Technology in Dentistry
Dentistry in America is experiencing n Renaissance! Modem technology is revolutionizing how dentistry is being delivered. Technology has improved almost every single aspect of the dental patient experience.
Most dental imaging, especially radiographs, are now digital. No more biting on a stiff piece of film, now there is a digital sensor which can take a dental x-ray and send it to a computer screen in seconds. There are also intra-oral cameras which can snap photos of fillings, cracks, or cavities and, again, put it on a computer screen in seconds. CT-scans are becoming increasingly common, These 3-dimensional computer-generated x-ray images can diagnose the smallest of dental pathology, such as a vertical crack in a tooth, n failing root canal, or an early abscess. It can even be used to locate vital nerves and arteries in order to better plan dental implant surgery.
Dental CAD-CAM milling machines are becoming more commonplace as well \Ve no longer must go through multiple steps and up to three weeks of waiting for a crown, now a dentist can take a digital image of the tooth, send it down the hall way to a computer-controlled mill, and make a crown out of porcelain right away. The new crown can be cemented on the tooth the same day!
White fillings, or composites, are now made of nano-sized particles. They have great strength and longevity, and they polish to an amazing shine. They also have a “chameleon” effect when it comes to color and shading, meaning that they take on the shade of the surrounding tooth in which they are placed,
Dental implants, which are miniature fixtures designed to replace missing teeth, have made many advancements as well. They come in a wide-array of lengths and sizes now, including mini, so that an implant can be found to replace almost any type of missing tooth. Previously, the implants needed six months to heal in a patient’s jaw; now they need only eight to twelve weeks!
All of these amazing technological advancements have made the patient experience more pleasant, convenient, comfortable and it has resulted in a much higher level of dental care.
Christopher J. Root