My new apex locator powers
Finally I decided to buy an apex locator. I always was reluctant to buy an apex locator. it seemed to me that it was not an essential tool at the dental office. How wrong I was! But well, who knows everything.
When I was at dental school, I learned endodontics without using an apex locator, so I developed an over-skilled feeling about my endodontics techniques without the necessity of one of these gadgets.
Besides the advice of many friends, I thought that and apex locator were a gadget for dummies. But now, I see how useful can it be. It could reduce the number of radiographs that is needed to determine the apex foreman location and also, according to some studies, the apex locator can help with the detection of root perforations and pupal perforations, because any connection between the root canal and the periodontal membrane will be recognized by the apex locator.
Dental technology as communication improvement
Establish the correct length of the root canal is an important issue in endodontics and could take some time, but with an apex locator it is easier and the procedure time reduces. Moreover, when I use it, I have some “precise measures” to share with my patients.
Some patients are suspicious and ask how I can determine the right length without seeing the end of the root canal, and for me, be a trustworthy professional is the best marketing on the world. But, some people, need more “reliable evidence” of a good work, and there is when gadgets like the apex locator are good tools that help improve clinician-patient communication.
Now, when I get the right length with the apex locator my patients can hear the alarm and I show them that I established the correct apex location. This simple and audible sign, makes my practice more reliable, not because my endodontic technique is better, if not because patients can identify a well done procedure with a perceptible sign. There is the real value of some technology, make things perceptible where they were not.
Psychological power of my apex locator
Psychological power is a great tool improving patient-dentist communication and dental technology has that feature that, from my perspective, made technology investment profitable. Dentist should take advantage from this.
The next time you invest in you dental office, use this approach to select the best technology that would change your practice for better.