Why Every Dentist Needs an Intraoral Camera

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Why Every Dentist Needs an Intraoral Camera

With modern dentistry on the rise, quality dental equipment is an absolute must. Intraoral cameras and handheld dental x-ray machines are one of the most important tools a dental office can invest in. This article discusses some of the reasons why every dentist needs an intraoral camera.

Early Detection of Oral Health Problems

Many patients fear the dentist and would do just about anything to avoid an invasive and costly dental procedure. Luckily, Digital Doc offers a wide range of intraoral cameras that are perfect for detecting oral health problems in the beginning stages. Treatment is often less painful, expensive and time-consuming when the problem is caught sooner than later. If you have intraoral cameras in your office, you will put your patients and your patients will be more at ease.

Improving Communication Improves Case Acceptance

When a dental problem is not visible to the naked eye, it can be hard to convince patients the extent or seriousness of the issue. Intraoral cameras decrease communication barriers between the patient and the doctor, giving the patient a better understanding of what’s at stake. Furthermore, it’s much easier for the patient to comply with treatment once you’ve given them the visual data to back it up. Investing in intraoral cameras in your office will allow you to communicate effectively with your patients and improve your overall case acceptance.

Improving Patient Rapport

Intraoral cameras allow dentists to show and explain dental problems to patients in real-time. Digital Doc’s intraoral cameras help locate hard-to-find problems such as tooth fractures, pulp exposures, and caries. The LUM enhances detection capabilities with sub-enamel illumination diagnostic methods. LUM applies high-intensity light source to the tooth, which allows professionals to accurately assess and advise treatment. Also, including patients in the diagnosis and treatment process allows you to establish a trustworthy relationship with the patient and reduce their anxiety. Overall, using intraoral cameras to diagnose and treat patients can help you build patient rapport.

3 Essentials for Successful X-Ray Acquisition

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3 Essentials for Successful X-Ray Acquisition

X-ray images play a big role in any dental office as dental healthcare practitioners look for caries, impacted teeth, cysts, gum disease or any other dental anomaly. The best x-ray images are produced by the most appropriate x-ray equipment for your dental office. You should, therefore, consider the following factors as you shop for a replacement or additional x-ray machine for your dental office.

Patient Comfort

It can be nearly impossible for you to capture x-ray images of high quality if your patient isn’t comfortable while you take those images. Your first step in the quest for high-quality x-ray images is therefore to find x-ray equipment that will ensure the highest level of patient comfort.

The XTG Handheld X-Ray, also known as the Xray2go, is one piece of equipment that will address your concerns about patient comfort while radiographic images are captured.

This device allows you to get the x-ray images you want while the patient is sitting in the dental chair. The patient is comfortable because they are in a familiar room with a familiar person (you). The patient will remain relaxed while you capture all the different images you need to make an accurate diagnosis.

Equipment Quality

As you may know, any craftsman is often as good as the tools that he or she uses. The same applies to dental health professionals. You cannot expect to capture high-quality images using poor quality equipment.

So, you should be on the lookout for high-quality equipment as you shop for new x-ray equipment for your dental office. Consider manufacturers who have a history of availing reliable equipment that can serve for the stipulated service life without a drop in the quality of the images captured.

The Xray2go is one of the portable x-ray machines that will attract your attention when you rank the different pieces of equipment on the market in terms of their quality. This portable x-ray will come in handy to confirm any suspicions that you may have after viewing a patient’s oral structures with the help of the LUM sub-enamel illumination device.

While you evaluate the x-ray equipment quality, don’t forget to assess how many images you need to take each day so that what you buy can cope with that load. For example, the XTG Handheld X-Ray can capture at least 150 images before the battery power drops and you have to recharge it. This capacity is more than sufficient for most dental offices, so the x-ray can work all day and be recharged at night.

