New advancements in dental technology offer patients improved solutions for oral health problems. The modern dentistry trend is to provide the most comfortable experience possible and more efficient, durable and natural-looking innovations. Newer procedures and techniques are more dependable, less invasive, and require fewer dentist visits than those of the past.
Advancements in Dentistry
Dentists may offer many advancements in dentistry for better oral health and comfort. Modern dental technology provides more comfort not only for patients but also for dentists, hygienists, office managers and dental specialists, making it easier for them to provide only the highest level of care possible to their patients.
Dental technology many dentists are starting to use include the following techniques and procedures:
- Laser Dentistry: Light energy from lasers is a less invasive alternative that offers shorter, less painful healing. Laser dentistry is typically available for decay removal, fillings, crown lengthening, removing benign tumors, treatment for gummy smiles, cold sores, nerve regeneration, tooth sensitivity and much more.
- Sedation Dentistry: Oral sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide is being used by more dentists because it is fast, effective and safe. Unlike IV sedation, nitrous oxide does not require needles. Patients are in a comfortable state and able to respond to you. Oral sedation dentistry helps eliminate the anxiety and fear that many patients feel when visiting the dentist or having to get an injection.
- Dental Implants: This may be the leading dental advancement to date due to the function and fit of replacement tooth roots. The inserted titanium posts integrate with the bone becoming one with the natural jaw. This modern dentistry can be performed on most adults with missing teeth, who have enough strong bone.
- Air-Abrasion: A great improvement over the standard dental drill, air-abrasion allows for the removal of a decayed tooth without anesthesia. The system treats common tooth problems (e.g. cavities) with precise blasts of air and aluminum oxide.
- Digital X-rays: An added benefit to reducing radiation exposure, digital x-rays allow dental images to be displayed on a computer screen. This dental technology is more comfortable than traditional x-rays and allows you to uncover hidden oral health concerns in your patients’ teeth, jaw, and mouth.
- Intraoral Camera: Modern dentistry at its best, an intraoral camera provides high-quality imaging in a small, lightweight device. This smart dental advancement is placed inside a patient’s mouth where clear images are taken for the detection and prevention of dental health problems.
- Composite Resins: Dental advancement in composite resins offer improved tooth function and aesthetics as compared to older dental technology. In addition, newer restorations are more durable and now easier to apply. Composite resins can be applied directly to the tooth surface, molded, and shaded to blend in well with the surrounding natural teeth.
- Digital Photography: Dentists can adapt a photograph using digital photography that will display how a patient will likely look after a dental procedure such as a full mouth reconstruction or a smile makeover. Patients like this perk because it allows them to make changes ahead of time and communicate their expectations better with their cosmetic dentist.