Embracing the Future: Why Now is the Time to Implement 3D Printing in Your Dental Practice

Many dentists may look at a continuing education class about 3D printing and find a dubious list of reasons not to attend: disruption to their practice schedule, cost concerns or simply preferring the consistency of traditional methods. As an experienced dentist and an advocate of the integration of technology into dentistry, allow me to address these concerns and emphasize why diving into 3D printing is a worthwhile endeavor.

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Firstly, the pandemic taught us that adaptability is crucial to the continuity and growth of any practice and underlined the importance of having in-practice, digital solutions. Traditional dental labs were closed or running at reduced capacity for months, causing significant delays. Many labs struggled to keep up with the staffing needed to provide that demand with quality. 

In dynamic times, in-house 3D printing capabilities become a game-changer, ensuring the seamless delivery of dental appliances and maintaining the flow of business in spite of external factors.

The initial financial input for a 3D printing course and technology may seem steep. However, consider this: the investment allows increased flexibility and also significantly reduces reliance on external labs. This reduction can lead to considerable savings in the long run, making the technology pay for itself over time. And let’s not forget the marketing value- offering state-of-the-art, quicker turnovers for custom dental appliances can attract patients looking for cutting-edge services.

Some colleagues may argue their patient base won’t appreciate digitally-produced appliances. However, the medical field is rapidly becoming digitized, and patients are increasingly seeking care providers who use the latest technology. Moreover, 3D printing enables us to offer a faster, more personalized service, often with better-fitting, high-quality appliances. Who wouldn’t appreciate that?

A common concern regarding 3D printing is the steep learning curve. It’s true; any new technology requires some level of investment in time and resources for training. Yet, isn’t that what we committed to when we chose a career in health care? And, if that’s not what you want to do at this point in your career, I bet you can find a trusted team member who can get your practice over the learning curve.  The ability to adapt to the evolving landscape of medicine is what sets successful practices apart from the run-of-the-mill. And with training resources more readily available than ever, overcoming this hurdle has never been easier.

Lastly, let’s talk about the disruption to your practice. Yes, attending a class could result in a slight interruption. But isn’t that a small price for a bigger reward? With the right planning, we can mitigate the effects on our schedule and give ourselves the gift of better serving our patients in the future.

Taking a stepping stone towards 3D printing might appear challenging initially. However, the long-term benefits it brings are worth every ounce of effort and financial input. 

Be it reducing lab costs, offering a unique selling proposition, or safeguarding against unforeseen circumstances like the recent pandemic, 3D printing is a powerful tool in the modern dentist’s arsenal. Instead of seeing it as a disruption, consider it an investment in your practice’s future.

As we navigate the fast-evolving landscape of dentistry, the ability to adapt and incorporate new technologies is of immense importance. Embrace 3D printing; it’s a step towards creating a future-proof, efficient, and cutting-edge practice. Now is the time to sign up for a class and start the journey of mastering this innovative technology.

If you feel like you’ve missed the boat on big advances in the past, this is your chance to be on the ground floor of an unprecedented opportunity before most dentists understand just how impactful it can be.

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