Are Electronic Medical Records Right for Your Oral & Maxillofacial Practice?

By Gary Salman
Carestream Dental U.S. Director, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

When I talk to doctors who are still using paper charts in their practices, they all have one thing in common: they resist electronic medical records (EMR) because they’re certain that the switch from paper will be painful. While the transition is not a walk in the park, the challenges that EMR addresses make it a worthwhile effort. Consider these points: Continue reading

How to Streamline Communication through Automated Implant Reports

It’s easy to think of technological innovation in terms of the things we can hold in our hands—whether it’s the latest smart phone or the latest intraoral scanner. However, software—which isn’t quite as tactile—plays a huge role in simplifying our day-to-day lives, as well as workflows in the practice. Implant planning is currently experiencing a renaissance in innovation, and in addition to the hardware—scanners, CBCT systems, etc.—that is part of that change, software is also changing the way implants are planned, placed and even ordered.

According to Mark Setter, D.D.S., M.S., an automatic implant report can also help doctors better brand their practice, build relationships with referrals and even make things easier for patients who may be moving.

Being able to create reports for my referrals based on individual images and add my office logo and notations to the report is very easy to do. I am able to do it on the fly, without having to dedicate time to do reports—this is very powerful to me as a dental specialist. Even packaging up the DICOM files to send with a patient who is moving out of the area is just a couple of mouse clicks away. We just copy the data to a memory device or CD and send it to the future dentist, with no real effort on our part. Continue reading

Explore the 2017 Global Oral Health Summit [Interactive Infographic]

This year’s Global Oral Health Summit—held from Nov. 10-12—is moving to Orlando. And, while we know there are countless reasons you should register for this year’s event, we’ve worked hard to narrow down the list. Click on the image below to explore the top 10 reasons you and your team should register for the Summit.

Top 10 reasons to go to the global orla

Are there any reasons we missed? Let’s discuss in the comments section below.

Embracing Change to Give Your Practice a Competitive Advantage

By Ryan Estis
ryanestis.com

How a practice responds to change says a lot about the team that runs it. Do they embrace it? Seek it out? Avoid it? In this technological age, keeping up with the pace of change is crucial from a business and clinical perspective—patients make negative assessments about a practice based on outdated equipment, and using old technology may put a practice at a disadvantage when diagnosing patients. While adding new equipment is a step in the right direction, here are a few other ways you can view change around your practice that will give you a competitive advantage.

  1. Embrace change in the new economy—From imaging technology to the way we communicate with patients to how we accept payments, every aspect of the dental practice is changing. And that change is being driven by greater global trends that reflect how interconnected the world has become. Don’t think of yourself as one small practice, but part of a global business network. The changes you make now affect not only your practice but your patients, your community and, ultimately, the greater economy.

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The Benefits of CBCT in Orthodontics

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) has infiltrated every dental specialty over the past few years, including orthodontics. In addition to aiding in the assessment of skeletal and dental structures, localizing and evaluating impacted teeth and supernumeraries and TMJ assessment, CBCT also plays a vital role in airway analysis, the planning of temporary anchorage devices, the fabrication of custom orthodontic appliance and digital model creation and storage. Other benefits include improved diagnoses, faster examinations and enhanced patient communication and case acceptance.

Diagnosis and Treatment

TMJ Assessment—CBCT systems with multiple fields of view give doctors the flexibility to assess temporomandibular joint changes, as well as the surrounding structures. Not only are CBCT scans more accurate than 2D imaging, but one 360 degree scan can capture both the right and left TMJ, thus simplifying patient positioning.

Airway Analysis—As airway analysis becomes more widespread in orthodontics, dedicated 3D imaging software will allow doctors to visualize constrictions by segmenting the airway in a few clicks. These visually appealing 3D images can also help doctors communicate with patients.

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)—CBCT gives doctors a highly detailed overview of bone quality and quantity, the location of the sinuses and root proximity, all vital to know before considering placing TADs. Three-dimensional imaging software can also simulate implant placement  for increased confidence and a more accurate treatment planning. Continue reading

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

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, 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

Changing Lives by Giving Back [Update]

EDITOR’S NOTE: In addition to offering continuing education and networking opportunities, the 2017 Global Oral Health Summit will also provide participants with the chance to partake in a special volunteer activity. Clean the World will guide attendees in assembling hygiene kits to distribute to those in need in the Orlando community. Carestream Dental will also be accepting monetary donations on behalf of Clean the World during the Summit, and contributions of unused toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss will be welcomed. Learn more here.

During the holidays, it’s common to give thanks and reflect on a successful year—a thriving practice, a dedicated staff and happy patients being among them. Some practices may even use this time to give back to their communities, whether through canned food donations or Angel Trees in the office lobby, or a day of volunteering at a food bank with the whole practice.

However, doctors and their staff have valuable skills to offer their communities at any time of the year. Giving, without any expectation of gain, allows dentistry to change lives. Continue reading