My wife is an archaeologist. As such she has an interest in and appreciation for relics of the past which help us understand ancient historical cultures. What a treat when someone actually left an artifact from the past right on our doorstep.
XLDent has released version 14.o with enhancements to address changes in the HITECH Act among others. XLDent is the only dental management software to offer integrated e-prescription.
XLDent™ is the first Dental Practice Management system to offer INTEGRATED ePrescribing services to help you complete your electronic dental health record. In addition to the simplicity of sending prescriptions electronically, you will benefit from instant access to patient medication history lists, LexiComp’s medication database and dental specific information to help you improve patient outcomes.
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I am not sure why we are still writing prescriptions on paper. At least I can print them rather than write them out like I did BC (Before Computer). ePrescriptions seems like such an obvious next step.
“Corset” . From the Vident booth at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting a corset and necklace adorned with denture teeth.
Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.
All the Dental Art images can be found here on Pinterest.
My monthly column for “Inscriptions” is available at the link below. The topic is the Solea Hard tissue laser.
Researchers recently demonstrated a new kind of personalized heart sensor as part of an effort to change that. The researchers used images of animals’ hearts to create models of the organ using a 3-D printer. Then they built stretchy electronics on top of those models. The stretchy material can be peeled off the printed model and wrapped around the real heart for a perfect fit.
via Implants Made to Fit a Beating Heart Perfectly | MIT Technology Review.
Essentially what they are doing is what we have been doing in dentistry for decades. That is taking an impression of a body part and fabricating a customized device to fit it exactly.
In the pre-digital past we needed to take physical impressions, create physical models and fabricate physical devices with wax and metal. The digital present allows us to do the same thing with a digital scan, virtual models and devices fabricated with mills or printers.
This evokes one of my favorite high tech themes; “A horse is not merely a faster car.” A digital impression is not merely a faster alginate. A digital impression is to PVS as word processing is to typing.
What makes the heart implant so amazing is that the impression is taken with a scanning device outside the body. In theory we could have cracked the chest, enclosed the heart in alginate, poured a model and made the implant sensor like we used to make a partial denture. But of course that was impractical and foolish. Digital methods make it both possible and sensible.
The development of new methods to capture digital data that can be converted to virtual models coupled with the incredible advancements in printing* will soon lead to treatment options we cannot yet even imagine. The future is coming and it will be amazing!
*The term 3D printer is too pedestrian. It evokes images of plastic geegaws. Printing now includes metal and even biologic material.