Cosmetic dentists, general dentists, and even reconstructive dentists now have a wide array of tools and equipment at their disposal. Advancements have come to the field of dental technology and this has enabled patients to get the best care as well as choose from a variety of options. Traditional problems are no longer served in the traditional way, and this has advanced the field of dentistry beyond what we could have imagined a few years ago.
Digital dental technologies allow patients to consult and collaborate with their dentist of choice a lot faster and more conveniently. Instead of waiting for their next appointment, patients can do a Skype video call with their dentists and show them exactly what the problem is. More importantly, the quality of care that a dentist is able to provide his patients has significantly improved. The brand new tools have made diagnosis more enhanced and restorations more precise.
Here are some areas where Digital Dentistry has advanced over the last few years:
1. Cameras and Scanning Equipment
Intra-oral cameras are cameras that can be placed inside a patient’s mouth and are meant to take the most accurate images of your teeth and gums. This allows the dentist and the dental technicians to see if you have tooth defects or other problems which could become serious if left untreated. Intra-oral cameras also show people the areas where they need to brush or clean their teeth more.
Optical scanners on the other hand, are used by dentists to create a digital map of the teeth and also create digital copies of the teeth’s anatomy. There are colour-coded areas in the map which guide the dentists on what kind of work to do or treatment to apply to the teeth and gums. This is the modern way to make casts too, instead of having to bite into unpleasant-tasting and gag-inducing wax.
2. X-Rays and Lasers for Faster Healing
Dental lasers are one of the most helpful digital tools in today’s dental practice. Lasers simplify the work that need to be done on hard tooth structures as well as soft gum tissues. Before, these procedures took long to do and required extended periods of time to heal. Nowadays, the lasers do the job of re-contouring as well as a lot of soft gum procedures. These would have been painful and would have caused a lot of bleeding and trauma to the surrounding areas.
Another tool that has advanced a lot is the digital X-ray. These radiographs are able to capture and render digital images via a computer screen. They also allow dentists to enlarge and enhance images for a closer look and a more accurate diagnosis.
With the advent of the digital age of dentistry, patients can be assured of more accurate, less-painful, and more affordable treatments.