In the past decade, the Art and Practice of Dentistry has undergone a fundamental transition from a labor intensive, knowledge-centric cottage industry to a capital intensive, technology-centric delivery model.
Great strides in adapting technology from other industry sectors has led to improved quality, consistency, and constancy of standards. Standardized practices have become higher standards of performance.
Variance in quality of care and quality if service has narrowed; the normal distribution curve of dental care has become increasingly skewed to the right with tighter heteroscedasticity; indicating higher quality, standardized services and products.
Through this intervention of non-human mediated process and technology improvements, gains in efficiency and effectiveness have improved and the margin of error has lessened.
Dentistry can be delivered at lower cost at better quality, a tremendous value proposition to the patient.
Yet this monumental change, this migration to the new dentistry is slow in adoption, due both to the inertial of habit, as well as the high cost of capital investment, intensive training, and process whose return is incremental.