Workflow Optimization

Dentistry has progressed to a level where dental care professionals don’t have the luxury to take days or weeks before giving a patient diagnosis or even performing the necessary procedure. For example, same-day dental restorations (crowns, for example) are becoming the norm due to the availability of modern equipment.

You should consider how the x-ray equipment will ease or complicate the workflow at your dental office before you procure that equipment. Confirm that the software upon which the equipment you want to buy operates can be integrated with your patient management system.

The XTG Handheld X-Ray is superb in this regard because it can easily export the images captured to the digital patient files. All this is possible due to the compatibility of this equipment’s software with nearly all patient management systems available.

As you can see, the process of acquiring x-ray equipment for your dental office should be systematic so that you will be in a position to weed out the equipment that isn’t suited to the specific needs of your dental office. You can further smoothen the acquisition process by involving the supplier as early as possible so that the transition can be properly planned. Be sure to train your staff on how to use the new x-ray equipment, as well as any complementary technology like the LUM sub-enamel illumination device.

The Remarkable Story of Dr. Tuyen Nguyen

Dr. Tuyen Nguyen

The Remarkable Story of Dr. Tuyen Nguyen

When you visit Dr. Tuyen Nguyen’s state-of-the-art dental practice in Rush City, Minnesota, you cannot help but be inspired by his story. Dr. Nguyen migrated from Vietnam to start his version of The American Dream. Dr. Nguyen’s story inspires anyone to believe that if they dream big, put in long hours of work and never give up, they too can live the life they’ve always hoped for.

Born towards the end of the Vietnam War, Dr. Nguyen, grew up when the Communists took over the country. They rigorously enforced their system upon the people and punished anyone who got in their way. Any form of money or power was considered a sin. People went so far as to throw money in the river so that they could avoid being punished.

Dr. Nguyen came from a family who valued skills and education. His parents worked very hard to become schoolteachers to earn a good living. After the Communists took over, his parents were only making ends meet. To increase their income, Dr. Nguyen’s mom ran many businesses from their home. She purchased peanuts in bulk, processed them, added value, and then sold them. She did the same with other items like oil, sugar, and rice. Later, she started a sewing business to make clothing for exporting companies.

Dr. Nguyen helped out in the family businesses. But he was a determined young man who had the desire to better his circumstances in life. Dr. Nguyen rode a bicycle 20 miles three times a week in order to complete a preparatory course for a Vietnam college entrance exam. Later, he found out that he did not qualify to get into medical school. Dr. Nguyen did, however, get into a physician assistant program. After three long years of training, he qualified for a physician assistant job, which paid $25 a month. Dr. Nguyen could of qualified for a job that paid $50-100 a month if he went to medical school. He decided to go back to Biên Hòaorked to work for his mother’s at-home banking business. Dr. Nguyen told himself that he would one day board a plane and leave for a foreign country where he would get a better education.

His dreams of a better education finally became a reality when Dr. Nguyen found a way to migrate to the United States. He left Vietnam, traveled to the Philippines in 1992 and moved to the United States in 1993. He started his education in the U.S. at a community college. Dr. Nguyen considered nursing, teaching, business, and being a hygienist as possible career paths. Eventually, he decided he wanted to be an electrical technician. He made his way to Saint Paul College to gain the knowledge and skills he needed. Then one of his prime supporters convinced him that he was capable of doing more than engineering. Dr. Nguyen was encouraged by his peers to aim higher in the career field several times.

Dr. Nguyen completed dental school in 2002 and embarked on acquiring his own dental practice, a dream he had in 2005. Dr. Nguyen didn’t just want any regular dental practice. He wanted a comprehensive dental practice with the latest technology, such as 3D cone beam x-ray, hard and soft tissue laser and intraoral cameras. With the latest technology, he could leverage his newly acquired professional skills in order to offer the best service to his patients. That dream of a state-of-the-art dental practice saw the light of day in 2009 when he organized a grand opening for the revamped dental practice he bought years earlier.

Where is Dr. Nguyen now?

