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CAD/CAM Means More Possibilities for the Patient

Issue: Summer 2016

blue moon studio46426 220.jpg CAD/CAM Means More Possibilities for the Patient

Digital dentistry utilizes computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to take three-dimensional scans of a tooth preparation. A restoration can then be created in one of two ways: using design software and then milled in an office milling system or sent to a lab to finish the tooth. Although dental laboratories were the early adopters of digital dentistry, dental offices are now moving in that direction as well.

While I was skeptical of this new technology at first, I heard from peers how beneficial CAD/CAM could be and knew it could potentially be a step to take my practice to the next level. With two complete CAD/CAM solutions on the market that were capable of creating excellent restorations, I did some extensive research, and in the end, I chose to purchase the Planmeca FIT system, I have not looked back ever since.

One of the greatest features is Planmeca’s open platform, which has allowed me to collaborate freely and given me many more opportunities. From being able to work simultaneously on a case with multiple users at the office to sending work to an off-site lab, this open platform has allowed for easy collaboration and sharing of information during any step of the workflow — not to mention the ability to quickly transfer large STL files to any of those users. Patient experience, as well as team experience, has also drastically improved within my dental office. We all know patients are weary of taking time off from work for dental visits, but taking one day off isn’t so bad.

“One of the greatest features is Planmeca’s open platform, which has allowed me to collaborate freely and given me many more opportunities.”

But for those who need more extensive dental care, taking off multiple days is almost impossible. With patients expecting faster turnaround times, there is no better feeling than to deliver same-day dentistry to them with the Planmeca FIT system. My team appreciates same-day dentistry as much as the patients do. While my team enjoys using CAD/CAM tools, patients also enjoy the added benefit of knowing the person who made their restoration and being able to see the restoration designed right in front of their eyes. I take pride in the quality of the restoration, while patients often praise my team for how natural the restorations look.

However, it doesn’t come easy. The team has to work hard to continuously improve their skills through training and education, all of which is provided by Planmeca University. From basic courses to more advanced techniques, Planmeca University provides all of the tools for my team to succeed in digital dentistry.

From a two-year maintenance warranty to shorter wait times, lower lab bills, and reduced costs for materials, I have saved quite a bit of money by adding a CAD/CAM system to my practice. I would encourage anyone who is interested in digital dentistry to request a demo at your office. If the demo impresses you, make sure to schedule a visit to the Planmeca University training center in Dallas to get the ultimate hands-on experience of digital restorative technology. This CAD/CAM system has done wonders for my office, and I am confident that for anyone who wants to upgrade their practice and utilize this new technology, the Planmeca FIT system is the way to go.

About the Author: Dr. Kaveh Ghaboussi is a dentist in Madison, Wisconsin and has been using the Planmeca FIT system for the past three years. He has lectured across the country on subjects such as implant surgery, cone beam technology, practice management, and CAD/CAM dentistry.