This GP says he wouldn’t practice without the diagnostics with his NewTom VGi

June 3, 2014

With a long history of working with dental implants, Dr. Howard Golan knows the importance of using 3D imaging to acquire as much information as possible. And as an lawyer, he knows the legal importance for clinicians to take all the necessary steps to provide their patients with the best possible care.

With a long history of working with dental implants, Dr. Howard Golan knows the importance of using 3D imaging to acquire as much information as possible. And as an lawyer, he knows the legal importance for clinicians to take all the necessary steps to provide their patients with the best possible care.

But this Long Island general practitioner also knows that cone beam imaging is not just for those dentists who are working with implants. Now that he’s used the CB3D technology offered by the NewTom VGi (distributed exclusively by BIOLASE), he knows that the diagnostics help him every day. He wants GPs – whether they’re big into implants or not – to realize just how many benefits come from using cone beam imaging.

“The 3D imaging is not just about implants. It is so robust in terms of endodontics, and caries diagnosis, and perio, and sleep apnea,” Dr. Golan said. “I mean we use this every day for all sorts of diagnostics. This is not just for a GP who places implants. This is for a GP who diagnoses and treatment plans for implants. We want to make it as simple and as easy as possible for patients and we want to keep that confidence level high in the dental profession.

“So diagnosis, just from a GP’s perspective even if they refer all of their implants out, is huge because they’ll get to see more things and they’ll be able to say, for a fractured root canal retreatment, for example, ‘We’ve got to do this now.’”

Armed with improved information, dentists might just turn a possible endodontic retreatment into an implant crown, which would benefit both the patient and the clinician’s return on investment.

Patients, practice see value

“As I dive more and more into this technology and I see how it affects me every day in my diagnoses, I realize we can’t see a lot of things on 2D and we have to be able to see them on 3D,” Dr. Golan said. “It’s huge for the future and the present for what we can do as clinicians to change the way patients look at us and what we can do for them.”

As a licensed attorney in California, Dr. Golan, from a medical and legal perspective, has a “very large understanding of the necessity for complete diagnostics.”

When lecturing, he says doctors need to realize that patients are not two dimensional; rather, they’re three dimensional and sometimes four dimensional. Using his NewTom VGi system is the only way to do tackle many cases properly.

“Right now, it’s the only way to get a true understanding of position of the bone, height of the bone, width of the bone and also information on the critical structures such as nerves and sinuses,” he said.

Dr. Golan suggests dentists do their homework before investing in cone beam technology, but added that he chose New-Tom because of its long track record in 3D imaging and because of his long history with BIOLASE and their lasers. On top of that, the system fits well in his practice and delivers great results. As for the images themselves, Dr. Golan said the image quality is “brilliant.”

 

This GP says he wouldn’t practice without the diagnostics with his NewTom VGi

Long Island’s Dr. Howard Golan wouldn’t practice without the diagnostics his NewTom VGi cone beam imaging system provides. Written by: Dental Products Report Biolase NewTom VGi Date published: 05/07/2013 5 / 5 stars