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THE MYSTIQUE OF GADGETS IN CHOOSING DENTISTS

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How does one choose a good dentist? Sadly, it seems patients rarely choose wisely. The first mistake is choosing one from one insurance company list, which often reads like a rogues' gallery of dentists NOT to patronize.

The second mistake may surprise you. It is counting the number of expensive "gadgets" a particular dentist owns.

What does "digital radiography" really do? The only advantage really is the image is seen immediately, rather than in four minutes. Intraoral digital sensors are very uncomfortable compared to film, especially with children!

What advantage do dental lasers give? The only one I can think of is it is safe to trim gums around implants. It is simply NOT TRUE that oral or periodontal surgery can be done with a laster without numbing. An inexpensive electrosurgery unit is much cheaper and cuts faster than lasers anyway.

How about "laser cavity detection?" A recent journal of Operative Dentistry concluded this costly gizmo is not very reliable.

I could go on an on about expensive gadgets that have come and gone- air abrasion and electronic anesthesia are just two. These gadgets sit in dentists' attics and basements collecting dust.

It is not really what gadgets a dentist has, it is the integrity, work ethic, and manual dexterity he or she possesses that make the difference in patient treatment.

Choosing dentists by the number of gadgets they own is merely a guaranteed way of choosing dentists with high fees. After all, someone has to pay for the expensive gadgets!
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