology, guided implant surgery is the new standard to achieve accurate, predictable, and safe implant placement. Using a CT scan and a custom made stent based on the ct scan offers the surgeon the most accurate tool and guide to place the implants.  However, using guides for implant surgery has remained rare.  In 2014, less than 150,000 computer-generated surgical guides were generated, and this number is predicted to increase by two fold by 2019.  In 2012, there were more than 21 million dental implant placements, so utilizing surgical guides is just a tiny fraction of the implant surgery. 

What are the reasons for the low number of surgical guides?  There are many different factors, including high and additional cost, time-consuming labor, complex work flow, working with a third party, learning new technology, etc.  Other reasons include complications of using guides, such as cooling the surgical instruments and reduced irrigation during the surgery, increased surgical time, patient factor, and cost of the software. 

 

Dentistry from a patient perspective: Expectations of a tech-savy patient

The interactions between patient and professional will always be at the core of dentistry; however, as time progresses and patients become more technologically inclined, they expect more from their dental treatments in terms of in-office experience and out-of-office communications and engagement. 

In-Office Experience

Many patients expect new dental technologies to play a major role in their in-office treatment.  It's the convenience offered by these innovative technologies that make them a must-have for practices looking to grow by attracting the ever-increasing number of digitally advanced patients.  

Convenience is the major benefit across all consumer technologies that have become cultural staples over the past decade.  Why boot up your laptop or desktop if you want to check emails or social media when you can look at your smartphone, tablet or smartwatch in a fraction of the time? With this mindset, it's easy to understand why patients desire increased in-office convenience from various technologies.  

Offering single-visit treatment is invaluable in attracting and retaining tech-savy patients.  Patients are likely missing work or using their limited number of vacation days to attend dental appointments, and the prospect of using more vacation days for second or third visits is immediately off-putting. 

Replacing a cracked or chipped tooth with a CEREC restoration in one-visit ensures a great patient experience, and an increased chance of referral where 91 percent of patients at CEREC practices said they would refer their dentist to family and friends.  

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The Oral Health Crisis in America

Here are some fun facts!

1. More than a quarter of all Americans 60 years of age or older have lost all of their teeth.

2. Dental disease (caries) is the most common chronic disease in children. It is 5X's more common than asthma.

3. Every year across the U.S., children miss 51 million school hours due to dental problems and visits. Adults lose close to 164 million work hours.

4. About 1 in 4 elderly adults have untreated tooth decay. The rate among low income adults is twice that for adults with more income.

5. An estimated 17 million low- income children in America go without dental care each year. This represents about 1 out of every 5 children

6. It is estimated that in 2010, Americans spent $ 106 billion on oral care.

7. More than 64 million Americans have moderate to severe forms of periodontal disease.

8. Dental disease is nearly 100% preventable.