Milestone increases access to patient-centric oral health care.
IRVINE, CALIF., December 17, 2020 – Pacific Dental Services® (PDS®), a dental support organization (DSO) that provides business and administrative services for dental offices, has announced Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) has now been implemented in 100 of its supported dental practices with the addition of Canyon Lakes Dental Group and Orthodontics in Mesa, Arizona.
CBCT is an innovative imaging technology that provides dentists the ability to see the oral cavity in three dimensions (3D), making oral conditions much easier to diagnose, especially in early stages. This technology also allows patients to be more engaged and see what their dentists see, leading to a greater understanding of dental conditions and treatment plan options. CBCT is a key differentiator for PDS-supported practices, setting them apart from other providers.
“For more than 25 years, the purpose of PDS has been to help dentists create healthier, happier patients,” said Joseph Feldsien, Senior Vice President, Clinical Technology Enablement at Pacific Dental Services. “We are committed to providing our supported practices with integrated, proven technology so they can focus on providing the highest quality of patient-centric oral health care. The benefit of 3D CBCT imaging versus 2D represents a significant change in clinician-patient engagement. The advent of 3D imaging greatly increases visibility to pathology and its effects on the oral environment. The visibility of this pathology in many cases is so much better that patients are able to see it for the first time. This increases trust between patient and clinician, which always serves better patient health.”
With CBCT, oral health professionals gain a highly accurate 3D image of the patient’s anatomy from a single, quick scan. Likewise, the benefits for patients cannot be underestimated. The radiation exposure from CBCT is significantly less than that from conventional CT scans, as conventional imaging using X-rays typically requires multiple exposures.
“The addition of CBCT technology to my dental practice has improved the experience for both patients and dentists,” said Dr. Robert J. Seymour, DMD, Owner Dentist at Canyon Lakes Dental Group and Orthodontics. “CBCT allows dentists to obtain full diagnostic information in half the time of 2D X-rays. This more comprehensive view of the mouth gives patients a better understanding of their dental conditions and allows dentists to more effectively communicate the critical link between oral and whole-body health.”
The dentists supported by PDS are known for their patient-centric approach to oral health care, as well as for the key differentiators that set them apart from other dental practices. In addition to CBCT, PDS-supported dental practices also provide their patients same-day dentistry with CEREC® CAD/CAM, Gemini™ soft tissue diode laser, and the VELscope® Enhanced Oral Assessment System, among other technologies at the forefront of oral and whole-body health care. PDS-supported dental practices also offer their patients a wide range of specialty services under one roof, such as endodontics, oral & maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, dental hygiene, and pediatric dentistry.
Since its inception in 1994, PDS-supported dentists have been committed to clinical excellence and providing the Perfect Patient Experience®. This includes educating patients about the link between oral health and whole-body health –what PDS and its supported practices call the Mouth-Body Connection®. Research shows that harmful bacteria and inflammation in the mouth can indicate and even cause systemic conditions throughout the body. Maladies of the mouth, including periodontal disease, may be linked with other medical conditions including oral cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.
With modern dentistry and proven technology, PDS-supported practices aim to be the providers of choice in all the markets they serve, one patient at a time.