Diagnosis and Practice Growth Aided by Digital Radiography



“Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window.” – Peter F. Drucker 

 
So, too, is trying to diagnose dental patients with outdated tools, says Dr. Greg Campbell of Long Beach, CA. He and his staff use digital intraoral radiography for restorative and periodontal dentistry, and recently upgraded to the next-generation Schick 33.

 
“I can see things I couldn’t see before. It’s like I’m driving at night with the lights on now, and that makes the process of diagnosing easier,” he said.

 
Case in point, Dr. Campbell had a patient with tooth discomfort. His staff took periapical and bitewing X-rays, but he clinically couldn’t determine an issue because the radiograph from the previous sensor appeared normal.

 
The patient returned with the same discomfort and Dr. Campbell took another look with Schick 33. The images revealed decay around the tooth crown and in the roots. He said the sensor’s clarity and ability to dial in on the image with the enhancement tools helped him to properly diagnose and treat the patient.

 
“She told her friends, and we got two new patients out of it,” Dr. Campbell said. “It’s been a very useful tool in our practice. Patients love the technology because they can see images clearly.”