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Do you have questions regarding Intraoral Cameras? Are they worth investing in? What are the benefits and drawbacks? What is the Dental professional consensus? Here are some reasons we complied that answer’s your questions!
Improve Patient Communication & Education
Intraoral camera’s offer patients a simple solution to questions and often impresses. By connecting your camera to a monitor, you have a great way to point out the area of interest and discuss it with your patient. Patients can now visualize their teeth in a way they’re not used to seeing and ask questions regarding their dental health. How many times have you had a patient delay or even reject your treatment plan because they don’t think the problem is that bad? With the use of an intraoral camera you can show your patient the problem and hopefully improve the odds that they will accept your proposed treatment plan.
As you are aware some conditions, such as open margins, caries, fractures and soft tissue lesions, are difficult to see with the naked eye, Intraoral camera’s can deliver a superior view for your diagnosis. High-quality intraoral cameras allow you to magnify images so you can spot problems and improve patient care. With magnification you can visualize details of an impression margin, the internal surface of a casting or the way a crown or inlay fits on a stone die.
Enhance Patient Satisfaction & Record Keeping
Sometimes notes aren’t enough when reviewing your patient’s history. Using a camera to capture the “before” and “after” images can lead to greater patient satisfaction as well as allows you to document concerns and treatment outcomes so you’ll have a strong history of the patient’s past.
Provide Additional Evidence to Strengthen Insurance Claims
Insurance companies can be difficult and often require photographic evidence before treatment. Intraoral cameras provide superior photographic documentation increasing the chances of the procedure being approved.
Dental sensors have now become a standard in dental practices. Dental professionals are moving beyond analog film, phosphor plate and digital boxes, and are embracing digital technology that allows direct display of quality x-ray images instantly from the moment they’re captured. We thought we’d highlight the benefits behind the sensor so you have a better understanding of how these work! For intraoral imaging, state-of-the-art means digital CMOS technology with direct USB 2.0 connectivity. Its greatest advantage is gain in time. X-ray images project directly onto the dentist’s computer screen in just three seconds.
How it Works: The invisible X-ray beam from the generator will first come into contact with a highly-sensitive scintillator. Composed of Cesium Iodide, or molecules with like qualities, this layer converts X-ray photons into light photon after being colliding with an X-ray photon. The resulting light photons can be easily detected by the CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor)vsensor component. CMOS is an active pixel sensor that uses extra circuitry next to the photo sensors to convert energy from the light into a voltage value. This information is then converted by additional circuitry into digital information.
Not all sensors contain the same parts, which is something to consider before choosing your sensor. By buying a higher quality sensor for your practice, you can:
- Optimize the signal-to-noise ratio for a better contrast & spatial resolution
- Protect against cross contamination by properly disinfecting the sensor
- Ensuring your sensor lasts longer, resulting in lower practice expenses
Technology can be a significant factor in capturing new opportunities and can have an impact on your practice’s bottom line. Digital imaging technology is one of the best tools that facilitates the referral process between generalists and specialists. Digital imaging technology allows dentists and dental specialists to electronically share secure patient information, enabling them to improve the quality of care.
- Communication: Accelerates insurance claims with digital radiography and intraoral camera images that allows you to submit indisputable evidence with your claims.
- Education: By working with a specialist who has state-of-the-art equipment, a dentist can learn about advancements and apply them to his or her own practice. Thanks to advanced software and imaging systems, specialists can easily educate both patients and their referring dentist partners on recommended treatment plans, treatment process and final outcomes.
For the new dentist who is graduating, there are plenty of options for starting your new practice. If you choose to associate with an established dentist to “learn the ropes” or purchase a practice from a retiring dentist, you may be faced with the challenge of bringing the practice into the 21st century, at least from a technology standpoint.
Some of the newest technology is very exciting but these types of purchases are often not in the budget. Here is where a new dentist should start, with a focus on getting the most bang for the buck.
- Practice Management Software: Practice management software is far and away the most critical decision that a dental professional can make. This is the “glue” that holds everything together, and everything will be tied into this practice management software. Find the program that best meets your specific needs, compare different systems to see how certain features are handled better on one program than another. Every practice is unique, it is essential that you evaluate what is important to you and assess the different types of software. Keep in mind that you should see how well the software can adapt to how you prefer to see and treat patients.
- Computers in the Ops: Older or outdated practices will not have computers in the operatories, upgrading your practice can make you more efficient and decentralize the front desk. If you plan on adding digital x-rays, computers are mandatory to both utilize and view these images.
As new dentists start to upgrade the older practices they are acquiring, they need to be smart about how they spend their limited funds. By investing in the proper infrastructure the practice can be allowed to flourish and eventually have funds for other high-tech purchases.