These days, technology advancements happen so quickly and make your life easier in so many ways. From remotely controlling the temperature and lights in your house to medical breakthroughs in diagnostics, technology has penetrated almost every facet of your life. Then why do some dental practices still use older treatments and techniques, equipment, and materials? The truth is that you’ll get better treatment when your dentist uses better dental technology. Here are just five examples of technology that your dentist in Melbourne should be using.
Dental exams don’t always have to include the dentist poking and prodding you with a steel hook. The DIAGNOdent laser uses light waves to locate cavities, even those that occur in the grooves. In fact, studies have found that it can be more accurate than X-rays. Plus, scanning the teeth with the DIAGNOdent laser emits no radiation. Especially for those who fear the dentist or feel uncomfortable in the dentist chair, this method offers patients a way to diagnose any dental problems through a touchless exam.
CT Cone Beam Scanner
When normal digital X-rays are insufficient, CT Cone Beam Scanners can provide much more detail and accuracy. This special type of X-ray uses high-quality images and advanced technology to generate a 3-D image of your dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths, and bone—all in one scan! The information gather from this scanner is particularly helpful for ensuring that more advanced procedures, such as placing dental implants in Melbourne, are successful.
Nothing says advanced technology like a laser. This beam of concentrated light can perform many functions in dentistry to address infection from gum disease, the appearance of a gummy smile, and the restriction of tongue ties—just to name a few. As it treats, the laser sterilizes the affected area and seals off blood vessels, minimizing bleeding and infection and facilitating quicker healing. Also, many laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
At some dental offices, when you need a dental crown, you end up having at least two appointments: the one where your dentist takes measurements of your teeth and the other a few weeks later to have the crown permanently placed. In the meantime, you wear a temporary crown, which could come lose or break while you wait for your custom-made crown to arrive from a dental lab. With CEREC technology, which stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics, your dentist can use a 3-D image of your tooth and craft your personalized crown in a single visit.
Using the best of what dentistry has to offer doesn’t always involve a huge piece of equipment. When it comes to whitening your teeth, the quality of the materials can make all the difference. Zoom! Whitening uses a solution that can whiten your teeth up to ten shades in a single one-hour appointment.
In the end, with all the technology available these days, there’s no reason to continue with inferior ways of diagnosing and treating dental problems. Your comfort and oral health will be better served by choosing a dentist who embraces and utilizes these advancements in their practice. That way, you can get the treatment you need more effectively and efficiently.
About the Author
Dr. James Trantham has been practicing family and cosmetic dentistry for over a decade. He has earned his fellowship with the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Post Graduate Dental Studies in 2016, which a high award to recognize those who have extensive training in advanced aesthetics, physiologic science, and examination procedures. To schedule an appointment with him in his practice, you can call 321-472-5412 or click here.