SOURCE: Eureka Smile Center

Eureka Smile Center

November 14, 2012 06:01 ET

St. Louis Cosmetic Dentist Uses Digital Photography to Enhance Patient Care

EUREKA, MO--(Marketwire - Nov 14, 2012) - As the tools and technology of cosmetic dentistry advance, the level of care and quality of results dentists are able to provide their patients progresses as well. In an effort to provide the highest level of patient care possible, Dr. Jack Griffin, Jr. has implemented digital photography into his St. Louis cosmetic dentistry practice. Regarding the state-of-the-art technology in relation to its use among dentists, Dr. Griffin says, "Excellent digital photography may be the single most important tool needed to improve our cosmetic results and refine our skills. Great photos should be routinely used to plan, prepare, evaluate, and correct our cosmetic cases."

The St. Louis cosmetic dentist believes digital photography can enhance the level of care he provides each patient during his or her actual treatment: "Patient position, lighting, operator fatigue, eye accommodation, and other factors make accurate restoration evaluations almost impossible at the time of treatment. If the goal is to complete the work in a single appointment without a follow-up visit, [dentists can] take the images, load them onto a computer, and evaluate them before the patient leaves. Digital photography provides a mechanism to look at clinical treatment independent of operatory limitations while adding the huge benefit of tooth image enlargement."

Concerning the quality of digital images compared to other film, Dr. Griffin says: "The digital single lens reflex (DSLR) systems are clearly superior to their compact brethren, and now rival the quality that comes from 35mm film cameras. Images taken using 35mm film can provide the ultimate in quality but require development, enlargement, or slide projection to equal the size enhancement easily achieved with digital images displayed on monitors that most offices now have."

From routine check-ups to color-matching for composite and porcelain veneers, Dr. Griffin believes digital imaging can greatly enhance each patient's cosmetic results. Although humbling to see his work enlarged and projected onto megascreens, he says displaying blown-up images on his monitor is necessary in order to achieve every individual's aesthetic goals. No matter what technologies are offered, the St. Louis dentist also adds that patients should always take the time to research their dentist to ensure he or she is qualified to provide the safest, most effective treatments and procedures.

About Jack Griffin, Jr., D.M.D.
After earning his degree from Southern Illinois University's Dental School, Dr. Jack Griffin, Jr. completed a residency in general dentistry at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. During his residency, Dr. Griffin focused on a number of areas including restorative dentistry, oral surgery, and special patient care among others. In 1988 he founded Eureka Smile Center which provides patients a comprehensive variety of cosmetic dental treatments and services ranging from teeth whitening and implants, to Invisalign® and orthodontics. Dr. Griffin has been asked to teach hundreds of dentists about the latest techniques in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. He has received awards that only a small amount of dentists receive, and has been honored as one of the "Top Dentists in St. Louis" for the past several years.

Dr. Griffin is a member of many prestigious dental organizations including the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Additionally, he is one of the few dentists to have been awarded Diplomat status with the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry by his fellow medical professionals.

Located at 18 Hilltop Village Center Dr. Eureka, MO 63025, Eureka Smile Center can be reached by phone at 636-938-6241. Dr. Griffin and his staff can also be contacted online at eurekasmile.com.

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