What Does Digital Mean?

In the most literal sense, to digitize something means to turn it into digits or numbers. In a more practical sense, it means turning something into the electronic language a computer can understand.

Digital information can be many things including words, numbers, photos, x-rays, sounds, movies or even solid objects (like teeth).

Once an item is digitized, there are three very significant things you can do with it. You can store transmit and manipulate or enhance it using a computer or a computer network; in other words, you can take a digital impression and store it on a server it does not get lost taking up space on a closet shelf. You can transmit it to a lab instantly, no boxes and FedEx trucks needed. And you can design a crown onscreen with no wax and Bunsen burner.

In the very near future, we will be able to eliminate plaster models and use a virtual model for all our diagnostic treatment planning and documentation needs. The virtual model can be manipulated on screen to view the teeth from any direction and treatment options are easy to simulate.

In today’s practice, what does digital mean to you?

Author: Larry Emmott, D.D.S.

Recognized as a leading dental high tech authority in the country and with over thirty years of experience as a practicing general dentist, Dr. Larry Emmott’s mission is to help dentists make good technology choices. He is also known as one of the most entertaining speakers in dentistry, with fast-paced, engaging seminars that will have you laughing while you are learning. He has addressed hundreds of professional groups, has been a featured speaker at every major US dental meeting. Since 2003 he has led an annual three day CE adventure course “Technology on the Rocks” in Sedona Arizona. He has written three books on using technology in the dental office; and is a featured contributor to the new ADA book “Expert Business Strategies”. He has contributed hundreds of articles to dental publications; he has been a pioneer in online publishing with his blog EmmottonTechnology.com and has been recognized as one of the top ten dentists in social media. Contact Information E-mail larryemmott@drlarryemmott.com Address 1912 E. Medlock Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85016 Phone 866-500-4085 Blog http://www.emmottontechnology.com

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