Dental Practice Technology: 66% of Dentists Use Digital X-rays

digital xraysDigital technology has reached the dentist’s office. According to Yale School of Medicine, 10 to 30% of dentists have abandoned film for digital X-rays.

When we asked dentists if they use use digital x-rays, 66% said yes. Only 34% reported that they still use film.

“Digital x-rays have improved dentistry so much. I can’t imagine going back to the old way of developing x-rays. It has allowed doctors to diagnose a patient when they are away from the office,” said one periodontist.

“Couldn’t live without digital,” offered another.

A great investment –

“Possibly the best investment I have made in my practice.” (Kentucky dentist)

“One of my best purchases. I’ve been digital over 4 years.” (Florida dentist)

“We implemented digital about a decade ago and would never go back.” (South Carolina dentist)

“One of the most cost-effective things I’ve done. I have been digital since 2000.” (California dentist)

“Yes, who in this day and age doesn’t? It is SO inexpensive compared to what I paid over 10 years ago to do it, that it is a “no-brainer” to do. PLUS the savings in chemicals, processor maintenance, employee time to do these non-essential weekly maintenance jobs, making duplicates for Insurance etc. just makes going digital a “slam dunk” decision! This is why, once I purchased it, I realized these benefits and then lectured on going digital.” (Illinois dentist)

“It’s wonderful! Less radiation the patient and staff is exposed to and the ability to manipulate the images.” (Florida hygienist)

“Higher diagnosable image versus film, no fixer, developer, film, mounts cost, lower patient and ambient radiation levels — truly a no-brainer!” (North Dakota dentist)

Too expensive for some –

“Very expensive to fully implement.” (Missouri dentist)

“Digital has improved greatly, but I am not interested in the investment at this late stage of practice.” (Indiana dentist)

“I would love to have a digital pan/ceph, but at $44K, I’ll have to pass for now.” (Oklahoma dentist)

“Too expensive!” (Nevada dentist)

“I am 67 years old in a month or so and it is hard to spend that much money.” (California dentist)

“Way too costly!” (Massachusetts dentist)

Sensors can be an issue –

“Sensors are too @#*&! expensive!” (Mississippi dentist)

“The technology finally meets or exceeds the quality of film radiology — but with some drawbacks. The cost for the sensors and viewing equipment is very high, compared to the same film-based radiology. The bitewing views are not fully closed-mouth as bitewings done with films, because of the sensor cords. And the sensors have some limitations of placement freedom due to their rigidity and thickness compared to the relative patient comfort with films.” (California dentist)

“Since no sensor has been declared superior, I believe buyers need to evaluate the software. How many ‘clicks’ needed to go through the fmx, to modify contrast/brightness for diagnosing and making notes? You should be able to do this quickly ‘on the fly’ as the patient hears you review their x-rays. The right-click menu and simple keyboard shortcuts should be available so you don’t have to mouse all over the place for everything. I also believe software using the “template” paradigm of x-ray sets is a throwback to the past and is not good use of computer power.” (Illinois dentist)

“They have to make the sensors either less expensive or more durable.” (California dentist)

Will Dentists Be Placing Music Grills in Dental Patients Next? (video)

Will Dentists Be Placing Music Grills in Dental Patients Next? (video)Will dental patients be asking dentists to upload their MP3 music to their mouth anytime soon?

It appears that one young college student has worked out the design concept.

Aisen Chacin, a student at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, recently created a digital music player for the mouth by attaching a vibrating motor to a mold of her upper teeth.

Her idea was to be able to hear music via ‘bone conduction’ through the skull so that when music is played, the vibration to the bone would be so strong that songs are clearly heard — without the need for headsets or earbuds.

She was successful with her invention, which resembles the popular teeth grills that many rappers wear. Chacin also installed controls on the underside of the piece so that music lovers can change their music or increase the volume with just their tongues.

Her music-grill device is featured in this video from YouTube —

What do you think about this device?

Friday Random Video: Blind Man Drives Car

Friday Random Video: Blind Man Drives CarDentists, have you heard the one about the blind man driving to Taco Bell?

Turns out, it’s no joke.

The Google self-driving car project in was announced in 2010 as a way to make driving safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient.

This week Google shared one of their favorite test-drives on YouTube to celebrate 200,000 miles of safe driving.

In this trending viral video, Steve Mahan, who is legally blind, took the car for a drive on a carefully programmed route to experience being behind the wheel.

The test drive was a technical experiment where the car drove the passengers to a Morgan Hill, California Taco Bell for tacos.

In celebration of the 200,000 miles, here’s this week’s viral video —

Dentists, would you own a self-driving car?

Do you think there will come a day when we will have a robot adjusting braces?

Buying High Tech Dental Equipment More Like Buying a Used Car (video)

High tech dental equipment can easily cost a dentist tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Dentists get excited by the promise of new technology, but they balk at the high price tag.

“Are you kidding?” one dentist commented in a survey, “Damn near every piece of equipment has been over-hyped. The drawbacks are omitted before the sale. If suppliers were real estate brokers of physicians, they would have all lost their licences years ago. It’s more like buying a used car than a piece of professional equipment!

On the other hand, some are pleased with their high-tech dental equipment purchases.

A Colorado dentist disagreed, “Digital X-rays and electric hand-pieces have made a HUGE impact on my dental practice!”

The Wealthy dentist conducted a survey asking dentists if they have ever been disappointed by an expensive piece of high-tech dental equipment.

Click Play to hear what dentists had to say in this survey —

What do you think about your high tech dental equipment purchases?

Science Friday: An Amazing New Kind of Orthodontic Treatment

Science Friday: An Amazing New Kind of Orthodontic TreatmentOrthodontists: Get ready to speed up the time it takes to wear dental braces!

OrthoAccel Technologies has announced the FDA clearance of their AcceleDent device, a removable gadget that an orthodontia patient wears in their mouth for 20 minutes a day.

The device works by accelerating teeth movement through vibration when used in conjunction with conventional braces.

In the clinical trial, the appliance exhibited an acceleration of teeth movement of 106% during the initial alignment phase and 38% – 50% during closure of extraction space.

In a statement released by Dr. Dubravko Pavlin, professor of orthodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, he exclaimed, “With an increase in rate of tooth movement observed in our study the orthodontic treatment time could be shortened by at least 5 months during the first two stages of orthodontic treatment.”

Here is the video promo for the AcceleDent device —

What do you think about this new dental science technology?

For more on the AcceleDental device see: Brace Yourself: AcceleDent Device Could Cut Orthodontic Treatment Time in Half


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