Future Tech General Theraputics

Multifunction Magic

One of the fundamental changes that digital technology has produced is so subtle we often don’t even acknowledge it yet it is so substantial that it has altered everything.

The fundamental change is that a digital device is not limited to a single purpose. Once the basic capacity is in place a digital device can do many many that is to say many tasks. The most obvious example is a modern smart phone.

However in dentistry we still seem to focus on individual purpose built tasks. We are offered standalone devices that do not connect to the network. For example CAD-CAM or Digital Impressions. The leading impression CAD CAM system can only be purchased as full standalone cart system. There is no technological reason a digital impression wand could not be plugged into a treatment room computer just as we plug in a camera. There is no technological reason that once the digital impression image is captured it could not be stored in a standard format and transmitted to a lab for fabrication using standard Internet protocols.

There are no technological barriers however there are commercial barriers. The developers and manufacturers simply refuse to make compatible systems and limit buyers to their proprietary box and proprietary network. The result is captive business for the vendor with limited options and more expense for the dentist.

So far dentists have gone along with this and until we as a profession demand compatible options it is in the vendors’ best interest to keep it proprietary.

Dentalcompare Diagnostics

Cutting Edge Soft Tissue Screening With VELscope

This week at Dentalcompare:

A quick outline of a diagnostic protocol using VELscope:

  • Observe the oral soft tissues during routine head and neck exam using VELscope as an adjunct.

  • If a suspicious area is observed apply conventional thinking to develop a preliminary differential diagnosis. If the patient relates a recent history of pizza burn the diagnosis may be rather simple. Clinical judgment is still required. VELscope won’t tell you if the lesion is a pizza burn or a squamous cell carcinoma.

  • If warranted by your observations and history document the lesion with a VELscope image, a white light photo and written description. If it highly suspicious, perhaps a red and white lesion on the floor of the mouth with distinctive lack of fluorescence you may want to skip the follow up and go directly to a referral…

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Hardware Office Design

Treatment Room Monitors

Where to put the treatment room computer monitors is a dilemma for many offices.

Monitors need to be positioned so that the assistant can access it easily to input data, such as chairside charting, while maintaining contact with the dentist and patient. They also need to be close enough for the dentist to view radiographs or photos for diagnosis, or to read the chart. And finally they need to be in a position that the patient can view them to see their own photos, slide shows or patient education programs.

In addition there is the patient / practice issue. Sometimes you just don’t want the patient seeing what is displayed.

One solution to this problem is a movable monitor on a bracket or arm. The problem with this solution is that like all movable equipment it is never where you want it and moving it to the proper position takes time, breaks asepsis and tends not to get done. Also the brackets needed to support the equipment often cost more than the computer. For example the very elegant under chair radius arms sell for $1,100. You could buy three monitors or a whole new computer for the cost of the bracket.

The second solution is multiple monitors. One, the practice monitor, placed at the 12 to 2 o’clock position for the assistant and two, the patient monitor, placed at 5 or 9 o’clock for the patient and dentist. The practice monitor can be small 17″. The patient monitor will be used for patient display and should be large and impressive, 19″ or bigger.

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Dent-X EVA 64 bit

EVA has announced the release of 64 bit drivers for their digital x-ray sensors. This is a good thing. However there are still many dental specific products and just as many general peripheral products (such as printers) that will not function on a 64 bit system. Therefore I advise dentists who are setting up new computer networks to avoid 64 bit. It is the newest thing but really adds very little value to dental applications and can create a lot of problems.

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