Today, Dr. Nguyen’s dental practice has 12 dental chairs, each with its own intraoral camera. He credits a combination of many investments such as the IRIS 2.0 Cameras made by Digital Doc, the facility, the proper number of team members to additional training.  Training courses to better serve his patients with Implants, for example, IV sedation, sleep apnea.  If you want to grow your production to over $1000 per hour, this list is a great place to start.

How can that be? Dr. Nguyen, explains that the cameras, for example, enable him to SHOW his patients that his dental practice is more thorough in its work when compared to the other dental offices. A new patient who comes in knowing that he or she has four cavities discovers from the images captured by the intraoral cameras that there are seven or eight cavities! By SHOWING the patients the extent of their dental problems instead of merely TELLING them, Dr. Nguyen proves the superiority of his services. Consequently, case acceptance rates have soared, along with his income.

Looking back to the $25 per month at a physician’s assistant back in Vietnam to $1,000 an hour. Dr. Nguyen is truly thankful for how far he has come and he encourages those in his field to go after what they want in life. If he could make it, you can make it too!

The Key to Modern Day Root Canals

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The Key to Modern Day Root Canals

The modern dental patient expects their dental care provider to use the latest technology, deliver better outcomes, and be willing to schedule procedures at the convenience of the patient. Dental care providers are scrambling to improve the way they deliver their services in order to meet these expectations of their patients. This article discusses five essentials that can help to deliver modern-day root canals that meet all the expectations of patients.

XTG Handheld X-Ray

If you’ve used Digital Doc’s XTG Handheld X-ray, you’ll wonder how you managed to perform root canals in the past. This Xray2go allows you to remain in the operatory and take radiographic images of your patient while they are in the dental chair. Root canals are one of the procedures that patients don’t look forward to undergoing, but with this tool, you can increase the convenience factor for your patients because they don’t have to be shuffled to the radiology room and then back to complete their treatment.

The handheld x-ray also gives you high-quality images that can help you to deliver treatment outcomes that can only be dreamed about by those using the traditional x-ray machines.

An IRIS Intraoral Camera

While endodontists largely treat patients who have been referred by dentists, the records sent along with the referral may not provide an accurate depiction of the patient’s tooth before the root canal treatment is undertaken.

It is therefore helpful for you to have an intraoral camera like the IRIS USB 2.0 Chair Dental Camera so that you can take high-quality images to complement what has been captured by the XTG Handheld X-Ray.

Effective Communication

It is one thing to communicate, and it is another thing to communicate effectively. For example, you wouldn’t use the same diction that you use when communicating with a referring dentist to talk to a patient, would you?

It is important for you to communicate effectively with all parties, such as your patients, the specialists and referring dentists if you want to deliver better root canals.

Luckily, modern digital dentistry equipment like the LUM and XTG Handheld X-Ray make it possible for all parties to be on the same page. For instance, you can take images with your IRIS Intraoral camera and show the patient what exactly you are going to fix during the root canal treatment. The same images can be used if you need to communicate with referring dentists so that everyone is kept in the loop during each stage of the treatment.

Knowledgeable Staff

Another important factor for endodontists who wish to perform modern-day root canals that meet all the expectations of patients is knowledgeable staff. Your staff should be conversant with the workings of all your modern equipment, such as the Xray2go. They should also be familiar with how that equipment delivers outstanding outcomes for your patients.

Such mastery can only happen if you, the endodontist, set the example and arrange to have your staff trained each time you introduce new technology or methods of delivering patient care. Your staff will then convey their expertise to the patients, and the net result will be superior root canal outcomes when compared to other offices.

Once you have all the essential components above in place, there will be nothing standing in the way of delivering modern root canal treatments. As you may know, word of mouth spreads fast, so your practice will grow as a result of all the positive reviews made by any patient who undergoes root canal therapy at your office.

