Modern dentistry has revolutionized patient treatment and is at the forefront of providing high quality dental care. Technological advances in dentistry are not only convenient for the patient but for the dentist as well.
Modern equipment helps in providing more accurate scans, impressions, and prosthetics which in turn saves more time and allows for a speedy recovery. Because new technology doesn’t require as many steps as traditional practices, the use of modern technology allows the patient to spend less time in the dental office and results in a less invasive approach – making it easier for both the patient and dentist.
With all the advancements being made in dentistry, patient care will only continue to improve and result in safe and reliable dental treatments. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five of the best technological advancements made in modern dentistry.
In recent years, new forms of techniques and equipment have made their way into the dental industry. Their easy, convenient, and reliable uses have made them popular – attracting and encouraging dentists to invest in the latest equipment.
3D Printing is a fairly new technology that allows dentists to replace or repair a damaged tooth, create an orthodontic model, produce cosmetic prosthetics such as crowns, bridges, caps, and dentures, and even construct surgical tools needed for particular dental procedures.
Unlike laboratories that usually take a few days or weeks to produce manually made models, 3D Printing allows for appliances to be created or “printed” almost immediately. The appliances created by 3D Printing are also more accurate and help both dentists and patients save money in the long run.
Laser Dentistry has several advantages that not only make a patient’s experience more pleasant, but also helps the dentist deliver high quality results. With Laser Dentistry, dentists may not need to administer anesthesia or even use surgical tools. The use of lasers allows for a more precise procedure that can help reduce symptoms and bacteria as well as control bleeding during a surgical procedure. Additionally, patients are able to recover faster, unlike traditional therapies.
The use of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), a type of x-ray technology, helps dentists get a more accurate image of your mouth when regular facial or dental x-rays are not enough to give dentists sufficient information. Additionally, a CBCT machine can also be used to produce 3D images of a patient’s nerve pathways, bone, soft tissues, and teeth.
Much like 3D Printing, CAD/CAM are used to fabricate prosthetics needed for restorative procedures. With CAD/CAM, procedures can be completed quickly and in some cases on the same day thanks to their efficient use of computer technology. You’ll no longer have to wait weeks or months to restore your smile with CAD/CAM.
Unlike traditional impressions that could be messy or uncomfortable for patients, digital impressions allow dentists to create a visual and computer-generated replica of the tissues in the mouth in just a few minutes. Both hard and soft tissues can be captured with the use of lasers and scanning devices in digital impressions.
The use of digital impressions is not only more convenient but also produce accurate impression data which is then transferred to a computer in order to create a personalized restoration.
If you can’t remember the last time you went to the dentist, maybe it’s time to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Chaudhry at Lehigh Valley Oral Surgery & Implant Center. Our dental office in Bethlehem, PA is equipped with the best resources needed to restore damaged smiles. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry
Lehigh Valley Oral Surgery and Implant Center
2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B23
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