If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you need to schedule an appointment soon to help maintain your oral health. Another good reason to visit the dentist is to discover all of the dental advances available today that can protect, restore and improve your smile in new and innovative ways.
Many dentists have chosen to replace radiographs with digitizing X-rays that are more efficient and faster than previous X-rays. For digital X-rays, the dentist or hygienist places an electronic sensor, instead of film, in the patient’s mouth and then scans or relays that image to the computer for viewing. This technique is faster than processing conventional film, and the dentist can then store the images on the computer and compare them with other past images to track your dental health. The sensor and phosphor plates used for digitized X-rays have higher sensitivity to X-Rays, which significantly reduces the radiation dose. Digital X-rays help find cavities, reveal the bone level below teeth, and give dentists a way to check implant placement.
Cavity detection with lasers
The traditional way of finding cavities is with metal dental tools dentists use to explore your mouth. Many of today’s dentists now use a diode laser to detect cavities. The diode laser exposes teeth to a wavelength that gives higher readings when it encounters tooth decay. The diode laser works best on teeth that don’t already have fillings, but it can mean earlier detection of cavities so your dentist can decide to either watch the decay for progress or remove and fill the decay.
Dentists are using CAD (computer-assisted design) and CAM (computer assisted manufacture) today for faster dental care involving procedures such as bridge and crowns. By using CAD/CAM technology, dentists can take an accurate picture of the tooth in need of treatment to ensure proper fit and placement of crowns and bridges. Some dental offices have started manufacturing crowns in-office with CAD/CAM machines.
Using new, innovative materials, today’s veneers are thinner than before, which means dentists can preserve more of the natural tooth during placement. These custom-made porcelain shells require modification of the teeth below, but the thinner material means less removal of natural tooth surfaces.
Improved filling and bonding materials
Today’s filling and bonding materials are more natural looking than their predecessors, which means if you chip a tooth or need a filling, the repair can look just like your surrounding natural teeth. Composite fillings are more attractive than amalgam fillings, and the resin used for bonding looks more natural and lasts longer than past materials.
Dental implant success and longevity
Implants of the past had a high failure rate, but today’s implants have a 95% success rate and can last 15 years or more. Dental implants are an increasingly common tooth replacement option in today’s dental offices.
Gum disease reversal
During gum disease, bacteria build up in the form of tartar and plaque invades supporting tissue and bone around teeth, so they no longer fit snugly. This gum pocket area can become inflamed, swollen and lead to bleeding gums and worse symptoms. Reversing gum disease in the past mostly involved cleaning the root surfaces of tartar and plaque or gum surgery, but today dentists move beyond that to include regenerative treatments such as bone grafts or tissue growth stimulating proteins.
Discover all of the dental advances Chianese Dental utilizes today by contacting our offices for an appointment and consultation.