In dental school, you had access to all the latest and greatest technology that dentistry had to offer at the time. But now that you’re in private practice, you ultimately choose which devices you and your team will use. Although traditional technology and techniques are reliable, integrating advanced dentistry into your practice can significantly improve the treatment, products, and restorations your patients receive. It’s time to go digital like your dental laboratory! Read on to learn ways you can make the transition as smooth as possible.
Know What You’re Looking For
Before you begin your research for equipment, decide what features are important to you. Are you looking for user-friendliness, efficiency, or image quality and clarity? Of course, the cost is an essential factor when considering technology. Every device, and its software, has its own advantages and disadvantages. Weigh your options based on what’s important to your practice.
Do Your Homework
Buying a new piece of equipment for your practice is similar to buying a car: you need to do your research before you pull the trigger. Do some digging into the specs of the device you’re considering, and ask colleagues who have purchased this technology and can offer an opinion. When you take the time to read reviews, compare prices, and fully understand what you’re purchasing, you’ll be much less likely to experience buyer’s remorse afterward.
Give Room for Training and Education
One of the exciting things about dentistry is that it’s not static. New techniques and technology are constantly being introduced, and there are always new things to learn in this field. You need to make room in your schedule not only for your own learning but for your team’s as well. When you implement a new software or device into your practice, understand that you and your staff will require time to become trained. Before you know it, your team will be up to speed and using the technology deftly.
Make Sure You Have Support
Regardless of the technology you choose to implement in your practice, be sure it comes with a strong support system. In other words, if you need to troubleshoot something with the machine, will you have someone available to you to help? Although no one really enjoys talking to tech support, It can give you comfort to know that you have a resource to turn to, just in case you have questions or problems with the technology. You can also work with your dental laboratory’s technicians, who should know the software well enough that they may assist you too.
Transitioning to a new technology isn’t always easy, but it can make a difference to your patients in the quality, efficiency, and comfort of their dental appointments in your practice. If you follow these tips, you can integrate devices or processes into your practice and soon wonder how you ever worked without them!
About Perfect Impressions
Perfect Impressions is proud to be at the forefront of dental technology. Although we still accept traditional tray-and-putty impressions, we have the software and the skills to accept digital scans from iTero, D4D, Carestream, 3M, and 3Shape Trios. If you have questions about transitioning to digital dentistry, or if you want to work with Perfect Impressions, you can contact us by calling 972-385-2295 or clicking here.