As dental professionals learn more about the many clinical uses of cone beam computed technology (CBCT) and the benefits of having an in-office system provides, the popularity of 3D imaging systems is growing—and with that, so are the requirements for accreditation. At the moment, the number of practices required to have CBCT accreditation is limited. Currently, it’s only necessary in situations where:
- the practice receives reimbursements for Medicare or Medicaid;
- the practice is located in Minnesota; or
- the practice is located in California.
I’ve been a big advocate for computer-aided restoration/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) restorations for a number of years; in fact, I have used several systems in my office during my quest to find the perfect solution for my needs. The reason for these efforts is due to the many benefits that performing restorations onsite has extended to my office, including:
- improved patient care;
- reduced lab and impression costs;
- increased revenue;
- the ability to have fun and be more creative in my practice!
by Dr. Darrell Bourg
After being involved in a four wheeler accident, a 25-year-old male came into my implant dentistry practice complaining of pain in the upper left side of his mouth. Initially, I captured a 2D periapical image, but saw nothing out of the ordinary. Because of this, I decided to take a CBCT scan to get the bigger picture.
An important consideration of digital radiography (DR) or computed radiography (CR) utilization is understanding how to “sanitize” your imaging technology to ensure that infection control standards are met.
As dentists, the health and safety of our patients is of paramount importance — not only for maintaining a trusting relationship with them, but also for shielding them from potential sources of cross contamination and possible infection. For this reason, I would like to take a moment to address the best practices for infection control for digital intraoral sensors as well as phosphor plate systems.