As dentistry has changed over the years, modern advancements have resulted in innovations that have improved patient comfort, reduced time in the dental chair, and given dentists more information about their patients’ oral health.
Take a look at some of the technologies that are in use today.
Faster and clearer than their predecessors, digital X-rays enable dentists and patients to see exactly what’s happening with teeth and gums. Digital X-rays also produce less radiation than traditional X-rays, limiting exposure to this cancer-causing agent.
DIAGNOdent Cavity Detection
Finding decay as soon as possible means less expense and more conservative tooth repairs. DIAGNOdent, a portable laser device, enables dentists to identify demineralization at the earliest stage before cavities form and cause significant damage.
An alternative to dental drills, air abrasion utilizes tiny abrasive particles and air pressure to gently remove decay. In many cases, patients don’t even need anesthesia for this process.
When you receive Novocain to numb your mouth, the anesthetic often lasts well beyond your appointment. Oraverse quickly reverses the effects so that normal sensation returns to your mouth in a shorter time period.
Typically, dental crowns take two appointments. The first visit involves preparing the tooth and taking an impression for the restoration. Patients return for the final placement at the second appointment. CEREC allows your dentist to craft and generate the crown while you wait.
For people who want to see what their smiles will look like before treatment begins, digital imaging provides a glimpse into the future.