I get a lot of questions about exactly how I use DrQuickLook™. The quick answer is that I would prefer not to have to use it. Sound crazy? I would prefer to have my staff use it to show the patient exactly what the situation is. That for me is the ultimate in time saving. There are a couple of times that I need to use DrQuickLook™ myself and I have no problem with that because it only takes a few seconds.
Like many dentists, I am still taking out a lot of old amalgams. When the restoration is removed we invariably see the results of a metallic restoration and occlusal forces that end with lots of internal stress fractures. Before I place the new restoration I like to show the patient the tooth and the fracture lines. What better time to commit the patient to a crown they truly need. I leave my DrQuickLook™ on the counter in my operatory within an arm’s reach for this. I spend no more than 30 seconds for the whole process. My goal is to make sure the next appointment is scheduled before the patient leaves the treatment room that day. With DrQuickLook™ it happens on a regular basis. The biggest problem is usually getting the patient in as soon as possible once they see the condition of the tooth. It’s not a bad problem for sure.
I also like to be able to make a quick trip to the waiting room if the patient is a child or elderly and slightly confused. I want the parent or caretaker to see the tooth with the restoration out to let them know “what I’m dealing with.” As far as an adult in the waiting room is concerned, every visit goes perfectly. We know this is far from the truth. Alerting the adult in these instances makes a big difference when future problems arise. I would much rather deal with a parent or caretaker saying the next visit “you showed me the tooth last time so I understand” rather than “you fixed this last time so what happened?” DrQuickLook™ – it’s all about making your life easier.