Why is digitalization in dentistry more important today than ever?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, several prominent opinion leaders explored the best strategies for returning to dental practices, helping practitioners to thrive in a new environment and transform unprecedented challenges into potential opportunities.
One of the key enabling factors that emerged was the adoption of digital dentistry, which led to alternative ways of diagnosing, improving workflows, communication and patient care more effective, safer procedures and staff protection, while maintaining number of patient visits as low as possible. Most important of all, it has been recognized that this approach can be followed at the same time as achieving sustainable business growth once practices reopen and resume welcoming patients, always in compliance with local guidelines.
These reflections are found in new research on the impact of COVID-19 and on the analysis of recovery. According to Research Reports World, the global market for post COVID-19 intraoral scanners is expected to grow at a considerable pace between 2020 and 2025. The market was already growing at a steady pace in 2020 and is expected to grow over the projected time horizon.
Several doctors agreed that implementing a digital workflow with an intraoral scanner made the post COVID-19 environment much less problematic and played an important role in accelerating the recovery of the study. Doctors pointed to a number of reasons, including the possibility of better communication with patients and laboratories.
Risking suboptimal use of time by acquiring traditional impressions is now even more questionable, since this can be done quickly and highly accurately digitally, eliminating the need to ask the patient to go to the office multiple times. necessary. The first to adopt digital dentistry also confirmed its commercial advantages as a powerful new patient conversion tool, which also becomes an income factor for the practice.
In short, these prominent opinion leaders are convinced that digitalization is now more relevant than ever to avoid falling behind, as well as depriving patients of what is now considered “best practice”.
Using digital tools to increase patient safety and control cross-contamination in the new post-COVID-19 era, everyone agreed that the protection of patients and staff has become a top priority. The doctors stressed that the use of the intraoral scanner made cleaning and disinfection procedures simple and efficient to perform and, during the appointment, they felt reassured by being able to show the disposable sleeve to the patient.
Scanning the patient with an intraoral scanner can help remotely monitor their condition or treatment progress, while on-screen real-time images help engage the patient and convince them to accept treatment. Before and after the appointment, it is possible to work on the patient’s personalized treatment plans by consulting his documentation in real time.
For the patient, this means minimizing the time for sessions and fewer appointments, while digital treatment files can be emailed directly to the patient, with a telephone or email follow-up conversation. It is therefore possible to share them directly with the laboratory – during or immediately after the patient consultation – which not only saves time, but also avoids possible cross-contamination by reducing the number of appointments.