How technology is REALLY changing the dental workflow

How technology is REALLY changing the dental workflow

How technology is REALLY changing the dental workflow

From the operatory to patient care to oral surgery, here's how digital solutions have impacted every part of the dental practice.

Dr. Jason Watts, DMD, just bought a new car. Not long ago when you bought a car, GPS was optional. Today, it comes standard. In fact, his new car came with Google Chrome. As a young general dentist practicing in Coral Coral, Florida, his car’s features serve as metaphor for technology in the dental practice: technology isn’t an option for today’s dentist; it’s the standard.

“For me, technology is almost my bloodline of dentistry,” Dr. Watts says. “If I didn’t have technology, I wouldn’t be as efficient or as effective as a dentist to my patients and my community as I could be.”

A little over 1,200 miles and more than three decades of experience away, Tija Hunter, dental assistant and vice president of the American Dental Assistants Association, believes technology has changed the way dentistry is done.

“I’ve been doing this 35 years, and it’s totally changed the way we do dentistry from every standpoint,” she says. “The patients love technology. They appreciate that their healthcare provider has invested in this technology for them.”

Dr. John Flucke, DDS, a general dentist in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, marvels at how different his practice is today. He does not do anything the same way he was trained 29 years ago.

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