Dental advancements are rapidly changing.
Implant, Laser, Minimally Invasive and
Sleep Dentistry are all new terms that have
surfaced in the last three to five years. How
can these advancements benefit patients
and provide a better quality of life? What
has become evident is the increased desire
for preventative and conservative dentistry. We
know that the more tooth structure we leave
behind coupled with early detection will
ensure a healthy long-lasting smile.
Twenty years ago, removing tooth structure
and placing crowns, veneers and bridges
were a common day practice Advancements
in dental adhesion have made aggressive
tooth preparation that destroy all of the
enamel needless! By leaving as much enamel
as possible, the nerve stands a better chance
Lasers have opened a new way of treating
periodontal disease. Gone are the days
of invasive periodontal surgery. Dental
implants have become the gold standard in
tooth replacement as well as solving loose
denture problems. So, what stands in the
way for many patients to receive optimum
and conservative dental treatment? Patient
and doctor education, the failure of dental
insurance companies to cover better techniques,
the lack of predictable products and
cost are a few that come to mind. For many
who have struggled with the conventional
approach to dentistry, sitting down with your
dentist and having a heart to heart conversation
may open new doors that could change
your smile and your health forever
There are times when patients are faced with having to remove their teeth. Many times these patients suffer my prolonging the process for many reasons be it financial,health,and emotional. There may be a perceived stigma about having to wear removable dental appliances that can change an individuals self esteem and confidence to function on a daily basis. Today with the acess to dental implants the vision of having dentures soaking in a glass at night can be a thing of the past.
There are procedures such as All On 4, Teeth a Day, Clear Choice which allow patients to have their teeth removed and walk out with teeth that are FIXATED to dental implants. There are a variety of ways to transition patients who fear looking in the mirror and seeing themselves without teeth. The beauty and function can be restored leaving behind the bad memories of the pain and suffering of becoming a dental cripple.
For existing denture wearers there is hope. About $148 MILLION dollars is spent yearly on denture adhesive products not to mention the health risks associated with reactions to the chemicals in these products. Poorly fit dentures are the primary cause of frustration and can lead to excessive bone loss. Many patients are never followed to refit these prosthesis as the bone continues to atrophy . Dental implants not only support dentures they also stimulate bone to stay in place. Unfortunately no one is following these patients and many do not know there are options. If you are a loved one is suffering, please contact a qualified dentist to help them improve their quality of life.
With E4D In-Office CAD/CAM, There Are No Compromises
Charles Schof, DDS
A few years ago, I—like so many of my peers—was faced with the dilemma of how to continue providing high caliber dentistry within a stagnant economy. I wanted to deliver better customer service in a more efficient and profitable manner. Simultaneously, I wanted to achieve this objective without raising the overhead costs to my practice. Additionally, the bottom line was that I wanted to take my practice to a different level, but I wasn’t sure how to transform this vision into a reality.
After hearing about the E4D in-office CAD/CAM system, I traveled to the company’s headquarters in Dallas, TX. I toured the organization’s facility, and once I learned first-hand about the company’s philosophy and what their high-tech equipment offered, my mind was made up. I would invest in E4D, and it was the best decision I ever made for my practice.
Since I incorporated the E4D Dentist System into my practice, I have been able to enhance my previous services, which emphasized minimally invasive and state-of-the-art restorative care. My patients love the convenience of same day treatments, as well as the restorative results produced by the E4D system, so much that they don’t want treatments using other restorative techniques or equipment. The materials available for use with the E4D Dentist System enable conservative preparations and are highly esthetic and durable.
Our practice is a step above the competition by offering unique services that demonstrate an advantage compared to other dental offices. As a result, we’ve been rewarded financially, professionally, and personally—expanding our skill sets, embracing greater control over the restorative and creative processes, and assuming a total team approach. With E4D, I haven’t compromised or cut corners with care or results, and here’s why.
No Compromises with Technology and Equipment
In my experience, the E4D system simplifies the in-office restorative fabrication process. The system enables digital impressions on hard and soft tissues using powder-free laser scanning. Because the E4D System is less technique-sensitive, problems associated with adhesive dentistry are avoided.
Furthermore, I have found that digital models are formed quickly and accurately, with the intraoral scanner capturing multiple images from several angles. The software and broad range of design tools incorporate any necessary alterations to finalize the design of restorations in less time and with minimal effort.
The milling technology also is hassle free. Precision burs minimize vibration occurrences. With the fabrication of every restoration, I achieve optimal design performance and marginal integrity. I am continually pleased with the level of accuracy that the E4D System produces.
No Compromises with Esthetics and Function
With the E4D in-office CAD/CAM system, I don’t compromise esthetics for function, or vise versa. I can fabricate durable restorations within my office that simultaneously meet my patient’s high esthetic expectations in a single visit. Additionally, my team and I can flex our respective creative, clinical, and technical muscles.
For example, I can perform a more conservative preparation. Then we can scan the tooth in the patient’s mouth to capture the digital impressions, design the restoration on a 3D virtual model to the proper proportions, and then mill the metal-free restoration. I can determine if critical individualized characterization is needed to enhance the final results. If so, I can impart custom colors within my own practice and on my own time.
Overall, my practice maintains greater control over our treatments and no longer has to rely on assistance from an outside laboratory. This saves us time and money and is far more convenient for our patients. The finished restorations are esthetically pleasing and long lasting.
No Compromises with Education and Support Services
D4D offers phenomenal support and stands behind its product. I have always been able to pick up the phone and have a trained specialist, clinician, or technician answer my questions and offer unlimited support.
When you are moving your practice forward and investing in state-of-the-art equipment, support is everything. Time to be efficient is impossible if you don’t know how to use your technology and have to spend valuable time trying to learn on-site. Money, time, and patients would be lost, and nothing would be gained from your investment. Quite simply, I wouldn’t have invested in the E4D System without the available and on-going support I’ve received.
No Compromises in Personal and Professional Success
I have always loved what I do as a dentist. However, since incorporating the innovative E4D technology into my practice and mastering it, I feel as though I have become a better dentist, and I’ve noticed a difference in my interactions with my patients, as well as my overall personal success.
I feel gratified and invigorated once again with dentistry. My newfound enthusiasm and reignited passion shows throughout the practice, and the interpersonal connections with my team members and patients has deepened. I pride myself in being able to take full responsibility for the design and fabrication process of restorations, which enables me to expand upon their trust in our practice.
With this technology, I can perform same day restorations in a fraction of the time it once took, without compromising longevity, esthetics, or function. My patients are part of their own restorative process and now have the ability to observe first-hand how their restorations are made. What’s more, they love that they no longer have to return for multiple visits or need to wear temporaries.
As a solo practitioner, I have peace of mind because I can provide a service to my patients that I consistently feel good about. In these economically turbulent times, the E4D in-office CAD/CAM system has enabled our practice to lucratively elevate and safeguard our services.
My practice as a collective whole has reaped the benefits of the state-of-the-art E4D in-office CAD/CAM system. Based on my experience, I wouldn’t invest in anything else, and I would highly recommend this technology to my peers. E4D will be a leader in CAD/CAM technology because the company standing behind it consistently pushes the envelope and improves upon a system that already works. This unwavering dedication will contribute to further advancements in the dental industry and, ultimately, within patient care.