Carestream Dental, Atlanta, recently donated a CS 9000C 3D extra oral imaging system to a Tennessee dental clinic providing care to low-income patients. The Interfaith Dental Clinic serves people in middle Tennessee, operating on a sliding fee scale and asking patients to pay only what they can afford.
According to a press release from the company, the donated CS 9000C 3D is a three-in-one unit that can capture 2D panoramic, 3D images, and cephalometric images with less radiation than traditional computed tomography imaging. The system can be used for a range of diagnoses and treatments, including endodontic, periodontic, and orthodontic. By not having to refer patients to outside dental practices for 3D scans—as was customary in the past—Interfaith will be able to keep costs low, which allows for more cases to be done on the same budget.
“Years of oral health neglect can make treatment planning for our patients complex,” said Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi, DMD, CEO of Interfaith Dental Clinic. “The charity and the patient cannot afford to do the treatment twice. The services our volunteers, staff, and residents provide need to be done right the first time and done to last, as this might be the only chance some of our patients will ever have to receive fully restorative dental care.”
As Switzer points out, improved oral healthcare can mean new employment opportunities, a confident new outlook, and a pathway to better general health.
“Interfaith Dental Clinic delivers world-class services to a population that, quite frankly, works too hard to not get good oral health care,” said Ed Shellard, vice president, global sales and marketing, Carestream Dental. “We greatly admire Interfaith’s mission to provide care to those who need it most, and we hope that the new imaging system will help them achieve their goal.”