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Top 5 Digital Dentistry Trends 2023

Rune Fisker

Senior Vice President for Product Strategy

3Shape

Digitalization is rapidly changing dentistry. I believe these will be the key digital trends for 2023:

#1 Intraoral scanners driving digital dentistry

The adoption of intraoral scanners by dentists and labs, grew at an extremely fast pace last year. It will continue its climb in 2023. Intraoral scanner (IOS) penetration in the USA is now over 50% according to the ADA with mature global markets showing similar penetration.

 

In fact, with 3Shape’s TRIOS intraoral scanner, last year we saw the number of TRIOS cases grow by 66%. Every two seconds around the world a case is scanned with a TRIOS. In particular, we see a major pickup in IOS usage for full and partial denture workflows.

 

Future IOS usage will continue to go far beyond digital impressions just replacing analog impressions. IOSs are transforming the way we work.

 

#2 3D printing material revolution

Along with intraoral scanners, 3D printers are the hottest equipment in the digital category. The true game changer though, is 3D printing material. Every month, we see new and improved dental materials released.

In 2023, 100% 3D printed final dentures will become commonplace and most likely, disrupt the removable market. Also, 3D printed final crowns are beginning to pop up in early-adopter dental practices. Eventually, all indications will have the potential to be 3D printed – a core question is how many clinics will buy 3D printers and what will they choose to print?

#3 AI everywhere

In 2023, artificial intelligence will become a reality for most clinics and labs. AI innovation skyrocketed in 2022 and the trend is not slowing down.

Right now, everything from intraoral scanners to CAD design software  makes use of AI applications. New and exciting applications of AI in X-ray analysis and diagnostics are being developed across the healthcare industry. AI will continue to change the way we practice dentistry, and the way we live.

#4 A hyper-connected world

The digital wave is driving dentistry to become an ecosystem of interconnected software, devices, and sensors. Standalone systems may find themselves standing very alone by year’s end.

This paradigm (also called the Internet of Things, or IoT) is set to become the driver of the digital clinic. In 2023, a growing number of devices and software in the clinic will be interconnected with the Practice Management Software (PMS) serving as the host.

#5 Meet your digital twin

Digital twins – the virtual simulation of real-world objects or persons - will be another major tech trend in 2023. In dentistry, building a digital twin of a patient can mean combining the inputs from many different devices, sensors, and software.

This combined data will allow us to diagnose, plan and treat patients at a completely new level – particularly when adding in AI. I believe that we will use the digital twin for every treatment with the PMS serving as the link to all devices and software.

Have you tried TRIOS yet?

About Rune Fisker

Rune Fisker

Senior Vice President for Product Strategy

3Shape

Rune Fisker, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy, was 3Shape’s very first employee. He has and continues to play an integral role in the development of innovative 3Shape solutions. Rune’s vision is that the 3Shape open ecosystem, driven by our technology, will continue to enable dental professionals to deliver esthetic and predictable dentistry for better patient care. Rune holds a Ph.D. from Denmark’s Technical University and is a globally renowned lecturer on digital dentistry.

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