Dentist using modern technology to to show 3d dental images to a patient

Dentistry has come a long way in recent decades, making dental procedures more efficient, comfortable, and effective. Yes, believe it or not, dentistry is now high-tech!

The integration of technology into dentistry has not only improved the accuracy of diagnoses but has also made dental procedures less invasive and more comfortable. Patients can expect quicker recovery times and better outcomes. Let’s check out three key technological innovations that are making dentistry better.

3D Digital Imaging

One of the most significant, yet perhaps most underappreciated, advancements in dentistry is 3D digital imaging. Traditional X-rays are a useful tool, but they are limited. 3D digital imaging techniques have the ability to provide a more comprehensive view of oral health.

What is 3D Digital Imaging?

3D digital imaging is a non-invasive, high-resolution imaging technique that allows us to visualize oral and facial structures in three dimensions. Cone Beam 3D Imaging, in particular, provides extraordinarily detailed images, making it invaluable for diagnosing complex dental issues.

How it Benefits Patients

  • Enhanced Accuracy: 3D digital imaging allows us to identify problems that may have gone unnoticed with traditional X-rays, such as impacted teeth, sinus problems, and temporomandibular joint disorders.
  • Reduced Radiation Exposure: Compared to traditional X-rays, CBCT imaging means lower levels of radiation.
  • Improved Treatment Planning: 3D digital imaging allows for more accurate placement of dental implants, better-fitting crowns and bridges, and improved outcomes for orthodontic procedures.

CEREC Crowns

Getting a dental crown used to involve multiple visits to the dentist and temporary crowns that were sometimes unreliable and prone to discomfort. However, the introduction of CEREC makes same-day dental restorations a reality.

What are CEREC Crowns?

CEREC is a state-of-the-art, computer-assisted manufacturing system that allows us to design, create, and place dental crowns all in the same appointment. The process involves the use of digital impressions, 3D modeling, and milling machines to craft highly durable, natural-looking crowns.

How it Benefits Patients

  • Time-Efficiency: Perhaps the most significant advantage of CEREC crowns is the time saved without the need to schedule multiple visits for their crown placement. With CEREC, you can walk into the dental office with a damaged tooth and leave with a permanent crown in place, all in a single visit.
  • Improved Comfort: CEREC eliminates the need for temporary crowns, which can be uncomfortable and sometimes fall out. CEREC same-day crowns are permanent.
  • Enhanced Look and Durability: CEREC crowns match your natural teeth, providing an aesthetically pleasing and durable result.

Dental Implants

Tooth loss can potentially have a devastating impact on quality of life, affecting everything from eating to confidence. Dental implants have emerged as a highly desirable solution, since they look, feel, and act like natural teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants start with an artificial tooth “root” made of biocompatible titanium. This component is surgically placed into the jaw to provide a stable support for replacement teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.

How it Benefits Patients

  • Natural Feel and Function: Dental implants closely mimic the natural structure of teeth. They provide a stable and comfortable chewing surface, allowing you to eat favorite foods without restrictions.
  • Preservation of Jawbone: Unlike traditional bridges and dentures, implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss that often accompanies tooth loss. This helps maintain facial structure and prevents the sunken appearance that can occur over time.
  • Long Lasting: Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, eliminating the need for frequent replacements or adjustments seen with other dental prosthetics. With proper care, they can last decades.

Embracing the Future of Dentistry

The evolution of dental technology can be exciting for both dental professionals and patients. As a dental practice, we are proud to offer the latest technology to provide the best possible care to our patients. Schedule your next appointment today to find out how you can benefit from these high-tech diagnostic and treatment options.