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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