May 21, 2021: Arnold Zimmer , a San Jose dentist, prepped a tooth on a patient in Fargo South Dakota. By means of tele-dentistry techniques Dr. Zimmer used 3D images of the patient, including bones, teeth and soft tissue integrated into a virtual patient simulation transmitted to his office in California over the Internet. He transmitted his telepresence image back to the clinic in Fargo to talk with the patient and inevitably to ask him to open his mouth.

With Augmented Reality Glasses to guide him Dr. Zimmer slipped his hands into a pair of cyber gloves in San Jose to guide the digital laser handpiece connected to a surgical robot at the other end in Fargo. He used real time 3D images of the tooth prep including patient vitals off to the side and a shadow image of the pulp below the surface to help guide the prep.

The image of the prepped tooth was than transmitted to an artificial intelligence driven online system to design the restoration. The design process took 12 minutes. A master technician in Bern Switzerland then reviewed the design and checked it off in one minute. The design was whisked back to a 3D printer in Fargo to create the restoration.

Dentists and lab techs in Fargo could not be reached for comment.

3D images, virtual patient integration, telepresence robots, 3D goggles, surgical robots, augmented reality, digital impressions and 3D printers all exist right now. 

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Not only does ePayments Secure help office staff manage their daily tasks more efficiently, patients benefit from the convenience, too. ePayments Secure lets practices accept all the latest payment methods, such as chip debit/credit cards, Apple, Google and Samsung Pay. Practices can add Online Pay directly their websites, so customers can to pay anywhere and anytime for even more flexibility.

Source: PRESS RELEASE: ePayments Secure Automatically Handles Payments for More Efficient Revenue Cycle Management – Carestream Dental Media Room

Every dentist should provide online payments.

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From VICE:

It’s yet another example of how in the modern era, you increasingly don’t actually own the things you’ve spent your hard-earned money on.

…“Please be aware that should you continue to use the discontinued version(s), you may be at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties.”

Source: Adobe Tells Users They Can Get Sued for Using Old Versions of Photoshop – VICE

The same is true in the dental world. For example, if you purchased Dentrix (or any other pm system) you do not own your copy of Dentrix you only have a license to use it.

It is a sad fact that in the digital world you do not own anything that has a software component. That is “own” in the traditional sense that you have complete control over the owned object and can modify it or sell it as you wish. This extends well beyond software applications. It includes devices that have a software component such as a CAD CAM machine. For many of these devicers you need to have and maintain a software license. If you do not maintain the software license the device will not work. The device you may have paid six figures for becomes a useless piece of metal with out the license.

This is another version of the digital age question I have been asking for years. “Who owns the data?”

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From The Conversation:

Robots can do a lot, but people don’t necessarily accept them in those new roles. A lot depends on how easy the robot is to interact with and the patient’s own views about new technology and the emotions they’re feeling, such as fear about an upcoming medical procedure.

A human-like robot can be more acceptable – but only if it’s not too similar to a real person, because the differences can seem creepy and unsettling. That can discourage people from trusting and interacting with the robot.

Another factor is the invasiveness of the surgery. Our research investigating patients’ willingness to undergo robotic dentistry found that the complexity of the procedure matters. Two-thirds of our respondents said they would not want a robot to handle an invasive procedure like a root canal; 32% said they would decline robotic cleaning and whitening.

However, price is a factor. When patients were told a robotic procedure would cost just half as much as one done by a person, 83% said they would accept a robotic cleaning and whitening.

Source: Robotic health care is coming to a hospital near you

The article lists several robots already in use in hospitals ranging in complexity from meal delivery to surgical assistant. It is worth a click and read just for that. The interesting part is the acceptance of robots by people. As expected there is a wide spectrum of acceptance depending on what is being proposed. People fear a malfunction.

Never the less I believe we will be seeing more robots in our future.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on May 15, 2019

in Dental Art

” Left handed Molar” Another creepy dental art print. This one can be found at Seventyfree.

