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Embracing Digital Technology: 8 big advantages of adopting digital sensor technology over traditional X-ray film

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The transition from traditional film X-ray development to phosphor plate scanners and digital sensors continues to revolutionise the way dentists diagnose and treat their patients. 

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the many advantages of embracing digital sensor technology for dental professionals.

1. Reduced Radiation Exposure

One of the most significant benefits of digital dentistry is the reduction in radiation exposure. Traditional film X-rays required higher doses of radiation to produce clear images. In contrast, digital sensors and phosphor plate scanners use lower radiation doses, making the process safer for patients. This is particularly beneficial for individuals who need frequent X-rays or those concerned about radiation exposure.

2. Faster Image Acquisition

Digital dentistry eliminates the need for chemical processing and darkroom time associated with traditional X-ray development. Dentists can capture high-quality images almost instantly, saving both time and resources. This increased efficiency allows for quicker diagnosis and treatment planning, ultimately benefiting the patient and freeing up chair time for your business.

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3. Enhanced Image Quality

Digital sensors and phosphor plate scanners provide superior image quality compared to analogue methods. The digital images are highly detailed, making it easier for dentists to detect even the smallest abnormalities or dental issues. This enhanced clarity leads to more accurate diagnoses and treatment recommendations.

4. Improved Storage and Retrieval

Traditional X-rays required physical storage and could deteriorate over time, especially if the storage conditions were not ideal or they became exposed to damp, heat etc. Digital dentistry eliminates this issue by allowing dentists to store and retrieve patient records electronically within their patient software packages. This not only saves physical space, but also ensures that patient data remains complete, up to date and easily accessible for years to come.

5. Efficient Collaboration

Digital images can easily be shared with other dental specialists or healthcare professionals for collaborative treatment planning. This seamless communication between professionals ensures that patients receive the best possible care and treatment options tailored to their needs, especially in cases requiring a multi-disciplined approach and input from a variety of specialties.

6. Patient Education

What better way to empower your patients than by providing them with clear and detailed images of their oral health? Dentists can display images on screens, making it easier to explain diagnoses and treatment options to patients. It is a well known fact that informed patients are less anxious and more likely to actively participate in their dental care and adhere to treatment plans.


7. Environmentally Friendly

The shift to digital dentistry is also much more environmentally friendly. Traditional X-ray development chemicals are hazardous and contribute to pollution. By reducing the need for these chemicals and film processing, a move to using digital or phosphor plate sensors helps reduce the environmental impact of dental practices.

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While the initial investment in digital equipment may seem significant, it can lead to long-term cost savings. The elimination of film and processing chemicals, as well as the reduced need for retakes due to image quality issues, can result in cost-efficient dental practices over time.

So, we can see that the advantages of moving from traditional film X-ray development to phosphor plate scanners and digital sensors in dentistry are clear and numerous. Not only do these technologies enhance patient safety, but they also improve diagnostic accuracy, streamline practice management and contribute to a more sustainable and patient-centered approach to dental care. 

Dentists who embrace digital dentistry are far better equipped to provide top-notch care while ensuring the comfort and well-being of their patients. The future of dentistry is digital and it’s a win-win for both practitioners and those in the dental chair.

At Blueprint Dental, we’ve helped a wide range of dental practices switch from traditional X-ray film imaging to digital solutions.

And the Duerr Dental VistaScan MiniView 2.0 is an ideal first step towards digital imaging fitting seamlessly into your imaging workflow.

It has a compact footprint, is easy to use and cost-effective, as well as offering all the advantages we’ve mentioned above.

And right now we have some great offers to get you started.

Or for more information, please contact Kayleigh Bezzant on 07300 792 166 or by email.

Kayleigh is our digital dentistry specialist for dental surgeries and has a wide experience in digital imaging.

There’s nothing that Kayleigh likes more than educating dental practices on how to introduce digital workflows and finding the right digital solutions, so why not get it touch today?


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VistaScan Mini Offer 2023

Catch our awesome deal on the VistaScan MiniView 2.0!

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Thinking about changing from traditional film to digital developing?

Phosphor Plate Scanners offer an easy and seamless transition from analogue to digital processing.

Awesome Offer!

We’re offering a fabulous price this November for dentists wanting to adopt phosphor plate technologies

Switch today for just £5,497.00*

Plus we’re throwing in 2 FREE Smart Scanners for good measure!

That’s over 35% discount from RRP!

Why change to a Phosphor Plate System?

Switching to a Phosphor Plate System is the ideal transition from analogue to digital processing and offers significant advantages over wet film.

Until 30th November 2023, we have a fabulous offer on the Duerr VistaScan Mini View 2.0 to help dental practices adopt digital techniques and workflows.


Plug into the future today

  • Super fast results – images in seconds, reducing patient chair time
  • Less radiation – lower dose for patients and risk for dental staff
  • Less waste – no messy chemicals to discard

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Ready for tomorrow’s dental practices

  • PCS technology – for exceptional image quality
  • Integrates to Practice Management Software – images automatically assigned to patient records
  • Easy to learn – large intuitive touchscreen for users

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*Terms & Conditions

  • This offer is valid for any VistaScan MiniView 2.0 orders placed before 30th November 2023
  • Includes 2 FREE Smart Scanners
  • Includes delivery, installation and training
  • Prices are exclusive of VAT

Kayleigh Bezzant is our digital dentistry expert and has a wide range of experience helping dental surgeries switch from analogue to digital solutions.

