The days of sitting in the dentist’s chair trying to make sense of all the details of your treatment—all while wondering if the final results will be worth it—are over. For more and more dentists, the iPad has become a chairside must-have. The handheld technology has dramatically improved how dentists communicate with their patients, allowing them to share and explain details about the treatment while actually showing what the final results will look like. “One of best uses of the iPad is being able to easily explain treatment choices or planned treatment options. Being able to hold the iPad in their lap allows the patient to see up close exactly how the treatment will benefit them,” says Atlanta cosmetic dentist Ronald E. Goldstein, DDS.
iPads aren’t the only new technology in the dentist office. With a 360-degree view of the mouth, detailed images of the gums and other soft tissue, visualization of hidden impactions and other abnormalities, and views of the relationship of the teeth and roots to the surrounding nerves, the Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging has truly transformed cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Goldstein says, “The new cone beam CT scan technology has made a huge difference in being able to help us diagnose via 3-D images. Our CT scan showed an abnormality on a patient, who had what looked perfect in the normal X-ray. Then, by turning the tooth around in the 3-D software we saw where the cause of the pain was, which allowed us to do corrective surgery.” In addition, 3-D imaging software is also helping to guide dentists to more accurately place implants, which improves the patient’s overall aesthetic result.