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With hardware and software design directly linked, Planmeca practices can achieve full digitalization

Tetsuya Shimabuku, Planmeca core equipment product manager, demonstrates the customizable floor-plan view in the Planmeca Romexis clinical-management module, during the 2016 Greater New York Dental Meeting. (Photo: Robert Selleck, DTA)
Robert Selleck, DTA

Robert Selleck, DTA

Thu. 1 December 2016


NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: If you’re feeling like the complete digitization of dental practices is as elusive as the paperless office, think again. At the Greater New York Dental Meeting, Planmeca had a full dental practice on display, with all of the equipment as well as the office- and clinical-management systems linked across a common software platform: Planmeca Romexis.

“I like to call it ‘practice Planmeca,’” said Planmeca Director of Marketing Dmitry Edelchik, during an interview conducted at the meeting. “What we’re doing with software is amazing. … But we’re a hardware company as much as we are a software company.”

And with more than 200,000 worldwide users of Planmeca Romexis software, that’s saying a lot. The unique business model enables the company to offer dental professionals a complete line of dentistry’s most essential and advanced tools and other hardware all linked via clinical-management software.

The integration enables dental professionals to skip the frustration that comes with dealing with multiple systems throughout a practice or even within a single operatory. When your dental chair, intraoral scanner, milling unit and X-ray system speak the same language, powerful efficiencies are achieved — not just in the operatory, but across the entire scope of the business.

“It’s one of a kind,” said Tetsuya Shimabuku, Planmeca core equipment product manager. “It’s really what ties all of these high-technology products together. Looking at your equipment becomes a very different experience.”

Shimabuku demonstrated the point with the Planmeca Romexis clinical-management module. He pulled up the floor-plan view on the monitor on the central console in the booth’s operatory. The floor plan can be customized based on what equipment a practice has and where it’s located. That means that with a click on the picture representing a particular machine or tool, you’re able to see how much it’s being used, if and where it’s being used and when scheduled cleanings or other maintenance is due. Better yet, if you’re not checking on things yourself, email prompts triggered by the system’s own monitoring will automatically notify you when maintenance is due based on hours of use or other parameters.

“It’s opening the door to a whole new way of practicing dentistry,” Shimabuku said of the software’s direct integration with virtually all of a practice’s hardware components — and practices’ resulting ability to base critical business decisions on reliable, timely and easy to understand data.


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