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We live in a tech-driven world. We are surrounded by it at all times, and in all places. New technology is regularly expanding the ability of dentists to diagnose, prevent and treat disease and to perform routine procedures.
Here’s a quick look at some emerging and impactful dental technology available (or coming soon) at Steven Leach Dental.
This air-powered tool makes the noise and vibration of a traditional dental drill a thing of the past. Air Abrasion is like a sandblaster for teeth. It’s a hand-held tool that allows technicians to remove tiny amounts of tooth material with extreme precision.
Most of us don’t like needles. The anesthesia wand is a pen-like device that delivers a precise dose of anesthesia and pre-numbs the insertion location. You really won’t feel a thing!
One of the most significant impacts of technology is how much it has reduced the time we have to wait for things. CAD/CAM is a combination of 3-dimensional imaging and computer-aided design/manufacturing. Permanent crowns can now be built in a single day – no more temporary crowns!
By taking a series of x-ray “slices, Cone Beam CT Imaging creates a 3-D virtual model of your mouth. It can be used to detect disease, plan treatments and see into areas that normally wouldn’t be visible without surgery.
Dental implants changed the face of replacing teeth (pun intended). Consisting of a small titanium post inserted directly into the bone of the jaw, the implant supports a dental crown that looks and feels exactly like a real tooth.
Many of us grew up during a time when a dental impression was created by biting into a tray full of putty. Yes, it was gross. These days a digital imaging device eliminates that putty-mess! Now, your teeth are “dusted” with a fine powder which is recorded by a special camera which then converts those images into a 3-D model. This model can be used to fabricate restorative dental treatments and assess the condition of your teeth.
In the past decade, digital X-Rays have made the x-ray process safer and more effective. This process reduces radiation exposure by up to 90%. It eliminates the need to develop x-ray film, and it delivers sharper images that can be instantly enhanced for even more detail.
If you’ve even wondered what’s going on inside your mouth when the dentist goes digging around in there, then the Intra-Oral camera will make your day! These tiny imaging devices let you see what they see. Images can be saved and printed. They can record video. You can see exactly what’s going on throughout your treatment.
Once relegated to science fiction, lasers are now a part of our everyday lives…from Blu-Ray players to scanning your groceries. And now, they’re part of the dentist’s tool kit! Lasers are being used to detect tiny areas of tooth decay. They can help treat gum disease. They can even remove cancerous tissue. They’re used in surgery and even in cavity treatment!