Standardizing Data to Streamline the Digital Workflow
Digital Dental is simplifying all aspects of a restorative work process. Traditionally, doctors have submitted a physical impression to the laboratory and wrote prescriptions and instructions on paper.
This is gradually transforming the data into a fully digital process in which patient information and doctor's instructions are electronically sent to the laboratory through a digital impression system. Planmeca PlanScan restorations can be delivered within days of the laboratory's intraoral scan. An office milling function such as the Planmeca PlanMill 40 can even make dental instruments technology of the day a reality. The restorations produced by the PlanScan Restoration System can reduce the cost and treatment time required to change teeth, thereby exponentially increasing the demand for digital dentistry.
For those who want to continue working with their labs, all patient information needed to generate model-free repairs can be digitally submitted to the dental lab. Before each case is submitted, the clinician enters the patient's information and prescription data into their digital impression system software. Since PlanScan is an open system, the dental team can send documents in the standard DIACOM format. With Planmeca's Romexis system, the exchange of patient data between almost any system is very simple.
By establishing interoperability among intra-oral scanners, CAD / CAM software and other dental systems, data standardization is critical to reducing the costs of patients, doctors and laboratories.
The restorations produced by the PlanScan Restoration System can reduce the cost and treatment time required to replace the teeth, thereby exponentially increasing the demand for digital dentistry.
Accelerate today's dental practice
While digital impression systems are moving toward data standardization, digital X-rays, practice management, cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), and digital treatment planning systems found in today's dental practice all require the same attention. Because of the lack of interoperability of these systems, they cannot communicate patient data back and forth and realize their true potential.
In order to truly maximize the efficiency and cost savings that these technologies provide, physicians must demand interoperability among dental systems that are becoming increasingly common in today's dental practice. With the clinician's request for data standardization, patient information, X-rays, CBCT scans, digital impressions and prescription data can be transferred between dental clinics and dental laboratories at the push of a button.
Ultimately, having a common dental equipment standard that allows different systems used in dental care to interoperate will reduce the cost of integrating new technologies into dental practice. This is because open systems allow these technologies to act as plug-and-play devices without the need for costly IT solutions to achieve proper integration. This should make doctors more willing to invest, not only in intra-oral scanners, but also in CBCT scans, digital treatment planning software, and other emerging technologies that are improving the efficiency, predictability, and cost-effectiveness of dental restorations.