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Improving Diagnosis Through the Use of Digital Radiography Improving Diagnosis Through the Use of Digital Radiography

Author(s):

Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD

Date Added:

1/19/2009


Summary:

As aesthetic dentistry has gained in popularity among consumers, who are more aware of the potential it has to correct deficiencies in their smiles, practitioners are challenged to improve the nature of their treatment. Often, this entails providing treatment with a smaller associated expense, reduced treatment duration or expense, and with increased comfort to the patient throughout the procedure. Facing these imperatives, greater numbers of practitioners have opted to incorporate digital communications among the members of the interdisciplinary treatment team. Digital photographs are essential for the general practitioner, particularly with regard to their ability to rapidly and effectively document the patient's condition. In the diagnostic phase, the use of digital radiography presents considerable benefits to the practice as well. When the office staff is properly trained on the capture and handling of digital radiographs, the clinician has a powerful resource to aid in the diagnosis and treatment planning of a given patient.

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