Going to the dentist used to be anxiety-inducing. For some, that residual fear remains, but is it for any reason? Anxiety remains prevalent, and modern dentistry has found a way to make even that okay with relaxation dentistry. That’s only one of the many dentistry improvements over the years that have greatly reduced fear and improved overall quality of oral health. Here’s how dentistry has improved in recent years.
Dentistry Improvements Over the Years
1. Dental implants
When dental implants first came around, they took the world of dentistry by storm. Dental implants are full teeth replacements that involve removing the tooth and surgically implanting an artificial, but aesthetically accurate and strong tooth. The useage of dental implants is pretty widespread at this point; many dental practices across the globe have adopted the treatment.
2. Minimally invasive treatments
It used to be all about full mouth surgery—that is what was required when dealing with a harsh reality. But luckily in today’s age of technology, dental work can be done quite minimally invasive. With minimally invasive treatments, more of your tooth and gums can be conserved and spared. The healing process for these procedures is essentially brief to non-existent.
A lot of the dentistry improvements have to do with speed: treatments are faster because they are easier and more efficient. Theoretically, the faster you treat the patient, the less discomfort a patient may feel (if they feel any at all at this point). With new things like Teeth in a Day or Same-Day CEREC crowns, you can be in and out of the dentist in record time.
4. Better cosmetics
As recent as 30 years ago, dentists would place metal caps on teeth instead of fillings or crowns. These metal caps are very noticeable and wouldn’t work quite the same. Now, we have acrylic and porcelain veneers, crowns, and composite fillings that do the work better than caps, much more aesthetically.
5. Dental technology
With advances in technology happening so quickly, it’s no wonder that dentistry improvements happen all the time. Not that long ago, dentists only relied on that goopy mess to take dental impressions—now, many of those impressions are digital, making the patient feel much more comfortable.
That goes for X-ray technology as well—it’s all digital. Just about all the tools and equipment the dentist uses and have used has impressively changed over the years for quality and comfort.