All eyes on the virtual patient

Digital implant workflow has transformed the way the implant team collaborates. As a result, we have witnessed a gradual shift towards faster, safer and more predictable treatment methods. “The digital tools allow everyone to view the patient’s data at the same time, enabling the team to be synchronized,” says Dr. Marcus Dagnelid, dentist and specialist in prosthetics.

Virtual patient
Dr Marcus Dagnelid

Over the past few years, digital workflow has undergone rapid development. If you ask professionals to compare the new technology with the conventional methods, there are a few key factors that they highlight.

“The main benefit for me is that it enables me to collaborate and communicate with all the team members at the same time. And when working with implants it is so much easier to plan the overall treatment, which makes it extremely time-efficient. The obvious problem with conventional tools is that it takes much more time,” says Dr. Marcus Dagnelid.

Digital workflow is a time-saver for clinicians and makes the process more efficient. The development of CAD/CAM planning and drill protocols has also eliminated situations where mistakes can be made. In short, the technology helps the team to be more precise in their work.

“Accuracy when fitting prosthetics is the biggest change for us when we use digital technology. It is by far the number one benefit. It is so easy to communicate with the clinician and share suggestions and concerns,” says Mr. Richard Galambos, dental technician and laboratory owner.

Virtual patient
Mr Richard Galambos

It is not just the workflow and communication between team members that has developed. Communication with the patient has changed as well. Now it is much easier to make the patients understand the whole process and be a part of it.

“The information I have about the patient’s teeth is visible to the patient too. Patients understand the overall concept and goal of the treatment. They can decide for themselves which is their best option. I just help the patients make that decision,” continues Dr. Marcus Dagnelid.

Mr. Richard Galambos agrees, “It helps you visualize the patient’s final smile even before the restoration is finalized. This gives you the possibility to provide the best patient-specific treatment for all your patients.”