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Strategies for Optimal Intraoral Digital Imaging Part 2: Radiation Safety and Protection Procedures, Intraoral Anatomical and Patient Management Strategies, and Troubleshooting Common Errors
Once it has been determined that radiographic images are necessary, it is the responsibility of the dentist to not only ensure that optimal images are obtained but also that they are acquired at the lowest possible dose of radiation. There are a variety of best practices that together can reduce exposure to the patient and the clinician alike. These practices are necessary components of the overall radiographic protocol for patient imaging.
The use of digital receptors can present challenges for clinicians and patients. Anatomical variations and patient comfort must be considered when taking intraoral images. Endodontic and pediatric imaging are examples of situations which demand optimal technical and patient management skills. Finally, recognizing common errors is important to their correction and ultimately to prevent recurrence.
A Clinical Review of Endodontic Posts
A post is a rigid restorative device placed in the radicular portion of a nonvital tooth. During the restoration of an endodontically treated tooth, a post may be required. A post's success depends on the quality of endodontic treatment, the shape of the canals, the status of the remaining tooth structure, and the periodontal support available. This course reviews current research regarding the use of posts, illustrates various clinical scenarios in which posts might be used, and outlines the steps required for placing a post.
Minimally Invasive Dentistry For The Pediatric Patient
Over the past century, modern dentistry has made great advances in scientific knowledge, specifically in pediatric dental care. New technology and materials have allowed practitioners to continue development in both research and clinical forums. These include, but are not limited to, minimally invasive diagnostics and greater understanding in the treatment of children. Following the philosophy that “no treatment is the best treatment,” dentists use testing regimens such as the CAMBRA method and the Bacterial Model to care for pediatric patients earlier and more consistently. In addition, helping children who are anxious about receiving dental care, will allow a more pleasant experience and allow the treating dentist to work more efficiently.
Strategies for Optimal Intraoral Digital Imaging Part I: Intraoral Receptors, Techniques and Instrumentation
Radiographic examinations should be made only when the dentist has determined they are necessary for diagnostic and treatment purposes. Radiographic selection criteria have been published by the American Dental Association (ADA) to assist dentists in decision-making and justification of the prescription Once such a determination has been made, it is the responsibility of the dentist to ensure that optimal radiographic images are obtained at the lowest possible dose of radiation. Because radiographic procedures are delegated to dental hygienists and dental assistants, it is important that these radiographers have the knowledge, skill, and technical acumen to obtain optimal results. Increasingly, digital radiographic imaging is being used with two types of receptors: photostimulable phosphor plates and solid-state detectors.
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