Earlier diagnosis can redefine minimally invasive dentistry
Advanced technologies, such as caries diagnostics and 3D imaging, are bringing new levels of treatment to more practices and patients
Taking advantage of digital technologies allows us to present treatment options in a way that patients can become truly involved
The independent dental practice model has entered an era of increased competition. As a result, independent practices are developing and testing new models to serve and expand their changing patient base. The addition of technologies, such as caries diagnostics and 3D imaging, is an option that can allow your practice to assess patient health earlier and more comprehensively, providing the opportunity to apply more preventive or minimally invasive treatments.
In order to successfully drive success through these technologies, everyone on your team needs to become part of the effort to communicate your findings and involve the patient in his or her treatment. With the right technology, you could add important specialty services for your patients such as implants, TMD, orthodontics, airway analysis,endodontic treatment, and more.
About the Author
Lou Graham, DDS, is an internationally recognized lecturer extensively involved in continuing education for dental professionals, and a published author in many leading national and international dental journals. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, Chicago Dental Society and Illinois Dental Association. Dr. Graham is a graduate of Emory University School of Dentistry and the former Dental Director of the University of Chicago’s Department of Dentistry. He enjoys providing dental care at his multi-specialty private practice group, University Dental Professionals, in Chicago, IL - Hyde Park.