Reducing the Need for Second Opinions


Reducing the Need for Second Opinions

As a practicing dental professional, you’re great at making diagnoses.

Countless hours of dental school education combined with extensive real-world experience have made you more than competent at identifying what ails your patients. However, you’re also no stranger to the hindrances and complications that can arise from clumsy or underperforming dental technology. Furthermore, you know that there is only so much that a skilled dentist can accomplish without its help.

Luckily, a technological innovation in diagnostic imaging is helping dental professionals make more accurate diagnoses with a higher level of confidence. This is all thanks to the diagnostic clarity of Cone Beam CT scanning (CBCT).

The clarity that CBCT systems provide dramatically reduces the need for second opinions by removing guesswork and uncertainty. This is most certainly a welcome change for dentists and patients alike.

California-based malpractice attorney Robert J. McCullouch, Esq., speaks to its accuracy when addressing patients:

“Even if the dentist tells you that your case is simple, you are well-advised to obtain a second opinion with a Cone Beam CT scan (CBCT), before the procedure.”

CBCT allows you to cut out the middleman of flimsy, uncertain solutions by providing insights that matter.

When clinicians are provided a clear view of their patient’s anatomy and can more readily compare that with the complications they are facing, a diagnosis can be reached much more easily and confidently.

3D imaging allows for the clearest and most comprehensive images without the obstruction and distortion that often accompanies traditional 2D x-ray imaging.  Due to this, doctors are able to view the scope of the patient’s issue with unclouded accuracy.  3D CBCT imaging can give clinicians the extra edge necessary to provide the best analyses, diagnoses, and results for their patients.

For example, a clinical evaluation may not detect the occlusion of a maxillary sinus, but a 3D CBCT scan can detect such an instance with crystal-clear precision. Traditional methods may reveal resorption but provide no clue as to its extent, severely limiting the confidence with which next steps can be determined. 3D CBCT, on the other hand, can illustrate the exact level of resorption from multiple angles.

In addition, clinicians are able to use diagnostic tools like CBCT to better communicate issues and treatment options to patients.  Offices with a CBCT are shown to have patients with a higher dental education. It is also these offices that experience higher rates of treatment plan acceptance. Empowering patients with education not only helps in their treatment, but it also builds their confidence in you the clinician, leading to a lasting relationship and potential referrals.

Considering upgrading your dental office with a CBCT system? Take a look at the PreXion 3D Explorer PRO or request your demo today!