J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2018 Jul-Aug;32(4):1027-1031.

Digital flow in medicine and dentistry: what’s new?

Pacifici L1, Pacifici A1.

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1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome Italy.


The increasing requirements of standardization in medical applications have led physicians towards a deep revision of their protocols. The phenomenon of ‘digital health’ has revolutionized the way a patient accesses medical information, but it has also improved the way the doctor handles the surgical and clinical phases. In digital dentistry, the working steps are mainly reported as digital image acquisition, preparation and/or processing of data, device production and clinical application on patients; the new technologies have brought significant benefits to both the dentist and the patient. Digital processing of anatomical data uses virtual models, which represent a precise representation of the patient’s anatomy. Recent advances in digital image acquisition technologies and the enormous complexity of modern software have made intraoral scans possible to realize digital dental arch models, however, the digital model is able to report substantial information to the clinician. Therefore, both complex surgeries and less invasive local therapies can be easily planned, with an accurate analysis of biological regulators improving the regenerative procedures, to achieve the best results in a shorter treatment.

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