06 Aug Reducing the Need for Second Opinions
As a practicing dental clinician, 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. You also know that, despite the imperfections, there is only so much that a skilled and proficient clinician can accomplish without its help. Luckily, a technological innovation in diagnostic imaging is helping dental professionals make accurate diagnoses with extreme confidence thanks to the diagnostic clarity of Cone Beam CT (or CBCT) scanning. This clarity is helping dramatically reduce the need for second opinions by removing guesswork and uncertainty – a welcome change for doctors 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 patient anatomy and the complications therein, a diagnosis can be reached 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. Doctors are able to view the patient with unclouded accuracy. Location, size, and structure of the patient anatomy are presented with unmatched realism. 3D CBCT imaging can provide clinicians with 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 IQ and the offices 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, good reviews, referrals and more!