Improving patient outcomes is one of the cornerstones of the new Standards for the Dental Team issued by the General Dental Council (GDC) in September 2013. This document clearly emphasises the importance of the patient throughout all aspects of the dental experience. The new standards features nine principles that advocate that effective communication and fully informed consent are in the patients’ interests.
The introduction of new techniques, materials and equipment is having a noticeable impact on the ability of a dentist to treat in the best way possible and there is general acceptance that patients are best served by treatments that can be efficiently carried out in the least painful way. For some, digital dentistry is ushering in a new era of patient care, having a positive impact on outcomes for the patient and improving efficiency for practices.