Today’s dentistry is worlds away from what it used to be.
Go back a few centuries and dentistry was a side job you might ask your barber to help you out with. Dental care has evolved into multiple specialty practices and the technology only gets better with each passing year.
See how many of the following current and developing practices in dentistry you’ve heard of.
Digital scanning allows your dentist to fit you for a crown or bridge with zero messy dental impressions.
Taking photos of your teeth is a whole other story thanks to intraoral cameras and digital x-rays.
Interested in taking a whole-body-approach to your dental care? Odds are good that there’s a holistic dental practitioner near you.
Laser cavity detection makes it easier for your dentist to find decay before you even notice it.
With oral cancer-detecting lights, you can always have peace of mind from knowing that risk won’t catch you off-guard.
Wouldn’t dentistry be so much easier if you could get needle-free injections? Well, you’ll be happy to hear that’s now a thing!
Nearly all dental offices can help you sleep through dental treatment with the right sedative techniques.
Restorations are stronger, made faster, and are more conservative thanks to chairside fabrication equipment and the advent of 3D printing.
How about that sleep apnea problem you have? Are you looking for relief from TMJ pain? You might be surprised to learn that your dentist has expanded education and experience to address those concerns.
Don’t let unfounded fear or negative past experiences hold you back from enjoying the dentistry of today! Contact your local dental office for an appointment.
Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
The technology available to dentists and other dental health care providers today is truly amazing! Advances in dental technology have impacted all aspects of the dental profession and these advances have helped patients and dentists alike, while helping control costs. As one would expect, most of the technology advances have been focused on the increased usage of computers running specialized and very advanced software. In addition, the increased use of sophisticated lasers, have made an impact as well.
Preventative dentistry is one area that technology has made a huge impact. Now dentists have the ability to use 3D x-rays, as well as hand held lasers, to detect and correct cavities earlier than ever before. The early detection of tooth decay through laser cavity detection and other methods results in earlier treatment, which reduces the need to have more expensive procedures done such as root canals. Dental hygienists now use ultrasonic cleaning tools to remove plaque from teeth, reducing the need to manually scrape the patient’s teeth.
Recent technological advances have also positively impacted restorative and cosmetic dentistry. An example of this is the ability to use lasers to remove stains and other discolorations of teeth, restoring their white appearance within an hour. The use of lasers and computer aided manufacturing has made it possible for a patient to have a permanent crown fitted in less than a day. Permanent dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, while state of the art dental veneers are used to repair chipped or uneven teeth.
The advances in dental technology over the last 10 years have been significant and one can only dream of the advances that will occur in the next 10 years!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
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