As technology advances every day, new developments are constantly infiltrating our lives, and the practice of dentistry has not fallen behind in this revolution. Here are five examples of how emerging technologies are being inculcated into dental care.
1. Digital Radiography
Digital radiography methods include x-rays and Cone Beam Computed Tomography. These methods are faster and more efficient than traditional radiography. X-rays involve the placement of an electronic sensor or a phosphor plate in the patient’s mouth. The plate is then irradiated, and the image scanned into a computer. The use of a phosphor plate is much faster and safer than traditional methods. X-ray technology is used for finding cavities and checking the placement of the titanium device while implanting teeth. It is also used by endodontists to examine their work while performing root canals.
2. Use of Lasers for Cavity Detection1
Dentists use diode lasers when looking for cavities in teeth. Healthy teeth do not glow under the laser light. On the other hand, decayed teeth glow when exposed to the laser light, depending on the level of decay: the more the decay, the brighter the glow. The diode laser, however, can only reveal decay and cavities that are on the surface of teeth, and X-rays are used to find cavities that occur inside the tooth.
3. CAD and CAM
Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacture are used to model and produce tooth crowns for implants right in the dentist’s office. In the past, the dentist had to fashion a temporary crown for the patient while waiting for one to be made in the laboratory. Nowadays, after the tooth has been drilled, a computer takes a photograph of the tooth, and another machine then fabricates the crown using the image, reducing the number of trips made to the dentist.
4. Thinner Veneers
According to Guerra Dental in Colorado Springs, veneers are thin plastic covers used to camouflage crooked or unattractive teeth. Discovery of new materials for the production of veneers has led to thinner veneers, effectively reducing the amount of tooth shaping required and leaving a greater portion of the natural tooth untouched.
5. Better Filing and Bonding Materials for Teeth
The use of resin as a tooth-filler has increased the lifespan of tooth filling. Porcelain fillings and composites have replaced almagrams because they are more natural looking. A wider range of shades means that materials can be mixed to achieve a similar coloring as the teeth.
These developments show that technology is a force for good in dental care and that its use is of extreme importance. This breakthrough will help dentists respond to dental problems quickly as well as take preventative measures.