The Safety of Portable Dental X-ray Machines

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The Safety of Portable Dental X-ray Machines

Dental X-ray devices are extensively used in dental treatment just like the LUM Sub-Enamel Illumination device. In order to serve patients well, clinicians should be aware of and prepared for the hazards of using x-rays. X-rays emit radiation, which can prove to be significantly risky for patients if not used appropriately. Operating an x-ray machine is not as simple as pushing a couple of buttons, technicians should train themselves properly to use x-ray devices. The same is true for portable handheld x-ray devices.

Digital Doc XTG is an excellent portable x-ray system. It is a high frequency, advanced dental x-ray device. With a 60kVDC and 2mA tube current, it is built to produce high-quality x-ray, for both film and digital sensors. The devices can also be mounted on an optional tripod or on arms. Aside from improving efficiency in patient diagnosis, it is safe and easy to use the device for clinicians. The rest of the article will outline the key guidelines and safety precautions to follow while using the device.

Check the X-ray Device Package

First things first; as soon as you get the device open and assess all the components provided in the packaging for damage. The standard device packaging will consist of the device, power cable, the long cone, user manual, backscatter shied, the remote control switch (optional), and battery charger.

You must carry out the following preliminary checks:

  • Check if the device has serialized device label (usually on the back)
  • Inspect Collimator Cone and Backscatter Shield for any shipping damage
  • Check if Exposure Switch is functioning freely
  • Ensure that Device Housing has no cracks or fractures

You should also keep the following important points in mind:

  • Do not open the housing (enclosure)
  • Warranty will be rendered useless if you disassemble the main apparatus
  • Only trained personnel should repair the device
  • Gather information from an authorized distributor only

Dental X-Ray Radiation Prevention

Not only should you register properly and comply with all applicable regulations, but you should also consult the relevant state, provincial, and local regulations which govern radiation protection and use of x-ray equipment. The operator of the device should carefully follow all enforced regulations in relation to pregnant or expecting to be pregnant women. Operators of the device should also be completely familiar with the industry safety recommendations and permissible doses. To ensure optimal radiation backscatter protection you should:

  • Position the backscatter shield at a correct angle to the operator
  • Keep backscatter shield close to the patient
  • The patient tilts their head when required to do so
  • The operator stays immediately behind the permanently attached backscatter shield, in the Significant Zone of Occupancy

Only begin using the XTG when you are sure there will be no interruptions, putting other people under risk of being exposed to radiation. The assistant should also wear proper protective gear. In using Position Indicating Devices (PIDs), models allowing the operator to position the unit at the correct angle should be preferred. The depressed trigger can be used to end exposure at any given point. Low-class image detectors should not be used.

Duty Cycle and Usage of Dental X-ray

Xray2go has a maximum duty cycle rating of 1:60, and is designed in a manner to avoid overheating from excessive use. However, the device should not be used in an area with flammable material. The optimal battery voltage level for using XTG is 22.2 VDC, and it should not be operated on low voltage levels.

Proper Cleaning of Handheld X-ray

Before cleaning, you should ensure that the battery charger is unplugged. Keep the power of the device off while you clean it. To clean the device you can use non-alcohol based disinfectant wipes, a cloth with disinfectant liquid, or spray. The device is not water-proof, so care must be taken to not dampen it with any form of liquid. XTG should also not be sterilized.

Storing and Transporting the dental x-ray

For long term storage, the device should be stored in a place which is not affected by air pressure, temperature (cool), ventilation, humidity (dry), salt, dust, sunlight, etc. Be sure to avoid dropping or hitting the device while transporting or storing it.

Regular Maintenance on XTG Handheld X-ray

A technician should make an annual maintenance check on the device. You should also be wary of the accessories you use; if non-recommended accessories are used, they may damage the device.

