What Is Digital Dentistry?

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With technology continuously changing and advancing, dental offices are converting their practices to 3D printing techniques and straying away from traditional dentistry. Digital dentistry is any kind of dental equipment or technology that utilizes any form of computer-based components rather than older electronic or mechanical approaches.

Here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, our office is fully equipped with the latest technologies and advancements which provide our specialists and patients with many advantages. We believe understanding the innovative changes not only helps our practice, but helps keeps our patients educated on their dental care, treatment options and overall experience in our office.

What Are Digital Dentistry Technologies?

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Dental offices that have “gone digital” are fully equipped with an array of cutting-edge dental technologies. The new digital dental technologies provide many advantages to dental techniques compared to traditional dentistry. There are several technologies to choose from. Just to name a few, here are some options:

  • CAD/CAM restorations. This technology helps improve the creation of restorations digitally, especially dental prostheses.  
  • Digital radiography. This form of x-ray imaging involves digital x-ray sensors rather than traditional photographic films.
  • Computerized case presentations. This provides a clear and precise image of the patients case.  
  • Digital impressions. With this method, specialists are able to produce virtual, computer-guided model of the hard and soft tissue.


In the dental lab there is a lot of pressure to deliver precise and good-quality products efficiently  and at low costs. This is where digital dentistry can help. Your patients and practice will benefit greatly with the use of the highly advanced 3D intraoral scanner. The 3D intraoral scanner takes 3D images of the teeth and gums, without the hassle of traditional impression materials. Now with one 3D scan, you can send the results immediately to the lab for instant access.

What Are The Advantages For Dentists?  

A fully digitalized practice provides several advantages for dentists. Utilizing the advanced, leading-edge technologies digital dentistry has to offer improves the efficiency and precision of procedures. For a dentist, the advantage of taking a digital impression using a 3D intraoral scanner is that the process itself only takes a few minutes and it provides an immediate and  precise 3D impression with detailed information about the patient’s teeth.

Since the impression is digital, the dentist is able fully few the image and zoom in or out of the image. They are also able to send the image directly to the lab for instant access. This allows the lab to detect any complications upfront and provide the necessary feedback to ensure a successful restoration, which speeds up the manufacturing process.

What Are The Advantages For Patients?

For patients, the use of 3D printing also benefits them as it provides a much more comfortable and convenient dental experience when taking digital impressions. They offer patients with a higher quality care, by producing precise and repeatable treatments simpler for specialists to perform, and more affordable to provide.

Traditional impressions involve bad-tasting impression materials inside the patient’s mouth for what seems like forever. This process can be very uncomfortable and, in some cases, can activate the gag reflex. The intraoral scanner only takes a few minutes of the patient’s time and is much more comfortable. The digital images also provides the patients with a clearer image of their case.

In-House 3D Imaging At Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry!

Here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, our office is up-to-date with the latest digital dental technologies. We offer low radiation digital x-rays that make the procedures we perform safer, more comfortable, and precise when evaluating our patient’s oral health. Our main focus is comfort and professionalism when it comes to treating our patients, which is why we chose to use low radiation digital x-rays.

To schedule your complimentary consultation, call (212) 581-1091.