In the first article about digitalization, Dr. Weigl explained the roles and responsibilities. Now we will learn more about the benefits of a digital shift. In the past, there was a lack of confidence in digital systems because they were either too confusing, too cumbersome or too expensive. This has changed for the better, and there are many benefits to a shift.
Do you think today’s digital implant workflow is an efficient way of working?
Initially, digital implant workflow was very expensive and it did not work particularly smoothly. It was very complex, and complicated to use. Therefore, the result was a lack of confidence among practitioners. As a result, and as always when introducing something new, we saw some resistance. With time the software became faster and the devices became better and safer, so the resistance disappeared and the usability and reliability of the implant digital workflow made it much easier to use and far more reliable. So, yes, it is a far more efficient way of working.
What do you think are the key benefits of shifting to a digital implant workflow? Is it time, cost or maybe something else?
A shift has a lot of benefits. Not just in terms of time, but also as with regards to patient safety. When it comes to cost, that is more difficult to judge. We are at the start of a period of technical development so the investments could still be quite high. But as we know from other businesses, as the technology becomes more and more sophisticated and standardized, prices come down.
What do you think are the most attractive benefits of a digital implant workflow for the oral surgeon, restorative dentist and dental technician, respectively?
All these dental professionals will see benefits and advantages if they work together. A digital implant workflow is a tool to make things easier. In particular, communication between these three groups is much more easily facilitated, which in turn excludes the risk of misunderstanding. And of course, guided surgery and the possibility of having simulated treatment with a virtual patient ensures that the outcome will be much more reliable.
Next in this editorial series, Dr. Weigl will talk about the challenges and opportunities presented by a digital implant workflow.