Friday, August 16, 2013

The Continuing Evolution of Digital Impressions

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I was listening to my buddy Dr. Paul Feuerstein yesterday (follow him on Twitter @drpaulf).  He is a tremendous resource on a lot of things tech and especially digital impressions.
A few years ago Paul was approached by some folks in research at MIT to help them with a project.  It eventually became a company called Brontes and was eventually purchased by 3M and became the True Definition Scanner.
Along that journey, Paul became perhaps the best informed expert on digital impressions & CAD/CAM in dentistry.
So… I was listening to Paul on Thursday as he discussed the changes and growth in the marketplace of digital impressions and i'm here to tell you that you can expect some serious changes and advancements in the next couple of years.
I've been involved with digital impressions and CAD/CAM dentistry for about 15 years now and I've seen a lot of changes, but I can tell you after what I've seen and what Paul has seen in the R&D world, there will be a lot of changes & new devcies coming to market in the next few years.
We currently have a CEREC and an iTero system (pictured above).  The quality of the digital impression systems has made us much more efficient and decreased the amount of time patients spend in the chair on preparation appointments as well as frequently decreasing the amount of time patients spend with us during cementation appointments.
So, if you are looking at the prospect of bringing digital impressions into your office, this is a great time.  Development and market penetration are going to be growing significantly in the near future.

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