Why Choose a High Tech Dentist

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Why Choose a High Tech Dentist

The Benefits of a High Tech Dentist

Nowadays, many dentists invest in their practices by purchasing cutting-edge dental technology. However, why should patients care about the advanced dental technology their dentist is using? 

Aside from the benefit of having HD dental technology, there are more compelling reasons to seek high-tech dental care:

  • Saved money and time
  • Improved outcomes

Below, our advanced dental technology team discusses why you should never settle for anything less at the dentist. 

Save Time & Money When You Choose a High Tech Dentist

High-tech dental treatments and methods enable:

  • More efficient appointments
  • Fewer follow-up appointments
  • Improved healing time
  • Spending less time in the dental chair
  • Faster and fewer appointments

We understand that going to the dentist isn’t a favorite experience for most people. Fortunately, high-tech dentistry keeps your visits to the dentist brief.

However, with modern dental technology like intraoral cameras, handheld X-Rays, and more, dentists can detect problems before they are detrimental to a patient’s health. Thus, this results in better oral health and less visits to the dentist. 

Increase Your Oral Health & Education

Dentists can serve their patients better with high-tech dental care, increasing their oral health. In addition, dentists can take the time to explain the problem at hand and why it’s vital to cure it and how you may avoid it in the future.

Of course, the more you learn, the more equipped you will be to care for your teeth in the future. You’ll also feel a lot more at ease and confident in the care you’re getting.

Experience Less Discomfort

Modern dental technology focuses on inflicting as little stress to your mouth and body as possible. This is beneficial for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is likely to be comfort.

Minimally invasive procedures provide less pain and suffering than traditional procedures.

For example, you don’t have to go through the dangerous gum disease surgical treatments of the past. Dr. Herko, Dentist in New Providence NJ, shares that laser dentistry has completely changed the game. Instead of the conventional method of treating gum disease, which requires cutting into the gums to reach deep pockets and remove plaque, advances in laser dentistry cure and halt gum disease without the use of painful needles.

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Don’t Accept Anything Less Than High-Tech

There is no need to rely on a dentist who employs outmoded, harsh techniques in today’s high-tech environment.  High-tech dentistry not only makes it simpler for your dental staff to explain your diagnosis, but it also makes it easier for you to comprehend why they arrived at the diagnosis and how the problem may be resolved. 

The Evolution Of Caries Detection Technology

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The Evolution of Caries Dental Detection Technology 2021

 

The evolution of caries dental detection technology has made it possible for dentists to employ more than one method of detection. Today’s dentists must be able to detect both obvious and undetectable deterioration. Cavity detection is substantially easier as a result of this. Dentists are uniquely qualified to detect even the tiniest cavities and treat them effectively and promptly.

The Evolution of Dental Technology And Cavity Prevention

If you have ever had a case where cavity detection was questionable, just think of the dentists decades before you who did not have the clean, clear technology we have today. Here’s a look at some of the different methods and types of technology from the earliest to the latest ones used to diagnose cavities:

The Trusted Old Visual Inspection

Looking for changes in the enamel surface of the tooth is a traditional, tried-and-tested cavity detection method. The dentist will look for brown, black, gray, and white stains on a patient’s teeth.

This is also when dentists look for any stains around the edges of existing fillings or crowns you have. Since they sometimes can be an indication that decay is starting or will be developing soon in these areas. While the visual inspection is likely part of your current diagnostic exam, we know dentists have to rely on more than a visual inspection these days.

Exploration

Exploration is another traditional and commonly used method for detecting dental caries. The dentist will run a metal instrument over the tops of your teeth. If the fine-tipped explorer gets caught in the pits of soft enamel, your dentist will immediately know the tooth has a cavity. Not always the most accurate diagnostic tool but still a common practice today.

Caries Detector Dyes

Another old and effective method of detecting cavities is using caries detector or disclosing dyes. The dye is used to provide the dentist with a visual of the location of the cavities. It was applied directly to the tooth or teeth that the patient and dentist suspect of having dental caries. We wrote about this in a previous post in more detail. While this is not a method patients prefer or dentists use regularly it is still a technique taught in dental school today.

