The Age of Digital Dentistry is Here

Whether you’re talking about CAD/CAM, online marketing, digital photography, radiography, practice management software and data storage, the buzzword in dentistry now is DIGITAL.  However, with so many aspects, tools, and tasks to understand and implement it all, many dentists simply find themselves overwhelmed and either don’t try, or they implement poorly and miss out on many of the benefits, while getting frustrated with perceived negatives.  That’s where Digital Dentistry Inc comes in.

Covering More than Just Digital Photography

While the focus of this website has long been primarily digital photography, we’re in the process of expanding our subject matter to cover almost anything and everything related to digital dentistry.  We ask you to be patient and bear with us a bit, as you’ll be seeing a LOT of changes to the website structure and content in the coming months.  Some pages will be completely redone, some will disappear, others will be replaced, and whole new sections will be added.  You’ll be seeing articles by new contributors, eventually new video tutorials, and so much more.  This is a very exciting time for us, and we hope you’ll stay with us as we aim to show you how to make the age of digital dentistry much easier, stress-free, and effective.

Coming Up!

Over the next few months, we’ll be adding content on (AT LEAST!) the following subjects:

  • Social media marketing, such as Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Website design and optimization – best practices, how to find someone you can trust, etc
  • Camera reviews: what should you get these days?
  • More about Microscopes

Be Social With Us Around the Web

Besides our website, you can connect with us for more discussions and information on these other platforms:

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Digital photography will still play an important role here, though, as we believe it will only increase in importance for dentists in all areas of practice.  As always, though, the key question is: are you using digital photography EFFECTIVELY in your dental office?

Workflow for dental photography from camera to computer to using them

Digital photography is an incredible tool for communicating with your patients, your labs, your potential patients, and more.  With DSLR cameras now affordable and easier to use, more dentists are adding them to their practice, but after the photos are taken, most dentists and their team members don’t know what to do with them or how to use them effectively.  As we all know, if it’s not easy to do, it probably won’t happen, so all-to-often, dentists end up with a lot of photos that never get off their hard drive.  And that is what this website is all about.  While there are many Continuing Education courses on how to take both extraoral and intraoral photos, until now, however, I’ve never found a resource that will teach you everything you need to know for not only taking pictures, but using them effectively.

Making it Easy to Integrate Photography into Your Practice

The good news, though, is that integrating dental photography into your practice is now easier and more affordable than ever, and what’s even better than that is that the software is becoming more affordable and easier to use. It can still seem a daunting task, though, as you must decide the following (to list a few):

  1. Which camera and which accessories do you need?
  2. What software best suits your needs?
  3. How will you use the pictures in your practice?
  4. How do you teach yourself and your dental assitants and hygienists how to use the camera?
  5. How do you store and back-up your pictures?
  6. How to troubleshoot when pictures come out badly?

Ultimately it comes down to is this:

If you can’t get the pictures from the camera to using them quickly and easily, what’s the point?

Over time, I’ll be discussing the fundamentals of photography, of DSLRs, and really…..all the whats/whens/whys/hows of using digital dental photography. Follow along, feel free to comment and add your own experience, or ask questions.