Understanding Caries Detection Devices

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Understanding Caries Detection Devices

Over time, medicine has moved away from aggressive surgery to minimally invasive procedures as well as placing more emphasis on prevention and early detection. This change has been triggered by the need to lower the rates at which complications develop after surgery, as well as the need to reduce recovery time and the pain experienced by patients. Dentistry has also taken the same trajectory and caries detection devices, such as the LUM, have been introduced on the market in order to make it easier to catch caries early and reverse this condition before it costs patients their teeth. This article discusses some of the shortcomings of the traditional caries detection technology and also explores the benefits that the new crop of caries detection devices bring to the field of dentistry.

The Shortcomings of Traditional Caries Detection Technology

Radiographs: Radiography has been used for long in the fight against caries. However, this technology has one big weakness. Radiographs tend to be effective in alerting a dentist about the presence of caries once those caries have advanced and reached the dentinoenamel junction. In other words, radiographs can only detect caries with a high degree of accuracy once the bacteria causing caries has done so much damage that the dentine is starting to be exposed. This is unacceptable for dentists interested in minimally invasive dentistry since such severe damage requires invasive remedies or interventions.

Dental Explorers: dental explorers have also been used for long to examine the surface of teeth in order to find out which portions have caries. However, dental experts have been discouraging the use of these devices because the sharp tip of the explorer can compromise the portions of the teeth that are re-mineralizing. This can inadvertently give caries a chance to advance further.

The Benefits of Caries Detection Devices

The age of digital dentistry has ushered the dawn of caries detection devices like the LUM. These devices offer a variety of advantages or uses, such as the following;

Checking for caries before sealants are placed: Caries detection devices provide sub-enamel illumination so that dentists can use their findings to make various decisions. One of these pieces of information collected with the help of LUM is the state of any caries on the teeth before dental sealants are placed. This information can be captured more effectively once the caries detection tool is used alongside a high-quality intraoral camera, such as the IRIS HD USB 3.0 Dental Camera. The images captured can be analyzed thoroughly so that any caries detected can be treated before the sealants are put in place.

Assessing Re-mineralization Measures: Caries detection devices can also be used to monitor whether the measures to re-mineralize the teeth of a patient are working as expected, or not. The information gathered can be used to change the treatment plan if tangible results aren’t forthcoming, or a specific approach can be retained if it is bringing the desired outcomes. In this way, the time that would have been lost waiting for an ineffective method to bear fruit can be saved.

Monitoring Sealants: Caries detection devices have also shown their usefulness as a tool to help dentists to monitor the edges of dental sealants as time goes by. Any deterioration can be tracked so that a timely decision to replace the sealants can be made. This proactive approach could not have been possible if caries detection devices didn’t exist.

As you can see, caries detection devices like the LUM sub-enamel illumination device can add a whole new dimension to the ease with which your dental office can catch caries early. However, you should use these devices together with the other caries detection systems for better results. Contact Digital DOC for a virtual or in-office demo so that you can grasp how easy your work will become once this tool is available to you and your staff.

Marketing Your Dental Practice’s Dental Technology

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Marketing Your Dental Practice’s Dental Technology

Dental technology has moved our industry forward in unprecedented ways. New methods to improve dental treatment have been introduced into dental practices allowing patients to see clearly the problem areas that need to be addressed. For example, dental practices using the XTG handheld x-ray, a multi-operation portable x-ray machine, offers patients comfort and ease compared with the inconvenience they may face using the older more traditional x-ray machines.

But just having the XTG handheld x-ray machine and using this advanced technology to treat patients is not sufficient. Making the most of the technology you own involves marketing yourself as having and using the technology. You will need to market your use of XTG Handheld x-ray in your practice to your potential customers.

You will need to know the effective means to communicate the information to your patients, as well as where the patients will be interacting with your dental practice, in order to spread the word about the patient-centric benefits of your XTG Handheld X-Ray device.

Explain the Benefits of Your Dental Technology

The majority of your patients will be unfamiliar with the technical details of your dental equipment and practices. The may not have the expertise to understand and differentiate between the more technical aspects of the technology you are offering. You should avoid using technical jargon when you are communicating with your patients, be it online or offline.

