A Commitment to Modern Dentistry with Proven Technology
6 Reasons Pacific Dental Services-supported practices are dental differentiators
What do patients want most from their local dentists? Convenience, efficiency, and innovative technology make the top of the list. Fortunately, Pacific Dental Services® (PDS®) understands this need. In fact, PDS pioneered the concept of Modern Dentistry, allowing dentists to combine advances in the latest technology with the best operational practices and procedures. Now in its 25th year, Pacific Dental Services supports more than 750 dental practices in 21 states. PDS’ primary purpose is to support great dentists so they can keep their patients healthier and happier and modern dentistry with proven technology is a key part of that.
David Baker, Chief Information Officer at Pacific Dental Services, leads the Information Technology team in digitally empowering patients and further enabling clinicians through innovative technology solutions. “We are at a tipping point in dental technology,” said Baker, who was named 2017’s Innovator of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal and was one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2016. “There has never been a more exciting time to be involved in such a positively disruptive space. I truly believe PDS is about to bring a level of digital intelligence the dental industry has never seen before.”
Here are 6 reasons why PDS-supported dental practices are dental differentiators:
- CEREC® CAD/CAM Same-Day Dentistry
PDS-supported dental practices offer CEREC CAD/CAM same-day dentistry, which allows patients to receive a crown or other restoration in the same visit in less than two hours. Because everything is done digitally with the latest 3D technology, patients no longer need to worry about invasive gooey mouth impressions and taking additional time out of their busy schedules to make multiple office visits. Research shows that less than 10% of dentists in the United States use this innovative technology, making CEREC CAD/CAM dentistry a key differentiator for PDS-supported dental practices. PDS is the largest CEREC same-day producer in the world. In fact, earlier this year it was announced that PDS-supported practices reached the monumental achievement of 2 million CEREC CAD/CAM crowns, the first in the industry to achieve this feat.
- Online Scheduling
Online scheduling provides the ultimate convenience in scheduling appointments. Patients feel in control of their appointments from the beginning, thereby making it easier for them to commit to keeping and managing their appointments on their terms. Furthermore, many PDS-supported practices have early and late weekday hours, as well as weekend hours, making accessibility for booking appointments even easier.
- VELscope® Enhanced Oral Assessment System
Oral cancer is the 6th most common form of cancer; in fact, every hour, a person dies from this type of cancer. Fortunately for patients across the United States, PDS-supported dental practices offer the VELscope Enhanced Oral Assessment System as a standard of care. VELscope is a wireless, handheld scope that uses natural tissue fluorescence to enable clinicians to visualize oral mucosal abnormalities before patients are able to see or feel them. The VELscope screening takes less than two minutes.
- 3D – Cone Beam Computed Tomography
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is a unique alternative to conventional two-dimensional x-rays. CBCT produces three-dimensional images, which allows for more detailed information of patient scans. During the imaging, the CBCT scanner rotates around the patient’s head, obtaining up to nearly 600 distinct images. PDS is at the forefront of this transformational technology, enabling clearer imaging diagnostics than ever before.
- Digital Radiography
PDS-supported dental practices utilize digital radiography technology, which emits 80% less radiation than film. Digital radiography is much faster, easier, and considerably more comfortable for patients.
- Epic Dental Practice Management
In the near future, PDS-supported practices will deploy market leading Epic dental practice management software, which will enable their supported dentists to make faster and more informed decisions. In addition, it will provide their patients with the opportunity to review and collaborate on their health records.
Pacific Dental Services remains committed to being on the forefront of innovation and technology as part of its support to dental practices, so they can provide the Perfect Patient Experience® for each person walking through their doors. For more information, contact Pacific Dental Services.
Contact: Wendy Belleville: Director, Communications and Public Relations