In the constant evolution of the dental field, the associated costs are erected as a fundamental challenge for the professionals of the guild. The incorporation of advanced technologies, such as computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), along with the use of intraoral scanners, has revolutionized the treatment approach and redefined efficiency in daily practice with digital dentistry.
CAD/CAM design has emerged as a fundamental pillar in the production of dental restorations. This approach allows the precise creation of prostheses, crowns, veneers and other custom devices using specialized software. The main advantage lies in the ability to design and manufacture these elements directly in the office, reducing waiting times for the patient and eliminating the need for third-party suppliers, which leads to substantial savings in operating costs.
According to a study published in the journal “Journal of the American Dental Association in 2022”, the use of CAD/CAM technology and the intraoral scanner can reduce the costs of dental treatments by between 15 and 25%.
The synergy between the CAD/CAM design and the use of the intraoral scanner further enhances efficiency in dental treatment. These state-of-the-art scanners capture detailed digital images of the oral cavity in real time, replacing traditional physical models and offering an accurate representation of the patient’s dental anatomy. This precision is perfectly integrated into the CAD design process, speeding up treatment planning and minimizing potential errors, which translates into a reduction in costs associated with rework and adjustments.
The financial impact of adopting these innovative technologies can be a factor of concern for many professionals. However, the initial investment in digital dentistry is compensated by the decrease in long-term expenses, the reduction in treatment times, the increase in the accuracy of restorations and patient loyalty thanks to a comfortable and fast experience, factors that contribute to a significant return on investment.
Likewise, cost optimization goes beyond the mere acquisition of technology. Adequate staff training is essential to maximize the benefits of these tools. A team well trained in the use of CAD/CAM software and intraoral scanners ensures a fluid integration in daily practice and minimizes possible errors derived from inexperience.
Other benefits of digital dentistry:
Reduction of work stress: due to the decrease in manual workload and repetitive tasks. This reduces staff fatigue, allowing professionals to concentrate on the most significant clinical aspects and in a more personalized interaction with patients.
Expansion of services: new opportunities to generate profits arise. thanks to the offer of more advanced treatments.
Being at the forefront of technology in dentistry is synonymous with a solid professional image. Investment in these technologies translates into a more competitive and successful practice in the contemporary dental field.