Which Field Of View Is Right For You?

If you are wrestling with the idea of adding a new 3D imaging system to your practice, there are a few questions you should ask yourself:

  • What do I want to do with the information that the new system will provide?
  • Am I interested in return on investment (ROI)? (Of course you are, but is there more to it than that—like broadening your skills as a clinician?)
  • Am I expanding the capabilities of my practice in the future?

How you answer these questions can help you determine which field of view (FOV) is right for you and which imaging system best fits your needs.

What Do You Want to Do?
Is it endodontics? Implants? Airway analysis? Orthodontics? The following table can help you determine what to look for in an imaging solution.

Field of View
Small FOV
(5cm x 5cm)
Medium FOV
(8cm x 9cm)
Large FOV
(up to 17 cm)
Goal
Endodontics
View one or two teeth at a time
X X
Implantology
Scan single and dual jaw; perform guided surgery
 

X

X
Oral surgery
Evaluate: trauma cases; TMJ disorders; airway/sleep apnea disorders
X
Periodontics
(including, but not necessarily only implants)
 

X

 

X

Orthodontics
Evaluate: ectopic and impacted teeth; third molars
X X X
Assess TMJ, skeletal symmetry X
Airway
Evaluate airway, sleep apnea
X

 

Is Your Objective ROI?
If you are considering a shift to in-house imaging, ask yourself how many times per month you refer patients out for a scan. If your average is four or more, it may make sense to invest in a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging system. In about a year or less, your system could pay for itself.* Continue reading

The Top Five Reasons Why You Really Do Need CBCT

The decision to add a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system to your practice is a significant one—and one that can have far-reaching implications. It is a sizable investment, so the concern for obtaining a return on that investment is often top of mind. The ability to accurately evaluate anatomy in 3D requires training, which is another point to consider. Logistics, such as how the system will physically fit into your office space or the impact it will have on your workflow, are additional factors that you should carefully examine.

There are definitely many considerations to take into account when making a decision like this. But for many practitioners, the choice was an easy one, because the advantages of introducing CBCT to their practice were—and still are—very compelling. Here are the main reasons why.

  1. Improved diagnostic capabilities
    The impact that CBCT has on your ability to diagnose should not be understated. In fact, some practitioners believe they can’t practice without it. CBCT imaging provides a level of anatomical detail that enables practitioners to detect clinical situations like infections, lesions and hidden anatomy. The information that CBCT reveals (when superimpositions are removed) sometimes results in practitioners changing their initial diagnoses, because what is not visible with 2D imaging is often blatantly obvious with 3D imaging.

    With improved diagnostic capabilities, you can discontinue the practice of referring patients out for scans, which helps speed return on investment (ROI). You may decide to perform more procedures—or more complicated ones—yourself because the information revealed by CBCT imaging gives you the clinical confidence to do so, which also positively impacts ROI.

  2. Patient education and case acceptance
    CBCT imaging facilitates patients’ understanding of your treatment plans. Because patients can more easily visualize the area of interest in 3D than 2D, they are better informed about the diagnosis and feel more included in the diagnostic process. As a result, they are more likely to accept the treatment proposal. In addition, better education allays patient concerns, resulting in a more positive patient experience.
  3. Marketing
    New technology is a great differentiator, and the addition of CBCT to your practice provides you with the perfect opportunity to promote your capabilities. When technology-savvy patients are looking for doctors who are on the cutting edge of their profession, they may choose you over the practitioner around the corner who hasn’t added CBCT to his/her practice. For specialists, this technology can attract more referrals, too.
  4. Referral relationship
    As a general practitioner, it’s important to me to refer my patients to specialists who have the most up-to-date technology and who can provide the level of care my patients have come to know and expect. On the other hand, as an implant specialist, I know that doctors refer their patients to my practice because I am able to clearly visualize implant treatment and placement.

    In addition to increasing referrals, CBCT imaging enables you to more easily collaborate with referring doctors on your recommended treatment plans and final outcomes. Seeing is believing, and the ability to reference a CBCT image can greatly simplify what may otherwise seem like a very complex treatment plan. Referring doctors will likely feel more comfortable with your treatment choices and enjoy the ability to collaborate on treatment plan options through the virtual treatment plans in the 3D software.

  5. Workflow
    CBCT can enhance your workflow by keeping patients within the practice for imaging—eliminating the extra step of sending them out for a 3D scan. When patients go from initial appointment to 3D imaging to treatment planning—all in one appointment—the time savings is enormous.

    Not only that but, when chosen wisely, CBCT systems can streamline your workflow by working seamlessly with your imaging and practice management software. And, depending on the procedures performed in office, CBCT scans can also be merged with digital impressions from an intraoral scanner to improve implant planning, surgical guide fabrication and more.

If you’ve already incorporated CBCT into your practice, what are some additional benefits you have experienced as a result?

Evolve from the Stone Age: Digitizing Existing Stone Models

By Matt Hendrickson
Orthodontic Business Director, Carestream Dental

Digital models as seen on CS Model software from Carestream DentalAt the busy orthodontic practice, there’s simply not enough room for stone model storage. Well-established practices can have decade’s worth of models taking up space onsite or gathering dust and wasting money in offsite storage. Even after patients move on and the appropriate number of years have passed, destroying stone models is also costly.

