The profession of dentistry is experiencing an unprecedented period of change, driven by emerging technologies that have the potential to revolutionize the delivery of care. Henry Schein Horizons is dedicated to exploring the latest topics, trends, and technologies shaping the future of oral health and the practice of dentistry.
As the dental industry embraces the latest digital tools, Milos Markovic, CDT, and Director of CAD/CAM at Aurora Digital Technology Center, shares his insight about the future of dental technology from the perspective of one of the nation's fastest-growing dental laboratory outsourcing and technology centers.
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Here's a glimpse of the future from Prof. Dr. Irena Sailer, a prosthodontist with the Swiss Society for Reconstructive Dentistry and the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Prosthodontics. Dr. Sailer was among a group of global dental leaders who recently presented at Dentology 2021, Henry Schein's two-day immersive online experience that gathered technology innovators to discuss the future of digital dentistry and more.
Click here to see Dr. Sailer's full keynote speech and more from Dentology 2021.
Curious about the role artificial intelligence might play in your practice today and in the future? Henry Schein's Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Bruce Lieberthal helps sort out science fiction from fact in this short presentation, providing insights on how AI can contribute to dental practice efficiency and success.
Click here for Bruce's thoughts on AI (10-minute video)
Looking to simplify complex orthodontic cases with a "minimum-touch" approach that can deliver more predictable and reliable results—and shorter treatment times? Check out the following video—"Comprehensive Treatments with Minimum-Touch Technologies and Appliances: A Clinical and Radiographic Perspective"—featuring Dr. Francisco Eraso, a certified orthodontist and oral & maxillofacial radiologist who demonstrates how to standardize and simplify complex cases using a minimum-touch approach.
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Since COVID-19 shuttered dental practices in early 2020, dentists have reopened with new protocols and equipment to improve safety and better protect the health of staff and patients. Take a quick look at a reimagined office focused on infection control with Jennifer Rhode, Manager of Design for Henry Schein's Integrated Design Studio, who shares her insights on what a dentist may consider when designing a dental practice for today.
Click here for Jennifer's thoughts on office design (5-minute video)
Looking to add new patients? Hoping to turn patients into advocates? Need to enhance patient safety? Check out the video highlights from Henry Schein One's Patient Marketing for Profitability Virtual Event, featuring guest speakers Doug Sligting, Founder and CEO, Ascent Practice Growth Strategies; Dayna Johnson, Founder and CEO, Novonee; and Dr. Anissa Holmes, Founder and CEO, Delivering WOW.
Click here to access the highlights of the event (8 minutes)
You've made it through 2020, but 2021 is no walk in the park. The pandemic persists, and the heightened attention paid last year to all things financial remains in place this year. So what should a financially responsible dental practice do? Our partners at U.S. Bank, one of the leading lenders to the dental profession, have provided this handy checklist to help you develop a comprehensive financial approach to 2021.
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Start the year with a Henry Schein Financial Services webinar at 8 pm ET tonight featuring dental practice financial expert Bob Gray. A member of the Academy of Dental CPAs, the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants, and a Henry Schein Dental Business Institute faculty member, Bob will provide insight into the stimulus payments emerging from the new COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill as well as the second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Click here to register for Bob's live webinar and replay (1-hour)
DDS, MSD, Prosthodontist. Founder, Digital Dentistry Education
"It is impossible to imagine the future of our profession not being impacted by technology and innovation; it makes us more efficient and predictable. Instead of thinking about a specific technology or device; I believe workflows are the most powerful thing about digital dentistry. The integration of data acquisition devices (ie, scanners), computer-aided designs (CAD), and computer manufacturing (3D printing and milling) provide an unfair advantage to all clinicians and dental technicians that are using them. We are living in unprecedented times and the adoption of technology helps not only clinicians but patients."