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.

Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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Telepresence

May 14, 2019

From Wikipedia: Telepresence refers to a set of technologies which allow a person to feel as if they were present, to give the appearance of being present, or to have an effect, via telerobotics, at a place other than their true location. Source: Telepresence – Wikipedia Teledentistry will be the next digital revolution in dentistry.

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Former dentistry employee accused of spreading fake message

May 13, 2019

An ex-employee from Downie Family Dentistry is accused of hacking into the dentistry’s phones and sending messages to customers saying the dentistry was closing due to the dentist having a drug problem. The dentist’s office says neither are true. Source: Former dentistry employee accused of spreading fake message Yikes!!! The site was “hacked”. Not really, if you read further it says […]

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Never Understimate the Power of Cosmetic Imaging

May 10, 2019

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German scientists create see-through human organs

May 9, 2019

From Reuters: Researchers in Germany have created transparent human organs using a new technology that could pave the way to print three-dimensional body parts such as kidneys for transplants. Source: German scientists create see-through human organs – Reuters If we can print a kidney I am sure we can print a tooth.

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Data Breach Report

May 9, 2019

Interesting report on data breaches here: “Managing Enterprise Risks in a Digital World”. Two interesting findings: 25% of breaches were in healthcare, the most of any industry. The largest cause of breaches was phishing, 37%. (see previous post)

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Dental Art

May 8, 2019

“Boots” Another shoes and teeth combo. These are both common and weird. 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. Previous “Dental Art” images can be found […]

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Data breach of Phoenix dental office impacts more than 7,500 patients

May 7, 2019

From Arizona News | azfamily.com: A Phoenix dental office has an ongoing breach of protected health information, Source: Data breach of Phoenix dental office impacts more than 7,500 patients | Arizona News | azfamily.com The linked article is confused. It states the breach is “ongoing”. That seems unlikely. The mitigation may be ongoing however I […]

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Phishing

May 6, 2019

From Advanced Automation: “Phishing” refers to the practice of sending emails mimicking a company to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information. Here is an example using Amazon.com. We have seen a steady increase in fraudulent Amazon emails. The scammer creates an email that looks like it is from Amazon.com telling you that you have received […]

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New Dental Plans

May 3, 2019

Gallo Dental Plan We pay no claim before its time Smith Barney Dental We work the old fashioned way Golden Rule Dental Plan He who has the gold makes the rules CIA Dental Deny deny deny Woodstock Dental Plan Paying claims just like in the 60’s

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Teledentistry

May 2, 2019

From Wikipedia: Teledentistry is the use of information technology and telecommunications for dental care, consultation,[1] education, and public awareness (compare telehealth and telemedicine). Source: Teledentistry – Wikipedia I think this is too basic. We are already doing remote diagnosis of digital radiographs and new digital diagnostic devices will continue to revolutionize how we diagnose. Patients can […]

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Wearable Device Scrubs Cancer Cells from Blood

May 2, 2019

From IEEE Spectrum: A new wearable device, tested on animals, can capture and remove tumor cells circulating in the bloodstream. With further development, the blood-filtering gadget could be used to diagnose, and perhaps treat, metastatic cancer in humans. Source: Wearable Device Scrubs Cancer Cells from Blood – IEEE Spectrum

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Dental Art

May 1, 2019

“Flouro Molar” I am not sure this was intended to be art, never the less it is visually appealing and depicts teeth in an interesting artistic manner. 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 […]

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What patients think about digital medicine

April 30, 2019

Follow the link for a very interesting survey. Accenture Survey The number one digital item patients like is a practice web page. Hmmm.    

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The true cost of customer response

April 29, 2019

More wisdom from Seth Godin, “Your call is very important to us.”If you hear that, it means someone is not just lying, but also isn’t good at arithmetic. Source: The true cost of customer response | Seth’s Blog As always with Seth read the whole thing. There is not much of a technology connection but […]

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