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Three ways 3Shape helps us to improve our patient care

Are you considering purchasing an intraoral scanner? As an intraoral scanner maker, 3Shape would be happy to provide you with reasons to buy one. But instead, we decided to ask digital dentistry expert, Dr. Alan Jurim. We asked him to give you three ways digital technology helps him to improve patient care.

Dr. Jurim is not only a leading practitioner, but he is also the Director of Digital Dentistry at Touro College of Dental Medicine, and founder of the CADpro Academy. When it comes to digital pathways, Dr. Jurim leads the charge.

Can you name three ways that digital technology helps you to improve your patient care?

Dr. Alan Jurim: “Number one, I would start with communication. Communication through visualization. We are now able to communicate onscreen with the patient in real time. This not only benefits us in terms of explaining certain treatments, but it also enhances understanding and creates transparency for the patient. It make it easier for them to decide on having a treatment. So, visualization is a huge win.

You can add to that, 3Shape technology also helps us to communicate better with our treatment partners, from labs to the brands providing a treatment. Throughout the workflow, we can monitor onscreen what each other is doing, instantly send files back and forth, and importantly, not have to ship plaster models.


Number two of course, is how your software enables us to create restorations. 3Shape solutions allow us to predictably plan and produce restorations as well as provide same day restorations. This is powerful.

For example, software like 3Shape Implant Studio enables us to include all the data sets we need for our treatment planning. Because of it, we can stay digital throughout the treatment planning and our data remains consistent throughout the entire workflow.

With digital, we have all that information, the IO and CBCT scans, available to us when planning and designing a case. Digital pathways enable us to transform the restorative process so that it is more comprehensive from start to finish.


The third way you help us is to monitor our patients’ oral situation. At our practice, every patient gets a base scan. We have a digital record of their oral situation from day one.

Now, by using TRIOS Patient Monitoring, we can compare their scans taken over time.

It is extremely beneficial for the patient to see their scans and evaluate for themselves what is happening in their mouth.

It’s one thing for me, as a dentist, to talk to the patient about their care and/or about their oral health routine, but when we see it up on the screen together, it becomes a very powerful tool for both the patients and the team.

As dentists, we are always looking for ways to engage and empower our patients’ decision-making.

I think that our ability to share information using Patient Monitoring makes it clearer for them. They better understand their situation and it enhances the whole treatment and the process leading up to treatment. It’s a win-win for the office when we, as professionals, can gain better insight. But it’s also equally important to be able to share that insight with patients.

About Dr. Alan Jurim

Dr. Alan Jurim focuses his time in private dental practice, his digital dental lab, and teaching. His office, integratedDENTAL, has been internationally featured as the model for innovative digital treatments and recognized with membership in the prestigious Leading Dental Centers of the World association. Dr. Jurim personally oversees all aspects of CAD/CAM dentistry and his strong clinical, engineering, and laboratory credentials afford him a unique skillset to provide helpful one-on-one counseling for other dentists on how to integrate state-of-the-art CAD/CAM techniques into their practice.

Dr. Jurim is also highly committed to teaching the practice of digital dentistry to his colleagues. He is the Director of Digital Dentistry at Touro College of Dental Medicine and has founded the CADpro Academy and CADpro Systems Group to further this goal. Dr. Jurim was awarded with receiving the “Best 40 Dentists Under 40” as voted by his peers.

Dr. Alan Jurim received his dual degree in Computer Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute prior to graduating from New York University’s College of Dentistry and North Shore University Hospital’s general practice residency. Dr. Alan Jurim is a member of the American Dental Association and is a highly sought-out speaker lecturing internationally on digital photography, digital dentistry, CAD/CAM technologies, cosmetic case planning, and complex reconstructive dental treatments. He is a pioneer in digital dentistry, and as such serves as a key opinion leader at Henry Schein and on the global advisory board for 3Shape A/S.

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