It’s difficult to deny the positive impact technological advances have had on the medical and dental industries. Specifically, when it comes to the dental industry, materials are being made stronger and longer-lasting, which leads to more effective treatments. And procedures have been optimized to become faster, more comfortable for the patient and more effective overall. This is a win-win, both for the dentist and the patient.
Here’s a look at just some of the state-of-the-art technologies and innovations that are revolutionizing the dental industry:
How Technology Has Led to Better Dental Treatments
You’ve likely heard of Invisalign, All-on-4 dental implants, and the role high-tech lasers play in dentistry. Here’s a look at other technological milestones in the field:
- CEREC: Crowns have long been an important dental restoration procedure, but with CEREC, they’re made faster (often as fast as one hour) and more precise than ever before. CEREC specifically uses CAD/CAM technology to design the crown digitally. It’s then milled right in the office, rather than being shipped off-site to be fabricated. Think of it as a crown-on-demand, which means a faster smile restoration. Learn more about how Caven Dental uses CEREC to offer you same day crowns.
- Oral cancer detection light: An oral cancer screening is an important part of a dental checkup, but it often consists of a dentist or hygienist administering the “eye test” to check for abnormalities. Today, special oral cancer detection lights are used to better assess the mouth for signs of a problem.
- Digital X-rays: Compared to plain film X-rays, digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90 percent, and are able to provide a dentist with immediate, high-definition results. The image is also better able to be enhanced digitally to better analyze areas in question.
- Air abrasion for cavity filling: Say goodbye to drills and local anesthesia – air abrasion is able to fill small cavities without either. Air abrasion uses a small blaster to essentially spray decay away. It’s a safe procedure that’s quickly becoming the norm for minor tooth decay issues thanks to its speed and effectiveness.
- Six Month Smiles: Not too long ago, if you wanted to straighten your teeth, it would require braces and at least a 12 to 18-month treatment program. Today, patients can achieve a nicer smile in as little as half a year thanks to the fittingly titled Six Month Smiles treatment plan.
Read about the difference between Invisalign and Six Month Smiles.
Looking For A Dental Treatment?
For more information on how today’s innovations and advances can help you, contact our doctors, Dr. Richard Caven, Dr. Shelby Denman, and Dr. Stephen Carpenter, by calling our Caven Dental office in Jacksonville, FL, to schedule a consultation today!