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We love how this practice has a 55-inch TV hanging in their lobby with a slideshow including dental technology.

Telling your patients that the XTG handheld x-ray device is equipped with 60 KV Frequency x-ray will not resonate with them as well as it may do with you. Patients will be more interested in knowing how the dental technology will make their visit to the dentist more comfortable and convenient.

Showing patients the convenience of a portable x-ray will obviously allow them to stay comfortably in the operatory. More importantly, it will separate you from the next dentist. Your patients are able to get their x-ray done quickly, which will also make your teams’ processes more efficient. Portable dental x-rays will reassure the patients that will not have to change rooms between treatments or wait in line to get their x-ray done, but rather they will be facilitated in one place without interruption.

While having this awesome technology is exciting for you and your team, how do you market advancements in your practice without giving the impression that you are splurging on the latest toys unnecessarily? 

Leverage Your Presence on Social Media

Patients nowadays can interact with your dental practice from many sources. They can call you to get information. They can search for your practice online via a Google search or through your website. They may also visit your social media pages such as on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. It is imperative that you are prepared with the correct information to give your patients so that they realize that their needs fit with your dental practice.

Information describing the XTG Handheld x-ray and giving details about its benefits should be displayed on your website; ideally, a whole separate page should be dedicated to this purpose. You can also include blog posts which highlight how it improves the treatment of patients.

Social media is a very effective channel to connect with existing or potential patients. It allows you to engage with them interactively. You should have your presence felt on your social media pages and utilize them to give descriptive information to your patients. You should also post pictures or videos of the technology being used highlighting its benefit to the patients, or brief videos of happy patients commenting on their experience. This will also allow you to expand your list of “followers.”

A few dental practices doing a good job in this space are featured below: 

We love how The Docs from Two Rivers Family Dental are showcasing dental technology with charity work.

Also, Do not think all of your social marketing needs to be you or your team talking. Shreveport Dentist, Dr. Ben Kacos is having some fun with his patients in allowing them to do the marketing for him with video testimonials. 

Do not ignore offline communication modes. Your team should be well versed in explaining the benefits of your technology and your dental practice to customers who call to get information. Whoever answers the phone calls should be trained to answer queries of both existing and new patients. Keep your whole staff aware of everyone’s role in sharing your dental technology investments.

Benefits of Handheld X-Rays

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Benefits of Handheld X-Rays

You may be wondering why you should upgrade from the traditional x-ray machine in your dental office to a portable x-ray machine, such as the XTG Handheld X-Ray made by Digital DOC. Read on and discover some of the top benefits of handheld x-rays that you will miss if you don’t upgrade to these smaller devices.

Handheld X-Rays Provide Easy Portability

One of the biggest benefits of handheld x-rays is implied in their name. The equipment is portable and is therefore easy to move from one operator to another each time radiography work is needed.

This means that you will no longer have to move your patients from the operatory to a standalone radiography room if those patients require radiology services. Thus, you will spare your patients the inconvenience of moving from one room to another. Your staff will also save the time that would have been allocated to escorting the patient to and from the radiology room. In short, portable or handheld x-rays bring radiography services straight to the dental chair.

Handheld X-Rays are User-Friendly

Another benefit that you will enjoy when you upgrade to a handheld x-ray machine is that your staff will no longer spend a lot of time setting up the equipment in order to capture x-ray images of your patients. Your staff simply point the XTG Handheld X-Ray where images are needed and the machine does the rest. You don’t even have to plug it anywhere, the rechargeable battery can hold sufficient power to take close to two hundred images before you ever need to recharge it.

