Introducing the upcoming trends of the next few years
IDS 2015 clearly showed that the dental industry is buzzing with activity. Just like many other fields, the dental sector is witnessing dramatic progress. What will the future bring? To which new situations will you have to adapt and to what in particular should you pay attention? Here are the 7 latest trends of the dental technology sector.
‘Digital workflow’ is the buzzword. Today, not only crowns and bridges, but also complete dentures can be designed and produced using CAD/CAM technology. Make sure you stay ahead of the game.
Whether PFM or all-ceramics - ceramic materials have proven their value in dentistry for several decades. This category of materials offers the best combination of properties, including biocompatibility, esthetics, strength and the desired flexibility in use.
Monolithic restorations are enjoying increasing popularity. This is not surprising. Dental technicians particularly like their superior strength and their enhanced versatility and efficiency. Make sure you stay abreast of the latest developments!
4. Multi ingots:
By using Multi ingots, dental technicians can even further enhance the esthetic appearance of their restorations. All the shades feature a lifelike translucency – from the dentin areas to the incisals. As these ingots are used to create monolithic restorations, the benefits listed under point 2 also apply. Try these innovations!
Manufacturers are intent on making the dental technician’s job easier. Increasingly “intelligent” equipment (e.g. ceramic furnaces), software and materials are entering the market. The objective is to make the procedures quicker and easier whilst ensuring improved results and maximizing reliability. Take advantage of these opportunities!
6. Outsourcing vs in-house fabrication:
Many laboratories outsource complicated work to e.g. milling centres to take the pressure off themselves. However, dental manufacturers are increasingly offering more compact systems and equipment (e.g. for CAD/CAM production) which enable even small and medium-sized labs to fabricate demanding restorations in-house. You decide which services you will want to offer and will be able to provide - and which you will not.
Not only working more quickly and efficiently, but also learning more effectively and continuously broadening your horizon will be indispensable in the future. Innovations are being introduced in rapid succession. Participation in training courses and further education events has thus become more important than ever. Make sure you take part!
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