Entering a New World of Indirect Dentistry
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ, May 2, 2014 ? ?Do we have a new doctor?s bag?" Parag R. Kachalia, DDS, believes that technology has ushered in a new era in dentistry that can raise the level of care and success for the clinicians who embrace it. Speaking to more than 230 dentists and hygienists, Dr. Kachalia addressed the evolution of dentistry and how the advances in tools and technology can impact a practice.
Dr. Kachalia began with the topic of patient diagnostics and education. In the past few years, dentistry has seen great leaps in digital caries detection, digital radiography, and digital imaging.
New caries detection devices can employ fluorescence to search for the presence of strep-mutants, the primary caries-causing microbial. Pits and fissures are the most susceptible areas for caries because they are a favorable habitat for the bacteria. Explorers are limited in their ability to find decay in these areas, and simply can?t tell the clinician if there is a problem area before it has already started decaying. Digital caries detection devices can spot areas with a high concentration of bacteria so intervention can begin before tooth structure must be removed.
Dr. Kachalia also discussed the value of using a digital intraoral camera in the practice. Magnification can help provide diagnostic information, and the large, clear images can help with patient education and treatment acceptance. He urged the use of putting images on an iPad or other tablet to help make a personal connection with the patient. That connection builds trust with the clinician and helps the patient understand the urgency for action.
After his presentation, Dr. Kachalia spoke with Dental Learning. He shared his use of the Air Techniques Spectra for its ability to diagnose caries that might otherwise be missed. He also uses the Polaris intraoral camera to improve diagnostics and educate the patient.