Intraoral Camera

Intraoral cameras are small, pen-like tools dentists use to take a closer look at the inside of your mouth and locate decay before it can destroy the tooth surface.

When your dentist uses an intraoral camera, patients won’t feel any pain or discomfort. Dr. Ben Kacos, dentist in Shreveport LA, says this is the best dental technology he’s added to his practice. He simply hovers the tip of the camera around the inside of the patient’s mouth to take images. These images will then be projected onto a nearby screen which you and your patient can see together.

The best and latest intraoral cameras bring the smallest details into vivid full-screen high-resolution focus. These images will help dentists have an easier time detecting even the smallest dental cavity.

Sub-enamel Illumination

Lastly, sub-enamel illumination is the preferred way for dentists to diagnose hard-to-see cavities. These devices are handheld wand-like tools used to detect interproximal dental caries.

The LUM device applies a high-intensity light source to the tooth. If the tooth is unhealthy or has impurities such as cavities or fractures, the light is dispersed and will show up clearly in X-ray-like images.

Sub-enamel illumination is one of the best dental caries detection technologies today.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in August 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

The Ultimate Dentist’s Guide to Selecting Intraoral Cameras

Ultimate Guide to Selecting Intraoral Cameras

The Ultimate Dentist’s Guide to Selecting Intraoral Cameras 2021

The Benefits of Intraoral Cameras

Intraoral cameras were once only employed in a small number of dental practices. This form of dental equipment was first introduced in the 1990s. It was once seen as an unnecessary investment and luxury.

Back then, the initial outlay was high, with relatively more sophisticated models priced as high as $40,000. As follows, very few dental practitioners actually bothered to explore the benefits intraoral cameras offered.   

These days, however, more dentists have come to embrace the importance of having an intraoral camera in their practice for effective caries detection.

Here is the ultimate dentist’s guide to selecting intraoral cameras.

The Benefits of Intraoral Cameras

If you are currently still on the fence when it comes to intraoral cameras, consider the following benefits of having one per chair at a minimum, per provider:

  • Factor in who is sitting in your chair.  Today, it is the most educated consumer on imaging in history, thanks to cell phones.  Your patients today can tell the difference between SD (standard definition) and HD in a second.  
  • It’s an important diagnostic tool that enables you to show the extent of, say, damage in the teeth and/or gums even when there is no pain.
  • In terms of restorative dentistry, you can show and compare the state of the teeth prior to and after treatment
  • Validation: Your patient can see the state of his/her oral health in real-time as you explain what treatment is required to address problems. These include plaque, corroded fillings, bleeding gums, hairline fractures, etc.
  • Aside from being lightweight and ergonomically designed, intraoral camera wands are made to rotate from 0 to 90 degrees and use LED lighting technology for clear images, and they come with powerful magnification features.
  • Because of the way it is designed, even hard-to-reach areas have become highly accessible so that the availability of sharp, high-resolution images would be helpful in settling insurance claims and in ensuring your patient understands his/her dental situation and appreciate the therapy recommended.
  • Instead of relying on written records for patient dental files, you can make use of typical or cloud-based storage, including actual images that detail patient histories.

Essential Considerations When Buying an Intraoral Camera

Although intraoral cameras have become relatively more affordable in recent years, there are some important factors to consider. They include the following:

  • Imaging software integration – Whether you are investing in a high-end intraoral wand or a single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, you need to ensure the unit you buy can seamlessly work with current imaging and practice management software.
  • Image resolution and other image enhancement features (auto white balance, contrast, auto illumination)
  • Camera focus and exposure
  • Camera capture button – Must be conveniently located for unhampered operation
  • Build or material used.  Your device needs to be lightweight enough for ease of use and accuracy but should also be sturdy and durable.
  • Installation, support, and warranty.

 

Ultimate Guide to Selecting Intraoral Cameras

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There are excellent models to choose from currently out in the market, including the IRIS series. The IRIS HD USB 3.0 dental camera, for example, is guaranteed to produce razor-sharp images of even the minutest details.

So if you’re ready to scale up your practice and develop stronger relationships with your patients, do your research and partner with a company that is focused on seeing this technology significantly impact your practice. 

