Any increase in the speed with which something can be carried out is a good thing as long as the work retains its quality. The increases in speed attached to modern dentistry are just the ticket because it means that patients need to spend less time at the dentist but are still subject to the same levels of quality they have grown to expect. This is all down to the CEREC techniques which are now widespread in dental surgeries.
CEREC is the process whereby dental practices have been effectively digitised and dentists are able to do their work with greater speed as a result. Instead of using traditional x-rays that need to be developed in a lab, digital x-rays can be carried out with great speed. Traditional x-rays would frequently need to be done repeatedly if dentists were to gain different view points on one part of the mouth. Digital x-rays are in three dimensions.
This digital data can then be combined with online technology to achieve stunning results. Dentists increasingly have milling machines in the surgery which are run via the internet. These machines can use data from digital x-rays to make a brand new porcelain dental veneer or porcelain dental crown in less than ten minutes.
All of which makes dentistry far more convenient for patients and lessens the need to take lots of time off work to have a bit of dental work done. The costs don’t necessarily increase because, for instance, lab fees for the traditional x-ray are eliminated and the labour costs of dental staff are reduced. All in all, this is a win-win situation for patients and the dentists alike.
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