Please feel free to give her a call or contact her via email to discuss your imaging requirements.

You can call Kayleigh on 07300 792166 or email her here.


Selecting the right dental equipment for your practice

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When it comes to selecting equipment for your dental practice, whether it’s to replace an old piece of kit or to get your brand new business up and running, we bet you’re pretty cognisant of the fact that these are BIG decisions.

BIG decisions, with LONG timeframes to live with if you don’t get it quite right. And BIG decisions with a LOT of different elements which need to be considered:


  • Equipment needs to be comfy and ergonomic for both you and your staff
  • It needs to be practical and do the job (ie. be fit for purpose)
  • It probably needs to impress your patients, it definitely needs to keep them safe and you most certainly want it to contribute to their positive outcomes
  • Oh, and it needs to be purchased, fitted and commissioned all within your budget
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So, we thought we’d put together a little article here to help guide you through the equipment minefield and arm you with some tips and tricks to make sure you get what you need for your surgery, without any expensive mistakes.

So, where to start?

Actually, let’s start before you start….

It’s really easy to dive straight in and get carried away looking at shiny new pieces of kit online – beautifully kitted out surgeries on Pinterest, colour-ordinated treatment rooms on Instagram, manufacturers’ and local suppliers’ websites stuffed with features and benefits and performance data. All of these have a place in your decision making process, but before you get stuck in, take a step back and a little bit of time to:

  • Ask your peers – talk to other dentists about what equipment they have. It’s a great chance to find out what it’s like to use and work with all day, every day. Ask them what they like, ask them what they’d change or improve and ask them about the dental equipment supplier they use and what their after sales service is like.
  • Read some online reviews – now we know that you’ll get the good, the bad AND the downright ugly here, but, with an open mind, you’ll also be able to spot any trends and useful feedback about the equipment you’re researching. At the very least, it will provide you with some questions to ask a potential equipment supplier.
  • Go to an event – Something which we’ve been missing in the last couple of years, but now there are a number of great opportunities to attend industry events with exhibitions, which allow you to see the equipment up close and get a feel for its overall look and quality. 

So, doing a little bit of preliminary research should have furnished you with some ideas of which types of equipment you think you’d like to look a little deeper into. 

Now’s the time to get really excited and start some decision-making. 

What are your priorities?

Think about the effects the type of equipment you purchase will have on those around you.

What are the effects on the patient?

Think about comfort and style, but also consider hard facts like radiation dose.

Ergonomics is always a big one – you and your team are working with this kit all day every day. Does the chair adjust to a comfortable working height? Does that CBCT unit fit in the room with an operative and a patient, without too much of a squeeze? Can your dental nurse load and unload the steriliser without bending and twisting?

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Consider your ‘needs’ v your ‘wants’. Also look at what you may be able to add on at a later date, if your budget doesn’t allow it in the first instance. For example you could consider a 3D ready CBCT unit, which would allow you to get started with 2D extraoral imaging, with the ability to ‘upgrade’ to 3D as your practice expands.

Next…the bean counting piece

First and foremost – Set your budget…and stick to it!

If you’re setting up your own practice, you will probably already have had discussions with financial and accounting professionals, who are providing advice to you. 

But, whatever your reason for needing new kit, there are also other ways of financing it in addition to outright purchase.

Lease purchase has become a flexible and viable way of acquiring the equipment you need from Day 1, whilst spreading the cost over several years. More on that particular subject a little later.

Choosing an equipment supplier

Having considered all of the above, now’s the time to contact dental equipment suppliers and whittle down your choices and identifying what you can get for your available budget.

So, what should you look out for when you start talking to an equipment supplier?

Well, you’re in luck here – you’ve come to a great place to start. At Blueprint, we’re perfectly placed to help you with all of those big decisions and ensure you don’t make those BIG, COSTLY mistakes.

But, in all seriousness, there are things you need to look for when selecting a dental equipment supplier.

  • Are they well established?
  • Do they have a good reputation in the industry? Perhaps they were recommended to you when you spoke to your peers
  • What’s their after sales service like? This is a real biggie!
  • Do they have a wide portfolio of equipment to choose from and represent quality dental manufacturers?

With nearly two decades of serving at the forefront of the UK’s dental industry, we’re pretty confident that we tick all those boxes and we’re more than happy to let you have a chat with any of our customers who’ll give you the lowdown on working with us. 

We don’t use the hashtag #mostrecommended lightly or flippantly!

If you would like to discuss your project with us further, we have a whole host of ways we can help you evaluate and choose the best equipment for your practice, your patients and your budget, in addition to having one of the most knowledgeable and passionate teams in the business.

More on Finance

We mentioned lease purchase a little earlier as a great way of getting up and running and spreading the payments for your new equipment. We’re really fortunate to work with the fantastic team at Vector Finance and we can put you in contact with them to help calculate the most cost-efficient (and potentially even more importantly tax-efficient) ways of financing your equipment.

We’d love the chance to assist you with your equipment search and help you make the RIGHT decisions that’ll keep you, your patients and your accountant happy in the long run.


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