Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Imagine if a young patient who was experiencing excruciating pain had to wait longer for their scheduled appointment, due to one of the dental chairs suddenly being out of service or currently not available. Or if we were unable to squeeze in the sixth dental emergency that same day, and had to have that patient return at another time. Situations like these used to be inevitable and were out of our control, but will hopefully no longer be a worry at CVIM.

 CVIM has been able to purchase new dental equipment through grant awards from the Longwood Foundation, Welfare Foundation and The Scholler Foundation, which includes digital radiologic equipment, dental chairs and stools, fiber optic lighting and a high efficiency endodontic system.

Digital radiography is a form of X-ray technology where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film which gives the advantage of immediate image preview and availability; elimination of costly film processing steps; a wider dynamic range, which makes it more forgiving for over- and under-exposure; as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance the overall display of the image. Through this technology, our dental team will now be able to identify the issue more swiftly and help put the patient at ease.

The addition of the new digital radiographic equipment will:

Offer a higher standard of care for our patients by:

  • Significantly increasing the detection of emerging decay
  • Offering greater detailed definition for endodontists (root canals, etc.)
  • Allowing electronic sharing of images with specialists off-site to confirm diagnosis or treatment plan
  • Shortening treatment time/time in chair, by offering immediate review of images

Offer enhanced patient and dental staff/volunteer safety:

  • Removes the use of bio-hazardous fluids to develop X-rays
  • Reduces exposure to X-ray

Allow for more flexibility for dental and hygiene student teaching:

  • Students will get the benefit of using state of the art equipment now during clinical rotations through CVIM
  • Provide more time for patient procedures

This state of the art equipment will help the dental team make a significant difference in the quality of care offered to our more than 2,000 dental patients. It is through generous grant awards like these that allow CVIM to use advanced technology to help continue our mission of offering free medical and dental services to the uninsured, eligible adults and children in Chester County.