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Rock and roll dentist uses new scanner in practice
by Christine Fonville
July 08, 2014 10:06 AM | 1492 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A dental practice in Dunwoody was recently one of three practices nationally chosen to test a new scanner that could prevent dental infections and help with root canal procedures.

Endodontist Robert Slosberg, who specializes in root canal therapy, said advocating the CS 8100 3D cone-beam computed tomography scanner and YouTube videos, in which he demonstrates using other cutting-edge technology helped dental imaging company Carestream choose his practice to test the new tool.

“I began using a scanner like this one in 2009 and for me, it became a pivotal moment in my 24-year career,” he said.

Slosberg said the scanner allows him to get a three-dimensional photo of the area of interest inside the patient’s mouth.

“If I’m trying to treat a tooth, the 3D image helps me to understand what I need to know about the inside of the tooth,” he said. “The CBCT uses low doses of radiation to produce images of the teeth and their supporting structures and that means potentially lethal dental infections or abscesses, which previously went undiagnosed, can now be recognized and treated more efficiently and predictably than ever before.”

Now, Slosberg said he incorporates the scanner into all of the work that he does.

“I always do scans now because I want to know before my patient leaves if the tooth can be properly restored or if another action is necessary,” he said. “It’s truly become part of what I do every day and I believe Carestream was looking for and wanted someone that would integrate the unit on an all-the-time basis.”

Slosberg said he feels the scanner will enhance his practice and help patients by making procedures more effective.

“This technology has allowed us to focus in on a small area with higher resolution and very little radiation to let us continue to help patients and prevent disease and infections,” Slosberg said.

When he is not testing out the newest dental technology, Slosberg is an avid musician and guitar collector, a hobby he has incorporated into the look of his office at 1505 Mount Vernon Road, which features an array of instruments and equipment used by music industry icons like Les Paul, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Billy Gibbons and the Black Crowes.

His collection has garnered him the nickname of the “Rock and Roll Dentist” around Dunwoody.

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