Handheld X-Rays Provide Higher Levels of Safety

An important benefit that may not be immediately noticeable is the greater safety offered to your staff and patients by the handheld x-ray machine. A number of factors make the XTG Handheld X-Ray superior in safety to the traditional x-ray machines. First, the inbuilt shield prevents radiation from being scattered to the exposed parts of the body while dental x-rays are being taken. Secondly, the compact nature of the equipment means that it uses less power than the bulky traditional radiology machines. Consequently, this smaller amount of power reduces the magnitude of the radiation that would have caused any safety concerns for both patients and dental office staff. Needless to say, your energy bill will also be lower at the end of the month.

Superior Image Quality with Handheld X-Rays

The XTG Handheld X-Ray also has the distinction of producing high-quality radiology images that make diagnosis easier for you and your staff at the dental office. The image quality is so high that you can show your patients what you have captured and they will have no doubts about the diagnosis that you make and the treatment plan you recommend to deal with the problem discovered. The possibility of human error reduces drastically during diagnosis when such superior tools are availed to your staff.

Space Economy with Handheld X-Rays

You cannot talk about a handheld camera and forget to mention what space this device frees up in your premises. As you may know, space comes at a premium, and it is wasteful for you to postpone upgrading to portable x-ray equipment like the XTG Handheld X-Ray. Why would you set aside an entire room just to house your traditional radiology equipment when a handheld device can free up that space to set up another operatory? Take the hint and cut your operational costs by acquiring a portable or handheld x-ray machine from a reputable firm like Digital DOC.

As you can see, there are many benefits of handheld x-rays that make the choice between sticking with the traditional bulky equipment and switching to the digital-era portable equipment a no-brainer. If you have any concerns, contact us at Digital DOC and we will not only address those concerns but also schedule a demo for you and your staff just so you see how this device will transform how you do your work.

How to Improve Case Acceptance in the Modern Dental Practice

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How to Improve Case Acceptance in the Modern Dental Practice

Your office may have experienced, and skilled staff, the latest dental technology, but that may come to nothing if your case acceptance rates are dismal. Read on and discover how to improve case acceptance in the modern dental practice.

Use Pictures, Rather Than Words

You can go on and on about treatments, but a patient may still say no to a necessary or recommended dental treatment procedure if they don’t see the importance of it. Why not just tell your patient, but show them what you can do for them.

If you use the appropriate images to show your patient a firsthand view of what the problem is, they’re likely to change their mind. For example, the patient may require deep cleaning instead of the routine cleaning that he or she had come for. Use the IRIS HD USB 3.0 Dental Camera to capture images of the affected teeth. Beam those images onto a large screen within the operatory so that the patient can see how serious the situation is. Your patient will then realize that your recommendation is indeed necessary, and he or she will likely move forward with the recommended procedure.

Emphasize Same Day Treatment

We live in a very busy world, and everyone seems to be pressed for time. How can your dental practice be more considerate of your patients’ time?

Case acceptance in the modern dental practice can increase significantly if same-day services are emphasized. Recent technologies, such as the XTG Handheld X-Ray from Digital Doc, have collapsed the time that was initially required for patient care. The handheld X-ray allows the dentist to get instant x-ray images that can be displayed on a screen and reviewed right then and there. So, any needed dental work can be completed during one visit instead of having the patient come back for additional appointments.

In short, digitize your dental practice so that same-day services become the norm. You will see an increase in case acceptance rates at your practice.

Show Your Dental Patient Urgency

Another way to increase case acceptance in the modern dental practice is to stress the risks of delayed treatment to your patient. For example, a patient who comes into the office with a toothache should be told that urgent treatment is needed before more damage is done, which will cause additional dental procedures like a root canal.

Fortunately, sub-enamel illumination technology like LUM can be paired with an IRIS Intraoral Camera to show the patient how extensive their dental problem is. Consequently, it is likely that the patient will agree to immediate treatment once they fully understand the urgency of the situation.  

Adress Your Patient’s Fears of the Dental Treatment

Sometimes, case acceptance rates can take a tumble when you don’t address your patient’s fears. For example, a patient may postpone a needed surgical procedure simply because he or she fears that the procedure will be so complex that there will be complications and the recovery time will be longer than expected.

