Dental Mill Ensures Improved Customer Treatment
Gram Dental Clinic | DK
Gram Dental Clinic has upgraded its equipment through the purchase of a wet dental mill. The owner of the clinic is a bit of a nerd when it comes to technology and has tried out various technological innovations over the years. Most of them have ended up in the attic, but the wet dental mill has made an impact on the clinic‘s day-to-day operations.
It is the combination of working with one’s hands and applying technology and expertise that holds such fascination. It is these elements which are often highlighted when dentists talk about why they chose a career working with teeth, and it is this same expertise which matters to the owner of the Gram Dental Clinic.
Peter Boch employs 12 members of staff at the clinic, which is situated in southern Denmark between Ribe and Vojens. The clinic provides comprehensive treatment for its patients, and also employs a specialist dentist. The clinic provides dental care for 900 young people from Haderslev Municipality.
In Peter Boch’s opinion the clinic is perfectly situated, given that the next closest dentists are a good distance away, but at the same time there’s a long way to the nearest dental laboratory when dental restorations need to be prepared.
Curiosity is the clinic’s driving force
Over the years Peter Boch has purchased a great deal of new equipment for the clinic. Both equipment that was essential for day-to-day operations, and new technology. ”It is important for my work as a dentist that I am curious and that I aspire to try out new things. Thanks to this, dentistry never gets boring for me, and I continue to develop as a dentist,” he says.
Naturally, Peter Boch has bought his fair share of junk over the years, and a lot of it has ended up in the attic without being used for terribly long. But he enjoys trying out new technology and putting the equipment through its paces.
”I had my eye on some of the earliest versions of Cerec. You really had to be a bit of a computer nerd to get it to work. On top of that, the materials used in the early models weren’t particularly good,” says Peter Boch. However, he has never been in doubt that technology would one day prove important to the clinic.
Less wasted time
Three years ago Peter Boch began to look into purchasing a Trios scanner for the clinic. One of the central factors in this decision was that it used an open system which could be combined with a dental mill according to one’s particular requirements. Initially Peter Boch was only in the market for a scanner, but he soon saw the potential for improving treatment at the clinic via the purchase of a dental mill.
”We live in a small town, a long way from the nearest dental laboratory, and we have to get our impressions down to the post office by 10 o’clock if they are to be sent off by post the following day, and sometimes it has been necessary for one of our staff to take the impression in person,” says Peter Boch. Instead of these difficult transport arrangements Peter Boch chose a solution whereby the scanner is linked to a Roland DG wet dental mill.
He fell for this particular dental mill because it also utilises an open system which can be linked to equipment supplied by other manufacturers. In addition to that, after an initial learning period, the system is straightforward to use.
The clinic purchased the dental mill two years ago and now uses it on a weekly basis. ”For the first six months we didn’t actually use it very much. There was an initial learning curve, but on a mental level you also need to get used to the idea of having new options and to proposing the treatment to your patients,” says Peter Boch.
Today the biggest problem the clinic has is that its dental student no longer gets to make moulds and practice this skill now that everything is scanned and sent to the dental mill or a dental laboratory. ”The system itself is easy to use and the dental mill is simple to operate. The only requirement is that you, the dentist, possess a good capacity for understanding when you are sat at the screen working with the image,” says Peter Boch.
It is the patients who feel the difference the new technology has made at the clinic. Previously patients had to be fitted with an emergency crown and take repeated time off work in order to have a crown or a bridge made. Now, instead, they can sit in the waiting room and read or work. The scan is typically carried out in the morning and the crown is fitted in the afternoon of the same day.
- The Gram Dental Clinic is owned by Peter Boch.
- He qualified as a dentist in 1988 and has been associated with the clinic since 1989.
- Peter Boch took over management of the clinic as sole proprietor in 2004.
- The clinic has 12 members of staff, of which five are dentists.
- There is a waiting period of several months to be accepted as a new patient at the clinic.
By Jon Holm-Pedersen
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