And gone are the goopy impressions, multiple appointments, and lost temporary crowns.
As I sit on the plane during my monthly trek to the Spear Education Center in Scottsdale, I realize what a great time this is for dentists and patients alike. Many theories of the past few decades have come together to make dental treatment faster, better, and more predictable.
My purpose on this trip is to train a group of Canadian dentists in the use of the “new” technology of CAD/CAM for restoring natural teeth and implants in just one appointment. I put quotation marks around the word new because it was thirty-one years ago that Sirona introduced the Cerec technology to dentistry. Of course, the technology has matured greatly as our computing power has increased. Even in the six years I have been using the Cerec technology, it has improved over what I already felt was a huge step forward from the old method of goopy impressions, multiple appointments, and lost temporaries.
As far as this weekend’s group of dentists goes, I think it will be a revelation to them. As for their patients, their world just got a lot easier.