Your staff can learn to integrate language that removes fear from your patients during consultations. For example, as you discuss the images taken using the IRIS LTE USB 2.0 Dental Camera beamed on a screen, inform your patient that their tooth decay treatment is a routine procedure and they’ll be back to normal in no time. Additionally, you can explain that you have done it countless times without any problems. Addressing your patient’s fears will help increase the case acceptance rates of your dental practice.

Refrain from the Money Talk

Your work as a dentist is to educate and treat patients. Focus on doing just that and avoid discussing the cost of the procedure. Let the front office or billing department discuss this with the patient. The best thing you can do is educate your patient about their necessary treatment. Make the best use of the IRIS Intraoral Cameras to help the patient understand why the urgent treatment is needed.

As you can see from the discussion above, case acceptance in the modern dental practice largely depends on how you present the case to the patient and their understanding of the necessary treatment. Digital Doc can help you to digitize your practice so that better patient care can be offered efficiently without sacrificing attention to detail. Contact us today for a demonstration of how our products can help to skyrocket your case acceptance rates.

Traditional Dental Impressions vs. Digital Dental Impressions

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Traditional Dental Impressions vs. Digital Dental Impressions

If you would like to provide dental restorations services, such as dental crowns, in your office then you’ll need to take dental impressions first. You can offer your patients traditional dental impressions or you can use digital dental impressions. This article discusses the two types of dental impressions you can provide in your office.

Traditional Dental Impressions

Traditional dental impressions are obtained by placing dental putty in the mouth of your patient. This putty hardens slowly. Your patient will bite down on that so dental impressions are left in the substance. 

Thereafter, a lengthy process of preparing the mold for the restorations begins and sometimes, retaking the dental impressions may be required to fix any errors made during the previous session.

There is a nearly universal dislike of this traditional dental impression capture method by both dental care professionals and patients alike because the putty triggers the gag reflex in patients and makes for unpleasant dental visits.

Additionally, traditional dental impressions are time-consuming for the patient and for dentists. In addition, you may have to repeat all these steps if the restoration does not form correctly for your patient. 

All these issues prompted a better way to get dental impressions, and digital dental impressions were brought to the market by Digital Doc and a few other manufacturers.

Digital Dental Impressions

Digital dental impressions are taken by the use of an intraoral scanner like the Heron IOS Intraoral Scanner. This scanner captures images of all the intricacies of your dentition and creates 3D images of your dental structures so that a restoration can be fabricated. Digital dental impressions have a number of advantages over the traditional way of getting dental impressions.

First, less time is required to take the impressions simply because dentists can move the Heron Intraoral Scanner within the mouth and in a minute or so the required impressions are secured. This is unlike the traditional dental impressions that require you to wait for a long time before the putty sets so your patient can bite into it.

Secondly, your patient will have a more enjoyable dental visit since they will not have to spend a lot of time with unpleasant-tasting substances in their mouth. Digital impressions eliminate all that and the process is completed quickly, as already mentioned earlier.

Additionally, the digital dental impressions obtained are accurate and hardly ever require a retake since the images captured are sent directly to the fabricator so that the restorations made conform to the structures in your mouth. The chance of human error during the capture of the images or the fabrication of the restorations is reduced since everything is done digitally.

Furthermore, you will be pleased to learn that digital dental impressions are eco-friendly if you are concerned about the environmental footprint of everything that affects you. Digital dental impression technology saves the energy that would have been used to store the materials used to get the impressions. Numerous materials, such as dental impression trays, are also not needed when taking digital dental impressions.

As you can see from the discussion above, digital dental impressions have so many advantages over traditional dental impressions. If you’d like to acquire Digital Doc products like the Heron IOS Intraoral Scanner in your office and provide excellent services to your patients, contact Digital Doc today for a consultation!