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published in August 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

How to Maximize the Use of Intraoral Cameras

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How to Maximize the Use of Intraoral Cameras

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How to Maximize the Use of Intraoral Cameras

It is one thing to acquire intraoral cameras like the IRIS X80 Intraoral Camera for your dental practice and another to maximize its benefits. In this article, our Digital Doc team discusses how to maximize the use of intraoral cameras in your practice. Doctors worldwide have seen astonishing results using advanced dental technology. 

Optimize the Installation

Some dental practitioners often wonder about which intraoral camera would be suitable for their needs. Without getting into the details of the different leading intraoral cameras available, the first thing is to ensure that you can actually use whatever camera you have. One way to use your intraoral camera is to install it where it is easy to access during any stage of the treatment process. Make sure that the intraoral camera is within reach in your operatory. In this way, you or your staff will not find it bothersome to access and use that equipment. The good thing about IRIS HD intraoral cameras is that they are portable and come with rechargeable batteries, so it is easy to integrate them in the routines at your dental office.

Let Your Assistant Use the Intraoral Camera Before You Assess the Patient

One of the best ways to maximize the value that you get from the IRIS USB Dental Camera for Windows is by asking your dental assistant to take several images during the hygiene visit. Your dental assistant can take close-ups of the areas before you come to examine the patient.

In this way, you will be able to reduce the time needed to diagnose the patient since the dental assistant has already provided you with what you need to diagnosis your patient.

Make It Facilitate Co-diagnosis

Another way to maximize the use of intraoral cameras like the IRIS Intraoral Camera for MAC is by giving your patients a ringside seat during their examination and treatment. Beam each image that you take on a large monitor so that the patient can see what you see. Next, discuss any problem areas that you have observed and ask the patient for their input regarding the specific images showing what you are referring to.

This collaborative effort will increase case acceptance because there will be no doubt in the mind of your patient regarding the issues that need to be fixed. A bonus of this approach is that patients will be more likely to take greater care of their dental health because they’ve witnessed the severity firsthand.

Let the Camera Make the Case for Follow-Up Visits

As already mentioned, the images taken using an intraoral camera can transform your case acceptance rates a great deal. In addition to that, those same images can address the issue of patients not returning for follow-up visits due to a misconception that such visits can wait.

Your patients will start coming for follow-up visits if you use your IRIS X80 Intraoral Camera to capture images of developing or suspected problems that require monitoring before a decision is made regarding what can be done. The progressive images will show how the suspected problem is developing, and those images will give the patient motivation to come for those follow-up visits as advised.

 

Use Them When Filing Insurance Claims

Many dental care treatments and procedures are covered by insurance. Therefore, your administrative staff will file claims for payment once patients with dental care insurance policies visit the practice.

The images taken using intraoral cameras should be sent together with the documentation submitted to the insurance company. Those images will expedite the processing of your payment claims because the insurance company will see the proof of the issues or the treatment received by a policyholder. Consequently, you will save the time and effort that would have been lost in back and forth communication with the insurance company over pending claims.

As you can see, we have just touched on a few aspects of the treatment process where the intraoral camera can be instrumental to your dental office. Use the suggestions above as guidelines for implementing dental cameras into your practice. Soon, you will see results in your patients’ treatments and your practice. Contact Digital Doc today to schedule a virtual demonstration and learn everything you need to know about our products.

 

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in February 2019 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. 

Why Digital Doc Technology?

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Why Digital Doc Technology?

Why Digital Doc?

Why Digital Doc?

You may have come across many companies in your search for potential suppliers of digital dentistry equipment for your dental practice. Additionally, you may be wondering why you should choose Digital Doc over another manufacturer. Read on and see for yourself what dental care professionals and the team behind Digital Doc have to offer.

Digital Doc Intraoral Cameras Drive Patient Engagement

Grant Olson, DDS (Springfield, MO-Innovative Dental): “I don’t know whether you have ever sat in a room trying to talk with somebody and they are just not engaging with you. It’s hard enough because it seems they don’t care. I’m assuming all the patients care about their smile and their teeth. The reason they are not engaged is that they don’t understand.”

With an intraoral camera from Digital Doc, you will have the means to engage the patients. This is because you can show them the images of what you are seeing in their mouth and discuss those images in a collaborate way aimed at getting agreement regarding the needed treatment.

