3D dentistry from the patient’s viewpoint and its impact on medical tourism

3D dentistry from the patient’s viewpoint and its impact on medical tourism

What is 3D technology in dentistry?

3D dentistry is the new buzzword in the dental world and for good reason. This technology enables your dentist to complete otherwise lengthy dental procedures in less than an hour – saving you as a customer both valuable time and money. However, this technology is still very new and the majority of clinics and dentists are yet to employ it. But there is universal consensus that soon enough it will be the new standard in dentistry, revolutionizing the whole patient experience.

Take a simple example of a new tooth. In the traditional way, the patient has to bite down on the mold or plastic in order for the exact form to be recorded. The laboratory then receives the mold for production. Hence, it can take up to a week for the tooth to be ready. Afterwards the patient goes again to the dentist for the actual implant. 3D technology makes everything easy. Instead of the mold, the patient only needs to sit in a chair while the CBCT scanner takes digital recordings. Then, the 3D printer can print the tooth in 8 minutes in a ceramic material that is up to four times more durable than natural enamel.[1] Thus, the patient has a faster, more comfortable, safe, interactive and yes, even enjoyable, experience. So lets move on and explore this topic in more detail, from the patient perspective.

What are the advantages of 3D technology for dental patients?

Infographic on 3D dentistry
Infographic on 3D dentistry


Time saving

Probably the most important advantage for the modern busy people, time saving is definitely a key point of 3D dentistry. In fact, it can complete a new tooth in eight minutes and a dental bridge in 20-30 minutes. In comparison, a dental bridge made in the traditional way takes at least two visits to the dentists, each about one hour and a half. Furthermore, having this technology means that there is no need to go to an external party for a CT. Hence, you can do everything in one place.  Thus, 3D dentistry is connected to another concept: one-session dentistry. This means that all the necessary steps are done in a single dentist visit, sparing you time, money, nervousness and discomfort.

Durable materials

The materials used in 3D dentistry are 100% bio-compatible with the teeth, bone and gum. Moreover, they don’t irritate the adjacent tissues. In addition, they are very durable, an important aspect when it comes to the long-term effects of this technology. In fact, the ceramic used is up to four times more resistant than the natural tooth enamel.

Lower price

While the initial investments in dental 3D technology are substantial, in the range of 100.000-150.000 dollars, the results are well worth the price. The technology allows the dentist to have much lower costs, which translates into lower prices for you. In addition, it eliminates middlemen such as imaging centers, which again saves you money.

Higher precision and superior quality

3D dentistry is unrivaled when it comes to accuracy and results. It also solves the problem of 2D scans which cannot differentiate between a considerable number of tissue types. Furthermore, it allows more in-depth imaging and also provides much greater detail through the CBCT machines’ enhanced zoom capacities. In fact, the machines can zoom in so much that the dentist can set them to scan only one tooth root. Another important advantage of 3D dentistry is that it can scan soft tissue, addressing the need to have technology capable of passing through gums. In addition, it can also assess bone quality and generate hundreds of images in just one scan.

Minimal radiation exposure

In comparison to traditional scanning technology, 3D dentistry can reduce up to 98.5 % of the radiation [2].

Higher comfort

The machine can easily create digital impressions without the need to bite down on the infamous mold or plastic. In fact, you don’t have to do anything other than sitting on the chair and letting the CBCT machine do its work. This advantage is particularly important for children and people with sensitive teeth and gums. Fore more information you can visit https://www.arizonafamilydental.com/blog/benefits-3d-dentistry-cbct-machines/

How is 3D technology connected to dental implants?

Currently, 3D technology in dentistry is used for dental implants, cosmetic and restoration procedures and orthodontics. It is particularly advantageous in dental implants, as it offers the possibility to customize the services to best fit the needs of the patient. Moreover, since the dentist does all the analyses in one place, he can place dental implants in only one session. Lastly, it tremendously helps with accuracy in determining the correct placement.

How does 3D technology impact medical travel?

3D technology is a key element that medical tourists should look for in the clinic of choice. Firstly, as mentioned above, it is connected to the concept of one-session dentistry. That means that medical tourists can spend less time abroad, or respectively they can spend it in a more pleasant way than the dental clinic. In addition, since 3D technology is both innovative, new and expensive, it also signals success and quality. Lastly, medical tourists should seek such clinics for the reasons mentioned above: lower costs, higher quality, comfort, safety and durability.

3D dentistry in Cluj-Napoca at D’Institute

Our medical travel company collaborates on the dental procedures department with D’Institute, a clinic for which technology and especially 3D dentistry are at the forefront of its activity. In addition, they have the newest CBCT scanner and their experience with medical tourists means that they know the value of one-session dentistry. Furthermore, the fact that the dentists working there are early adopters of technology means that they have good expertise with it. You can read more about the clinic in this article: https://www.transylvania-surgery.com/cherry-services/dental-services/

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