Over the past couple hundred years, several advances have taken place in the world of dentistry that has made dental procedures much safer and more effective for patients. These days, dentists are better equipped to examine your teeth and gums, detect dental issues and perform cosmetic or restorative procedures while maximizing your comfort. Here’s a glance at what’s new in your modern dentist’s office.
The intraoral camera was first developed in 1987, and it’s a wand-like device that allows the dentist to take a magnified picture of your mouth and see it on a screen. This allows both you and the dentist to take a look inside your mouth.
Similar to, but more advanced than traditional X-ray systems. Digital radiography allows the dentist to detect tooth decay, bone loss and issues that may require root canals. Essentially, the dentist will place a sensor on your tooth that looks like a piece of film. The digital system is faster than previous x-ray systems, which exposes you to far less radiation.
Lasers are becoming a widely accepted alternative to traditional dental drills. Because they are more precise, they can reduce your recovery time after a procedure. Lasers are used in tooth whitening, therapy for periodontal (gum) disease and tooth removal. Another upside is that patients do not need anesthetics as often during a laser procedure.
Gone are the days of being called metal mouth. Invisalign are clear, barely visible braces that gently straighten your teeth without having to wear metal braces. They’re also easy to remove for cleaning and don’t restrict what you can or cannot eat. Invisalign braces can even straighten your teeth in less time.
Dental implants are quickly becoming the alternative to dentures. They are screw-replacements for the root portion of missing teeth. They can replace missing teeth permanently while giving you the look and feel of natural teeth.
If you’re a bit overdue for a checkup, you may find that a lot has changed since your last visit. Make an appointment today to come check it out!