Column: Will new dental device put big DIAGNOdent in wallet?


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It looked like a car battery charger to me, which seemed like an odd thing for my dental hygienist to be toting around the office.

She told me it was the newest thing in dentistry, which is code for: Here’s another high-tech addition to our office, but now we desperately need to find a way to pay for it.

When it comes to dentistry, I’m very old school. I look back fondly on the giant needle they once used to inject the Novocaine. I liked sitting straight up in the chair, not reclining like a sunbather. Bring back the days when I didn’t have to make small talk with my dental hygienist about my big plans for the holidays. I also liked it when the dentist stayed in the same room with me when he took an X-ray and didn’t hide around the corner.

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