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Smart dentistry: digital practice and laboratories in focus at International Dental Show 2013

Digital technologies in use in the dental practice and laboratory - new CAD/CAM processes - modern software for networking and work processes - some of the main themes at IDS


July 10, 2012
by Oral Health

Its presence in the media, the expectations of patients, and not least its record of success in the dental practice and laboratory demonstrate that there is now no avoiding digital technology in the world of dentistry. Information about CAD/CAM systems and intra-oral scanners fill whole special editions in the dental press. Beyond treatment-related applications, software for accounting, purchasing and documentation is also gaining in importance. And ever since dentists have been legally required to practice systematic quality management, computer supported solutions have been more and more in demand in that area as well. There is already brisk competition in the relatively young digital marketplace. Many companies are therefore continually increasing their efforts when it comes to development — especially in this sector. As a result, large numbers of innovations, new programs and more effective interfaces are keeping the area of digital technology on the move. In order not to lose an overview of the fast pace of development, it is essential to establish direct contact to the manufacturers and their products — and that is most easily achieved at the world’s leading and biggest dental medicine and dental technology trade fair, the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne.

Those who are interested in the many new developments in this sector would be well advised to consult directly and personally with the manufacturers at the IDS 2013 in Cologne. From 12th to 16th March 2013 dentists and dental technicians will be offered the unique opportunity to not only experience all the latest innovations live but also take advantage of the know how of the dental industry in extensive technical discussions.

“The fact that the future will be digital was already clear at the last IDS,” says Dr. Martin Rickert, Chairman of the VDDI. “Anyone who doesn’t want to miss out on the latest trends should talk to specialist exhibitors, experts and experienced users at the coming International Dental Show. There’s no better way to become well informed about the range of modern digital methods and the newest high-tech developments.”

IDS takes place in Cologne every two years and is organized by the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH and the commercial enterprise of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI), and staged by Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne.





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