How Dental Technology Improves Your Experience at Your Dentist Appointment

Dentistry has evolved tremendously over the past 125 years. Dental treatment techniques have become more effective, the dental-technologygrowth of the clinical role of the dental hygienist has made an enormous difference in the oral health of many patients, and dental technology has advanced considerably.

At Dr. Carol Ford & Associates, our practice has embraced updated dental technology recently by adding a digital scanner and a 3D printer to our clinical equipment roster. This combination of technology offers many benefits both to our staff and to our patients.

Advantages Of New Dental Technology

  1. Offers an easily shared and replicated set of images. Digital dental scans, like all digital images, are far easier to store, access and replicate than traditional radiographs and X-rays.
  2. Provides a 360-degree view of your teeth. Digital scanning allows your dentist to create a complete view of your teeth, which makes it much easier to visualize how to construct a dental restoration that fits your mouth perfectly.
  3. Eliminates the need for taking impressions that are sent to the lab. The scanner and 3D printer can work together to create a model for your restoration in the dental office itself. This makes the entire process of creating a crown or other similar type of restoration much faster.
  4. Opens the possibility of crafting finished restorations using a variety of materials in the future. At some point in the future, dental offices may be able to measure your teeth for your crown with a digital scan and produce the crown itself, using clinical-grade materials, using the 3D printer.

“The team at our office is very excited about our new dental technology, and the potential it offers to revolutionize patient care,” says Dr. Ford, whose practice is located in the Biltmore neighborhood of central Phoenix. “Clients are invited to visit our front desk and see the technology at work for themselves

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