Entering a New World of Indirect Dentistry
BURLINGTON, MA, Nov 7, 2014?Speaking to more than 200 dental professionals at the November 2014 Updates in Contemporary Dentistry meeting, Parag R. Kachalia, DDS, addressed the evolution of dentistry and how the advances in tools and technology can make a difference in a practice. ?
Do we have a new doctor?s bag?? asked Dr. Kachalia, before he went on to discuss how technology has ushered in a new era in dentistry that can raise the level of care and success for those dentists who embrace it.
Diagnostics and Education
New diagnostic tools?such as digital caries detection, digital radiography, and digital cameras?have not only made diagnosis easier and more accurate, but they have also made patient education more collaborative.
New caries detection devices use fluorescence to search for the presence of Streptococcus mutans, the primary caries-causing bacteria. In the pits and fissures of teeth, which harbor bacteria, dental explorers are limited in their ability to detect decay early. Digital caries detection devices can spot areas with a high concentration of bacteria before decay starts and tooth structure must be removed. Many of these devices have imaging capability, so you can show your patients exactly what you are seeing.
Intraoral cameras offer the same opportunity for early diagnosis and patient education. The magnification capability of the cameras offers diagnostic information with large, clear images that can be shared with the patient. Dr. Kachalia urged putting the images on an iPad or other tablets that the patient can hold, making a personal connection with the patient. That connection builds trust with the clinician and helps the patient understand the urgency of action.
Product in Practice
In a separate interview with Dental Learning, Dr. Kachalia said that he uses Air Techniques Spectra in his practice because of its ability to diagnosis caries that might otherwise be missed. He also uses the Air Techniques Polaris intraoral camera to improve diagnostics and educate patients.