Ian Weir, DDS (Ford Village Dentistry-Oakville, ON Canada) agrees saying, “A cracked tooth on a photograph that big…if they can see it, they will believe it.” He adds that, “When they leave, the likelihood that they will come back and fix it goes up greatly when we actually have that real belief that comes from photos to a professional diagnosis.”

Dental Cameras Transform Practices

Mark E. Hyman, DDS (Greensboro, NC) says, “My dental world changed in 1991 when I started working with intraoral cameras. We booked eight crowns. So what do you think I went and did the next day? I bought more cameras!”

This is clear proof that acquiring the best intraoral cameras from Digital Doc has a positive effect on the bottom lines of dental practices.

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Sharing Dental Cameras is Not Practical

Wouldn’t having just one intraoral camera in each dental practice suffice? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. The demands of daily work in dental offices makes it difficult for multiple professionals to share one camera.

This is because sharing a camera is inconvenient since you may want to use the camera but another professional is still using it in another room. Tyler Shoemaker, DMD (Smiles Dental Group, Vancouver WA) puts it excellently when he says, “Everyone in the industry thought maybe if you got one camera in your office you’re gonna be fine. We just found that it just doesn’t happen.”

Brett Wilson, the President of Digital Doc agrees. “The idea and the theory of sharing cameras has been around a long time, and it is neat in theory but it’s not practical.”

Emphasis on Customer Support

“It’s not just a transaction to us. It’s not a here’s a camera, good luck with the camera!” Brett Wilson, President (Digital Doc)

One of the biggest reasons why you should select Digital Doc products is that the acquisition of the dental technology is just the beginning of your relationship with us. We offer unparalleled support to our customers on an ongoing basis, so they learn to see us as partners.

Our commitment to great customer service goes starts with our customer interactions. We ensure that any calls made to us are answered by a human rather than a robot. Dave Wilson, one of the owners of Digital Doc, puts it best saying, “How many times do you call somebody today and get the phone answered by some type of system? At Digital Doc, we will never allow that.”

Time-Saving

Doctors are telling us they are able to see things you just can’t see on a traditional x-ray. The XTG handheld x-ray drives patient experience and reduces a full mouth series, in terms of time, by half. This time savings makes it worthwhile to add the XTG, even if you already have an x-ray in every room. 

At Digital Doc, we fiercely implement a culture of excellence. We know that you would like to uphold excellence at your dental practice as well. That is why we invite you to partner with us as your provider of digital dental equipment, such as the best intraoral cameras, handheld dental x-ray devices, LUM transillumination devices and all accessories needed to get optimum value from our products. Contact us today and let’s discuss how we can be of service!

Watch our Why Digital Doc Technology video to learn more.

The Benefits of Digital Workflows in Your Dental Office

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The Benefits of Digital Workflow in Your Office Space

The Many Benefits of Digital Workflows in Your Dental Office

If your dental office hasn’t digitized its workflows, you are missing out on many of the benefits that other dentists are taking advantage of. Here are some of the most notable benefits of digital workflows you may enjoy in your dental office. 

The Removal of Time and Space Barriers

Before the advent of digital workflows, everything had to be done manually. As you probably know, filing and retrieving hard copies of patient files is very time-consuming. 

That is not the case with digitized workflows. For example, when using the IRIS X80 Dental Camera, images can be instantly sent to the patient’s file. 

Visualization of Patient Outcomes is Easy

Digitized workflows also make it easy for your dental team to visualize patient outcomes prior to a dental procedure. For example, your team can pull up digital images of a previous case and use them when planning out treatment.

The same digital records can serve an added role during patient education. For example, “before” and “after” images can be uploaded to your website. New patients will often look into your patient reviews and case studies before coming to the office. It will, therefore, be easier for you to explain a given procedure and what they can expect if the patient comes with some prior information about the treatment they need.

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Increased Efficiency

Digital workflows have an immediate impact on efficiency at any dental office. For example, digital x-ray images can be immediately sent to a dental lab so that needed restorations are fabricated quickly. As we mentioned above, you can display the images captured by your intraoral camera on your monitor in real-time. This improved efficiency ultimately brings costs down and improves patient care since the errors inherent in manual processes are eliminated.

