Today I want to share with you how we took our new graduate, Dr Liam Dury, who joined our practice with no prior CAD/CAM experience to where he is comfortable making perfectly fitting, single visit crowns in less than one week.
There are many times dentists have come to our clinic or training courses with no prior experience in CAD/CAM or Digital Dentistry. Although the systems are now mainstream and the benefits are obvious, they have not had the opportunity to practice and utilise this technology. As a dentist you may worry without adequate training these machines will sit in the corner gathering dust and feel the investment is wasted.
This has become even more obvious when we recently hired a new associate with close to 5 years of dental experience but absolutely no experience in digital dentistry, but more on that later.
When I was going through dental school I was lucky to have a father, Dr Hamid, who was practising digital dentistry and an early adopter of CAD/CAM. This made me realise early on in my career that there was more to dentistry than what was being taught in university, and that dental school while providing you with the foundations, did not set you up to excel in digital dentistry.
On top of that many of the courses out there are run by companies with conflicting interests and always claim their system is the best. So you don't know who's opinion to trust. This was the main reason we developed our own digital dentistry courses to give dentists the hard truths without worrying about offending the company sponsoring the training.
For the past 10 years, Dr Hamid was forced to learn CAD/CAM by perseverance, trial and error and attending multiple courses both local and international. Back when he started, the technology was so new this meant that practically no training was available and information was scarce.
Fast forward to today, at our clinic all five of our other associate dentists now have a strong grasp of CAD/CAM and use it daily to produce great results and experiences for our patients. Dr Liam, the newly hired associate, picked up some key skills within 3 days of training with us and is now comfortable enough in the digital workflow that he provided a patient with a perfect fitting and well produced single visit CAD/CAM crown.
Watch Dr Liam Make a CEREC Crown After Only 3 Days of Training:
It is truly remarkable watching Dr Liam adopt CAD/CAM so quickly and so well considering he had no prior experience with it. No doubt this is a testament to his own dedication and desire to learn. It also shows how user friendly CAD/CAM systems have become compared to when we started 10 years ago.
What has become obvious to us over time is the lack of training available. Especially objective training not tied to a manufacturer or sales company. This was the main reason we developed our own digital dentistry courses to give dentists the hard truths without worrying about offending the company sponsoring the training.
For our International readers, keep an eye out as we will be releasing online training and webinars in the upcoming months that will help clinicians learn and master the many aspects of digital dentistry and help make you more confident and proficient in this ever-growing branch of dentistry.
For those in New Zealand, Australia or those open to traveling abroad, our
Introduction to CAD/CAM course is coming up March 2019, held in New Zealand.
In this course we focus on hands-on training using the latest CAD/CAM systems including CEREC Omnicam, 3Shape TRIOS and Planmeca Emerald. These are all machines we own and use daily in our practice.
In this course you will:
We have had great feedback from previous course attendees and everyone that has come through the course has walked out feeling more confident with the workflow, with many going on to purchase their own CAD/CAM systems.
This is exactly why we started these courses.
So if you are considering kick-starting your digital dentistry journey in 2019 enroll to the Introduction to CAD/CAM Dentistry: Scan. Design. Mill. course today!
Two Days of Hands-On Training verified for 18 Hours CPD by the NZDA.
Or get in touch with any questions you have about the course.
CAD/CAM is the Future of Restorative Dentistry:
Don't get stuck in an analogue dentistry past and fall behind other dentists adopting digital in their practice.
You no longer have to keep taking messy impressions that are uncomfortable for your patients. Nor using time-consuming labs that are using the same technology that you could be utilising in-house.