Founder & President, American Association of Dental Office Management
"The game changer at AADOM was implementing project management software (PMS). AADOM is a relatively small team and we work from different states. A PMS allows for a team member to build a project within our system, assign tasks, and acknowledge dependencies. There is cloud storage where we can upload documents relative to each project and share privately. A built-in calendar function emails us every day showing what is due: on time, coming due or late. I really do not like seeing the RED 'late' notice. It prompts me to get into the PMS and complete the task on hand. A solid project management system has led to better collaboration, organization, and efficiency within AADOM."
DDS, FICOI, Millennium Smiles
"The combination of technology that I could not imagine practicing dentistry without, is my amazing Same Day Milling Machine, my entire pack of TMJD diagnostic testing devices, CBCT machine as well as my several resourceful lasers equipment. We have created such comprehensive, time-conserving and efficient process with all these advanced technologies. Our digital impression systems have paved a way for a more pleasing VIP dental experience for all our patients and has allowed many patients to overcome their dental phobia."
MSDH, RDH, ICP, A Higher Learning, LLC
"Technological advancements have provided dentistry with the ability to practice with more precision, predictability, and most importantly, diagnose and treat disease conditions at microscopic levels while using minimally invasive techniques. Look at how 3D imaging and planning have revolutionized the dental implant workflow, allowing for more precision predictability. As a hygienist focused on implant care, 3D imaging has enhanced my role as a provider allowing me to be more detailed in collecting and analyzing patient data, especially when assessing for peri-implantitis. When we know more, we can do more for our patients. Today, I cannot imagine dentistry without being able to treat in 3D!"
CDT, In-House Technician, NYC Prosthodontics
"Working as a dental lab technician, I've seen many changes since beginning in the field 20 years ago. Working in an "in-house laboratory" setting, it has been amazing to see how the evolution from a fully analogue workflow to a fully digital workflow has slowly taken over. As we entered a new year, still in the midst of a devastating pandemic, I believe the digital workflow is now even more important than ever if laboratories want to provide quality clinical care for those we serve. With the efficiency of intraoral scanning on the clinical side, combined with a completely digital design and manufacturing process (milling and 3D printing) on the laboratory side, it is nearly impossible for me to see a future without a CAD/CAM workflow playing a major role."
DMD, MS, Ozark Prosthodontics
"As a practice committed to the fully digital workflow, there are many toys that we may say that we can't live without. In reality, however, the most critical part of the digital workflow is the data acquisition step using our intraoral scanners. This is because once clinical data enters the digital world as a digital file (compared to digitizing stone casts), it is much easier to stay in the digital world. Namely, using intraoral scanners to acquire patient data—from initial scans to final impressions—has been paramount in ensuring the streamlined workflow that we so desperately strive for."
DDS, Supremia Dentistry, Director of Core 3 at the Las Vegas Institute
"The amount of high tech equipment definitely helped me weather the storm of the pandemic as my patients had the perception that we were simply 'up to date.' For well over 10 years, the implementation of CAD/CAM and CBCT have been critical to my clinical success due the control and information now available at my fingertips. My Practice Management and Communication systems have been critical to be able to keep in touch with my patients effectively (especially during the pandemic). Technology doesn't produce a great practice, but without it, it definitely makes it more challenging on every level."
BDS, DDS, CAGS, Hudson Endodontics
"As a board certified endodontist who applies advanced technology and innovations in my practice; I could not practice without the combination of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) and the use of surgical microscopes. They both help me with to reach accurate diagnosis and understanding the complex anatomy of teeth which give me the ability to provide my patients with the best possible treatment options. Also, using these technologies help me communicate better with my referrals and educate my patients. In conclusion, combining both technologies provide me with proper treatment planning, more procedural efficacy and to achieve more desirable and predictable treatment outcomes."
DDS, Roshe Dental
"As an endodontist, I find the combination of 3D imaging (CBCT) and heat-treated nickel titanium files allow me to diagnose and identify those crazy curved canals and treat them more delicately and precisely."
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