Dentists and their support staff are armed with more helpful technology today than ever before, improving our dental care experience and our dental health. These new developments are giving dentists more options to treat more conditions, and patients have more choices than ever for more efficient and affordable dental care. Here are just a few new technology developments in the dental field that have changed the dentist visit experience.
Traditional X-rays are slow, clunky, and involve a potentially dangerous exposure to radiation. Digital x-rays are a new technology that has minimal radiation exposure, a faster turnaround time, and is often more accurate than traditional x-rays. In this quick and pain-free process, the digital imaging camera produces a full and clearer picture for the dentist to examine. This technology allows dental professionals to better determine the type of treatment the patient needs and deliver the best dental health care.
3D Printing and Dental Molding
3d printing is being used to make parts for everything from homemade pizza pies to spare parts aboard the International Space Station. The computer-driven modeling process makes a three-dimensional model of an object by combining layers of material over and over again in a specific shape. Today, dentists are able to use 3d printing to make virtually identical copies of your teeth, gums, and jaw. These molds can be used to help prepare for surgery or to create models of bridges and crowns that will fit precisely over your teeth. And 3d digital images are faster, sometimes completing a mold in less than an hour rather than weeks of waiting if it is sent to a lab. And, 3d modeling means no more gooey stuff in your mouth to take an impression.
Laser Treatment Dentistry
While you may assume that lasers can only be used to cut things, they can actually be used for much more in dentistry. Laser dental care provides a much less invasive option for many dental procedures. It is far less painful and makes healing time significantly less. Here are just some of the uses of dental laser treatment:
- Preparing the tooth for crown
- Completing a dental filling
- Treatment for tooth sensitivity
- Periodontal treatment for gum disease and inflammation
- Addressing cold sores
- Removing benign oral growths
This type of treatment is also very effective to remove bacteria and to improve oral hygiene. It also results in less discomfort in many kinds of dental procedures.
Advances in dental implant technology have revolutionized tooth replacement. Patients who have lost some or all of their teeth no longer need settle for messy dentures. Dental implants provide an effective, convenient and practical solution to completely replace teeth that must be extracted due to severe decay or other damage. Today’s implants fit and function just like real teeth. They are fully integrated into the jaw bone, and are a suitable solution for a majority of adult dental patients. And, they help preserve longer term dental health by keeping the jaw bone and gums active and healthy. Today, the process can be completed much faster, instead of having to wait months for the area to heal as in the past. Balle & Associates also offers our “Teeth-in-a-Day” procedure for even faster dental implants.
Air-Abrasion Tooth Repair
Instead of having the dentist use a drill on your teeth, you may be able to benefit from air-abrasion, also called microabrasion, to treat smaller cavities. Tiny particles are air-blasted on the surface of the tooth allowing the dentist to clear away decayed material more precisely and with less impact on the rest of your tooth. This technology allows you to not only decrease the chances that you compromise the tooth structure, but you may not need to use a local anesthetic for the procedure either. Air-abrasion pinpoints specific decay areas and blasts them with a combination of aluminum oxide and air. It is very useful in hard-to-reach areas, like between teeth and where a portion of the tooth has already been restored.
AirFlow Teeth Cleaning
Guided biofilm therapy, known as Airflow teeth cleaning is a more effective and easier way to have your teeth cleaned and polished. The process uses a flow of water, air and a low-abrasive powder to pressure clean your teeth. The steady stream of water cleans away the biofilm that forms plaque, so teeth and gums are even cleaner than with traditional dental cleaning. A great alternative for both adults and kids, the process is painless with less irritation than regular cleanings.
Composite Dental Materials
New technology has created new materials that can be used to fill cavities and bond with the tooth. Composite resins feel more “tooth-like,” and have become increasingly popular in recent years. They make dental fillings look more natural. Materials today can match tooth color better, last longer, and keep their shape better than previous substances. They are quick to set up as well.
If you are unhappy with how your teeth look or you are experiencing dental problems due to crooked or crowded teeth, you may be considering braces or other teeth-straightening procedures. Today, Invisalign® dental aligners offer a clear substitute for braces that is both cost-effective and convenient. In many cases, it also provides betters results. The entire process is easier to control compared to braces, and it can address problems that are bigger than just crooked teeth—like over or underbites, for example. Patients can also take the Invisalign® mouth tray out as needed, for example, to make mealtime easier and more enjoyable than with regular braces.
Talk to Balle & Associates for Quality Dental Care
At Balle & Associates, we make it a priority to learn and adopt the best new technology wherever possible to make your experience the best that it can be. We offer a range of state-of-the-art general and cosmetic dentistry services to patients in Las Vegas. Give us a call at 702-825-7468 to learn how we can help you or visit our contact page.