DIAGNOdent: The Right Technology Investment for Your Practice and Your Patients
During turbulent times, 3 words keep coming to mind: ?Evidence defeats doubt.? How do you create a sense of urgency in your patients to make dental care a priority? I incorporated DIAGNOdent (KaVO) into my practice several years ago and could not believe the return on investment that this product provides. My hygienists use the technology with every patient, and they continue to find caries that previously we were unable to detect using conventional methods such as a radiograph or explorer. This device allows accurate diagnosis of 90% of every patient?s existent decay, as apposed to 45% detected using conventional methods only.
DIAGNOdent technology uses a laser to detect the natural florescence of each individual tooth. Because decay has a higher level of natural florescence, DIAGNOdent is able to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy tooth structure.
Using either the DIAGNOdent Classic or Pen, each patient is examined after a regular hygiene cleaning is performed. Ease of use is simple. It takes our hygiene team approximately 3 minutes per patient after the cleaning, and less than that for me to verify their findings during my time with the patient.
Imagine using a 3-dimensional explorer that is totally painless for the patient to search for caries. That?s exactly what DIAGNOdent does. By simply moving the instrument over the occlusal surface of the tooth?like a laser explorer?you are able to provide a quantitative value of the type of caries and their location.
Translate Improved Patient Care into ROI
DIAGNOdent is a device that easily translates to patients. Its numerical scale and audible tone offer a more straight-forward doctor-patient conversation than explaining a radiograph. This shift in patient understanding results in greater case acceptance as patients are able to better comprehend the situation. Better patient understanding and case acceptance means continually building your practice in any economic environment, even this one. DIAGNOdent will pay for itself within the first week if used with every hygiene appointment. I have personally experienced more than $1,000 new patient dollars per week since integrating DIAGNOdent.
Invest in Technology That Makes a Difference
DIAGNOdent has changed the way I practice dentistry. It is a must have for any office, but especially in this economic environment. There is no better way to show your patients that you are investing in the right technologies that will benefit their oral health.