As technology improves, so do the high-tech options available. Determining what advanced equipment will best suit a dental office can sometimes have a dizzying effect. Careful consideration must be given to each item when weighing the options. While the advanced gadgets are nice, Adams Dental wants what’s best for our patients above everything else. Several new technologies immediately come to mind and each offers something different.
Air abrasion is used in some procedures instead of the dental drill. Unlike air abrasion, drills tend heat up during use and create both uncomfortable pressure as well as vibration and often require the need for pain management. While air abrasion doesn’t completely eliminate the need for anaesthesia, it does reduce it.
Air abrasion is used to spray away decay and the debris is then removed through suctioning. It does have its limits, though. While it’s an excellent choice for small cavities, it should not be used for large ones. Also, while you may experience less pain with air abrasion, it is not pain-free. Some people do experience some sensitivity with it. However, air abrasion is a safe and effective way to treat you.
The CEREC systems provide advanced technology for dental restoration procedures like crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers. It involves two high-tech systems. After the decay has been removed and your tooth has been prepped, the first system takes a 3-D image of your tooth after the decay has been removed and your tooth has been prepped. Then, with a push of a button your dentist sends the image to an in-office milling unit where your tooth restoration will be created. Finally, the restoration will then be bonded to your tooth by your dentist. This all happens in one office visit rather than two, saving valuable time.
More traditional dental methods require an uncomfortable impression tray and material that can cause gagging for some people. Then, you generally have to wait a day or two for the restoration to be ready for placement, but not now that CEREC is available.
The CEREC restoration is made of a high-strength durable ceramic, so there are no metal parts to worry about and the restoration will closely match the colour of your natural teeth.
The latest in dental X-ray technology is digital imaging. Dentists use it in two ways. They can take digital X-rays both inside (intra-oral) and outside (extra-oral) of your mouth. However, each is for specific purposes. Intra-oral X-rays are used to show the condition of your teeth or any cavities. Extra-oral images are used for determining if you have an impacted tooth, problems with your jaw bone, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Lasers used in dentistry have been gaining ground. There are a variety of reasons why your dentist might opt for a laser instead of the drill. Lasers can lead to less pain than dental drills reducing the need for anaesthesia. They also minimise any bleeding or swelling that you might normally experience during soft tissue procedures. If you’re having a cavity removed, a laser can help preserve more of your healthy tooth. Other uses include helping to cure a filling or to speed up a chair-side whitening process.
Adams Dental is dedicated to providing you with the best service and treatment using the most advanced technology available. For more information on the advanced technology that we use, call or visit us today.