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Quickstart [Details]

Quickstart helps novice computer users get started with computers and browsing the Internet. It is the first section of the book, because we would like you to use the Book Website concurrently with reading the book. The Book Website provides links to the Internet resources mentioned in this book, online tests and many other features.

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Book Website [Details]

Book Website describes the features and functions of the book's companion Website. The Website is designed to complement the book. For instance, you can take the book to the beach, but you use the Website to explore the Internet resources we describe. This chapter helps you get the most out of the Website.

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Digital Imaging [Details ]

In recent years, digital imaging has become an important tool in dental practice. While digital radiology sensors have existed for many years, it was the introduction of intraoral cameras that spurred many dentists to adopt new imaging technologies. Early intraoral cameras were analog and had to be connected to a TV monitor. Today, they are being replaced by digital cameras that integrate much better with other imaging devices. In tandem with the development of digital radiography and intraoral cameras, the emergence of digital photocameras has led to a more comprehensive view of imaging in the dental practice. Regardless of their source, all types of digital images can be stored, manipulated, analyzed, and retrieved on a computer. Successfully implementation and use of digital imaging requires a thorough understanding of such systems and their component technologies.
We welcome you to check out the preview chapter Digital Imaging: Intraoral Cameras.

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Computer Basics [Details]

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Computer Basics helps you understand the basics of computing, such as hardware, software, networking and the Internet. The chapter helps you understand not only the components and functions of computers, but also important underlying fundamentals. While written for beginning and intermediate computer users, it also discusses advanced concepts.

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Practice Management [Details]

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Practice Management is the application area that most dentists are interested in. In this chapter, you learn how to manage various administrative aspects of your practice using computers. These include patient data management, billing, insurance processing, scheduling and inventory management. The chapter discusses several major existing practice management systems.

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Clinical Applications [Details]

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Clinical Applications are computer-based technologies that you can use directly in clinical practice. These include software programs, such as clinical decision and expert systems, as well as combined hardware and software systems such as CAD/CAM applications.

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Making Decisions [Details]

Making Decisions is one of the most crucial aspects of dentistry. We would like all our decisions to be fast, correct and efficient. Using computers can help you do that in a variety of ways, for instance through literature databases; passive decision support resources; email; discussion lists and newsgroups; and teledentistry. This chapter will also help you search the Internet and find relevant documents quickly (if they exist).

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Learning Online [Details]

Learning Online discusses the possibilities of continuing your education and enhancing your knowledge through computer-based means. This chapter explores online courses, CD-ROMs and other methods to learn. Computer-based methods should have a place in your professional development, but only if the resources you use are of high quality and instructional effectiveness.

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Patients & Computers [Details]

An increasing number of computing resources is available for patients in dentistry. Patients & Computers explores ways in which you can involve patients in their oral healthcare through computers. These include computer-based patient education, patient access to their dental records and electronic communication with patients.

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Implementing Technology [Details]

Purchasing, installing and maintaining computer equipment in your practice is a formidable challenge. Implementing technology discusses the most efficient ways to do that. The chapter includes advice on purchasing, implementing and supporting a variety of dental office technologies, beginning with simple software programs and ending with complex systems.

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Future [Details]

The chapter Future provides an outlook about technology for the foreseeable future. While we cannot send you a new edition of this book every six months, our Website will be frequently updated with new materials. Thus, we keep you up-to-date as computing innovations relevant to you become available.