The digital workflow in dentistry has improved dramatically due to technological advances such as software programs with AI support, extra- and intraoral scanners, 3D printing and milling. Thus, digitalization creates new opportunities for enhanced and synchronized communication between dentists and dental technicians, which will inevitably benefit patients.
Dental prosthetics, restorative splints, and surgical splints may soon be virtually created in a lab setting using CAD/CAM.
It's exciting to see how many technologies are already available. It can be seamlessly combined to produce compelling, highly realistic, and esthetically appealing results in fewer steps with less effort than known before; this applies to milling, 3D printing, thermoforming, or firing. An overhauled workflow facilitates time savings and error minimization; standardized procedures ensure reliably high quality.
Besides the production and communication benefits, a dentist will have access to more background data when measuring, scanning, and analyzing functions: a decisive advantage in treatment to pinpoint particular problem areas.