Increased Reliability of Products

Digital workflows also make it possible for the information to be processed using a variety of software. For example, the x-ray images captured using the XTG handheld x-ray in your dental office can be used by CAD software to design the customized dental restorations needed by a patient.

Cases of ill-fitting dentures, crowns, and other dental devices are therefore drastically reduced as a result of the digitization of processes at dental offices. As product reliability increases, so does patient satisfaction. Your costs will also reduce because expensive rework is avoided.

Digital Doc has made a name for itself as the best provider of digital dental technology, such as intraoral cameras and handheld x-ray equipment. Give us a call, and we will work with you to upgrade your equipment so that you, too, can enjoy the benefits of digital workflows at your dental office.

Why Digital X-Rays Are Better Than Traditional Ones

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Why Digital X-Rays Are Better Than Traditional Ones

The Reasons Why Digital X-Rays Are Better Than Traditional Ones

 

Over the years, dentistry has improved both clinical practices and technology. Digital x-ray equipment, such as the XTG Hand-held Digital X-Ray from Digital Doc, has contributed to overall better patient care. In this article, you’ll discover why digital x-rays are better than traditional ones.

Less Radiation Exposure

All forms of radiographic imaging require a degree of radiation in order to capture what lies beneath the skin. Medically, the levels of radiation to which a patient is exposed during x-ray are regarded as safe and extra precautions. You’re required to wear a lead apron to prevent radiation exposure.

Digital x-rays take radiation reduction to a whole new level since the equipment needs just 20 percent of the amount of radiation that a traditional x-ray machine needs. Patients have more reason to celebrate when you upgrade your traditional x-ray machine to a digital one like the Hand-held Digital X-Ray device made by Digital Doc.

Cost-Effectiveness

Traditional x-rays are costly because a lot of specialized materials, such as chemicals and film, to develop x-ray images are needed. These materials increase the cost of getting x-ray images taken in the course of receiving dental care.

However, digital x-rays are more cost-effective because there is no need for extra material. The digital images are viewed on a computer or television screen, and they are stored as digital files. You can decrease your overhead when you upgrade your dental x-ray machine.

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Digital X-Rays Are Quicker

In today’s world, we can get almost anything with a push of a button. Patients may feel frustrated if they have to take more time out of their day to get dental x-rays. 

Digital x-rays like the XTG Hand-held X-Ray save you and your patient a lot of time since the x-ray images can be viewed immediately. This modern equipment makes it possible for a definitive diagnosis to be made all within the same visit. Furthermore, patients will be able to start treatment immediately.

Digital X-rays Provide More Accurate Diagnosis

Traditional x-rays heavily rely on the user to capture clear images that your dentist will use to diagnose you. There is also more room for error when using a traditional x-ray machine. 

Digital x-rays are a different story. Numerous high-quality images can be taken instantly using the XTG Hand-Held X-Ray device. You can zoom in or out, enhance the clarity of the images, or manipulate them in any way. Human error is, therefore, greatly minimized when digital x-rays are used by your team.

As you can see, there are numerous benefits for your patients and your dental office when you start using digital x-rays. If you would like to learn more about how to make this transition, contact us to schedule a virtual demo. 

Boosting Profitability in Your Dental Practice in 2020

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Boosting Profitability in Your Dental Practice in 2020

All You Need to Know About Boosting Profitability in Your Dental Practice in 2020

One of the best goals you can set for your dental practice in 2020 is to boost profitability. Improved profitability will not only mean that you can afford to attract and retain the best staff, but you will also be able to create the dental office of your dreams. Boosting profitability can take two forms. One is to grow your practice by attracting more patients. The second way is to optimize every aspect of the dental practice to get maximum value from all the resources at your disposal. Consider some of the following recommendations on how to boost profitability in your dental practice.

Emphasize Same-Day Treatment

You can increase case acceptance and profitability by making same-day treatment plans available to your patients. For example, seeing a patient who comes in for their routine dental cleaning and then deep cavities. This patient can be given the option of getting a filling that same day.

