Chateau Wiltz, 22. January 2021
Digitization in dentistry
Not a hype, but a guarantee for future security
Digitization in dentistry is not a hype or a temporary phenomenon. Rather, it is increasingly penetrating dental practices and dental clinics and faculties. The speed at which digitization is transforming processes, but also the organization, has the potential to revolutionize the future of dentistry.
The digitalization progress has picked up in speed in the last three years and will radically change the world of dentists and their patients within this decade. It will become more modern, more flexible and, above all, more stringently organized and plannable. Dentists who have so far resisted digitization must be careful not to miss the digital turn. They run the risk of patients turning away from them, thus reducing their income and the value of their tangible and intangible capital.
According to a (non-representative) survey conducted by two students for their master’s thesis, most of the patients are convinced that new digital technologies will make adult oral and dental health better and easier to monitor. Those who wait too long now to adopt new digital dentistry procedures and integrate them into their treatments, they say, run the risk of being massively left behind.
What are the benefits of digital dentistry? Surveys cite five primary reasons:
- digital workflow reduces the number of steps compared to traditional treatment. This saves the dentist time. The simplification of the entire workflow also reduces stress and the risk of errors.
- Continuous technical advances and better software increase acceptance by both the dentist and the patient. They also make digital technology affordable.
- simple digitization options effectively support practice management, such as paperless administration. This is associated with greater process security, while at the same time lowering costs and being more environmentally friendly.
- digital patient information is of lasting benefit to both the practitioner and the patient. It is multimedia-based, comprehensive, to the point and ensures a high degree of legal certainty.
- Finally, digitization offers dental practices clear differentiation and competitive advantages that set them apart from the competition. A digitized practice stands for innovation, quality, and future prospects.