HD Quality Dental Images with Dr. Delwin Hemingway

HD Quality Dental Images with Dr. Delwin Hemingway - IRIS Intraoral Camera Digital Doc

HD Quality Dental Images with Dr. Delwin R. Hemingway

We recently spoke with Dr. Delwin R. Hemingway about his experience with intraoral cameras. Dr. Hemingway has been in the dental industry for over forty years now. His experience goes way beyond the average dentist. He started out as a dental lab technician and eventually became the successful dentist he is today. Throughout his journey, Dr. Hemingway was an associate dentist, a partner in a group practice, the owner and CEO of a large practice which employs several dentists, and a Fortune Executive Coach. Dr. Hemingway has earned the “Best Designed Dental Practice of the Year in 2006” and “Best Integration of Technology into a Dental Practice in America in 2006.” What’s his secret? His ability to provide quality care to his patients using the latest dental technology.

The Best Investment For Your Dental Practice

Dr. Hemingway’s best return he’s ever made was on an intraoral camera. He started using his first intraoral camera back in 1988 when DentaCam first came out. Today, Dr. Hemingway says, “The state-of-the-art intraoral camera is the IRIS intraoral camera from Digital Doc. We use it every day on almost every patient. We have eight operatories. We have one of these in every operatory so you don’t have to go find it, you don’t have to wait for it, you can pick up the camera and take your pictures. I find this as one of the best, if not the best, source for showing patients what’s going on. They understand what needs to be done. I couldn’t practice dentistry without an intraoral camera and IRIS gives me the clarity in the image that I’m looking for.” Dr. Hemingway continues to provide the best patient care using Digital Doc’s IRIS intraoral camera. For questions about our IRIS intraoral camera or any other Digi Doc products, contact us today to schedule a FREE demo!

 

Intraoral Camera ROI with Dr. Sully Sullivan

Intraoral camera ROI with Dr. Sully Sullivan DigiDoc

Intraoral Camera ROI with Dr. Sully Sullivan

We recently caught up with Dr. Sully Sullivan and his Father/Partner Dr. Richard Sullivan, III of Sullivan Dental Partners. We found out we share an amazing dental technology journey that goes back 20 years. Dr. Richard Sullivan, III, who now runs a successful dental practice with his Son. Dr. Sully Sullivan is also the host of the Millennial Dental Podcast. During our visit, Dr. Rick proceeded to show us a magazine article that featured him as one of the first Dentists to adopt Intraoral camera technology. Dr. Sullivan had paid $37,000 for this single-camera back in 1991.

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The plot twist comes when we discover the story of where the Intraoral cameras came from.

Prior to David Wilson becoming the owner of Digital Doc, he had spent fifteen years in the construction business. He was hanging sheetrock in a small town in Northwest Arkansas when he went back home for his 20-year high school class reunion in Placerville, CA. During this visit back home, Dave reconnected with an old classmate, Mike. The two quickly began chatting about their accomplishment and goals. Mike had been designing something for the dental industry out of his basement for two years designing the very same camera featured in the magazine article with Dr. Richard Sullivan, III. The camera was called The Dentacam.

Intraoral Cameras began to explode. Dave Wilson and Mike proceeded to develop a partnership building cameras such as AcuCam and Insight Cameras before Digital Doc was born.

Today, Digital Doc is celebrating 20 years of manufacturingiIntraoral cameras in Northern California. Dave Wilson had the ambition to become the industry leader in Intraoral cameras. He has seen his vision come to light by focusing on designing a quality product line and becoming the very best. 

To be the best in this industry, It takes excellence in dental imaging, but it does not stop there. To be the best, you have to support your customers, your team members and not worry about being right.

Dave’s Motto, “Take care of the customer, and they will be with you for life.”

Thank you to Dr. Sullivan for being an early adopter. Below is a video series Dr. Sully recently posted on why HD matters to today’s patient. He talks about why you should put an intraoral camera on every chair even if they cost $5,000 per camera. Follow our youtube channel to hear more doctors tell their success stories. You can click here to meet some of the Digital Doc team who has been a part of the family for all of the 20 years in business. Dave Wilson continues to be a pioneer in this segment of the business. And, he is not finished yet!

 

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!

XTG Handheld X-Ray Shines During Dental Mission Trip

XTG handheld x-ray

XTG Handheld X-Ray Shines During Dental Mission to Haiti

It is easy to take things for granted when you live in the developed world. We often forget about the struggles third world countries face, such as access to food, clean water, and shelter. These countries also have little or no access to basic dental care. So, the vast majority of the population are living a poor quality of life (severe pain, inability to eat properly, premature tooth loss, gum disease, etc.)

As a way of giving back to humanity, Dr. Chris Hansen of Two Rivers Family Dental and a team of dental professionals went on a mission to Los Cacaos, a remote part of Haiti, for 10 days. Their mission was to provide free dental services to people from the villagers in Los Cacaos and the surrounding areas. Dr. Hansen and his team set off on February 14 determined to do what they could to ease the pain and suffering of locals.

Dental missions are hard to pull off because doctors don’t have access to the same dental equipment and materials they normally would at a dental care facility. On mission trips, you have to make do with makeshift facilities, often performing dental procedures wherever necessary.

All this would not have been possible without portable dentistry equipment, such as the Xray2go, a handheld compact x-ray machine that produces high-quality radiographic images.

In Dr. Hansen’s own words, “We were so fortunate to have a portable X-ray2go from our friends at Digital Doc! They have been generous partners in dental missions!” Her words speak volumes about how valuable the XTG Handheld X-ray can be when you need dental services on the go.

The XTG Handheld X-Ray took it all in stride and delivered high-quality x-ray images a day in and day out right to the very end! In total, the dental mission team performed 4 dental cleanings, 56 dental restorations, 573 tooth extractions, and 11 Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) treatments. The faithful and reliable Xray2go was there to provide all the radiographic images needed to perform the vast majority of those procedures.

The innovations that have brought portable handheld x-ray machines like the X-ray2go and other compact dental equipment like the LUM sub-enamel illumination device have made it possible to offer dental care just about anywhere. Dental offices that participate in dental missions or other outreach services should take advantage of the functionality and quality these products provide. Contact Digital Doc today for a FREE demo!