The advantage of same-day treatment options is that they negate the need to make future appointments. Appointments always come with the possibility of cancellation or postponement. Therefore, profitability will be boosted once patients are presented with the option of having a dental problem dealt with immediately.

Use Pictures, Not Words

Case acceptance can also be boosted by taking the approach of saying fewer words and using more pictures during case presentation. In this regard, the best intraoral camera from Digital DOC can go a long way in providing high-quality images that can be displayed on HD flat screen T.V’s in the office. The crystal-clear images will show the patient the extent of their dental problem. When a patient sees the extent of tooth decay, then the patient will be more willing to accept the treatment plan recommended. Using Digital Doc’s intraoral cameras allows you to See More, Do More.

Give Everyone an Appointment

Profitability can be improved when patients leave the office with their next visit already scheduled. The best way to pull this off, especially when faced with patients who don’t have any specific dental problem, is by having the front desk staff explain why it is important to schedule regular visits to retain peak dental health. The staff member can then proceed to recommend two appointment options from which the patient is encouraged to select the one they prefer. In this way, you will have eased the appointment-setting process while giving the patient autonomy to select the best timing for that appointment. If handled successfully, profitability will start to improve as those appointments kick in.

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Improve Your Appointment Confirmation Process

A significant portion of productivity (and potential profitability) is lost to canceled appointments and no-shows. By having an effective appointment confirmation system, a lot of this lost productivity can be avoided.

For example, research has shown that text messaging produces better results than sending voicemail messages. To start, send a message the same day the appointment is made. Then follow up with another message requesting confirmation two weeks before the appointment date. Next, send another message 48 hours before, then 24 hours before and lastly 2 hours before the appointment. This way, any patient who cannot make their appointment will let the office know, and that time slot can be allocated to another patient. This way, profitability will be boosted because the entire workday will be fully utilized.

Provide a Variety of Payment Options

Some people are hesitant to accept recommended treatment plans because of the needed treatment’s price. You can overcome this barrier by providing as many payment options as possible. For example, you could start by accepting all insurance plans in addition to credit and debit cards.

Payment plans (for those without insurance) and payment offers for those who can pay in advance can also increase case acceptance and boost profitability.

Remove Patients’ Fears

A number of patients may be reluctant to accept treatment that you propose because they are apprehensive about the dental procedure. You can forestall these concerns during the case presentation by using simple language to describe the procedure.

For example, use the words basic, simple, or routine when talking about the dental procedure. If the procedure is a complex one, inform the patient that you perform it frequently and that he or she shouldn’t have fears. This way, the patient will be put at ease, and they will be more likely to accept the treatment proposed. With improved case acceptance comes increased profitability for the dental office.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Upgrading your dental equipment is arguably one of the best things that you can do to boost profitability. When you get the best dental camera, the best handheld dental x-ray device, and other digital dental equipment from Digital Doc, you are in a good place to present cases. Presenting this way will put the patient at the center of advocating for treatment. With the best equipment, you will be able to take efficiency to a higher level, which will translate into profitability for the office.

As you can see, there are many things you can do to boost profitability come 2020. Use the tips above to get creative and engage Digital DOC as your partner on matters of dental equipment, especially for the best dental cameras, handheld x-ray devices, transillumination devices, and all their accessories. We are ready to work with you to make 2020 your best year ever, so contact us today to schedule a virtual demonstration of our Digital Doc products.

Fresh Start in the New Year

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Fresh Start in the New Year

Get a Fresh Start in the New Year

The new year has officially begun! As we kick off 2020, you may start to think about how you can achieve your dental practice’s new goals. If 2019 wasn’t your strongest, you may take this as an opportunity to start fresh. Either way, we want to help you make 2020 your best year yet. So, how can you make this year top all the rest? We recommend upgrading your dental equipment. There are so many benefits to upgrading to the latest dental technology. Here are some of the key reasons why it is wise for practice owners to set a goal to update their dental equipment this New Year.

