Taking a Look at the Latest Dental Technology For 2018

While thinking about the dentist might cause you to hear some archaic drill sound in your head, modern dentists are spending hundreds of thousands on new tech. Dentist's offices are no longer drab spaces with clunky machines. Dental technology has entered the 21st century along with every other health industry.

Dentist office technology is more than just TVs positioned over your exam chair. It takes advantage of lasers and smart tech to allow old processes to be less invasive and less painful. Where once the sights and sounds of your dentist's office might have sent chills down your spine, now they look more like an Apple Store than a medical facility.

If you're wondering what dental technology you'll find in dentist offices in the coming year, look for these 5 innovations.

1. High-tech X-Rays

Digitized x-rays have taken over space from old film and radiography based x-rays. They can arrive on screens in a second and help make the whole process more efficient.

Digital images can be stored on office computers and shared with any other specialists you might have to see with a few clicks. Radiation levels are much lower given the new technology.

Since the digital technology is much cheaper, they can be taken quickly to double check the work following a root canal or other major procedure.

2. Laser Cavity Detection

You're probably familiar with a dentist poking around your mouth looking for cavities. They take a sharp "explorer" tool and poke your teeth in the search for cavities.

While this has been a regular element of checkups for a century or more, lasers can now do the job.

A diode laser can detect and take care of cavities if there is decay in your tooth. Each time you visit, they can check for further decay and recommend fillings without having to do so much "exploring".

3. Shorter Visits With CAD Technology

When you need a crown, your dentist will take a mold and build a temporary replacement. In the meantime, the lab will create a new and permanent crown to fit over your prepared tooth.

Using CAD technology, your tooth will be photographed and then prepared for a crown. The machine can create the crown in the office without all of the complicated work of hand molding and sculpting.

4. Thin Veneers

Veneers are moldings that cover the front part of a crooked or unattractive tooth. They usually have to be made thicker to be strong enough to withstand the wear of daily life.

Better technology allows for creating thinner veneers. Teeth will remain just as well protected while keeping the original tooth intact.

5. Fillings and Bond Material

Bonding and filling materials used to be made of high-quality, medical-grade, industrial-strength adhesives and fillers. With technological improvements, color can be easily matched, making the repaired tooth fit with the rest of your teeth.

Plastic resin used today lasts longer than previously used materials. It also comes in a wide range of shades.

Dental Technology Improves Every Year

If you haven't been to the dentist in a year or two or you've been afraid to go for awhile, you might be surprised how offices have changed. Customer service and technology have improved to make the experience more convenient, user-friendly, and less stressful.

If you're ready to see what else is available in an office near you, contact us for more information.

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