Like almost everything these days, the answer is digital. Intraoral scanners have made it easy to take digital impressions and software can render a digital model for case presentation. But what about all those existing stone models from before digital solutions were available? Fortunately, intraoral scanners can be also used to scan conventional models. And, when preferred, there are multi-functional extraoral imaging systems that not only capture panoramic, cephalometric and 3D images, but can also scan existing models and traditional impressions in order to digitize them at no additional per model cost. Continue reading

Take Your Practice to the Next Level—Top 10 Reasons to Go to the Global Oral Health Summit

Whether you’re a CS PracticeWorks, CS SoftDent, CS OrthoTrac or CS WinOMS practice, the Global Oral Health Summit is where Carestream Dental software users go every year to learn how to boost the efficiency of day-to-day operations, improve the patient experience and promote their practices. In short, the Summit is for teams that want to take their practice to the next level, so Carestream Dental has stepped up its game with next-level courses, speakers, social events and networking opportunities.

  1. Learn from the Best
    Industry consultants and renowned doctors share their insight with a personable and unique approach. Attendees can pick and choose the courses that fit their needs or choose from tracks based on either specialty or software. Courses cover case acceptance, change management, efficiency, improving practice marketing, practice technology, prevention, team building and digital oral health. Plus, keynote speaker Ryan Estis addresses how embracing change can be to your practice’s advantage.
  1. Become an Expert
    In addition to lecture-style courses and panels on the latest industry trends, Carestream Dental trainer-led hands-on sessions walk users through the nuances of CS PracticeWorks, CS SoftDent, CS OrthoTrac and CS WinOMS, with both beginner/intermediate level and advanced level classes. These courses allow participants to work within the software while asking questions directly of software product experts. By the end of these hour-long courses, users will have learned the tricks and shortcuts needed to streamline their practice management.
  1. Earn CE Credits
    All of the courses and sessions add up to be the perfect opportunity to earn Continuing Education credits—up to 13, in fact. Keeping up with education is important, no matter the specialty or attendee’s role, in order to stay on par with latest techniques and technology.
  1. Exchange Ideas, Not Just Business Cards
    At the Summit, teams from across specialties and regions can connect with peers to exchange ideas, share solutions and build referral connections. Software-specific plenary sessions connect software users so they can exchange tips and learn about product updates, while the networking kick-off lunch helps attendees network and build referrals in a relaxed setting.
  1. Socialize Poolside
    New friendships and connections can be made in the hallways on the way to class, or at the spa or by the pool. It’s no joke; the opening reception is poolside, broken up into specialty groups, with a special laser light show to close the evening. Doctors and staff can choose from any other number of social events over the course of the Summit to mix and mingle with peers from within their specialty or to network with practices from across the industry.
  1. Get Up, Get Moving
    Get pumped up each morning with fitness programs offered by Carestream Dental. Studies show that exercise increases endorphins and enhances focus. On Friday, a Latin dance-inspired cardio workout is the caliente way to start the day. Saturday morning, join Carestream Dental team members for a fun walk/run that takes participants around the beautiful grounds of the hotel.
  1. Hack the System
    Carestream Dental has invited innovators from MIT to host a hack-a-thon, a collaborative effort with other technology users to simulate real-world problem solving scenarios. If an attendee has a technology “hack,” idea or solution that they know will help other practices, this mass brainstorming session is for them. The solutions discussed during the hack-a-thon may be used to shape the future development of dental technology.
  1. Give Back
    For those arriving in Orlando early, a special service project hosted by Clean the World brings attendees together over breakfast Friday morning to assemble hygiene kits that will then be provided to underprivileged members of the Orlando community. Carestream Dental will also be accepting donations on behalf of Clean the World, or attendees can donate unused toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss in designated drop-off boxes to be used in future kits.
  1. Relax, It’s Florida
    Orlando in November, what’s not to love? In addition to the sunshine and warm weather, the beautiful Orlando World Center Marriott is a self-contained tropical paradise. For those who wish to venture outside the hotel, Carestream Dental intentionally left Sunday wide open for attendees to take advantage of all Orlando has to offer. The city’s “Show Your Badge” program lets attendees present their conference registration badge at participating restaurants for special discounts, and the hotel even offers shuttles to and from Disney World.
  1. Explore the Latest Technology
    In the Carestream Dental Exhibitor Partners Pavilion, experience all the current technology and services Carestream Dental and its partners have to offer. Attendees can chat with representatives from Carestream Dental and dozens of other companies to find the solutions to the biggest challenges their practices’ face.

To learn more about all the Global Oral Health Summit has to offer, visit carestreamdental.com/globalsummit.

The Benefits of a Traced Cephalometric Image

By Matt Hendrickson
Orthodontic Business Director, Carestream Dental

No matter how accurate the diagnosis or how strongly an orthodontist recommends someone undergo treatment, case acceptance ultimately lies with the patient and/or their parents. And they’re not just accepting treatment; they’re accepting you as their doctor for the next several months to several years. One way to both increase case acceptance and build trust between you and your patients is to go the extra mile and produce a traced cephalometric image during each case presentation.

Automatic landmark detection software can now trace a ceph in as little as 90 seconds at the touch of a single button. The software can instantly apply a standard analysis, such as McNamara, Ricketts, Steiner and Tweed. Some will even apply your own analysis using the automatically identified landmarks. A traced ceph can aid in treatment planning and helps to predict growth in a patient. You, as the doctor, already know that, so what can a traced ceph mean to your patients? Continue reading