New Technology In Dental Care

There is an art to creating beautiful smiles through cosmetic dentistry, but there is also a very exacting sciendental-carece to caring for the function and appearance of your teeth. And the science end of dental care is always evolving due to advances in technology.

Here’s a brief report on several new technologies that are changing the way dental care is delivered. If you haven’t been in for regular dental visits in a while, you might be surprised at how they impact the treatment you receive.

New Technology in Your Dental Care

  1. Digital radiography. Digital X-rays are becoming increasingly common. This is a win-win situation on so many levels. Digital radiography is cheaper, avoids the use of harsh film processing chemicals, and reduces radiation exposure to patients by up to 80 percent compared to film-based systems. Although both film-based and digital-based radiography systems are safe, the digital version is also far more accurate, allowing for enhancement of the image to assist in making a precise diagnosis.
  2. Digital photography. Digital photos are becoming important educational and treatment tools in many dental care Dentists can take intraoral and occlusal photos of a patient’s teeth, to demonstrate the need for care, verify and match a shade (as in a veneer or whitening treatment), or to create a “before and after” gallery to illustrate the impact of a given procedure on a person’s smile. The change from film to digital photo files has made it much quicker and easier to include photo demonstrations in the treatment process.
  3. Teeth in a Day technology improvements. The upside of the digital revolution reaching dental care is that immediate-load dental implants can now literally live up to their informal name of “teeth in a day.” The advent of 3-D imaging technology means a virtual mockup of your mouth can be constructed during the planning stages for the implant, which will allow for fewer surprises during the procedure and which reduces discomfort and healing time after the implants have been placed.

“Advances in dental care technology are revolutionizing how we provide treatment to our patients,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix. “If you haven’t experienced these new tools yet, you’ll find they make visits smoother and safer, and produce better health outcomes.”

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