"Digitize – But Do It Correctly!" – 3 answers by Michael Stock
Read the exclusive interview by "Dental Digital" with Michael Stock, Sales Director. Digitalization and the "Complete Digital Workflow" have become very popular and conquer the dental industry. But how does this affect a dental technician's job? In which way do patients' expectations change? And which innovations will MANI SCHÜTZ present during this year's IDS?
MANI SCHÜTZ has been manufacturer of dental equipment and dental materials for over 50 years. The slogan of the digital MANI SCHÜTZ world is "Dentistry meets Dental Technology". We asked Michael Stock, Sales Director Schütz Dental, to explain.
What is your assessment of the changes in dental technology in today's digital world?
Digital revolution does not stop at the dental industry and it offers new prospects and options to be seized and used. CAD/CAM milling machines are "the casting machines of the present age". This brings a host of new challenges, but also many possibilities for dental technicians. A dental technician's profession will be divided into two categories in the future: On the one hand, there will be the "dental designer" who is going to be responsible for the production of frameworks with CAD software, on the other hand there will be the "aesthetician " who is going turn the framework provided by the "dental designer" into a highly aesthetic restoration.
"Aesthetics" is a current buzzword: What are patients going to demand in the future?
In the future, aesthetics will become even more of a focal point in dentistry. Discerning and informed patients expect that dentists and dental technicians communicate with them. In my mind, such communication should include the determination of tooth shades, giving detailed information and even showing the patients how their restorations are created. In order to meet these expectations, dentists and dental technicians need patient-related CAD/CAM concepts which help them display each step of the procedure. It starts at the dental practice, with an intraoral scan and the function analysis with the zebris system. The real jaw movements of the patient are recorded and digitally implemented.
Which innovations will MANI SCHÜTZ present at the IDS?
Real Movement will give dental technicians another option besides the use of an articulator: A virtual simulator for mandibular movements will provide data which can be implemented in a dynamic antagonist model. Next, the resulting multidimensional model is produced of polyurethane with a milling system or a 3D printer. This model serves as a perfect basis for the "aesthetician" to veneer the top quality dental restoration. Such a procedure reduces the necessity of using an articulator.
Beyond this brandnew and unique technology, MANI SCHÜTZ will present at their booth G10/H19 in hall 10.1 the combined tactile and optical Renishaw Dental Scanner, which presents a solution for telescopic restorations that is ideally adapted for dental technology. Dentists and dental technicians benefit from outstanding aesthetic results for their patients. This scanner complements the function-oriented, reproducible complete digital workflow which consists of CBCT, 3D implant navigation, Tizian Creativ RT CAD software and Tizian milling machines (Tizian Cut 5 series), not to mention the necessary top quality consumables. As a partner of dentists and dental technicians who are digitally innovative in their thinking, MANI SCHÜTZ develops new markets with the help of future-oriented solutions. Thus, we cater to the latest trends to be found at the IDS which, in my opinion, will be intraoral scanning, Real Movement and holistic dentistry.