Combining Intraoral Scans, CBCTs and Face Scans: The Virtual Patient
The Virtual Patient is a topic that has been discussed for years now in dentistry: true-to-life representation of the anatomical structures of the face, teeth and bones which could help dentists plan therapy.
Furthermore, one of the main aspects and goals of this representation is making the treatment clearly understandable for patients who would then feel more trustful towards their clinician.
After many years of research, product development and several methods of acquisition put in place by different companies and institutions, the Virtual Patient is here and any dental clinic can implement a fully digital workflow which will improve the performances, real and perceived quality of their work.
A very interesting article submitted on PubMed (link) explains how and why the Virtual Patient can revolutionize the dental world, like the advent of implants did just a few decades ago.