Today, dentistry is no longer limited to old and conventional procedures. The new advancements in dental technologies provide modern solutions to the traditional dental problems. Dental technology has come a long way due to the breakthroughs in science and technology. It has proved to be beneficial for both dentists and the patients, has become a part of every dental clinic and has made dentistry more advanced, comfortable, natural-looking and durable. The procedures have become less invasive and can be done in a short span of time. Dentists rely hugely on them and people are satisfied with their results.
Some of the popular technologies used by dentists are:
Air Abrasion– This is considered as an alternative to the traditional dental drill. It can treat small cavities and preserves healthy tooth structure without local anaesthetic. It helps in removal of decay through a blast of pellets which consists of aluminium oxide and air.
CAD/CAM– This helps in dental restorations through computerized technology. With the help of CAD/CAM, your complete tooth restoration can be performed in a single visit. The procedure includes – porcelain veneers, inlays, onlays, dental bridges and dental crowns.
Digital X-Ray– This is much better than the traditional x-ray, as it reduces exposure to radiation. It captures dental images through a sensor which projects the images onto a computer screen.
Intraoral Camera – This projects accurate images of your teeth and its supporting structure. It helps your dentist focus appropriately on the problem areas of your teeth. As a result, the level of discomfort and pain is lessened.
Laser – With the advent of laser in dentistry, most procedures have become less invasive. It has reduced the pain and discomfort to patients and is used to treat cold sores, dental fillings, smile changes, crown lengthening, decay removal, etc.
Dental technologies have expanded the horizons of dental practices. More can be expected in the coming years.