Owner Stephen Green Dental Studio, Nottingham.
Stephen started his business in 1988 and recently moved to new premises with a training facility called ‘Digital aCADemy’.
“How we produce as a dental manufacturer is very different from the methods we used a decade ago. We now produce almost 100% of our work through a variety of digital workflows. There’s the option of sending work to us through DDX or Sirona Connect, both digital portals, or we have a courier service which collects analogue impressions.
I try to help clients to understand digital dentistry – many are unaware of the way we manufacture restorations or the vast range of new materials out there. I work closely with Henry Schein’s Connect Dental team to ensure I’m kept up to date with the latest technologies.
In the laboratory, we work with strong, superior, translucent ceramic materials such as Zirlux® FC2, VITA Suprinity® or IPS e.max®, which not only provide the patient with a perfect, natural looking restoration, but allow the dentist to be more conservative in their tooth preparation, saving them time and valuable tooth substance.
Since converting to CADCAM, the improvements to the workflow generated through the use of digital impressions are impressive. We now see a more streamlined and quicker production cycle. We offer a next day service on restorations that are produced from digital impressions and ‘quick finish’ materials being returned within 24 hours to the practice. The dentist sees an improvement to their workflow closing cases earlier than previously expected, and the patient no longer has the inconvenience of having to wait too long for their final restoration.
I have seen large improvements in the way we communicate with the dentists since we’ve ‘gone digital’. It’s now very easy to show an on-screen image of the design for a restoration or the margin on a preparation that may be deficient, particularly when scanned and magnified on-screen. We can now make informed decisions much quicker than before.
In the laboratory, CADCAM systems now have automated scanners that give a very accurate scan in a few minutes, providing the opportunity of processing work much more efficiently.
I’ve never regretted the digital path I’ve taken. As well as the financial rewards, my staff are equally excited about what we do. Perhaps the greatest satisfaction is leaving the office knowing the milling machines.”