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E40: Knowing When and What Technologies to Utilize in Your House Call Practice

This week I wanted to share my thoughts on digital dentistry and using technology in my house call practice. Before we dive in, I want to thank you for your understanding and patience during my recent absence due to the loss of my grandmother. It meant a lot to me! Now, onto this week's question about whether or not I use digital dentistry in my practice. The short answer is no, I do not use a digital scanner. While I have considered it and even tried it out for a trial period, I have found that it is not currently necessary for my practice.

While scanners are great for fixed or Invisalign services, they are clunky to lug around for house calls, and my practice doesn't offer fixed services anyway. Even for Invisalign, I have had success with traditional PVS impressions. Additionally, many of my patients are not able to cooperate with digital impressions due to their cognitive level, and I find that traditional impressions work just fine in these cases. That being said, I do use some pretty cool portable technology and equipment in my practice, including a portable dental unit and a portable digital radiography system.

Ultimately, while technology can be great, what's most important is providing quality care to our patients. Patients don't care about the specific technology we use as long as they receive good care. Thank you so much for reaching out with your question. I always love hearing from my listeners. If you have any more questions or feedback, feel free to reach out to me at

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