The biggest plus of new dental tools is patient education. Intraoral cameras, which can be used in conjunction with a computer or with a television monitor, take a picture of the outside of the tooth.
This is especially beneficial for patients who may be suspicious or resentful of recommendations their dentists give them, especially if they don't feel any immediate pain.
"If you can see that your tooth is fractured on a computer monitor, chances are you're going to [fix it] before you need more serious work.
Seeing your dental problems may seem overwhelming at first, but consider the experience the first step toward a healthier, fresher smile. The camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, allowing you the opportunity to prevent small problems before they escalate. This is especially helpful with gum disease and conditions that cause damage without causing pain. The camera's honest survey can also show you how your regular home hygiene routine is paying off. The dental hygienist or dentist can recommend ways to improve your homecare based on their findings.
The digital method also saves time for dentists who need to make several X-rays. Photos are easy to re-take and patients no longer have to wait for the film to develop. The X-rays are easily printed, duplicated, and sent to insurance companies that demand them.
Increasingly dental insurance e companies are requiring detailed narratives and documentation prior to paying claims. The intraoral camera combined with digital x-rays helps speed the approval and payment of claims.Some insurance companies have started accepting e-mail images and X-rays, cutting down on the paper trail -- which is further reduced by so-called practice management software that connects appointments, billing, and patient records for streamlined file maintenance.
Exchange of information between dental professionals is also becoming easier with technology. We can up video-conferences with an oral surgeon, endodonist and othe specialists to pre-screen patients for certain procedures, saving consultation fees for patients.
If you want to learn more about the technologies that enhance patient care in our office, call us today. We're always happy to explain the new innovations in dentistry and how they can improve your dental experience.
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