THE RAPID GROWTH of digital dentistry has impacted
virtually every dental practice in some form or another,
whether through the enthusiastic adoption of cutting-edge technology, the slow transition away from
material-intensive techniques, or even the knowledge
that advancements exist as potential investments. But no
matter the effect, the digital dentistry revolution has
fundamentally changed the field, and each practice now
operates within the scope of these new technologies.
The technology that enables
digital dental impression systems
is an integral part of my practice.
It has changed the way I approach
crowns, bridges, implants, and
other restorative and cosmetic
procedures. A digital impression
system eliminates the need for
physical impression materials. It
also offers incredible accuracy
with rapid turnaround time,
thanks to direct digital communication with a lab.
However, despite its many benefits, the adoption of a
digital impression system, should not be considered lightly.
It is incredibly important to approach these systems with
a full understanding of the technology, its integration into
your practice, and the full cost.
I have written before about the adoption of new tech-
nologies, stressing the importance of total cost of ownership
SCIENCE & TECH
The importance of
total cost of ownership
in digital impression
Gary Kaye, DDS, FAGD
(TCO). Considering the TCO of a new piece of equipment,
software, or system is a fundamental step that we all must
take before purchasing technology. Impatience is understandable, as new technology is exciting and we want to
see how it can positively affect our practices, workflows,
and patients. The excitement is similar to that familiar
feeling we get when we purchase a new smartphone or
tablet. However, when it comes to our practices, eagerness