It’s the cutting-edge dental software used at Greenwood Dental that really adds to this dentist’s enjoyment of his job.
Post by Dr Jeff Brown
Everyone who works with dentists knows we like the technology, and personally, I have a soft spot for all the software we can use. And really, the technology today is unbelievable.
Here at Greenwood Dental we have a CT scan, which we use for treatment plans for wisdom teeth, implant dentistry planning and other complex procedures. CT stands for computed tomography, which is an X-ray procedure that creates ‘tomographic’ images—which you could describe as ‘slices’ of specific areas of the body.
You can get a terrific amount of data from such an X-ray, which can then be used to build up representations of what’s inside your body. You can imagine how useful that is when we’re planning a complex procedure like an implant. Some people have talked publicly in the past about their concerns about radiation from dental X-rays. The decision about whether to take a dental X-ray is answered by weighing up the risks versus the benefits. If you’re taking the X-ray just for the heck of it, I would say it doesn’t matter how little radiation it has, it’s an unacceptable amount. If you stand to gain a really good amount of information from it, which potentially you can, then you’d say OK, it’s a worthwhile exercise.
But even though the machine has a bit of ‘wow factor’, it’s the software that’s impressive.
Because surgery is required to place a dental implant, you want us to do some very careful planning before we start. For example, you need to know where important nerves are, or where the sinuses are, as well as knowing as much information as we can about the bone that the implant will be put into. We need to know all of this before we begin the process of placing a titanium implant into your jaw bone.
I’ve got implant software, digital x-rays, a digital camera, I’ve got programs that show procedures for patient education—everything you need to give you as good a level of information as you can get, to offer patients to best possible treatment.