Those who have visited the office of late has seen it undergo a complete cosmetic and technical transformation. Transforming the office cosmetically from a timeless Tuscan decor to a more modern palette is underway from top to bottom. The impetus to do this, however, was fueled by upgraded technology that required a new home environment.
I was under the impression that dental technology was on a ten-year pendulum. I have seen and lived through technology that has come and gone, but those that endured have truly revolutionized daily practice.
- Gone are the days of messy impression techniques now that 3-Dimensional camera scanning is a true reality for improved patient comfort and accuracy
- Gone are the days of unsightly metal margins and crowns now that we utilize digitally milled natural color zirconium
- Gone are the days of making crowns by hand when we have the accuracy of computer milling machines and then the finesse of a superb in house dental ceramist
- Gone are the days of using conventional scalpels (knives) and surgical procedures because of the sophistication of our all new, all types of tissue lasers for deep cleaning and cavities and canker sores and bleaching and much more
- Gone are the days of screaming air drills since we now can use painless lasers and supplement with quieter electric hand drills…often without needle anesthesia
- Gone are the days of hi dosage X-rays due to film requirements and in with digital sensors and hand held X-ray devices that reduce radiation dramatically
- Gone are the days of "GUESSTIMATING" where something is with 2D X-rays when we can rely on 3D Cat Scans for accuracy
- Gone are the days of "wire" braces to move teeth when we have INVISALIGN for seamless tooth movement for adults
- Gone are the days of showing before and after pictures of someone else when you can actually see yourself and your desired result within minutes with simulation software
In various formats, I have had all of this technology for the past 20 years.
In various formats, I have utilized and guided this technology over the years to enhance patient’s results and comfort.
No matter how sophisticated the technology, it is the control and the experience of the operator that is critical…. Judgment and expertise are the important components for success. Many of my patients have restorations that last for 10-20 years or even longer. So the question is; will the newest technology provide us with the same window of success. The destination isn't changing. Our objectives remain the same. It’s only how we get there for the patient that has changed and will continue to change to make it hopefully better, and more comfortable.
The advances in equipment technology have gone through a metamorphosis. What was state of the art just 5 years ago; I have now had to replace. I had to because delivering state of the art dental services require a standard that can only be accomplished by state of the art digital platforms that continue to make many technical procedures obsolete but at the very least dated. Besides, it's in my nature!
So as we go forward the differences in the office will be obvious.
The dental equipment will have a new look. The office decor will be modern and new.
The staff enthusiasm and outfits renewed.
But the philosophy will be the same.
To provide the very best care that my mind, my eyes and my hands can deliver.
Utilize the current technology to its fullest to execute these services with the assistance of experienced staff and laboratory technicians.
To look BACK is to learn from the Dental Experience.
To look FORWARD is for continued growth in my field of Prosthetic Dental Medicine.
William Kay, DMD