Increased Productivity for the New Year

Increased productivity at the dental practice is the first benefit of updating your dental equipment. For example, when you update your intraoral cameras, they will integrate seamlessly with your office management system. The captured images will be sent immediately to the digital files of the patient. Digital Docs IRIS X80, the best intraoral camera on the market, offers plug and play capabilities. You no longer have to worry about how to use your intraoral camera. It’s ready to go when you are. This improved productivity can allow you to grow your dental practice and serve more patients each day as a result of the time freed when most processes are automated. You can work less and have more free time without having to let go of your current patients. New technology truly allows you to See More, and Do More.

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Reduced Equipment Failure Risks

Updating your dental equipment eliminates the risk that work will be interrupted by equipment malfunctions or failures. Outdated digital equipment stands a higher chance of failing. This is because its complex operating systems will struggle to cope with the demands placed upon them. In contrast, updated equipment works effortlessly since all its systems are primed to deliver peak performance.

Attract New Patients

A big selling point for new patients is the aesthetics of your dental office. If a patient walks into your office and everything is outdated (including your equipment), they’ll think that your skills are outdated too. When you upgrade your dental technology, your patients will appreciate that you are investing in your business and they’ll also like the fact that you keep up with the latest trends. 

As you can see, investing in new dental technology will pay off. Patients will always choose an office that’s updated over an outdated office. Our Digital Doc team is happy to help you in this process. Contact us today and schedule a virtual or an in-office demo!

The Importance of Dental X-Rays

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The Importance of Dental X-Rays

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A visual examination of your mouth isn’t enough for dentists to start the necessary treatment. Consequently, dentists utilize an array of diagnostic tools, such as radiographic images. Dentists rely on these x-rays to look at what lies beneath your gum-line, such as the roots of your teeth and the surrounding bone. So, when you see your dentist using the XTG Handheld X-Ray machine from Digital Doc, you’ll know that they’re doing everything they can to provide the best treatment possible. In this article, you’ll learn the importance of dental x-rays, how often you should have them taken, and their level of safety.

X-Rays Are Invaluable During Diagnosis

As already mentioned, dental x-rays allow your dentist to take a look at what is within and between your teeth, something that isn’t possible with just the naked eye.

Dental x-rays aren’t only useful during routine dental checkups to ensure that you don’t have any dental disease; they are also immensely helpful during the diagnosis of various diseases. For example, HD x-rays taken using the XTG X-Ray device can be instrumental in helping your dentist see impacted wisdom teeth, abscesses, cysts, and many other issues.

Many people rarely see their doctor, but they visit the dentist regularly. This situation has made dental x-rays important aids in diagnosing overall health problems, such as osteoporosis. Digital Doc’s handheld digital x-ray will show whether or not you are losing bone dentistry in your jaw or other surrounding areas. 

Dental x-rays also play an important role when dentists, orthodontists, and other dental care professionals are creating a treatment plan. For example, when you are due to undergo dental implant surgery, the dentist will use the x-ray images to plan the surgery and select the best placement for the implant.

How Often Should X-Rays Be Taken?

No two patients are alike, so it isn’t easy to make a blanket statement regarding how often you should undergo dental x-rays. For that reason, it is prudent for you to talk to your dentist so that he or she can assess your dental health and recommend how often you may need dental x-rays.

For most patients, several types of dental x-rays, such as panoramic x-rays, periapical x-rays, and bitewing x-rays will be taken if you are a new patient at a dental office so that your first exam can give the dentist a clear picture of where you stand in terms of your dental health. Thereafter, the x-rays will not be as comprehensive as the first set since there will be a baseline upon which future exams and treatment will be based.

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Dental X-Ray Safety

Every patient and parent is concerned about x-ray safety. After all, radiation exposure carries some risks, and that is why patients are given lead aprons and lead collars to protect delicate body organs from radiation. Most modern equipment is designed to limit radiation exposure, and dentists only order x-rays when the situation warrants such images, so you should have no worries on those few times when these images are required.

Nevertheless, some dentists have taken patient safety a degree higher by switching to handheld digital x-rays, such as the XTG. This device hugely reduces the radiation to which you are exposed, so you have nothing to fear if your dentist uses this chairside device. The odds of getting the best diagnostic and routine checkup images increase significantly if your dentist is using the XTG Handheld X-Ray from Digital Doc since the images captured will be crystal-clear. So, the next time you visit your dentist, ask him or her to use this digital device for reliable x-rays upon which your dental health can be determined.